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 Foundations of Faith

​Foundations of Faith is an intergenerational approach to faith formation. It 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 faith, for their children.

In this process, learning and formation engages both children and adults.  For families, this means that children are not the only ones learning.  However, this process is not limited only to families with children. All parishioners are invited to participate.

Foundations of Faith is our primary model of formation. It is expected that all families with children in preschool (age 4) to fifth grade will participate.  Another option does exist. Families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade may choose a home based option.  No family will be turned away due to financial hardship.

If you have questions regarding Foundations of Faith, please view the 2018-19 information listed below; contact Joan Duncan by email at jduncan@dioceseofgreensburg.org; or call the Parish Office at 724-744-7474.

 The Creed

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 jduncan@dioceseofgreensburg.org or by phone 724-744-7474.

God Bless You,
Joan Duncan, Director of Faith Formation

 Registration & Sessions for 2018-19

Registration

-- Registration is now closed --

Registration Fee: $90/family and $50/single adult includes all meals and materials

The annual fee is due at time of registration, or families may pay $25/single session and meal. Single sessions can be paid the evening of Foundation of Faith. No family will be turned away due to financial hardship.

Registration is now closed. If you wish to participate in the 2018-19 formation year, please reach out to Joan Duncan in the Parish Office to discuss the Home Based option. 

Session Specifics

All sessions are from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.  We will gather for dinner in the Social Hall, followed by the opening experience and breakout sessions for those in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as a session for adults. Students in six through twelfth grade will attend a service project session. The evening will end with closing prayer in the church. Please note, babysitting is available for children 18 months to 3 years old. 

September 12
What is Faith?

Objectives: To deepen our understanding of faith and to strengthen our faith in God.

Service Project: Homemade Pet Treats for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

​October 10
Images of God

Objectives: To explore one's current image of God and how it is developed; to incorporate the implications of one's image of God into daily life.

Service Project: Blessing Bags

November 14
Incarnation: God Among Us

Objectives: Have a deeper understanding of what the incarnation is and why God became human; appreciate how much God loves them; and respond in action, especially in celebrating Christmas, in ways that are faithful and appropriate to the event being celebrated.

Service Project: No-Sew Hats and Scarves

January 9
Jesus Teaches Us About Ourselves

Objectives: To recognize that God created us and has a plan for each of us; to recognize that it is only through the gift of grace that we are given the opportunity to participate in the life of God; to understand that it is Jesus who most fully reveals God to us; to recognize that we can more fully discover God's plan for us through a relationship with Jesus Christ; and to understand how Jesus teaches us about ourselves through is relationships, his words and actions (with specific attention to The Beatitudes).

Service Project: Toiletry Kits

February 13
Resurrection of the Body

Objectives: To integrate the implications of bodily resurrection into our daily respect and care for the human body; to identify the connection between the body and the soul; to explore the principles of resurrection and transformation after death; and to discern the implications of our belief in the resurrection of the body in respect for the body in daily life.

Service Project: Heart Pillows

March 13
Church Structures

Objectives: To discern the meaning of church through various models and structural levels and to participate more actively in church; and to identify that the church, the body of Christ, has many parts, through dedicated participation, all the parts contribute to the church's mission, bringing the kingdom of God to all.

Service Project: Motivational Water Bottles

​April 10
Discipleship: Serving Others in Christ's Name

Objectives: This faith learning session deepens our awareness of the meaning of discipleship in our day-to-day lives. It invites us to reflect on the dimensions of our service to others in Christ's name in particular, it offers reflection and discussion on the Corporal Works of Mercy. We will also explore what it means to live as a true disciple of Jesus, and walk in his footsteps by using the "Be-Attitudes" as a guiding road map through life to Jesus.

Service Project: Sole Hope - Shoe Party