Welcome to Saint John XXIII
Fontana Parish

Religious Education

Mission Statement

We the Church of Saint John the XXIII are called to catechize Catholic families. We are to teach others about the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the mission of Catechesis is to evangelize the people of God, and to become disciples of Christ.

Jesus Christ through His ministry on earth initiated our Sacraments. Therefore, we are a Sacramental Church wherein we come to worship our God. Then as Catholics we know the center of our faith is the Sacrament of Eucharist where our Lord is truly present.


  • Eucharist Program- Publisher is Sadlier
  • Confirmation Program - Publishers: St. Mary's Press & RCL/Benziger

Eucharist Program Requirement:

  • Two year requirement in catechetical formation
  • First Penance must be received before Sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • Parents in Fontana Center must attend catechetical formation on the Sacramental teachings of our Catholic Faith and on the Sacrament of Eucharist.
  • Parents in the Rialto Center must attend 6 designated classes, a mini retreat for Eucharist II parents and all the parents are invited to the weekly classes during their children classes.

Confirmation Program Requirements:

  • Completion of two year program on the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Satisfactory attendance
  • Attend yearly Retreat

Confirmation Program year II:

Completion of year two in the Program

  • Attend a Retreat
  • 20 hours of Community service, volunteer hours.
  • Study of a Saint/Saint's name chosen for Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Parent/Sponsor attendance in our Parent/ Sponsor sessions once a month

Mandatory Registration Requirements:

  • Baptism/Eucharist certificates
  • Child Custody forms
  • Emergency Card
  • Fees are non-refundable


  • Only 4 absences are allowed for the catechetical year.
  • Make up of missed class work must be worked out with their Catechist or Director.

Frequent tardiness 3 or more times:

  • Must be addressed with the Director/Coordinator or early dismissal must be arranged at the beginning of Class.
  • The Catechist must be notified before class about early dismissal.
  • Satisfactory attendance is a requirement in completing their catechetical formation.

Arrival and Dismissal:

All grades from 1st through 8th grade

  • Must have parent signature or signature of guardian or authorize person to sign out student at dismissal time.
  • Sign out sheet will be available in each classroom, Catechist/aide will take responsibility of authorize person to sign out student.

High School Arrival and Dismissal:

  • Each High School Youth must sign in and out when they arrive and when class is dismissed

Safe Environment Procedures

Safety is everyone's concern we must all take care of each other, every child is a child of God, and we must remember our responsibility to keep each child or youth safe.

We need to help take care of each other's children, we are all part of God's family in this program. Please be vigilant and alert. If you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary please inform a Catechist, aide, the Catechetical Secretary, or Director/Coordinator.

Thank you!

Safe Environment Classes

Please note that there will be 2 lessons during the year about safe environment issues related to diocesan policy called Virtus. Each lesson will be formatted towards their grade level and in particular topics related in providing a safe environment for themselves and others.

Classroom management alternatives:

The cooperation and respect for everyone in a classroom is essential. Catechist will state the rules in keeping the classroom environment a learning and respectful place of communication. Therefore, the child/youth behavior is vital for any learning environment. If a child is very disruptive the following procedures can take place:

  • First incident child/youth will be reminded of what is expected and the consequences if misbehavior continues. The catechist/aide will talk with the child or youth aside and remind him of what type of behavior is expected of him/her.
  • Second incident the child/youth will be sent to the Catechetical office and discuss the behavior with the Director.
  • Third incident that child/youth will be sent to the Catechetical office and bring his or her textbook and do classroom work for the reminder of the class. At that time the parent or guardian will be informed about the situation with the Director.


Our Catechists/aides who are all volunteers. They generously offer their time/talent and treasure to our Lord and to the Ministry of Catechesis. They will spend a minimum of 2 or 3 hours weekly to the ministry. In their service to our Catholic Community we prayerfully ask our Lord Jesus to richly Bless them in their work. We give each one gratitude and many thanks.


