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Faith Formation Classes

Catholic faith formation nurtures conversion that is directed not only toward service of the believing community, but also to society at large. Jesus called his disciples to go out to all the world to spread the good news of salvation. Catholics do this when they use their gifts and talents in the service of others. By evangelization, proclaiming the Good News of Christ. This is not just a matter of preaching, but showing kindness and charity to others. Faith formation nurtures the mind and the heart so that the gospel message may be evidenced by words and deeds.

Please view the Youth and Adult Faith Formation classes available below. If you require additional information, please contact the church office.

Parent volunteers are an essential part of our Faith Formation Program. Volunteers are needed to lead and assist the classes. All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program. Please contact Allison Ramirez at allison@stbarbarachurch.org if you are interested in volunteering with Faith Formation. 

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:16

Youth Faith Formation Classes

Sunday School - 3 years old to 2nd Grade

Open to children 3 years old through 2nd grade. We call the children out during the 10:00am mass and use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies to talk about the Sunday readings. We also play games, make crafts, and read books. We welcome your little ones to join us! Children are welcome to join throughout the year. Class Schedule PDF

Children's Sacramental Class - 2nd to 5th Grade

First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation. Open to children in grades 2nd – 5th who have previously completed a year of faith formation at the parish or another parish. We use the Loyola press sacrament curriculum and meet in between the masses from 9 to 10 am. *If you have an older child in need of these sacraments, please contact Allison Ramirez allison@stbarbarachurch.org directly. Class Schedule PDF

Elementary Faith Formation - 3rd to 5th Grade

Open to children in grades 3rd – 5th who have already received the sacrament of First Communion or are completing their first year of faith formation needed to receive the sacraments. We use a variety of curriculum including Loyola’s Finding God, and Catholic Connections Handbooks. This is an opportunity for continued community and faith building for your child!

All classes are Sunday from 9 to 10 am between masses, in the church basement classrooms. Class Schedule PDF

Youth Group & Confirmation - 6th to 12th Grade

Youth Group meets Sunday afternoons from 11:30 - 1:00pm in the lower classrooms. Join us for food, fellowship, faith formation topics, and community-building opportunities.

 

**Open to both confirmed youth and anyone in grades 6-12. Attending a year of Youth Group will count for the year of faith formation needed to begin Confirmation prep.

Confirmation Grades 7-12

The Confirmation Program is open to any youth grades 7-12 who have previously attended a year of faith formation at the parish Youth Group. This sacrament class meets simultaneously with Youth Group on Sundays from 11:30-1:00pm in the lower-level classrooms.

Youth Group - Class Schedule PDF

Confirmation Program - Class Schedule PDF

VBS Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is open to children ages 3 through 5th grade. During the week, children will learn Bible stories, play related games, and build new friendships with their fellow groupmates. VBS is typically held for a week in July.

 

Parent volunteers are essential in the planning, preparation, and execution of VBS. Please contact Allison Ramirez if you would like to help make our VBS a successful, fun-filled week. All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program.

Adult Faith Formation Classes

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a faith formation process through which non-baptized adults or baptized adults of a different Christian denomination may enter into full Communion with the Catholic Church. Baptized Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation may also join this process.

 

RCIA is also a great place to ask questions and explore the faith to see if it is right for you. We invite you to join us and find where God may be calling you.

 

Beginning September 19th, 2022, every Monday night from 7 pm to 8 pm.

 

Contact Valerie Winston Healy in the Parish Office at 360-886-2229 or paa@stbarbarachurch.org for more information.

Adult Bible Study

Faith formation is a life-long endeavor. Our faith, like any essential area of our life, needs attention and refreshment. The programs we offer will help you grow in faith, knowledge and devotion to Christ and His Church. Join us as we grow together exploring the richness of the Catholic faith through our weekly Bible Study.

 

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm

 

Contact Allison Ramirez at 360-886-2229(x221) or allison@stbarbarachurch.org.

Catholic Stuff

All the questions you always wanted to ask... Why do we do that? Where did that come from? What do we believe about fill in the blank? Why do we have a Pope? Where's that in Catholic Teaching?

 

We will be holding weekly studies on various Catholic topics including but not limited to: saints, sacraments, liturgy, church history and tradition, church teaching, etc.

 

No Registration necessary,

 

Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm

 

Contact Valerie Winston Healy at 360-886-2229(x221) or paa@stbarbarachurch.org for more information.

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"Catholic education aims not only to communicate facts but also to transmit a coherent, comprehensive vision of life, in the conviction that the truths contained in that vision liberate students in the most profound meaning of human freedom."


- Pope John Paul II

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