Saints Francis & Clare Roman Catholic Church

    Adult Faith Formation 

    Adult Faith Ministry plans and implements experiences to help adult parishioners deepen their Catholic beliefs and values. Current programs include events to enrich marriages and families, Bible Study, book discussions, retreats, as well as, local and foreign pilgrimages. Adult parishioners are encouraged to attend programs and are always welcome.

    Currently, we are presenting 
    the Adult Faith Formation Program:
    Catholic Studies Course - Acts 2:42.

    We have a new program for adults, our “Catholic Studies Course—Acts 2:42” hosted by Dick and Zoe Cannon.  This program is for Catholics who would like to update and/or expand their knowledge of the beautiful gift of our Faith.  The following are all Wednesdays, beginning at 6:30 pm, and all sessions will be in the St. Mary of the Angels Room (come through the narthex of the church, turn left at the Youth Room, and you’ll find the room on your right).

    The weekly schedule is:      

    Jan. 10
     - Anointing of the Sick -- The Catholic Funeral. (pages 321-327)
    Jan. 17 - Indulgences -- Purgatory -- The Last Four Things: Death,       
                   Judgement, Heaven and Hell  (pages 329-339)
    Jan. 24 - Feb. 7 - 3-week Book Study "How to Share Your Faith"
    Feb. 14 - The Disciple of Christ -- Conversion to Jesus (pages345-351)
    Feb. 21 - The Lord's Prayer (pages 353-354)
    Feb. 28
     - The Liturgy of the Hours -- Jesus: Exemplar in Prayer 
                    (pages 355-358)
    Mar. 7 - The Battle of Prayer (pages 359-362)
    Mar. 14 - The Christian Meaning of Suffering (pages 363-365)
    Mar. 21 - The Christian Meaning of Freedom (pages 367-369)
    Mar. 28Holy Week - Easter - NO CLASS
    Apr. 4 - Aspects of Prayer -- The Beatitudes (pages 371-374)
    Apr. 11 - Spring Break - NO CLASS
    Apr. 18 - Veneration of Holy Images -- Idolatry? (pages 375-376)
    Apr. 25 - The Catholic Family -- Matrimony (pages 377-385)
    May 2 - The Dignity and Vocation of Women (pages 387-391)
    May 9 - Male and Female, He Made Them -- Marriage, Sexuality, Contraceptive (pages 393-397)
    May 16 - Errors of Modern Culture -- LAST CLASS (pages 399-402)

    Everyone is welcome to attend!  Please bring a bible and a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church—the small paperback edition can be purchased online or at book stores.

    From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):

    The Church's catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. Consequently, appropriate goals and content will embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life—for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.

    Our adult faith formation ministry must engage the particular needs and interests of the adults in each local community. To be faithful and effective it will offer, over time, a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice—a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life. It will do so in a way that is accessible to adults and relates to their life experiences, helping them to form a Christian conscience and to live their lives in the world as faithful disciples of Jesus.

    This integration of actual life experience, diverse adult learning needs, the study of Scripture, and the teaching of the Church's tradition will create a vibrant learning environment. It will also challenge the creativity of those who establish the direction, plan the content, and provide programs of adult faith formation. Meeting the challenge will be both demanding and rewarding. For guidance, we offer the following goals, principles, content, and approaches.

    Major Goals of Adult Faith Formation (Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us - USCCB, 1999)

    1. Invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life.
    2. Promote and support active members in the Christian community.
    3. Call and prepare adults to act as disciples in the world.

    You are welcome to browse through the many opportunities that are listed below that you can engage and become involved with.

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