Faith Formation is more than religious instruction. The goal is to encourage growth in faith, which implies both formation and transformation, leading one to live out the Gospel as part of a faith community. Religious education is a lifelong process. Everyone, including the teacher and catechist, is always a learner. Faith Formation is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church. Through Faith Formation, the church seeks to prepare its members, old and young, to proclaim the Gospel message and translate it into action.
St. Barbara Parish offers a Religious Education program for children in grades 1-5 and their families. The program consists of three parts:
1. Religious Education classes: These classes meet twice a month with a Catechist using Pflaum’s liturgical-based program. Classes are based on themes gathered from the Sunday lectionary. These classes are meant to be a learning experience, but also an opportunity for the children to gather as Church. We aim for children to feel a sense of belonging within our Church.
2. Adult Faith Formation: While the children are attending Religious Education, parents are encouraged to attend our Adult Faith Formation program. Adult Faith Formation is led by one of our Franciscan priests or a guest speaker. Parents engage in a time of prayer, discussion, learning, reflection, and encouragement. Parents are the primary catechist for children by teaching with their words, example, and life. Our Adult Faith Formation program is meant to help parents cultivate Catholic values and experiences in the home.
3. Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Grades 1-5): St. Barbara Parish offers a Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Children are dismissed before the First Reading and they return during the Prayers of the Faithful. During this time, children hear the Sunday readings from a Children’s Lectionary. After the readings, children participate in a brief homily/conversation about the themes and stories heard. When appropriate, children will engage with a craft or activity pertaining to the readings.
Registration for Religious Education in 2019-2020 will begin in the summer of 2019. For more information, please contact Alex Turcios, Director of Faith Formation at (805) 682-4151 ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Barbara Parish offers a Middle School Ministry (grades 6-8 ) after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The Middle School Ministry is led by Westmont College students who incorporate fellowship, games, scripture, theology, and more. Youth are encouraged to develop a relationship with Christ and one another. For more information, please contact Alex Turcios, Director of Faith Formation, at (805) 682-4151 ext. 118 or email@example.com.
St. Barbara Parish welcomes children beginning in the first grade to register for our Religious Education program. In their second year of Religious Education, children attend supplemental classes in preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. St. Barbara Parish aims to welcome children, along with their families, as active and participating members of the Parish Community.
First Holy Communion (2019)
Children will receive First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 5 at the 9:00am Mass. We invite our families, parishioners, and guests to join us in celebrating this Sacrament.
For more information, please contact Alex Turcios, Director of Faith Formation, at (805)682-4151 ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered to all high school teenagers. This is a two-year preparation program which culminates in the celebration of the sacrament during the Easter season of the second year.
Throughout the two-year preparation, teens participate in catechetical classes, a retreat, community service projects, group trips, and liturgical experiences.
For more information, please contact Alex Turcios, Director of Faith Formation, at (805)682-4151, ext. 118 or email@example.com.