Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation covers all adult education and faith formation programs. That includes Adult Confirmation, Alpha, Bible Study programs, our book discussion group B.R.E.A.D., Divorce Support, GIFT, Ministry of Mothers, RCIA, Small Christian Communities and various classes and workshops. For more information check out the Adult Faith Formation page. Contact: Rosemarie McKenney Email: rmckenney@sjasr.org  Phone: 925 830-0600

Children’s Faith Formation

Baptism

Contact: Janet Magtoto Email: JMagtoto@sjasr.org Phone: 925 830-0600

Little Angels Childcare

Little Angels is a drop-in childcare program available during the 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM Mass on most Sundays, excluding holiday weekends.  The program is offered to parishioners with babies and toddlers who are walking up to 3 1/2 years old.  Little Angels provides a fun, engaging and safe environment for the children to explore age appropriate toys and activities.  A snack and drink is also provided.  Parent volunteers are asked to assist our childcare staff as needed.  Registration is required. Contact: LittleSt@sjasr.org

Vacation Bible School [VBS]

VBS is a program that takes place during summer vacation.  It is usually the last full week in June.  The program is geared to those going into Kindergarten through Grade Six.  It is based on either the Old or New Testament with games, crafts, snacks, stories and music to fit the theme.  Teens from Grade 7 to 12 serve as counselors and session leaders.  Adults are needed to direct each area.  The time commitment for teens is (2) two hour prep workshops, 4 hours of decorating the week prior and about 4 hours per day of the week of VBS.  Adults time commitment is whatever time it takes them to prepare their sessions, plus the week of VBS and usually one time to work with teens at a workshop preparation. Contact: Marcela Kamp  Email: mkamp@sjasr.org  Phone: 925 830-4710

Children’s Faith Formation offers the following programs from September through April. 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

This program involves the celebration of the Sunday Mass readings in a manner appropriate for children who are in kindergarten through 6th grade.  After the opening prayers at Mass, the children are escorted in their age groups to parish classrooms and then escorted back to the church during the Offertory.  This program is offered at the 9:00 and 10:30 AM Mass usually the first three Sundays of the month.  Contact: Erin Tully Email: CFF@sjasr.org Phone: 925 830-4710

Little Saints Sunday School

Little Saints is a Sunday School classroom program that provides a fun, loving and enriching atmosphere for preschool children to experience God and God’s love.  We use an experiential approach to convey the message of the Sunday Gospel reading through stories, songs, puppets, crafts, and prayer.  The program is designed for preschoolers aged 3 ½ to 5 years old.  All children must be potty trained.  Little Saints is offered two to three Sundays a month during the 9:00AM and 10:30 AM Mass.  Volunteer teachers and parent helpers are needed for the continued success of this program.  Pre-registration is required. Contact: LittleSt@sjasr.org

The ROCK

The ROCK is a special program designed for 4th and 5th graders.  It follows the model of large group instruction with small group discussions, games, skits, videos and prayers.  The ROCK meets  Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM from late September to April.  Adult and teen facilitators are needed for small groups.  We need 18 to 20 adults and teens.  Contact: Marcela Kamp  Email: mkamp@sjasr.org  Phone: 925 830-4710

BLAST

Sixth graders are a unique group of kids with their own distinct personalities and needs.   BLAST is a 6th grade youth group that meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 6:00-7:30 PM in the multipurpose room.  Our focus at BLAST is on building a relationship with Jesus and the Church Community, while emphasizing the importance of the Ten Commandments in our everyday life.  The kids learn about their faith through large and small group discussions, games, skits, videos and prayers.  Adult and teen leaders are essential to the program. Contact: Marcela Kamp  Email: mkamp@sjasr.org  Phone: 925 830-4710

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at St. Joan of Arc is a dynamic, exciting ministry that seeks to bring our teens into deeper relationship with God and our Catholic community. We offer the following:

EDGE

Edge is our youth ministry for 7th and 8th graders.  It is a weekly youth group that meets Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. in the gym.  Teen and adult group leaders facilitate discussion on the topic of the day, helping our 7th and 8th graders to make our faith their own.  Adult and Teen volunteers needed. Contact: Gina McCormick  Email: gmccormick@sjasr.org  Phone: 925 830-4720

LIGHT

LIGHT welcomes all high school students!  We meet Monday nights during the school year from 7-8:30 PM in the multipurpose room.  Teen and Adult leaders engage teenagers in activities and discussions that deepen our understanding of ourselves and our faith.  LIGHT also sponsors three weekend retreats each year, which offer incredible opportunities to learn about faith and to experience it! Adult volunteers are needed. Contact: Mary Machi  Email: mmachi@sjasr.org  Phone: 925  830-4720

Confirmation for Teens

The confirmation program is open to juniors and seniors in high-school who have completed the prerequisites, which include consistent attendance at two semesters of LIGHT, one parish retreat, and 20 hours of service.  The Confirmation program includes attendance at the Confirmation retreat day and all small group sessions, as well as an evening of reflection. Contact: Gina McCormick   Email: gmccormick@sjasr.org  Phone: 925 830-4720

SALT

The Student Action Leadership Team consists of high school students who meet regularly to plan LIGHT Nights, and are committed to serve the high school community through retreats, outreach, liturgy, service and socials.  SALT members team with adult leaders to facilitate the small groups at LIGHT Nights. Contact: Mary Machi  Email: mmachi@sjasr.org  Phone: 925 830-4720