Children's Ministries

Let the children come to me and do not hinder them.  It is to just such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs.Mark 10: 13-16

The following Children’s Ministry programs are available through St. Simon Catholic Parish.

If you are interested in becoming a catechist for our Children's Ministry, please contact the Director of Catechetical Ministry.

You may also visit the Children's Ministry Online Calendar.

Program Categories

Catechetical Programs | Sacramental Preparation | Liturgical Programs | Catholic Scouting

Catechetical Programs

Sunday Nursery Co-Op

The St. Simon Nursery Cooperative allows parents to attend Mass peacefully knowing that their children are in good hands. The Nursery operates throughout the year from 8:45am until 10:15am during the 9:00am Mass in the Little Saints Preschool behind the Parish Office. The children range from ages 8 months to 3 years are welcome or until they are ready for Preschool Faith Formation (PSFF). The ratio of adult to children is generally 1:4. There is no nursery during major holidays and 3rd week of June through the 3rd week of August. The service is provided compliments of St. Simon Parish. There is a regular adult childcare provider every Sunday along with a rotating St. Simon Co-op Parent.

Pre-School Faith Formation

Pre-School Faith Formation (PSFF) is a God-readiness program for children ages three (3) through Kindergarten (5). Sessions are held on Sunday mornings from 8:55am-10:10am during the 9:00am Mass. PSFF begins in mid-September and continues through the end of May. For more information, please see the Preschool Faith Formation page.

Contact & Links

Erika Ibarra
eibarra@stsimon.org
 650-967-8311 x32

Preschool of Religion

Children's Faith Formation

Children’s Faith Formation (CFF) is a religious education and faith formation program for children in grades 1-5. Sessions are held on Sundays from 10:05am - 11:10am. CFF begins in September and continues through May. For more information, please see the CFF Grades 1-5 page.

Contact & Links

Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP
Director of Catechetical Ministry

mhnguyen@stsimon.org
650-967-8311, ext 32

CCM Grades 1-5

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a one-week summer camp open to children entering Kindergarten through grade 6. Counselor positions are available for students entering grades 7 and older.The annual camp is a fantastic leadership opportunity for our youth and is a sought-after volunteer experience.  For more information, please see the Vacation Bible School page.

Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is normally a two-year process beginning in 1st grade. All 2nd-grade students registered in St. Simon Parish School or CFF are considered candidates for First Eucharist.

Contact

Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP

Director of Catechetical Ministry

mhnguyen@stsimon.org
650-967-8311, ext 32

Confirmation

Preparation for Confirmation is normally a two-year process beginning in 7th grade. All students registered in St. Simon Parish School 8th grade or MS YM 8th grade are considered candidates for Confirmation. Eighth grade students not attending St. Simon Parish School will meet separately during the regularly scheduled MS YM sessions between January and May in immediate preparation for Confirmation. If you are in high school and seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, you should be registered in the HS YM program and will need to contact the Youth Ministry office to obtain information about immediate preparation for Confirmation.

Contact & Links

T.B.D.
Confirmation Coordinator

rectory@stsimon.org
650-967-8311 x31

RCIA for Children

Children over the age of 7 who are not baptized or catechized, or who are 3rd grade and older seeking the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist, must make special arrangements with the Children's Ministry office.

Contact

Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP

Director of Catechetical Ministry

mhnguyen@stsimon.org
650-967-8311, ext 32

Liturgical Programs

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word meets on Sundays during the 9:00am Mass. Children in grades 1-4 are encouraged to hear the Word of God at their own level. There is no registration for this program and children are welcome to bring their friends and family to join in hearing God’s Word. Children attend Mass with their parents and are dismissed following the Opening Prayers to return during the Prayers of the Faithful.

Contact

Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP

Director of Catechetical Ministry

mhnguyen@stsimon.org
650-967-8311, ext 32

Children's Choir

The Children's Choir, open to all students in grades 1-8, serves the parish community as dedicated music ministers throughout the school year. Through song, sign language, liturgical movement and reverence, the children strive to not perform, but to serve as role models to the assembly, to lead them in sung prayer and to enhance worship.

Contact & Links

Amy Stacke
Music Coordinator

music@stsimon.org
650-968-9952, ext 36

Music Ministry


Altar Server Training

Children in fifth grade and above are invited to the ministry of altar serving. Those who feel called to this ministry attend several training sessions throughout the year, shadow experienced Altar Servers, and are then scheduled during regular Sunday liturgies. If you or your child are interested in serving in this ministry, or would like more information, please visit the Altar Servers page.

Contact & Links

Suzanne Fitzgerald
Liturgy Director

liturgy@stsimon.org
650-967-8311, ext. 21

Altar Servers

Eucharistic Minister and Lector Training

Fully initiated Catholics of all ages are welcome to volunteer in the ministry of Lector or Eucharistic Minister during our daily or Sunday liturgies.  For more information, please see the Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors pages.

Contact & Links

Suzanne Fitzgerald
Liturgy Director

liturgy@stsimon.org
650-967-8311, ext. 21

Eucharistic Ministers
Lectors

Catholic Scouting

Scouting for Boys and Girls

Scouting is a marvelous way for the youth of our parish to be involved in their community.  St. Simon Catholic Parish is home to nearly 200 active Catholic Scouts, including Boy Scout Troop 103Cub Scout Pack 103, and six active Girl Scout troops.  For more information, please visit the Scouting pages.

Contact & Links

Elizabeth Aguilar

scouting@stsimon.org

Scouting

St. Simon Parish Youth Council

Youth Council to learn more about how to get involved in our Parish Youth Council. This is an advisory council to the pastor and program leaders who plan and implement our programs for parish youth.