Religious Education

Religious Education encompasses the faith formation of our entire parish community. Our children learn and grow in their faith, and adults endeavor to continue in this learning process throughout their lives. Our Religious Education Program for children at Santa Maria de la Paz is maintained by our Director of Evangelization & Family Catechesis. If parents need assistance or have questions, please contact Sr. Mary Gianna, Director of Evangelization & Family Catechesis by calling (505) 629-4212 or via e-mail at


Religious Education Registration 

We are now accepting  religious  education  registration.    If your child participated in religious education classes the past two years at  Santa  Maria  de  la Paz,  you  will  receive  a  packet in the mail.  Otherwise, please stop by the parish office during office hours to pick up registration packets and to register your child(ren).    Please turn in  all  registration  packets  no later than Wednesday,  August  18,  2021  to  the  parish office.   You may  also  register  your  child(ren)  after  the  weekend  Masses  of  Saturday,  August  7  and  Sunday,  August  8, 2021.  Santa Maria  de  la  Paz  offers  religious  education  beginning with Pre-K through 7th grade. Children can start as young as 5 years  of  age.  We  offer  two  sessions  on  Sundays:  8:00am—9:15am  or  10:45am—12:00pm.  The  fee  is  $35  for  the  first child,  $30  for  the  second  and  so  on.  Payments  can  be  arranged. 

Click here for the 2021-22 Religious Education Calendar. 

Sacrament of First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
(Important Dates)

First Holy Communion Preparation for First Holy Communion is a two year process. As  per  the  Archdiocese,  First  Holy  Communion  is  received in  the  3rd  grade  or  age  8/9.  The  2nd  grade  class  is  on  Sundays  and  3rd  grade  is  held  on  Tuesday  evenings  from  6:00 pm—7:30pm. The fee for the 3rd grade year is $60. There will be an orientation on September 7th in the parish social hall at 6:00pm.  Registrations  must  be  filled  out  prior  to  orientation.

Children who have reached the 3rd grade and have received the Sacrament of Baptism are eligible to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion if they have completed a pre-requisite year of religious education.  (If not at Santa Maria de la Paz, proof of religious education from another parish must be provided).  Please note:  A recently issued (within last 6 months) Baptismal Certificate may be required by the Parish office from First Holy Communion children.

First Communion classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the SMDLP Social Hall.  

Click here to download My First Eucharistic Booklet.  [To set up your booklet, print using "2-sided or duplex printing", "flip on short edge", and "landscape orientation". Fold the printed pages down the middle.]

Haga clic aquí para descargar Mi Primera Eucaristía Folleto. [Para configurar el folleto, imprimir utilizando "2 caras o impresión a doble cara", "voltear en borde corto", y "orientación horizontal".  Doblar las páginas impresas por la mitad.]

First Holy Communion Important Dates


Children's Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

        Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 6:00pm & Friday, May 3, 2022, 6:00pm

Mass of the Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday Mass)

         Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:00pm

First Holy Communion Candidates Testing

         Monday, April 25 through Thursday, April 28, 2022

May Crowning and Scapulat Investiture

Sunday, May 1, 9:30am

First Reconciliation

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6:00pm (Group I)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 6:00pm (Group II)

        First Holy Communion Rehearsal

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 1:00pm (Group I)
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00pm (Group II)

        First Holy Communion 

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 5:00pm (Group I)
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 5:00pm (Group II)

RCIA for Children

If your  child  is  older  than  6  years  of  age  and  has  not  been Baptized, they will need to go through The Rite of Christian Initiation  of  Adults  Adapted  for  Children.  This  also  applies to  older  children  who  have  not  received  their  First  Holy Communion. The fee for this sacramental program is $60. 

Adult Religious Education 
Since our children do not learn in isolation, but rather with their families, we ask that parents participate in one of the virtual programs offered over the course of the year in addition to helping their children with religious education at home, praying daily, and attending Mass regularly.  Click here for our Adult Religious Education schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe policy mandates that all volunteers attend the Abuse Awareness Training for Adults.  Click on SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING on our homepage to take the Abuse Awareness Training on-line.

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Frequently Asked Questions...

For what grade levels does Santa Maria de la Paz offer Religious Education?

The Sunday Religious Education program is offered for grade levels K-7th grade.

Is there a fee for Children’s Religious Education?

The fee for parishioners of SMDLP is $35. There is an additional $25 fee for children who are receiving the Sacrament of First Eucharist.

Are all parents required to attend Fr. Daniels Adult Religious Education sessions?

Although we strongly suggest that all parents attend the adult sessions, only the parents of the First Communion children are required to attend.

My child is receiving his First Communion. Is he required to have a prerequisite year of Religious Education classes?

Yes. All children who are receiving the Sacrament of First Communion are required to have a prerequisite year of Religious Education classes.

My child attends Santo Nino (or St. Michael’s) is he required to attend Sunday classes as well as First Communion classes? What about the prerequisite year?

No. If your child attends a private Catholic school, he is not required to attend Sunday classes or attend the prerequisite year prior to First Communion.

I would like to teach Religious Education classes. What are the requirements?

You may contact Sr. Stella Maris, Director of Evangelization & Family Catechesis at about donating your time of teaching our faith to younger generations. PLEASE NOTE: All volunteers are required to attend an Safe Environment training per the Archdiocese of Santa Fe policy. Contact the Santa Maria de la Paz office for training dates or call Annette Klimka, Safe Environment Coordinator, at the Archdiocese offices at (505) 831-8144.


For information on any of these programs contact:
 or (505) 629-4212

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