Religious Education

The St. Frances Cabrini Parish Department of Religious Education (also referred to as the “Catechetical Ministry”), facilitates the lifelong process of deepening our Catholic Faith. There is an ongoing need for committed volunteers to assist with the October through May programs for students in grades K-12. All Catholics familiar with the truths of the Faith and regularly participating in parish sacramental life are encouraged to volunteer to share their gifts. To Volunteer please contact Mrs. Schenck, the Parish Director of Religious Education at 408-377-2111.

St. Frances Cabrini Parish Religious Education Classes

(Dates Subject to Change)

  • Grade K-6th – Wednesday Classes 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
  • Grades 7th-12th – Wednesday Classes, 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM (Classroom Catechesis)
  • All – Attending Saturday or Sunday Masses (Liturgical Catechetics/Worship)
  • Note: Parent meetings are required if the student is enrolled in a Sacrament year
  • View our Calendar which includes the Religious Education class schedule, important dates and holidays

For more information about Religious Education programs at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, please contact Mrs. Schenck, the Parish Director of Religious Education at 408-377-2111.

November 2019 Schedule Continues

Save these November dates to attend classes: Wednesdays Nov. 6, 13, & 20.
No classes on Wed. November 27th — Happy Thanksgiving!
Classes are in full swing and students go directly to class. A reminder that students cannot be in the classroom until the teacher arrives. Classes begin at 5:00 PM and go until 6:15 PM, please try your best to be on time and not miss your child’s class.
Thank you so much to Ms. Jane Daigle for her help teaching each Rel. Ed. class how to handle a fire drill. Everyone felt it was necessary and learned what to do.
Please note that there will be no CLOW on November 7th due to the installation Masses for Fr. Michael and Fr. Joe.
For more information: Joan Schenck, DRE •

2019 -2020 Programs Underway

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, called CLOW, has begun during the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass so that children in grades Kinder to 5th can hear the reading in age-appropriate language. Seventh grade and up can help volunteer and earn service hours. Please join us!

Contact Mrs. Schenck for late registration forms for Rel Ed classes and Sacraments.

Classes are underway. Parents can still register through October 31, 2019.

The St. Frances Cabrini Parish Department of Religious Education (also referred to as the “Catechetical Ministry”), facilitates the lifelong process of deepening our Catholic Faith. For more information contact Joan Schenck, DRE •

The Religious Education Program has now ended the 2018 – 2019 school year!

 It’s been a busy year and ending with an explosion of big changes coming our way for next year!
Thank all of our hard working catechetical team: Grace Triunfante, Lisa Koen, Trang Tran, Melissa and Matt Shafer, Joann Allegretti, Michelle and Kelly Dodds, Donna Tkach, Mary Ellen Poirier, Margie Schillage, Jancy Vincent, Sue Keller, Pedro Aguilar, and Linda Brady. Not to mention the teens that regularly helped us with CLOW on Sunday mornings — Shannon and Aiden Miranda, Leona and Max Sawaya, Kelly and Michael Dodds, and Nick Metz.
We have already met our new Bishop Oscar Cantu, as he confirmed 82 Confirmandi from SFC school & ReligiousEd. on May 4th. Fr. Michael Hendrickson and Fr. Gabriel celebrated First Holy Communion this past May 18th for 66 young students. Fr. Michael will be leaving us, and we wish him all the best at his new assignment at St. Mary’s in Gilroy. This July 1st we will have a new Pastor, Fr. Joe Galang, let’s give him a warm welcome!
Certificates & Photos From Sacrament Masses are Coming
Our certificates and photos from the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be ready very soon. Just see and ask us at the 9:30 am Mass.
Registration for 2019 – 2020
Registration for the new school year will begin in mid-September, classes begin the first Wednesday of October — October 2nd, from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM in the school.
Have a great summer and be sure to keep Christ in it, by going to visit him at Church.

