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The Goals of Adult Faith Formation
Guided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document: “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us,” the goal of adult faith formation is to bring all Christians to a living faith which learns, adapts, and grows; an explicit faith which is rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus in the Christian community; and a fruitful faith which is productive and open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Adult Faith Formation Team
The Adult Faith Formation Team (AFFT) assists the Director of Adult Faith Formation in setting the vision and carrying out programs of adult religious education and formation within the parish. The Team meets on the fourth Monday of every other month.
Guided by the U.S. Bishops’ document: “Go and Make Disciples,” the Evangelization Committee seeks to bring all St. John parishioners to the fullness of their baptismal call to spread the Gospel. We look to promote St. John parish through both traditional and modern media, including bulletins, newsletters, web site, Facebook, YouTube, and other multi-media vehicles. The Committee meets on the fourth Monday of every other month.
The parish currently sponsors three scripture study groups which meet on Monday mornings in the parish conference center, Monday evenings in Phoenix, and Wednesday mornings in the parish conference center. These groups generally meet during the school year and study a variety of scriptural topics or books. All are welcome to join any of these groups or to form a new group.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process whereby adults come into full membership in the Catholic Church. RCIA serves the non-baptized, those baptized into a non-Catholic Christian denomination, and those baptized Catholics who were not raised in the faith.
The RCIA consists of four phases of formation on the journey toward membership in the Catholic Church. The Inquiry is the stage for those who are opening themselves up to God’s call to learn more about the Church. The Catechumenate is a period of formation in knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. Enlightnement & Purification is an intense spiritual preparation for the sacramental initiation into the Church. Finally, Mystagogy is the time of deeper penetration into the practicalities of life as an adult Catholic.
Seminars and Days of Formation
At various times during the year, we host parish missions, days of prayer, retreats, and seminars to support our growth in the Catholic faith. Also, educational information, flyers, and notes about regional adult faith formation opportunities are regularly placed in the parish bulletin.