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.

Parent Education

Master Catechist, Sabrina Harper will present a two-part workshop for parents in September called, “Going, Going, Gone.” The title is from a recently conducted study of young people (“Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics”) who identify as “nones.” The study found that although the Catholic population in the United States has steadily grown from year to year (largely due to immigration), studies indicate that more people who were raised Catholic, very often young people, are leaving the faith more than ever before. 

The average age of those young Catholics who have self-identified as “none” (meaning they have no religious affiliation) is just 13 years old! For parents and those concerned with faith formation, there are implications to the way we pass on the faith to our children. 

During part one of this series, data from the study will be shared. Part two of the series will include practical ideas about how we, as catechists and parents, can change the ways that we pass on the faith to our children. The dates are Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 pm and Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 pm in Fr. Lacey Hall. 

Master Catechists from Southern San Mateo County will be presenting a one-day seminar for parents on August 24th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at St. Denis Church, Menlo Park, called “Keeping Kids Catholic: A Faith Formation Day.” This seminar features two morning workshops, lunch, and participants choose two of four offered workshops for the afternoon. Click here for more information.  

Bible Study

Led by Deacon Rich Foley held on Monday nights. The next series will begin on Sept 9th at 7:00 pm in Fr. Lacey Hall. More information will follow.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 

Do you know someone who has thought about becoming Catholic or has been baptized but has not been confirmed or received Holy Communion?   What does it mean to become fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church? Do you or someone you know have questions about the sacraments and what it means to be a Catholic?  Please consider RCIA.

The Catholic Church has a process for adults to discern whether God is inviting them to learn more about our faith and, perhaps, to become Catholic.  This process is also a pathway to complete the Sacraments of Initiation for those already Baptized (Confirmation, Eucharist).
This process is called RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).  The RCIA process provides guided weekly sessions on the fundamental beliefs of our faith including an understanding of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist (Mass).  In addition, the process emphasizes prayer, discernment and spiritual formation as each candidate responds to their call to become followers of Jesus through the Catholic Church.

Participants include candidates from St. Matthias and St. Charles parishes along with their sponsors and team members. RCIA sessions will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the Rectory.  The first RCIA gathering will be held on Sunday, September 15th. Parishioners, who would like to participate as an RCIA team member and support our candidates, are welcome.

Deacon Rich and Deacon David will lead and facilitate RCIA sessions.  If you have any questions, know of someone who would like to discuss joining RCIA, are considering being a team member, or would just like to experience the RCIA process, please contact Deacon Rich before or after Mass or email him at rich@stmatthiasparish.org.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit calls individuals to seek a deeper relationship with Almighty God through His Church.

Seasonal Retreats

Each Advent and Lent, a special afternoon long retreat is held for all parishioners to reflect on the meaning of the season and deepen their own spirituality. 

California Catholic Ministry Conference

is an annual gathering of adults held at the San Jose Convention Center. It is sponsored by many Northern California Dioceses and features speakers, musicians, and exhibits from all over the country who come to share their experiences and expertise in faith formation. This year’s California Catholic Ministry Conference will be held from December 5-7, 2019. 

GIFT

G.I.F.T. Faith Formation Program – Adult catechesis.

Prayer Opportunities
  • 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.
  • 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.