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Faith Formation

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OUR MISSION:

To catechize is “to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by him.” Catechesis aims at putting “people…in communion…with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”

 ~Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 426

Therefore, it is our goal to lead youth, young adult, adult, and families to the person of Christ in order that they may know God’s Love; and to receive his grace. While we participate in God’s life, we are able to begin to understand who he has called us to be. In this he gives us our true identity. Furthermore, this identity is revealed through faith sharing of the community and participation in the sacraments. 

Religious Education Grades 1-12 is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm during the school year.  The High School group meets at the Newman Center.  1-7 Grades meet at Carroll Hall. Our 5th grade class meets in the upstairs classroom in the Church Office, and 8th grade meets in the Parish Library in the Parish Office Building. An Adult Ed. class is also held in the basement of Carroll Hall at the same time. 


What's happening in the program & resources:

 

 

2017-2018 Faith Formation Registration forms are available here to print or in the office & vestibule of the church

 

 

 

2017 Confirmation is Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00pm. Bishop Steven has requested to meet with the students at 5:30pm.

 

The Bishop has asked that students write a letter why they feel they are ready for Confirmation, and the church mail the letters to him two weeks before.

 

A list of students with saint names & Sponsors will be mailed two weeks prior as well.

 

Confirmation Rehearsal is Sunday, October 22nd at 3:00pm here at St. Barbara's

 

Resources & Articles:

Formed.org (audio, digital books, videos, and full-length movies)

Stations of the Cross Reflections for Teens 

Elements & Actions of Quality Relationships

Holiness-in the Bible & Beyond 

A Seven day virtual Marriage Retreat with Pope Francis

Marital Spirituality

A video on what marriage is all about 

Diversity within the Catholic Church 

Charity: Mark of a true Disciple

A Year of Family Prayers

Personal, not Private (video)

How Can I Pray 

Children's Stations of the Cross

The Mystery of the Incarnation: Model of Evangelization 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says Mercy is "The loving kindness, compassion, or forbearance shown to one who offends." One of my favorite examples of God's mercy is the Prodigal Son. May God's Peace be with you always. Here is a good excerpt on Adoration 

May we always hold in our hearts that Christ "came that they might have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). And may we remember that "there is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear...We love because he first loved us" (1John4:18-19). Here are some great resources:

Preparing for each week's gospel sign-up here 

C.S Lewis on the Difference Between Faith and Emotion

Daily Gospel reflections from Bishop Robert Barron 

Pro-life Statement from Cardinal Timothy Dolan 

How to Pray primer for Parents and Families

Learning within the Christian Family

Faith Falling

Bishop Wenski on the Family 

Catholic and Married: Leaning into love

Pope Francis: On promises made between Husband & Wife 

 

Encountering God in Scripture

 

Divine Praises

Strengthening the Church at home

Living the Liturgy 

A reflection on how to practice civility, charity, and justice by Archbishop Donald Wuerl

The family is the domestic church, the church of the home

An article, "The Beauty of Marriage from a Biblical Perspective" 

The Great Aventure Bible study for Catholics 

Growing with Mary each week. Click here

Blessings: what are they

Create In Me a Clean Heart

31 days with St. Ignatius to grow deeper in your spirituality here 


Catechist/Teacher Resources:

 

www.usccb.org (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Starting the Catechetical year 

Three ways to model Discipleship

Planning & Activities 

Teaching resources

Podcast-Teaching teens to Pray

Using Discernment in Planning

http://formed.org 

www.catechistsjourney.com

www.dynamiccatholic.com

www.ascensionpresents.com 

www.search-institute.org

www.nfcym.org 


Year of Mercy Resources:

A road map for Evangelization

Being Patiently Merciful 

Led by the Holy Spirit 

Reflection on Sacredness of Life

Living each day with Dignity

Dignity of Work

This is a great video showing the dignity of Life

Living under the Mystery of the Cross

Saints for the year of Mercy

Help Jesus Prayer

Here are Five ways to spiritually prepare yourself to live Mercy 

An Article from "The Great Adventure" Packing for the New Year: What to bring, What to leave behind. 

Here is an article Proclaiming the Holy Year at the Holy Door

Celebrating families with resources for the feast of the Holy Family 

A reflection on the family as "The Fundamental locus of the Covenant between the Church and God's Creation.

The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) page on the Jubilee year of Mercy

Mercy in Motion. Is a resource that can be used in families to foster a greater awareness of God's call to act with mercy in our lives. Mercy

Fr. Mike Schmitz shares in this video how God's Mercy is expressed in the mission of the Church.

 

There is light in this World prayer

The Coprporal Works of Mercy Here  

The Spiritual Works of Mercy Here

Here are some great resource on Living Mercy in the year of Mercy.

This is a wonderful video about Being a Merciful Church to Young People. However, I believe it applies to anyone.

A music video by Connor Flanagan 

A prayer book for families 

The following is an article from the USCCB on how we can make Scripture a part of our homes in easy ways. Click Here

Lectio Divina, which means divine reading is a method for praying with scripture. "As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and the presence of God in the events of each day." 

