December 9, 2012

Faith Formation

We offer a comprehensive program of Faith Formation Classes for ages 3 through adult including sacramental preparation for Eucharist (First Holy Communion), Reconciliation (Confession) and Confirmation. We also offer special sessions, resources, and faith formation programs throughout the year, designed to help strengthen the faith life of the individual and whole family. Through our programs, we hope that St. Joseph’s Community will come to a fuller and richer experience of the presence of God in their lives and grow in their mission of being Christ’s disciples in our world.

FAITH FORMATION COVID-19 Plan

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is requiring distance learning formats for the beginning of the new faith formation year and at least until federal, state, county and local officials approve in person instruction. Here at St. Joseph, the Faith Formation catechist team has made plans to provide engaging and flexible lessons in a distance learning format for our Faith Formation families using Allelu! http://allelu.com/activities-resources/index.html for Early childhood and Finding God by Loyola Press https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/finding-god/finding-god-2013/parents-and-students/ for Grades 1-5. We will continue to assess our format during the year and transition to in-person classes when it is safe to do so.

Families will have two options for Faith Formation in 2020-2021

The first option (default) allows children to return to in person instruction when approved.   Please note:  classes meeting at St. Joseph will adhere to the most current CDC guidelines.

 
The second option is an “at home only” model.  All lessons are taught by parents at home with the support and guidance of Director of Faith Formation and catechists. Email Joe Voigt @ joe@stjosephlb.org to select this option.


PROGRAMS       

Early Childhood (3-5 year olds) is on Sundays from  10:30-11:30am.  Each child celebrates and learns about God in age appropriate ways!  We have a class for 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds!   Sept- May

1st and 2nd graders  begin learning about and preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.  We call these classes Sacrament Preparation Classes.  It is a two-year process.  Year I and Year 2.  These classes are on Sunday mornings from 10:30am to 11:45am. Sept – May

If your child is in 3rd – 5th grade and has received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist – it is important for them to continue with their faith formation!  We are always learning about God and how He calls us to love and forgiveness!  We meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30am-11:45am.   Quest Kids!  September – May

If your child is in 3rd – 5th grade and has NOT received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist you will join other 3rd-5th graders to learn about God and your Catholic Faith.  Parents, you will be more involved in this faith process as well.  We meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30am-11:45am.   Quest Kids! Sept – May

Middle School (Grades 6-8th) is on Tuesdays from October – April at 7-8pm. We continue the journey of walking through the Bible and tying it to our everyday lives!  The Bible is filled with stories of everyday sinners who can inspire and encourage us to live our faith in our ordinary lives!

High School Confirmation Classes on selected Sundays from 11am to 1:30pm (includes 12:30pm Mass). Our high school confirmation program is called Living Catholic. Living Catholic is a journey uniquely designed to help parents and their teens enter deeper into the mystery of God and walk closer with Jesus Christ and His church as they make their way towards the Sacrament of Confirmation.

In this 2 year program, parents, teens and sponsors will get to explore the teachings of the Catholic Church and the relevance of faith today, especially for young people, the future of our church. The workshops, service hours and family nights give a great opportunity for teens to learn and explore their relationship with Christ and for parents and sponsors to support them through this process.

Adult Confirmation: Are you a Catholic adult who has not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation?Are you seeking to complete your initiation in the Catholic Church? If you said yes to these two questions, St. Joseph is happy to announce that we will be offering an 8 week confirmation program for adults starting TBD.