Programs for Children & Youth

St. Nicholas & St. William Catholic Parish is committed to helping parents form their children for happy, successful lives. To this end, we have faith formation and sacramental programs for children from first to 12th grade to help them build a relationship with Christ and to grow and deepen their faith. For more information on each program and to register, please go to the link for each program.

2020 Pandemic Note

We are starting our year off with online sessions for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry (Edge and Intersection).  Our county and diocese are providing us guidance for in-person classes/sessions, when & how we can have these sessions.  We continue to follow these guidelines and will update you to any changes needed throughout the year for our full in-person schedules, any need for a hybrid of in-person and distant learning options, or full distant learning options or homeschooling.  You will be able to share your family needs with us in the registration form.

Your families’ well being is of utmost importance to us.  We have missed seeing you all in person and look forward to a year of being physically distanced together as needed!

Summer Programs

Diocesan Holy Family Camp –  This family camp usually takes place in late May and is for the entire family!  We will add the diocese updates here when they are made available.

DYR/Diocesan Youth Retreat –  This high school retreat usually takes place in early June at Zephyr Point Conference Center in Lake Tahoe, CA.  Diocese updates for this retreat can be found here.

VBS/Vacation Bible Camp –  This fun summer camp usually takes place one week in June from 8:30 to 12:30 at St. Nicholas School; sign ups start in February 2021 on our site.  For 2021, the theme is  Treasured, Discovering You’re Priceless to God!

MSDYR/Middle School Diocesan Youth Retreat –  This middle school retreat usually takes place in early July at some of the local mountains.  Diocese updates for this retreat can be found here.

Youth Ministry Mission Trip to Jamaica–  This spiritual and enriching service mission trip usually takes place in July. Sign ups spaces are limited and will be here on our site once we have confirmation from the Missionaries of the Poor for 2021.

Fall to Spring Programs

Registration is now open – please sign up for online sessions that start in September!

We are still in need of catechists.  If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Catherine Campbell at ccampbell@dsj.org or call 650-948-2158, ext. 2209.

Children’s Faith Formation (Grades 1 to 5) 2020-2021

Sundays at 11 am to noon (following the online mass at 10 am) –  Parent Kick-off meeting will be September 13, 11 am to noon, location details will be emailed to parents

Faith Formation classes for children in 1st through 5th grade take place on Sunday morning from 11 am to noon online at this time.  The program runs from September through May.

Edge Middle School Program (Grades 6 to 8) 2020-2021

Mondays at 5:30 to 7 pm – Kickoff will be August 30, 7 to 8:30 pm, online details post registration

All youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grade are encouraged to participate in our Edge Middle School Ministry program. Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth. Edge meets on Monday evenings starting online in September from 5:30 to 7 pm.

“theIntersection” Teen Program (Grades 9 to 12) 2020-2021

Sundays at 6 to 8:00 pm – Kickoff will be August 30, 7 to 8:30 pm, online details post registration

As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, “theIntersection” leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. All 9th through 12th grade students are welcome to join us Sunday nights online from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Sacramental Prep for Children & Teens

First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion (for baptized children) during the Faith Formation Class

The process to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is a two-year process. Children must be in first year program to begin the process. Children cannot receive the Sacraments until they are in the second grade. During the second year, in addition to Faith Formation, families will be required to participate in parent meetings, a retreat and a rehearsal.

Confirmation (Catholic & public school students who have received baptism and First Holy Communion) Generally First Saturdays at 9 am

All 7th through 12th graders are eligible for Confirmation. To begin the process, register for EDGE or “theIntersection.” This program also includes one Saturday morning session once a month from September to May.

Sacraments for Children who have yet to Receive Other Sacraments
Once a month on Saturdays at 9 am

Based on your child’s age, we will integrate your child into a program for sacramental preparation.

For baptisms for children under 7 years old, please contact Deacon Charles Corbalis or call 650-948-2158 x2210.

For baptisms or First Holy Communion for children 7 years and older, please contact Catherine Campbell or call 650-948-2158 x2209.