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: The Old Testament Prophets
Welcome to our study of the Old Testament Prophets. It is nearly impossible to understand the messages and ministry of Jesus without an understanding of the prophetic books of the Bible.
In this series, we will examine the historical and theological implications of selected prophetic books. We will study the books of the four major prophets and several minor prophets. We will study prophets within three periods of the History of the Jewish People: The Divided Kingdom, The Exile and The Return.
I have decided to present his study in two parts. Part I will focus on the period of The Divided Kingdom. Part II will focus on The Exile and The Return. The sessions for Part I begin on Monday, April 12, 2021. Part II will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021. Sessions are offered at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Bible Study: The Book of Revelation
Led by Deacon Rich Foley held on Monday morning at 10:00 am and Monday evening at 7:00 pm beginning on September 14, 2020. These sessions, held virtually using Google Meet, will explore the central message of the Book of Revelation through an examination of the historical and spiritual context of the first century Roman world. Email Deacon Rich to receive an invitation to either the 10:00 am or 7:00 pm sessions.
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Do you know someone who has thought about becoming Catholic or, for whatever reason, has been baptized but has not been confirmed or received Holy Communion?
The Roman Catholic Church has a process for adults who desire to become Catholic or 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 weekly sessions on the fundamental beliefs of our faith as well as 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.
This year RCIA will be presented online each Sunday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The first RCIA gathering will be held on Sunday, September 20th, 2020. Parishioners, who would like to participate as an RCIA team member and support our candidates, are welcome. RCIA sessions are facilitated by St. Matthias parish deacons, Rich Foley and David Rolandelli.
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. Please email Deacon Rich or call him at St. Matthias, 366-9544.
Please join us as we pray that the Holy Spirit will call individuals to seek a deeper relationship with Almighty God through His Church.
California Catholic Ministry Conference
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 virtually from November 12-14, 2020. More details to follow
GIFT – Generations in Faith Together
Parents of school-aged children are invited to register their families for our family-based faith formation program, GIFT. This program meets virtually every 2 weeks and explores topics such as, “What is Faith Formation?” and “How is my family the domestic church?” Families of children preparing for sacraments are required to register for an attend GIFT.