Mater Dolorosa - Child Faith Formation
Religious Education

1040 Miller Avenue (In the Mater Dolorosa School)
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel: (650) 583-4131 - FAX: (650) 616-9066
Mailing address: 307 Willow Ave. South San Francisco, CA 94080


revised: 3-22-2018

Summer Office Hours:

1st and 3rd Sunday of the month: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday : 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 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).

Forms Package
(9 pages)

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 forms are available in the Church lobby, the Rectory Office and the CFF school 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 Rectory 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: 9/13/2016 to 5/16/2017 - Except the following dates: (subject to change)

10/04/2016 Family Meeting

1/31/2017 Family Meeting

11/22/2016 Thanksgiving Week

4/11/2017 Holy Week

12/13/2016 thru 1/03/2017 Christmas and New Year's Break

4/18/2017 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 school year.


Grade 1:

God Loves US

Grade 2:

Jesus Shares God's Life

Grade 3:

Good News: What the Church Believes and Teaches

Grade 4:

Venture: What the Church Believes and Teaches

Grade 5:

We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments

Grade 6:

Our Catholic Faith

Grade 7:

Vision: What the Church Believes and Teaches

Communion Preparation for Older Children

Confirmation 1:

Faith Fusion and Chosen

Confirmation 2:

Anointed with the Spirit and Decision Point

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 school building. Middle School, High School and Confirmation classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in the school. We have two family meetings each school year which parents/guardians are required to attend. There are additional parent/guardian meetings for those children who are preparing for the sacraments of 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.

Registration forms are available in the church lobby, Rectory, school lobby and Child Faith Formation office or select button below to display and print the form. You can also request the office to mail the form to you. Forms should be returned to the office by August 16, 2016.

(10 pages)

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 and request that a form be sent to you.

(1 page)

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 16, 2016.


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 May 31, 2016)

$20.00 per family

First Communion & Confirmation Retreat fee


Late Registration after Aug. 16, 2016

$20.00 per family

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


Faith Formation Team
Mater Dolorosa Church