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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 2017-18 information listed below, or contact Joan Duncan by email at jduncan@dioceseofgreensburg.org or call the Parish Office at 724-744-7474.

 Following Jesus | A Year of Discipleship

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

God Bless You,
Joan Duncan, Director of Faith Formation

 Registration & Sessions for 2017-18

Registration

Registration Fee: $85/family and $45/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. 

All registrations are due by August 30. 

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 13
Becoming A Disciple: Jesus' Call to Follow

Objectives: Identify the dynamics of discipleship - call, following, changing one's heart; discern the meaning of discipleship for the participants lives today and deepen their relationship with Jesus; and discover practical ways to follow Jesu in daily living.

Service Project: Baking Dog Treats for the upcoming Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

​October 11
Identity of Christ: How the Saints Help Us to Know Who Jesus Is

Objectives: Identify Gospel portraits of Jesus and connect them to the identity of Christ; explore and understand All Saints Day as a celebration of God's generous gifts given to humans; and develop a contemporary understanding of the meaning of All Souls Day - along with it's practices and doctrines.

Service Project: Soup Mix Jar for Shut-Ins

November 8
Preparing for the Messiah: Are You Ready to Welcome Jesus?

Objectives: Identify images of the Messiah that people hold today; and incorporate a Scriptural understanding of the Messiah into the learners' relationship with Jesus into their daily lives.

Service Project: Birthday Boxes

January 10
Feast of the Presentation: Lighting Our Way to God

Objectives: Connect the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to Baptism; and explore how light is portrayed in Scripture.

Service Project: Mason Jar Lanterns

February 21
Dying to Self: Are You Ready to Go All In to Do the Will of God?

Objectives: Explore the Gospels to identify the reasons Jesus was sentenced to death and crucified; discover what meaning and significance Jesus' death has for the lives of Catholics; and live a life of commitment to God's will modeled on Jesus' commitment to doing God's will no matter what the cost.

Service Project; Survival Kits for Police, EMS and Firefighters.

March 14
New Life in Christ: Jesus' Death and Resurrection - What does it mean?

Objectives: Identify the core teachings of Holy Week; and value and appreciate the significance of the Triduum and Resurrection.

Service Project: Laundry Soap

​April 11
Pentecost: An Example of Living as a Disciple

Objectives: Identify the qualities and characteristics of Christian discipleship as presented by Jesus in the Gospels; value and appreciate Jesus' life as a model for their own lives and strengthen their own relationships with Jesus; and apply Jesus' teachings and example to living each day as a disciple.

Service Project: Cupcake Socks for Nursing Home Residents