Mater Dolorosa - Child Faith Formation
Religious Education

370 Willow Avenue (In the Parish Center)
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel: (650) 583-4131, ext. 2 - FAX: (650) 616-9066


revised: Aug. 23, 2019

Office Hours:

1st and 3rd Sunday of the month: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: by appointment only

We are a welcoming faithful community.
Accepting enrollments now for

At Mater Dolorosa, it is not just about education. It's about being formed to live our faith. We do that by "echoing the Word of God" in our lives. Aside from preparation for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation, our ongoing faith formation programs nurture each child's growth in their baptismal faith from Grades 1-12 (as long as the child is under 18 years old).

Photos of our Children's Activities

Level One through Five

5:45 – 7:00pm

Level Six thru Seven

7:00 – 8:15pm

Confirmation I & II

7:00 – 8:15pm

Registration packet is available in the vestibule of the Church, the Parish Office, CFF office and Parish center lobby. You may drop off or mail the completed form with the fees and a copy of the baptismal and/or communion certificates to the CFF Office. All NEW FAMILIES are required to submit a baptismal and/or communion certificates upon registration. Please call or send an email to for more information.

Classes Meet Every Tuesday: 9/10/2019 to 5/12/2020 - Except the following dates: (subject to change)

10/01/2019 Family Meeting

01/28/2020 Family Meeting

11/26/2019 Thanksgiving Week

03/24/2020 Spring Break

12/17/2019 thru 12/31/2019
Christmas and New Year's Break

04/14/2020 Family Meeting

Parents/Guardians are required attend family meetings. There are additional sacrament preparation meetings for the parents/guardians and sponsors of students receiving First Communion or Confirmation this faith formation year.


Level 1:

God Found Everything Good – God & Creator

Level 2:

I Am the True Vine – God’s Gift: Reconciliation & Eucharist

Level 3:

Fishers of Men – Church & Holy Spirit

Level 4:

Blessed Are the Poor – Beatitudes & The Ten Commandments

Level 5:

The Bread of Life – Sacraments & Worship

Level 6:

I Am Who Am – The Old Testament

Level 7:

This is My Beloved Son – Jesus Christ

Communion Preparation for Older Children

Confirmation 1:

Faith Fusion – Knowing, Loving, & Serving Christ in the Catholic Church

Confirmation 2:

Decision Point & Anointed with the Spirit

High School:

Discipleship through High School Ministry

Dear Family in Christ,

Thank you for your interest in our Faith Formation Program at Mater Dolorosa Church. We offer faith formation for children and teens in 1st grade through 12th grade. Grades ONE through FIVE meet each Tuesday afternoon from 5:45 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Middle School, High School and Confirmation classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in the Parish Center. We have three family meetings each year which parents/guardians are required to attend. There are additional parent/guardian meetings for those children who are preparing for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. We also have two breaks from classes each year during Christmas and Easter.

Children desiring to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation must be enrolled one year prior to the year of preparation for the reception of the sacrament.

We MUST receive a copy of your child's BAPTISMAL and/or COMMUNION CERTIFICATES, the registration form and payment BEFORE your child is accepted into our program.

The CFF Registration packet is available in the vestibule of the Church, Parish office, CFF Office and the Parish center lobby or select the button below to display and print the form. You can also request the CFF office to mail the form to you. Forms should be returned to the CFF office by August 18, 2019.

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Families are invited to register in Mater Dolorosa Church and to participate in related activities. To become a parishioner, please select the button below to display and print the form or call 650-583-4131, ext. 1 and request that a form be sent to you.

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To avoid incurring the $20.00 late fee, the registration form along with the sacramental certificates and the registration fee should be submitted before August 18, 2019.


First Child


Two Children


Three or more Children


1 child at 2nd year of sacrament prep class


2 children for 2nd year of sacrament prep class


Application fee for new students

$10.00 per family

Early Enrollment Discount (ends June 7, 2019)

$20.00 per family

First Communion & Confirmation Retreat fee


Late Registration after Aug. 18, 2019

$20.00 per family

If you have questions, you can call the Child Faith Formation office at (650) 583-4131, ext. 2 or send an E-Mail to:


Faith Formation Team
Mater Dolorosa Church