Saint Barnabas Formation Ministries
Faith Formation Committee
This group, representative of the parish demographics, shares a passion for leading individuals and the community as a whole into mature discipleship. The Faith Formation Committee collaborates with the parish formation staff (Adult Faith Director, Youth Minister, and Children’s Minister) in developing opportunities for lifelong faith formation. Members participate in monthly meetings and serve as ambassadors of goodwill for the formation efforts of the parish. A three- year commitment is asked.
Faith Formation Sundays
All children, from any school, grades K-8 attend sessions for learning and living our faith. Sessions are held from September thru April and will include family gatherings, service opportunities and age appropriate Sacramental preparation.
Faithful Citizenship/Legislative Advocacy
One of the ways in which the laity can fulfill their mission to transform the world with the power of the Gospel is through our participation in the political process. The Faithful Citizenship group aims to
1) keep Catholics informed of issues in the public arena to which we can respond with Gospel values and
2) offer occasional opportunities to meet with our local representatives in order to build relationships and make them aware of Catholic values and concerns
Catholic Charities facilitates these gatherings 7-8 times each year. Meetings focus on one or more pieces of legislation that the federal or state legislature will be addressing. Meetings are advertised in the bulletin and are generally held on Mondays at 1 P.M. in the Annex and last 45-60 minutes.
All aspects of Church and society benefit from strong families. With recognition of the need for support, but aware of the already fragmented life of families, the parish will make an effort to offer intergenerational events that can be enjoyed by the whole family. We’ll even throw in dinner! Volunteers to help plan, decorate, serve dinner, and assist with crafts or other activities are needed. Senior citizens, young adults, empty nesters are all invited: you’ve all been part of families and have some wisdom to share.
Health and Wellness Ministry
As Catholics we appreciate the fact that human beings are souls AND bodies and we believe we are called to perpetuate the healing ministry of Jesus by caring for one another’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs. As part of an effort to care well for one another here at St. Barnabas, we are exploring the idea of beginning a health and wellness ministry. We welcome all suggestions of needs that you are aware of for yourself or others and any thoughts you might have about how we can promote health and contribute to the well-being of our brothers and sisters in the St. Barnabas family.
Infant Baptism Parent Mentors
St. Barnabas Parish holds baptisms for infants and young children through age 6 quarterly (January, April, July, and October); families may choose at which of the weekend liturgies they would like to celebrate (Saturday evening at 4:30 P.M., Sunday morning at either 8:30 or 11 A.M.). Mentor couples assist parents and godparents in their preparation for the baptism through 2 meetings. Training and materials are provided. If you would like to schedule a baptism, call Therese at least 6 weeks prior to your chosen date.
John Paul II Academy
Our school, a regional effort supported by the faith communities of St. Barnabas, St. Bartholomew and St. Pius X, exists to promote the spiritual, academic, social and emotional development of its students. Stewards from each of the founding parishes support the academy spiritually, physically and financially. John Paul II Academy would appreciate assistance in the school cafeteria, on the playground, in their stewardship Step-by-Step program and, at times, in the classrooms.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Children, ages 6 to 11 are dismissed during the 11 a.m. Sunday liturgy and return to church after the homily. They go to a separate space to discuss and share their faith through the breaking open of the Word as it pertains to them. Leaders and co-leaders are essential to this important children’s ministry.
Marriage Preparation and Mentoring
If you become engaged, contact Father Paul about premarital preparation. One of your options will include mentoring by trained married couples who can share the reality of married life with you. In general, you and the mentors will meet 4 times in the home of the mentors. A variety of exercises and discussion starters shape your time together. If you have been in a previous marriage, you may need to work through the annulment process. Contact the parish office for assistance with this process that allows you to enter a second marriage with the full benefit of sacramental grace. Marriage mentors should have been married for at least 5 years and have the ability to establish a warm and trusting relationship with the engaged couples assigned to them. The Archdiocese provides training for sponsor couples in the spring and fall.