SFC Parishioners Honored at Saint Pius X Awards Banquet

In early May 2019 the Diocese of San Jose held the 49th annual “Saint Pius the X Awards Banquet” at the Villa Ragusa in Campbell.
Supporting Catechetical Ministry in our own parishes we show our appreciation of our hard working catechists.
These men and women intentionally dedicate their lives to spreading the Gospel to children, youth, young adults, RCIA, music ministry, Sacrament preparation, and much more.
The program consisted of a delicious dinner followed by awards going to many of volunteer catechists within the DSJ Churches that joined in the event this year.
All awards were presented by our new Bishop Oscar Cantu. Bishop Patrick McGrath and many parish priests were in the audience.
Father Gabriel and Joan Schenck joined in the celebration and are very proud to say that the following parishioners were honored:
Grace Triunfante and Lisa Koen both received a five year award for all their work with “The Children’s Liturgy of the Word” program on Sundays at the 9:30 am Mass.
The 25 year award was presented to former professional teacher, Linda Brady, who finds it is a rewarding experience to bring children towards a closer relationship with God. An original Red Barner, making her Sacraments here, Linda enjoys giving back to SFC parish children.
Special recognition for 35 years award was presented to four of our Cabrini volunteer catechists. John and Jennifer Donnelly can be seen and heard weekly at the Saturday
5:00 PM Mass, Sunday 9:30 AM Mass, plus Praise and Worship on First Fridays, Masses for funerals, First Communions, Confirmations, weddings and much more. Together they lead their family in music ministry and with other musicians and singers year after year.
Donna Tkach has taught Baptism Preparation classes for 21 years, followed by teaching RCIA, and currently preparing older children for first communion. Donna also led adult Bible studies for 35 years and still does. She loves informing both children and adults of the wonders of the Catholic Faith.
Margie Schillage, another Red Barner, enjoys teaching her 5th grade students and feels that they have such an innate love for God. She has a wonderful gift of spreading the
Good News to her students and feels a strong connection that manifests after class feeling touched by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Truly, St. Frances Cabrini has been blessed with these hard working, faith-filled Catholics giving their best to our parish children, teens and adults.

The History of Religious Education – Formerly “CCD”

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) was mandated for every diocese and parish of the Catholic Church to provide education in the faith for the young, converts, and those otherwise unable to benefit from the parochial school system. This is accomplished as Religious Education under the immediate supervision of our Pastor and Director of Religious Education. The term “CCD” is no longer used, but referred to as either Catechetical Ministry or Religious Education.

Classroom Rules

  1. Be courteous to all
  2. Respect others property (do not touch other students’ desks, backpacks, personal belongings, or possessions inside desks)
  3. Classroom Behavior:
    • No running in the halls
    • Clean up your own mess
    • Ask teacher for permission to leave the classroom (for any reason)
    • Follow your teacher’s rules for watching a movie
  4. The following are OFF LIMITS to students without the teacher’s permission:
    • Teachers desk and tables, aides desk, books and podium area
    • All computers and other multimedia equipment (TV’s, VCR’s, Laptops, Projectors, etc…)
    • Lights, air conditioner and heater switches
    • Phone (in emergency dial 3001)
    • Writing or coloring on white boards

Youth & Life Teens Ministry

“Leading Teens Closer to Christ”

There are two Life Teen youth groups. The first is a Jr. High group (grades 7 & 8), and the second is a High School group (grades 9-12). Participants enjoy movie nights, theme social nights, service projects, retreats and more!

St. Frances Cabrini Parish also holds a Life Teen Youth Mass every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. which includes our youth choir. For more information about the Youth & Life Teen program at St. Frances Cabrini Parish and upcoming youth events, please contact Mrs. Schenck, the Parish Director of Religious Education at 408-377-2111.

Important Spring 2019 Religious Education Dates

NO CLASSES ON WED, FEBRUARY 20TH DUE TO WINTER BREAK. Please return to classes on Wednesday, Feb.27th.
Wednesday, March 6th 5:00 PM Ash Wednesday Mass
for all classes, meet in church sit with your teacher, attendance will be taken and your family can sit with you.
Thursday, March 14th 7:00 PM Parent Mandatory Meeting for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and FHC. Parents only. Sign in with Fr. Michael as our speaker.
Saturday, March 30th Confirmation Conference & Mass
with the Bishop at Bellarmine College Prep. Payment of $30. per student due now with registration. Questions?
Saturday, May 4, Confirmation Mass 10:00 AM.
Saturday, May 18, FHC Masses are 10:00 AM & noon.