If any retreat is held outside parish grounds each retreat participant, who is under 18 years old must have their parent/guardian sign a permission slip.

Parental/Guardian Responsibilities

Mass attendance is part of an important responsibility of Sacramental preparation and the overall mission of the Ministry of Catechesis. Coming to and participating in Catechetical classes is just one part of their interaction in the program. We are Catholic Christians and that means that we worship the Lord in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist at mass. As a family worshipping together at mass, this becomes a Blessing for all the members of the family. Our Pastoral team and our Catechetical team would like to see you, attending mass, as a family. Mass is a top priority for all Catholic families, since we are a Eucharistic Community

  • Parent must ensure that their child/youth attend class regularly. In addition they must be dropped off on time and picked up no later then 15 minutes after dismissal time.
  • Parent or designated adult to sign out child or teen.
  • Parent must actively participate in their child/youth catechetical formation as they also are a great help in their Catechetical formation.
  • Parent/guardian should note that our Catechetical Program follows diocesan policies on the Sacramental preparation for each child or youth.
  • Please remember as a Catholic Christian Community we encourage respectful and responsible communication amongst each other.
  • If the parents have any problem or conflict with any volunteer, catechist's aid or personnel in the catechism program, make an appointment with the Director or Coordinators.

Student's Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at Sunday masses and liturgical celebrations.
  • Behave in a Christian manner at all times by showing respect and being cooperative with catechist/aides or adults and other students.
  • Actively participate in classroom activities, discussions, assignments, or homework.
  • Be on time for class, after 10 minutes that is considered tardy
  • High School youth will sign in and sign out during class time.
  • Satisfactory attendance

Code of Conduct:

  • Respect for others and for other's property,
  • Use appropriate social boundaries
  • No tobacco, alcohol, no illicit drugs
  • No pushing, shoving or running in the classroom
  • No profanities in the class

There will be consequences for serious misconduct.



Class Schedule

Rialto Center Only

Classes begin the week of September 16, 2013

  • Sunday Mornings
    • RCIA 10:30a - 12:00p
    • Adult Sacramental 10:30a - 12:00p
  • Monday Evenings 6:00p - 7:30p
    • Parent's Classes
    • Eucharist I -5th to 9th grades
    • Eucharist II –5th to 9th grades
  • Tuesday Evenings 6:00p - 7:30p
    • Parent's Classes
    • Eucharist II-3rd. to 4th grades
  • Wednesday Evenings 6:00p - 7:30p
    • Confirmation I and II

First Saturday of the month Youth Mass and Social Activities

Parents, sponsors, and Students meetings once a month

  • Thursday Afternoons 4:15p - 5:30p
    • Eucharist I -1st-4th grades
    • Parent's Classes

Last week of classes on May 5, 2014

Fontana Center Only

Classes Begin Week of September 5, 2013


  • Tuesday and Friday Evening 6:30p - 8:00p
    • Eucharist I
  • Thursday Evening 6:30p - 8:00p
    • Eucharist II
  • Friday Evening 7:00p - 8:30p
    • RCIA
    • Adult Sacramental

Confirmation Classes

  • Wednesday Evening 7:00p - 8:30p
  • Sunday Afternoon 4:00p - 5:30p
  • Youth Nights 5p - 6p once a month on Tuesday

Last Week of Classes on May 1, 2014

Holidays - Rialto Only

  • Thanksgiving November 25 to December 1, 2013
  • Christmas Vacation December 23 to Jan 5, 2014
  • Martin Luther King Jr. January 23, 2014
  • President's Day February 17, 2014
  • Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014
  • Easter Break April 14 to April 21, 2014

Holidays - Fontana Only

Catechism Only

  • Thanksgiving November 28 to 29, 2013
  • Christmas Vacation December 12, 2013 to Jan 2, 2014
  • LA Congress March 13-14, 2014

Confirmation Only

  • Christmas Vacation December 22 to Jan 5, 2014
  • Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014
  • Easter Break April 13 - 25, 2014