Mothers come together to share friendship, prayer and to learn more about parenting and life as women, wives and moms. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 in the Barnabas Center Annex and feature guest speakers, prayer partners and discussions. Childcare is provided. The group also offers a Mom’s Night Out one Wednesday each month and meets at different locations throughout the summer. Come join us!
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is the process for preparing adults for full membership in the Catholic Church. It involves the spiritual and religious formation of unbaptized adults or adults previously baptized in another Christian tradition and takes place step by step over a period of time. There is an adapted process for unbaptized children, ages 7 and above. The entire parish community has a role in initiating persons into full membership. Roles include:
- Inviting potential candidates to investigate membership in the Catholic Church
- Praying for candidates and modeling discipleship
- Serving as a sponsor
- Leading Breaking Open the Word dismissal sessions on Sunday
- Extending welcome and hospitality
- Sharing faith with seekers through membership on the RCIA Team
- Apprenticing candidates to a life of service by inviting them to accompany you when you engage in outreach
RCIA Children’s Catechumenate
All children who are not Baptized or have been Baptized in another faith meet on Wednesday evenings in conjunction with the Adult RCIA to prepare for initiation and/or Baptism which is celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
Retreat Planning Team
Separate men’s and women’s retreats are planned annually by volunteer teams and held at one of the local retreat centers. Coed retreats, retreats for married couples, and for other groups can also be planned and held on our St. Barnabas campus. Retreats offered at local retreat facilities are published in the weekly bulletin.
Several Scripture Studies are offered on various days of the week and at various times of the day. Parishioners may join the Great Adventure Bible Study that will be reading First Corinthians, the Little Rock Scripture Study or an introductory study, A Catholic Guide to the Bible, (Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings). A weekday morning group meets at the Parish Office during Advent and Lent to discuss the upcoming Sunday lectionary readings. Watch the bulletin for announcement of the day and time. Faith Connection Online is a reflection on the Sunday readings which is posted on the parish website.
Spirituality of Aging
The Spirituality of Aging Group was formed for the purpose of providing food for the soul through relationships, reading, and sharing among women on the journey of aging. Their caring for one another enables them to prepare for a more graceful exit from this stage into the next and, in God’s time, into eternal life. This group meets at 9:30 A.M. on the first and third Thursdays of each month in the cry room in church.
Small Faith Communities
A proven way of growing in spirituality is through participation in a small faith community with 6-10 members. Small faith communities read the Scriptures or other spiritual readings together, share faith, pray together, challenge one another to put their faith into practice, and enjoy hospitality. Gatherings usually last about 2 hours, may meet at the parish or in homes, and are offered on a variety of days and times to accommodate busy schedules. Volunteer facilitators are trained and materials are provided. The parish sponsors an annual Lenten small faith community, but parishioners are welcome to form their own group and ask for resources from the parish staff.
Religion classes for children ages 3-5, with prayer, stories and refreshments are held during Sunday, 11 a.m. Mass from September until April.
Vacation Bible School
A week of activities centered on Bible teachings is held in the summer for children ages 3-8. Parishioners lead groups of children in activities that include songs, games, crafts and snacks.
Vocation Promotion Ministry
Parish ministry formed to promote religious vocations through education and awareness activities in coordination with our Parish Directors of Formation for Children and Adults. Ministry includes prayer and support for priests, seminarians, and those in discernment; interaction with young adults to discuss vocations and offer resources; liaison with the Louisville Chapter of Serra USA / Serra International.
A shared ministry between St. Barnabas and St. Pius parishes that serves the social and spiritual needs of young people in grades 7-12 though a variety of ministerial efforts that include, but are not limited to: Retreats, prayer experiences, day trips, kickball nights (in the summer), Teen Zone drop ins, youth oriented monthly Masses, Faithful Fridays, pizza nights, games nights, leadership opportunities, and archdiocesan offerings.
In addition, special emphasis is on Confirmation preparation throughout the school year; which includes Focus sessions, service opportunities, and a retreat experience. Most of the activities take place on the St. Barnabas campus, with the monthly Open Gym nights at St. Pius. Adults, young adults and youth are invited and encouraged to become involved in this vital ministry of our church.