Ministry of Formation
Education and catechesis of children, youth, and adults including sacramental preparation. Holistic (comprehensive) ministry to children, youth and all adults. The development of skills and talents of the ministry staff and all lay ministers, catechists and volunteers. Includes continuing education as well as on and off site training and spiritual development.
This ministry provides an opportunity to teach young people about their Catholic faith by relating it to their lives on an age appropriate level. A qualified person is someone who has a basic knowledge and love of the Catholic faith, a love of children, a sense of humor and lots of patience. Training is provided, diocesan certification is available and support and sharing of ideas is provided throughout the year. Teaching requires a nine to ten month commitment for elementary including approximately two hours of your time a week. Summer Vacation Bible School opportunities are also available. If you are interested in finding out more about this joyous opportunity, please contact Linda Ornelas at 909-797 -2533 ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is for children and teens over the age of seven who are in need of baptism. We welcome you and your family into our program which will include religious instruction with children or teens your own age, as well as supplemental instruction about the basics of our faith. Adults are also needed to help instruct in this program. Please call Linda Ornelas at 909-797-2533 ext. 224 or email@example.com.
This is for adults over the age of 18 who are baptized Catholic and are in need of their First Eucharist and/or Confirmation. We cover the basic doctrines and dogmas of our faith as well as the history and current practices. This class promises to be a spiritually enriching time for all. Adult team members are also needed to assist in teaching. Please contact Linda Ornelas at 909-797-2533 ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
These sacraments are prepared for within our religious education program. It is a minimum two year process. For further details, contact Linda Ornelas at 909-797-2533 ext. 224 or email@example.com.
This sacrament is also prepared for within our religious education program for all high school students. Those attending a catholic high school must receive sacramental preparation at their home parish and receive Confirmation with their parish. It is a two year year commitment and believing in our young people. Adults can achieve this through participating in many youth ministry areas. For further details, contact Linda Ornelas at 909-797-2533 ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
This is a special way for our children to celebrate the word of God at mass. All children over the age of 4 are welcome. The children are dismissed during the readings and return at the presentation of the gifts. Children’s Liturgy is celebrated during the 11am mass and is now offered at the Spanish 9am mass. More adults are needed to lead this rewarding ministry – please contact Linda Ornelas at 909-797-2533 ext. 224 or email@example.com
The baptism of a baby or young child is truly a joyous occasion. Anyone needing their infant or young child baptized can pick up an application after any of the weekend masses. You will then be contacted for an interview and given the necessary dates. (If your child is over the age of 7 or if you are an adult needing baptism, we would love to journey with you through the sacraments – please see the information about RCIA – Rite of Chistian Initiation) If you are interested in assisting this team, we will provide the training. All you need is to be a person who enjoys working with parents and their children and have a willingness to learn more about our faith. We are in need of people to help instruct the families in both English and Spanish, and/or to assist the priest and deacons with the actual baptismal ceremonies held once every other month. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the Ursula Benitez at 909-797-2533 ext. 225.
Retreat Team – Youth
All youth are welcome to attend the retreats held each year – even if you are not in the religious education program. These reflection opportunities are held at various times throughout the year – some are for the whole weekend and some are day retreats. Watch the bulletin for dates and times – those enrolled in religious education classes will get flyers and reminders.
To be a retreat team member you must have a basic knowledge of the Catholic faith, be willing to share your faith and yourself with young people and have lots of energy and love of our youth. This ministry helps our young people grow in their faith and love for Jesus Christ while learning how to share their faith with others. As team members we are open and available to the youth to help them along their faith journey and make them feel part of a Christian community. The St. Frances retreat team serves the spiritual needs of our youth by providing retreats for those in middle and high school. Team members help plan retreats and facilitate small groups of young people in discussion, group projects, faith sharing and prayer, and preparation of meals. For more information contact Linda Ornelas at 909-797-2533 ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Retreats – Men and Women
St. Frances participates yearly in the men’s and women’s retreats held at El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands. This is a great way to sit back, relax, and take stock of your spiritual health. Contact Linda Ornelas at 909-797-2533 ext 224 or email@example.com for further details.