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Children's Faith Formation

St. Pius Children's Sacramental Preparation


Here are some good resources if your child is preparing to receive

First Holy Communion next year.


The Mass at a Glance is a booklet that covers the parts of the Mass including prayers.

Take a look at these videos that show the importance of the Eucharist:

The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.

Sophia SketchPad: The Eucharist video focuses on the Eucharist, explaining the connection between Original Sin, Christ’s death and Resurrection, and the Holy Mass.

What is Communion? is a communion resource by Kids on the Move. Kids on the Move is the children's ministry of Church on the Move, in Tulsa, OK.

What We Believe is BustedHalo.com's introduction to the Sacraments series continues as Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, answers more questions about what Catholics believe about the Eucharist and receiving Communion: How does the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ? Is Communion a reenactment of the last supper? Should you not receive Communion if you have sinned? Why can't non-Catholics receive Communion in the Church?

The Mass Expained is an in-depth look into the Catholic Mass. The Mass Explained will walk you through a Catholic Mass while providing information and insights along the way.




Classes start each September. Family must be registered in the parish for at least 6 months and attend Mass regularly to enroll in classes and receive sacraments.

For more information, please contact the Parish Center at (650) 361-1411.



Family Integrated Religious Education   
Faith on FIRE at St. Pius Church  

The family is the first place that the Gospel is shared and lived.  You, as parents, have the unique privilege and honor of being the primary catechist of your child. The Catholic Church considers the home to be the domestic Church because what you do in your home and as a family is holy. Our hope is that our new religious education format will allow for the incredibly busy schedules your families have, for intentional time spent in conversation about faith with your child, and for the opportunity to build Catholic community connections with other families.

This year, our parish will be offering Family Integrated Religious Education (FIRE) for the first time through monthly meetings which will help parents lead their families as they grow in their faith. Please be aware that while your time required at the parish is limited to a monthly meeting and participating in Mass, you are still responsible for work to be completed at home. The monthly meetings are not the only requirement for this program.

Students grow in their spiritual journey through regular activities with their parents, prayer, Mass attendance, and participation in parish life. Our First Communion and Confirmation sacramental preparation programs are being offered in addition to the content presented in this FIRE program. 

Grades 1-8

We assist parents in forming children in elementary school and seek to help every child encounter Jesus. We pray that time spent in this elementary faith development will be a time of growth in your child's faith, prayer, and love of Christ. The program we offer invites the Holy Spirit and breathes with an openness to adapt to the needs of your family while holding firmly to the teachings of our Catholic faith. 

Summary: A Family of Faith is a program designed for the evolution of modern faith formation. As many parishes look toward a more effective catechesis experience, research has shown that a ministry approach to the whole family is more successful than textbook and classroom models. It works because it is focused on living the faith and learning it as you go, especially in a busy lifestyle. 
Program: From October through May, we will use content from Sophia Institute's A Family of Faith and FORMED to grow in our faith. Families will meet on the designated Sundays after the 9:30AM Mass. 

  • October 20, 2019
  • January 12, 2020
  • February 23, 2020  
  • March 29, 2020
  • May 3, 2020


*Your family commits to attending monthly meetings throughout the year (October through May, above).
*Parents will teach their child(ren) the appropriate lessons at home using knowledge from the meetings and following the given syllabus.
*We strongly encourage all students and their families to attend Sunday mass weekly!
*Parents communicate to the Pastor or the Coordinator regarding absences AT LEAST 48 hours ahead of class time.

*Families are invited to join us in 1st Friday Adoration each month, 8:30 am to 9:00 pm, and Confessions every Saturday, 3:30 pm to 4:30pm.
*Families are asked sign up to bring a breakfast to share to once a month meeting 

We can't wait to work with you and your family! 

Please contact Cathy Yee with any questions or to advise of an absence - cathy@pius.org.



For more information, please contact the Parish Center at (650) 361-1411.