Dear St. Barbara Family,
I write to invite your participation in the 2018-19 Faith Formation at St. Barbara Parish, Foundations of Faith. Foundations of Faith allows an opportunity for us to work with families, and to provide the tools and knowledge necessary for parents to serve as the primary educators, in the faith, for their children.
In this process learning and formation engages both children and adults. For families this means that children are not isolated from their parents. But this process is not limited only to families. All parishioners are invited to utilize these opportunities for their own ongoing formation.
The information listed below provides an outline of each monthly session; a listing of all the dates of the sessions; and the topics that will be presented this year. Foundations of Faith provides an opportunity for all participants, young and old, to learn about the same subject, but at an age appropriate level. While middle school and high school youth will not meet on these evenings due to space constraints, they will be covering the same topics in their own monthly gatherings. However, any middle school or high school youth can join us for a service inspired portion of Foundations of Faith. Monthly, teens will engage in works of service so we may continue to build up the Body of Christ. Each month will offer something different and the youth of our parish are encouraged to attend all sessions or simply one as their schedule allows.
As a reminder, those youth currently in middle school, need to be actively involved in EDGE, our middle school youth ministry this year, as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. High school youth are not finished with Formation either! They need to continue to be actively involved in LIFE, our high school youth ministry.
Foundations of Faith is our primary model of formation here at St. Barbara. While participation is open to all parishioners, it is expected that all families with children from Grades Pre K-5 will participate. However, another option does exist. Families with children in Grades K-5 may choose a home-based option. If this option is preferred, please indicate on the separate enclosed registration form. Those families will be provided a textbook and lesson guidelines.
Please return the registration form and fee to the Parish Office by August 30, 2018. Any questions or concerns can be directed to me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 724-744-7474.
God Bless You,
Joan Duncan, Director of Faith Formation