Overview / Registration


Welcome to Church of the Nativity  

Family Faith Formation 2023-2024! 





Fr. Gus and the catechists at Church of the Nativity wish you a warm welcome to our Faith Formation program. We hope that you find all the information you need here and, if not, please do not hesitate to call or email the Faith Formation Coordinator, Michelle Atkins at (858) 756-1911 or [email protected]


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE or click here to print page and hand in 


Children's Faith Formation 

The Church of the Nativity invites all children and youth, baptized or not, to participate in the catechetical program. Faith Formation is designed for children in Preschool - Eighth Grade who are not currently attending a Catholic school. 



The goals of Nativity’s Faith Formation are in line with the San Diego Diocese to promote: 

  1. Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith [Creed]. 
  2. Catechesis promotes knowledge of the meaning of Liturgy and the sacraments [Worship and Prayer]. 
  3. Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ [Moral Life]. 
  4. Catechesis teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ [Worship and Prayer]. 
  5. Catechesis prepares the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church [Community Life]. 
  6. Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society [Apostolic Life].


Parent Volunteering 

All parents are encouraged to volunteer in their child’s class or another class if preferred. The diocese requires anyone who works with children to take the CMG Safe Environment Online course and background check.  Please message [email protected] for the link.   


Program Overview & Calendar 

Nativity Family Faith Formation 2023-2024 classes begin on September 17, 2023.  First class will kick off in the Holy Family Activity Center- Parents stay for quick meeting.  

  • Pre-K to 6th Grade: 10:00 AM -11:15 AM at the Nativity School classrooms 
  • 7th /8th Grade: 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM Parish Commons  

Meeting Notes from 9/17/23 - Powerpoint Presentation

FFF CALENDAR (updated 09/06/2023) 


9/17 - CLASS 1 – Catechetical Sunday 

  • Parents/Kids go to Holy Family Activity Center for First Day Kick-off! 
  • Parents stay at HFAC for the Introduction Meeting. 
  • 7th/8th: Intro Meeting in Library 

9/24 - CLASS 2     



10/1 - CLASS 3 (Fr. Gus visits K, 1st 10:30 AM)   

10/8 - CLASS 4   

10/15 - CLASS 5   

10/22 - CLASS 6   

10/29 - CLASS 7 



11/5 - CLASS 8 DST ends (Fr. Gus visits 6th and 3rd)  

11/12 - CLASS 9    

11/19 - CLASS 10- Family Giving Day!  details coming! 

No class 11/26 - Thanksgiving 



12/2 - Optional Volunteer Day,Feeding San DIego 

12/3 - CLASS 11 (Father Gus visits 4th, 5th)   

12/10  - CLASS 12 - MCA Sr. Eva visits Pre-k to 6th 

12/17 - CLASS 13 Family Christmas Day!  details coming! 

No class 12/25 and 1/1 (Christmas & New Year)  




1/7 - CLASS 14  

No Class 1/15 (MLK Day weekend) 

1/21 - CLASS 15   

1/28 - CLASS 16   


2/4 - CLASS 17- (Fr. Gus visits 2nd and pre-k)   

2/11 - CLASS 18  

No class 2/18 (President’s Day weekend / RE Congress for catechists 2/16-2/18)  

2/25 - CLASS 19  



3/3 - CLASS 20   

3/10 - CLASS 21  (DST begins) 

3/17 - CLASS 22   

3/24 - CLASS 23 - Palm Sunday,  

No class 3/31 (Easter)   



4/7 - CLASS 24  

4/14 - CLASS 25   

4/21 - CLASS 26   

4/28 - CLASS 27  



5/5  - CLASS 28   

No class 5/12 (Mother’s Day)  

5/19 - CLASS 29  

No class 5/26 (Memorial Day)  



6/2 - CLASS 30 - LAST CLASS 

Special Dates: 

9/17 Blessing of the Catechists - 9:00 AM Mass 

11/19 Families bag “Homeless Bags” 

12/2 - Feeding San Diego - optional  

12/17 Songs, Cards for Seniors, MCA Bake Sale 

6/2 Last day of class 


*Special Dates for Sacraments: 

2/4 Photos Day for First Communicants - during class 

*3/5 Parent Mtg  - 6 PM Commons (FFF) 

3/16 Reconciliation Service- 10:30 AM 

3/24 Blessing of 1st Communicants - 9:00 AM. Mass 

*4/25 Parent Mtg -  6 PM (FFF) 

5/18 1st Communion Rehearsal - 11:30 AM 

6/1 1st Communion Mass  - 11:30 AM 

*Dates to be confirmed as we get closer.  


First Communion and First Reconciliation 

In union with the Diocese of San Diego, there is a two year process to prepare students for First Holy Communion, which begins in First Grade and completes in Second Grade. We also have an option for those who wish to begin their First Holy Communion journey post first/second grade. 


Registration Payment Information (Click above Link or print Registration page) 

Tuition is $130 for one child for the entire year. There is a 20% discount off tuition for additional siblings.  

There is an additional fee of $95 for children receiving their First Communion, which covers additional materials and photography for the First Communion Mass in their second year of sacramental prep.  

Tuition helps cover the cost of books, supplies, activities, and related expenses. All materials needed for the classes are provided. Full payment is necessary for enrollment. However, no child will be turned away for financial reasons. Parents that volunteer in the classroom are eligible for discounted tuition. Please contact the Faith Formation Coordinator to inquire.   

*Checks should be made payable to Church of the Nativity and can be turned in as follows:  

  1. Drop off to the Church of the Nativity Parish office from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  1. Mailed to the: Church of the Nativity, c/o Family Faith Formation, PO Box 9180, 6309 El Apajo Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 
  1. Brought to the first day of class and given to the FFF Coordinator: Michelle Atkins.   



All parishioners are eligible to participate. If you are unsure about your status as a parishioner, please inquire at the church office prior to registration by emailing Tula Pinnella at [email protected] or by calling 858-756-1911. 


 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Coordinator of Family Faith Formation at (858) 756-1911 or [email protected]