Lectio Divina for & with Kids

Here are some excellent additional resources for faith in the home:

Formed.org is an excellent online resource for Faith Formation for all ages. some of the resources include 33 Days to Morning Glory; Symbolon: Catholic Faith Explained; and Beloved: Mystery & Meaning of Marriage. In addition, they have movies & audio CDs for streaming.  Enter the parish code: 87a428 

For those parents wishing to view content, vidoes, and parent sheets of the Ydisiciple program you may sign-up here


For Teens/young adults:

 

An Ignatian Online Retreat

Be sure to check out the YDisciple videos at Formed.org


For anyone interested in free online religious education webinars check out the link below.

Webinars

AscensionPresents is s an evangelistic platform bringing entertaining, faith-filled, and dynamic presenters straight to your newsfeed. By providing engaging content for our audience that reflects the good, the true and the beautiful we hope to bring their hearts closer to Christ. A website well worth checking out.

The Family is the domestic church; it is where we learn values of faith & love. The family is the first place where we learn to love one another. Please pray for our couples of the parish. For more resources check out :http://www.foryourmarriage.org/  or http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org

Here are a few good articles about making your family a family of faith:

Improving your relationship with your child

Parenting Rituals

The Search Institute "has identified building blocks of healthy development--known as Developmental assets--that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. These can be found here


Faith Formation:

The following is the scope & mission of our Faith Formation program. Below is a further detailed cirruculum of the program.

OUR MISSION:

To catechize is “to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by him.” Catechesis aims at putting “people…in communion…with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”

 ~Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 426

Therefore, it is our goal to lead youth, young adult, adult, and families to the person of Christ in order that they may know God’s Love; and to receive his grace. While we participate in God’s life, we are able to begin to understand who he has called us to be. In this he gives us our true identity. Furthermore, this identity is revealed through faith sharing of the community and participation in the sacraments. 

Click on each for each of the following items:

First Communion Forms

Confirmation Reg. Forms

 

Faith Formation Curriculum

Each of these curriculum has been specially chosen to help students grow in their faith, make faith connections to every day life, understand the beauty and importance of the sacraments, and help students and families together grow in communion with Christ.

Here are our Guidelines for each of the grades and handbook for the Faith Formation program:

Faith Formation Handbook

Guidelines

Grades first through sixth use "We Believe with Project Disciple" by Sadlier Publishing

Grades seven and eight use "We Believe, We live our Faith" by Sadlier Publishing, along with "Theology of the Body for Teens: Discovering God's Plan for Love and Life middle school edition" by Ascension Press.

Our high school students, which includes nineth grade through twelfth grade uses Chosen a curriculum by Ascension press, through the Ydisciple platform.


Confirmation 2017:

 

Confirmation for 2017 is set for Wednesday, Oct. 25th 2017 6:30pm  at St. Anthony's

Confirmation Rehearsal will be Sunday, Oct 22nd 2017 at 3:00pm

Confirmation 2018:

 

Some changes have been requested by Bishop Steven for Confirmation 2018. 1) Mass will be on Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 7:00pm here at St. Barbara's 2) Bishop Steven would like to meet with the students prior to the Confirmation mass from 5:30-6:30pm. Students please arrive 15min prior to meeting. Sponsors please arrive promptly at 6:30pm. 3) Student letters to the Bishop will be mailed to him two weeks prior to Confirmation.

Thank you & God's Peace 


 

Parent Resources:

http://www.foryourmarriage.org/

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/

http://www.parentfurther.com/

http://www.catholicparents.org/index.html

http://old.usccb.org/marriageuniqueforareason/documents/made-for-life-resource-booklet-web.pdf

Current Movie Reviews:

http://www.catholicnews.com/movies.htm

Financial Resources:

http://www.daveramsey.com
 


 

For more information contact stbarbs.religiousedu@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

 

 

Youth Resources:

 

http://www.nfcym.org/

http://www.usccb.org


Young Adult opportunities:

It is our hope that young adults may encounter Christ as we walk together on the journey of life. Our true identity that lies in Christ is unveiled to us through faith sharing, prayer, participation in the sacraments, adoration, and a connection to the community. Check the link below for upcoming events. All opportunities are open to any young adult 18-mid 30s married, single, or have children. Children are also welcome at any of our events

 

 

Contact  stbarbs.religiousedu@gmail.com

Be Sure to like/follow the Newman Center on Facebook!!

 

Young Adult Resources:

 

http://www.foryourmarriage.org

http://www.ncyama.org/

http://www.usccb.org

www.divineoffice.org
 


Community Events:

 

 

 

Reconciliation

Eucharist

Confirmation

Faith Formation Handbook

 

2017 Confirmation is Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00pm

 

Changes Requested by the Bishop:

 

- Bishop will meet with students at 5:30pm

-students write letter explaining why they are ready for Confirmation. This letter will be mailed to the Bishop by the Church two weeks prior to Confirmation.

-A list of student names with saint names and sponsors will also be mailed.