Faith Formation

Baptism Ministers help the families preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism. Additionally, ministers set-up for the celebration of the sacrament in group baptisms and assist at the liturgy when the sacrament is celebrated at Mass. This is a very rewarding experience for a married couple. Alternatively, you could be paired with another minister as an individual. For more information email Monica Goodale at


If you are a CATHOLIC who has been AWAY from the CHURCH for a while, this ministry is for you.  Our faith community at Good Shepherd Catholic Church misses you and is incomplete without you!  No matter how long you have been away or for whatever reason, we invite you to CONSIDER renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church.  Everyone is WELCOME, no matter where you are in your life’s journey.  Contact Dave & Lynette Magnino at  


Good Shepherd Church Catholic Faith Formation program welcomes all baptized children/youth to participate in the CFF Program. Our program is staffed completely by volunteers – Catechists - who donate their time and talent. 

What is a catechist? They are ordinary people doing extraordinary tasks of teaching and sharing their faith as Jesus did-sharing our faith, leading by example and creating opportunities for our children to experience the importance of Jesus in their lives. CFF 

Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Menchie Cabrera, at 916-683-2963 or email at for more info.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a ministry designed to accommodate children in first through fourth grades at the 9 and 11 am Masses.  The children are dismissed from Mass before the first reading so that they can hear the Word of God in age appropriate language. They then participate in discussions about what they are reading and return to Mass after the Homily. For more information contact Chris Kusuma or Maureen Smith at


Couples For Christ (CFC) is a Catholic movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life.  CFC couples have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising families grounded in Christian values, in the service and love of God.  If you want to grow your faith serving the Lord as husband and wife and raising families with God as the center of your family life, please consider CFC.  We have programs, teachings and approaches to Christian renewal within the context of family relationships.  We have other family ministries within the CFC community:  Kids for Christ, Youth for Christ, Singles for Christ, Handmaids of the Lord, and Servants of the Lord.  With our vision of “Families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth”, each of CFC family ministry’s goal is to strengthen relationships with God and with family members.  Visit CFC website at:  Contact Ernesto Sahagun, CFC Ministry Coordinator, at for more information.


Fiat is a ministry for Catholic young adults (ages 18-39) that seeks to inspire personal holiness through holistic formation, authentic friendships, intentional discipleship, vocational discernment, & a deeper encounter with Christ.  Meet us in the Narthex after Adoration on Wednesdays (Adoration ends at 7:00 pm) and join us for fellowship at the youth room. To contact us, please email us at For more events & updates, follow us on Instagram @fiat_ya, or find us on Facebook by searching Fiat Catholic Young Adults.


For more information on the junior high and high school youth groups, contact Gonzalo Duran, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at or visit


Kinderchurch is a parent participation religious education program for children between the ages of 2 to 5.  Our ministry takes place during the 11:00 am Sunday Mass on the first and third Sundays of the month.  The children involved learn about our Catholic Faith through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities and lessons.  Teachers, assistants and youth volunteers are always appreciated and welcome!  We would love to have you join the ministry if you have a desire to share God's word with the children.  No experience is necessary and all curriculum and materials are provided for the classes.  Please contact Victoria Garcia or Mary Finley at  (Registration information can be found at


Our Confirmation Preparation program, let by the Holy Spirit, the guidance of the Bishop, and our pastor, provides formation to the middle school and high school youth of our parish to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  This is a two-year program that cultivates within each candidate a sense of belonging to the parish, fuller participation in the liturgical life of the Church, a relationship with God through prayer and the sacraments, and a desire to live as a true witness of Christ in the world.  For more information contact Elizabeth Pott at


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults process is a series of carefully planned stages, marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the Good Shepherd community, in which new Catholics embark on and join us in a continuing and deepening conversion of faith and discipleship. The RCIA takes the distinctive history and spiritual needs of each person into account. Volunteers are needed in many areas to provide support to the RCIA catechumens. For more information contact Rich & Sharon Dorricott at  

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