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.

Strong Catholic Family Sessions

September 6, 13, 20 & 27 @ 7:00 pm

During the month of September we are offering parent-only workshops, called Strong Catholic Families, as an orientation to our philosophy regarding faith formation. Parents are encouraged to attend the session to learn more about our parish mission to build and support Strong Catholic Families. Sessions are designed to give parents support in raising their children in the Catholic faith.

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, Sept 6, 13, 20 and 27th from 7-8:30 pm in the Upper Room of Fr. Lacey Hall. More information about topics to be discussed will follow. Please mark your calendar.

Bible Study

Mondays 7:00 p.m.; September 11 through October 23rd with Deacon Rich Foley

According to theologian Fr. Raymond Brown, “Next to Jesus, Paul has been the most influential figure in the history of Christianity.”  Although Paul was not one of the twelve Apostles, he called himself “The Apostle to the Gentiles.”  In his letters, St. Paul describes the implications of Jesus ministry and his teachings for particular communities of believers.

Since Paul’s letters are a part of the New Testament and proclaimed at most Masses, no Christian has been unaffected by what he has written.  Paul’s letters provide further context and insights into the developments within the early Church as described in Acts of the Apostles.  What can we learn from Paul’s writings that will help each one of us to deepen our belief in a loving God and guide us to more fully live our Catholic Christian faith?

Beginning Monday, September 11th, Deacon Rich will lead a seven week Bible Study series on Paul’s “First Letter to the Thessalonians” and “Letter to the Galatians.”  Sessions will be held in Fr. Lacy Hall from 7 – 8:30 p.m. each Monday from September 11th through October 23rd.  Please bring your Bible, notepad and pen.  While any Catholic Bible will work, the preferred Bibles are the New Revised Standard Version and The New American Bible.  Please join us for any or all of the sessions.  If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Rich.

Current topic: St. Paul’s Letters. This is a follow up to the previous Bible Study series on Acts of the Apostles. *It is not necessary that you attended the previous series to attend this one.

Previous topics:

  • United States Catholic Catechism for Adults series
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • 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.

Retreats

 

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.