Dear St. Barbara Family,
I write to invite your participation in the 2017-18 Faith Formation at St. Barbara Parish, Foundations of Faith. Foundations of Faith is structured so that all participants, young and old, learn about the same subject, but at an age appropriate level. While it allows an opportunity for us to work with families, providing the tools and knowledge necessary for parents to serve as the primary educators, in the faith, for their children, all parishioners are invited to be engaged in and utilize these sessions for their ongoing formation.
Below you will see an outline of each monthly session, a listing of all the dates of the sessions, and the topics that will be presented this year. Participants (Pre-K through Adult) share a meal together, then separate for age-appropriate lessons.
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, we are inviting our youth to join us for a newly introduced service-inspired portion of Foundations of Faith. Each month, teens will engage in works of service so we may continue to build up the Body of Christ. These service projects are outlined in the brochure. The youth will be encouraged to attend as many sessions as their schedule allows.
As a reminder, those youth currently in middle school, need to be actively involved in middle school youth ministry (EDGE) 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, the High School Youth Ministry Program.
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 through 5 will participate. However, we do offer another option for those grades. Families with children K-5 may choose to enroll in a Formation in the Home program. If this option is preferred, please indicate on the separate enclosed registration form. These families will be provided a textbook and lesson guidelines.
Please return the registration form and fee to the Faith Formation Office by August 30, 2017. 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