The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify people, build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to worship God. As the catechism teaches, they confer grace", but in addition, the very act of celebrating them is most effective in making people ready to receive this grace, to worship God duly, and to practice charity.” It is the sacramental life of the Church that bind us more closely together as a community.
That being said, faith formation is for all ages! We never stop learning about our Christian faith, so we all need faith formation. Our sacramental prepareness ministries is set up to provide quality faith experiences for all in our parish and community.
Formal and informal religious education classes, sacramental preparation (Baptism, First Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Marriage), youth ministry and Adult Education are the primary functions of faith formation.
FAMILY FORMATION AND LIFE
Did you know that we are now on a third generation of parents that do not know "The Story, the story of redemption? Why was the movie Titantic such a great hit, especially among young girls and women ages 13 to 29? The movie was a success because it was about two people, a wealthy young woman and the other, a poor Irish lad, who fell in love. It was about Jack, who gave offered his life for the sake of his beloved Rose. Yes, it was a love story.
Well, the Church has an even better story. It is the story of God who so loved His beloved, that He offered His Son' life for His beloved. Who is that beloved? It is you, it is the Church. As in that marvelous hymn, The Church Is One Foundation, we sing those powerful words, "...from heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride; with His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died." You are the beloved and Christ is the lover. You are the beloved of Christ.
Tell your children that love story! Teach them what God has done for the salvation of the world. Come, join us and hear the Greatest Slove Story everytold and lived.
St. Uriel's seeks to bring awarness to the sanctity of life from the moment of conception to until the moment of death. We endeavor to support and defend the dignity and respect for God’s greatest gift, LIFE from conception to death. We provide educational and inspirational material so as to bring awareness of respect life issues. As a parish community we work together through prayer and adoration to ask God for his healing grace and love. We continue to support Solutions Pregnancy Center. We also support the work of Project Rachael. As a ministry outreach, we support and house the ministry of Downey Side Adoption Agency founded by fr. Paul Engel, OFM, Cap. Our columbarium has a niche for the unborn.
"To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to
recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a
perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over
others. . . . This is the death of freedom."
—Pope John Paul II,
The Gospel of Life, no. 20
"When faith grows weak, all virtues are weakened. When faith is lost, all virtues are lost."
- St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori
Parents, you play an essential role in the spiritual formation of their children. The key to Family Formation is your direct involvement with your children as they learn and grow in faith. You as a parent are indispensible to the future faith life of your child.
Studies on the religious lives of teenagers show that adolescents are more involved and serious about faith when their parents take an active role. Parents who become an indispensable part of their children’s religious formation raise kids who are more religiously active.
Additionally, these same studies also show that religiously active teens do better in life on a variety of different levels than the less religiously active. Despite what the media would have us believe, parents are still the most important influence on their children.
"The Church is One Foundation"
sung by the Choir of Clifton College, Bristol, conducted by Malcolm Archer.