St. Ignatius of Antioch offers Faith Formation classes for children in grades 1 through 12. Sacramental preparation is available for Baptism of older children ages 5 and up, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
The parish also offers formation opportunities for adults including classes and sessions dealing with current faith issues as well as seminars and discussions focusing on justice and Catholic social justice traditions.
For more information call the Faith Formation Office at (925) 778-1631
FAITH FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Safe Environment for Children
The Charter for the Protection of Children, Young People and Adults requires that Dioceses and Parishes establish “Safe Environment” programs that include screening, training, curriculum and parish-based safe environment procedures. All who volunteer for the various ministries at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church must go through a Megan’s Law background check and have Virtus training either on-line or live at the parish in order to remain in compliance. For further information, please contact the parish office 925-778-0768.
Infant Baptism is celebrated on the Fourth Saturday of each month except during Lent. Everyone is welcome to bring their child to St. Ignatius of Antioch for baptism. Contact the Parish Office at 925-778-0768 for more details.
Faith Formation for Children
Children of St. Ignatius of Antioch meet weekly during the academic school year. Our program uses the spiral method approach to learning the timeless truths of our Catholic Faith. This approach emphasizes the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which include Faith (Creed), Sacraments, Life in Christ (Morality) and Prayer. They are developed and taught in each elementary grade level. All of our sessions are led by volunteer catechists. They prepare in advance before meeting with their students through prayer, worship and loving service to others. Catechists are offered onsite training, retreats, and workshops in addition to catechist offerings through the Diocese. For more information about this program or to volunteer call the Faith Formation office at 925-778-1631.
Grades 1st through 6th
In order to accommodate the families of the parish, St. Ignatius of Antioch currently offers afternoon and evening sessions on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm and 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm and on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. Catechists begin each session with the Liturgy of the Word for the upcoming Sunday’s scriptures.
Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist
Children meet with their catechists during the first year for catechesis and community building. During the second year parents take an active role in catechizing their children. They will have attended several workshops and participated in the Rites to foster an appreciation for the most important gathering of Catholics, the Mass The parish supports the families by praying for and blessing the children. Registration in preparation for these Sacraments should begin in 1st grade.
Grades 7th and 8th
Our youth meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. They receive their catechism from a series of texts including the Bible: Jesus in the New Testament, Church and Sacraments, Morality and the Mystery of God.
High School Confirmation
Confirmation preparation begins during freshman year. Older students may attend if they have had a lapse in their faith formation. The Diocese requires that a student attend 72 hours of preparation; therefore, Confirmation is a two year process of learning and service. At this stage of their formation, the youth come to understand that they are making a decision to follow the call to discipleship. At Confirmation, the youth take on the role of adult in the church. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are fully realized and are to be spent in service in our home, our church and in the world. Youth are encouraged and have volunteered as Catechists, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Acolytes and Choir members etc. Currently classes meet on Thursday evenings in the Parish Hall or on Sundays.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
This gentle program is offered on Sundays throughout the year. The children in kindergarten through 5th grade gather with their parents at Sunday Liturgy and are then dismissed by the Presider after the opening prayer. The CLW catechists break open the Word to the cycle of the season according to the church’s liturgical calendar. The children listen and then share their responses to the scriptures. At present, this group meets at the 10:00am liturgy.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
Older children, who have not been baptized are offered, together with their parents, a process that is modeled after the RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. The children (catechumens) journey year round marked by different stages, rites, rituals, catechesis, and prayer. At the Easter Vigil, the catechumens are fully initiation into the church upon receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. More information is available by calling the Faith Formation office at 925-778-1631.
SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (SPRED)
The Goal of SPRED is to enable persons with developmental disabilities to experience an ongoing education in faith, as well as a positive integration into the liturgical and community life of the Church. SPRED nurtures the faith life of persons with developmental disabilities and nurtures the faith of the volunteer catechist. Through preparation (focus on Montessori activates), Symbolic Catechesis (sharing personal life experience, praying and singing), and Agape (social interaction over food and beverage), catechists and friends grow in love and dignity. SPRED meets Monday evenings from October through April.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Those adults who wish to become Roman Catholic are invited to enter the journey known as “The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults” or RCIA. It is a process that is offered at St. Ignatius of Antioch year round and is marked by different stages, rites, rituals, catechesis, and prayer: Inquiry, Catechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment, Initiation and Mystagogia. Those who have been baptized in other Christian denominations enter the program as “Candidates” while those seeking full initiation through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are referred to as “Catechumens.” This event takes place on the Vigil of Easter. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 925-778-1631.
Preparation for Adult Confirmation begins during the first month of the year and with a four week faith renewal and catechesis program. Those who complete the process are eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral of Christ the Light with the Bishop. A baptismal certificate is required. Please contact the parish office to register 925-778-0768.
The Diocese of Oakland requires a minimum of six months preparation time in order to adequately prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony. New certificates of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist (Communion) are required and presented to the presiding priest or deacon at the first interview. Spiritual preparation is provided through the Diocesan “Weekends for the Engaged” program at regular intervals. Liturgical preparation is provided through appointments with the presiding priest or deacon. Music is arranged through an appointment with the Parish Music Director/Organist. The parish also has a wedding coordinator who conducts the wedding rehearsal and prepares the church for the liturgy on the wedding day.Please contact the parish office for more informaiton 925-778-0768.
Adult Formation Programs, Family Formation Programs and Sacramental Preparation classes are offered several times during the year. GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) is a program that offers Bible reflection and sharing on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am. Scripture studies appropriate to the Liturgical Season are also offered. If you are interested, call the Faith Formation office at 925-778-1631.