Christian Education

Please call the office 371-3100 or see the bulletin for Ministry contact information.

Bible Study

The bible can be an intimidating book for most people. Confusing, frightening, unfamiliar and not understood, are words often used when people are asked why they have never picked it up to read. A St. Barbara Bible Study group helps you understand what you are reading and turns your fears into an enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge. We use the Collegeville Bible Series books as a guide for our group readings and discussions. Gregory Dawes, the author of the series, gives an Introduction to the Bible, the indispensable prologue to the entire series of the New Collegeville Bible Commentary. Dividing the contents into two parts, the author first describes how the Old and New Testaments came to be put together, and then explores how their stories have been interpreted over the centuries. In the words of Dawes, this very broad overview of a very complex history offers the general reader a helpful framework within which to begin to understand the Bible. The author writes clearly, frequently seasoning his explanations with crisp examples. This book anchors individual and group Bible study on the solid foundation of basic biblical vocabulary and concepts.

If you want to understand what your are reading and share your thoughts with a larger group, then please feel free to stop in on Sundays from 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the Parish Center year round. Feel free to show up, no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.

 

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)

The parish provides religious education for the children who do not attend a Catholic grade school. These classes are required before children are admitted to the Sacramental preparation programs. If you wish to enroll your child in this program please see the bulletin for the latest contact information. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 

CCD Teacher

The CCD program is conducted by volunteers in the parish who wish to share their faith and religious education with the children of the parish. If you have a teaching background or feel that you can help provide the appropriate guidance/education to school age children then we would love to have you be a part of this program.

Cursillo Community

The St. Barbara Cursillo Community is comprised of parishioners who have made the Cursillo weekend and wish to remain active in the diocesan Cursillo movement. Cursillo is a “short course in Catholic Christian Living” and begins with a 3 day weekend retreat. Those who attend and complete the weekend are called “Cursillistas” and become members of the Cursillo community, embarking on their “Fourth Day” – the rest of their lives, to live out their faith in the Cursillo method. The movement promotes piety, study and action as the three tenements to maintain living the Cursillo method and is heavily rooted in friendship, community and prayer groups.

There are more than 200 Cursillo members at St. Barbara. We would love you to take part in this special program. For more information on Cursillo please see contact us.

OCIA

OCIA, or the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults, is the way that people get initiated into the Christian way of life, specifically in the Roman Catholic Tradition.

Here at St Barbara we generally meet with interested persons from late summer through Spring, but the process is adaptable to allow for a person to investigate the Faith and to proceed at his/her own pace and to enter into the Church when they are deemed ready by the catechist and the Pastor.

The journey a person follows begins with a period of evangelism and inquiry. This is called the Pre-catechumenate. It is a time for information sharing and one of hospitality. We include study of the Bible through the weekly Scripture readings as part of every class.

The Catechumenate is a period of formation and liturgy. It is during this phase that we introduce Sponsors and Godparents into the program. The next part of the journey is the Period of Purification and Enlightenment. This period starts at the beginning of Lent and continues until the Easter Vigil. It is like a six week retreat to make final preparations for reception into the Church. The practice of the Season of Lent actually originated from the ancient practice of initiation into the Church from the earliest times.

The period of Purification and Enlightenment is followed by the period of Mystagogia. This is a time for the newly baptized and confirmed to reflect on, and savor the sacramental experience. It is a time for them to be fully incorporated into the life of the Parish and of the Church.

The OCIA group meets from late August through Pentecost on Sunday during the 9 AM Mass.

Pre-School Program (Childrens's Liturgy)

St. Barbara Church offers a preschool religion program on Sunday mornings during the 11:00 AM mass. This program is geared towards children of parishioners who are four and five years of age. The Preschool program is led by parish volunteers. If you have a teaching background or feel that you can help provide the appropriate guidance/education to these children, we would love to have you be part of this program.

 

Vacation Bible School

VB offers religious education incorporated into Bible themes with songs, games, crafts and snacks! VB is open to all children (ages 5-11) in the community regardless of church affiliation. VB is held the last week in June in the Baumann Annex.

Please see the church bulletin for further information closer to the end of the school year.

 

Walking With Purpose 

Walking With Purpose, is a Women’s Bible Study that will take you on a Spiritual walk with our Lord.  Walking With Purpose would like to help you enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ, nurtured through personal Bible study and small group discussions created just for women. It is parish-based, approved by parish leadership, and supported by the Walking With Purpose national staff, and welcomes everyone irrespective of faith background, age, or marital status. The program incorporates at-home Scripture study, weekly small group discussion, and monthly talks on relevant study material. Our small group leaders are volunteers who have received training to help facilitate discussions among the women in the group.

 

Women's Welcome

Welcome is an experience that helps you discover what's missing in your life and what to do about it. The retreat weekend is offered each year in the Winter. Welcome is open to all women of the parish.