As Religious Education Registration has closed, the RE office will not be open as they process and assign classrooms. Parents who have registered their children: please don’t forget to attend the Parent Orientations. There, questions regarding the program year and sacramental preparation will be answered.
Orientation for Pre-School through Sixth Grade (English) Sunday, August 28th—8:30 a.m.—Dining Room
Orientation for Pre-School through Sixth Grade (Spanish) Sunday, August 28th—8:30 a.m.—Dining Room
Orientation for 1st-5th: Sunday, August 28th—10:15 a.m.—Parish Chapel
Orientation for Middle School (6th-8th) (Bilingual) Wednesday, August 31st—6:30 p.m.—Parish Chapel
Pre-Confirmation & Confirmation Orientation: Friday, September 9th—5:30 p.m.—Parish Chapel
Director of Religious Education, Elementary & Middle School
I was born and raised in Oceanside CA. I’ve been a parishioner at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea since I was a child. My faith role models are my parents. As a child, my dad would share biblical stories and evangelize my siblings and me through simple family dinner conversations. That is where the seeds of faith were planted, where I grew to love my faith and felt the desire to share it with others.
I volunteered in Youth Ministry for fifteen years, teaching Confirmation, planning retreats, and attending and coordinating trips like Steubenville, Camp Emmaus, Synergy, and LA Youth Day. I also worked with young adults planning youth groups, bible study, praise and worship services, youth masses, Eucharistic Adoration, and fellowship events.
In Religious Education, I’ve taught children from grades preschool through eighth grade. I’ve seen many of my former students go to college, get married, start a family and continue living out their faith.
Watching the children and youth who have been a part of my catechetical journey grow up and serve the Church is one of the most rewarding feelings.
I started working at the parish in December of 2016 as the admin for the faith formation office. I then transferred to the Mission and worked as the admin and HR for 2 years. I am now back at the parish happy to reunite with the amazing catechists and families of our community. I am currently working towards my certificate in Catechetical Ministry from the Diocesan Institute of San Diego.
I am married to my wonderful husband Giovanni. We have three wonderful children, two of which have special needs. My father was ordained a Deacon three years ago, I am so proud of him.
My favorite pastimes are singing, reading, and spending time with my family. Please pray for me and our entire catechetical team.
Bro. Javier "Tito" Garcia Marquez was born in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco in Mexico. He is the 9th child of Teresa Marquez and Jose de Jesus Garcia, a farmworker. His parents are immigrants, originally from the highlands of the state of Jalisco. He had eighteen brothers and sisters (thirteen alive). Bro. Tito was educated in Mexico and the United States in both Catholic and public schools. He graduated from the Franciscan School of Theology, receiving a Master of Divinity. He loves to make greetings cards and donate them and loves to collect canceled postage stamps. Please remember him when you see them. Please stop and introduce yourself to him so he can start knowing each one of you. He loves to watch movies, eat, and travel. He loves to visit old buildings and castles. Please keep him in your prayers.
I have grown up here at Mission San Luis Rey Parish since I was seven years old. My relationship with my faith began when a priest from the Parish showed me how to play a few chords on the guitar to a song called Alabaré. I fell in love with the guitar as well as worshiping God through music. From there, I became more involved in the church through the music ministry which led to further service including Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Social Outreach, Youth Ministry, and eventually as a Catechist for the Confirmation program. I have always felt the calling to serve God and my community. My lovely parents, three sisters and I are all active parishioners here at the Mission. I love collecting crosses to hang up on my cross wall! One of my favorite saints is St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, playing guitar, and spending time with my family and friends. Please keep me and our ministry in your prayers.”
“He crecido aquí en la Parroquia Misión San Luis Rey desde que tenía 7 años. Mi relación con mi fe comenzó cuando un sacerdote de la Parroquia me enseñó a tocar unos acordes en la guitarra de la cancion Alabaré. Me enamoré de la guitarra y de adorar a Dios a través de la música. A partir de ahí, me involucré más en la iglesia sirviendo en el ministerio de la música. Segui con mi servicio en los ministerios de Acolitos, Eucaristía, la Casa de Loretto, Grupo de Jovenes y como catequista para el programa de Confirmación. Siempre he sentido el llamado a servir a Dios y a mi comunidad. Mis queridos padres, tres hermanas, y yo somos activos aquí en la Paroquia. ¡Me encanta coleccionar cruces para colgar en mi pared de cruces! Mi santo favorito es la Santa Madre Teresa de Calcuta. En mi tiempo libre me gusta cocinar, leer, tocar la guitarra y estar con mi familia y amigos. Por favor, manténganme a mí y a nuestro ministerio en sus oraciones."