The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines Sacraments as “holy, visible signs instituted by Christ of an invisible reality, in which Christians can experience the healing, forgiving, nourishing, strengthening presence of God that enables them to love in turn; this is possibly because God’s grace works in the Sacraments.
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)
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 email@example.com.
Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian Initiation. In the Sacrament (“sacred moment”) of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered in a variety of ways: to high school aged persons, to Catechumens (previously unbaptized persons), and to baptized adult Catholics who have not previously had the opportunity to receive the Sacrament.
High School Confirmation (9th-12th grade)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation for Adult Confirmation takes place starting in January and continues through the Lenten and Easter seasons each year. This program is designed for baptized Catholics who have not previously received the Sacrament. Baptized Christians of other denominations who wish to become a member of the Catholic Church are advised to join our RCIA/Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Program. For more information, please contact Fr. Larry Gosselin, OFM or Fr. Dan Lackie, OFM at (805)682-4151.
In this Sacrament of healing — also known as “confession” or “penance,” we are reconciled to God, to the Church, and to others. It is Christ who forgives us our wrong and heals our wounded hearts. In the Roman Catholic tradition, we name our sins before the priest, who represents Christ and “bringing us His forgiveness, absolves us from our sins” in the name of the Lord. (The priest is under the “seal” of confession and may not, under any circumstances whatsoever, disclose to anyone what has been said).
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday in private confession available from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Old Mission Church. (The confessional is located to your immediate right as you enter the Church. Penitents have the option of face-to-face confession, or behind a screen).
We also schedule regular Penitential Services for the celebration in cooperation with other parishes in the City. These are organized during the Advent and Lenten seasons and may take place in the Old Mission Church or at another designated location. Priests are also available by appointment. For more information please contact the parish office at (805)682-4151, ext. 102 or email email@example.com.
Matrimony is a sacrament and as such it is a sign to the world of the invisible God living in our midst – the living God who bears fruit in the lives of two people. They are a continued sign of his power in the world. There is a special grace and power within every couple God has joined together. Everything they do, singly or together, is a living out of their sacrament. Married life is the ground of holiness, love is the seed planted by God.
St. Barbara Parish welcomes marriage inquiries. We all know that wedding preparation can be stressful. Good communication and planning can go a long way towards relieving the stress, and we are here to help and to accompany you during the process. For detailed information regarding our wedding policies and procedures, please complete and submit our online Contact Us form, and choose Wedding as the topic in the dropdown menu.
Whether you have been a life-long parishioner with deep family roots in our community or are coming to us for the first time, we hope that you will feel at home with us here at Saint Barbara Parish and at the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara. We know that you share with us a deep appreciation of this most beautiful, peace-filled, and holy place where people have come for more than 225 years to give God thanks for the blessings of their lives.
For more information, please contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 682-4151