Adult Faith Formation

Our faith is formed every day by the ways we experience God in our lives.  This ministry connects people to faith opportunities within the parish as well as connecting people to classes, workshops, retreats and prayer services in the larger Catholic community.   It provides support for several Small Faith Communities (SFC’s) as well as connecting us with one another, the community, parishes and diocese.

Bible Study

Bible study – Monday 7:00 p.m.; beginning after Easter with Deacon Rich.

Current topic:

Acts of the Apostles

 

Previous topics:

Best Practices for Parishes

Talking About Genesis

Faith & Ethics: How Catholics Make Moral Decisions

A Biblical Walk through the Mass

Women in the Old Testament

Acts of the Apostles: The beginning of the church

Vatican II: Faithful Revolution – The beginning of the modern church

The Bible: Then and Now – Helps us to put the Old Testament stories into the Catholic context and to explore how these familiar stories fit in our Catholic liturgy.

Breaking Open the Word

The “Breaking Open the Word” forum meets every Sunday from 9:15-10:15 a.m. to discuss the readings of the day  including the psalm and the Gospel.  Participants share their insights, questions and experiences related to the ideas and lessons presented in Scripture.  A guidebook which includes the readings, prayers and other resources for Scripture study is provided.  Everyone is welcomed to attend.

GIFT

G.I.F.T. Faith Formation Program – Adult catechesis.  This is a new model for St. Matthias that follows the intergenerational model.   While the children go off to their various classes, the teens and adults have their own session of faith formation.

 

Retreats

Pre-Lenten Parish Retreat –

Embracing Jesus Through the Joy of the Gospel

Lent is a time to pause and reflect where we are on our spiritual journey. This year’s Pre-Lenten Retreat, being held on Saturday, February, 25 from 1:30-4:30 pm in the Church Hall, is entitled Embracing Jesus through the Joy of the Gospel.

Monica Miller, Director of Religious Education at St. Charles Parish, will use Pope Francis’ encyclical, Joy of the Gospel, to discover more about Jesus and the Joy within his Gospel and how we can share that joy with those around us. Any questions, please contact Liz Vugrinecz, 650-9544  Ext. 12

Women’s Silent Retreat at St. Claire’s Retreat Center in Soquel, CA is usually held in late February or early March.

Preparing for End of Life Care Issues Workshop

Do you feel confused or in the dark about your, or your parent’s, health and end-of-life care issues? Then come to our End-of-Life Planning Talk that will help to avoid the inevitable chaos by having “The Talk”. Learn the three essential documents you must have to instill calm in a crisis. Understand the typical scenarios in an elder healthcare emergency- and how to be prepared.  This session will be presented by Audrey Billet, a parishioner and a Certified Professional Organizer who works with families through significant life transitions, on Sunday, February 26th at 11:30 am in Fr. Lacey Hall. Specifically, she works with families facing grief, loss, and the complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.   The things that will be talked about in this session apply not only to elders but to all adults.  Everyone should be aware of these End-of-life Care issues that can affect us all through health emergencies or accidents.  Any questions, please contact Liz Vugrinecz, 650-9544  Ext. 12

 

Workshops

Video and discussions on events and topics:  10th anniversary on 9/11; homosexuality; loss of a loved one; The Way: story of a pilgrimage.

Prayer Opportunities

Prayer Opportunities for Adults & Families:

Rosary group – meets every Friday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the Merry Room to say the Rosary for Peace and to share prayer requests.

Contemplative Rosary – several times during the year around Marian holidays.   This is chanting the prayers of the rosary and listening to descriptions in song to the different mysteries of the rosary.  It is a beautiful and meditative way to say the rosary.

Adoration – every first Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Prayer Tree Network – parishioners call in requests for prayer for their family and friends; those on the prayer tree network pray for these requests for a month.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – a group of women get together once a month and work on prayer shawls or prayer scarfs for people in the parish, for family members or for others, such as the homeless.  A prayer shawl is made specifically for a person in need, such as someone suffering an illness or a loss, or to celebrate an event.  The creator of the shawl prays for that person as they are creating the item which is than blessed by the group before it is delivered to the person for whom it is intended.