Adult Faith Formation
Guided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) document, “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us,” the goal of discipleship 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.
Living the Eucharist & Lectio Divina
The 2016 Lenten series called parishioners to enrich their sacramental life by gathering in small groups for discussion and prayer. There is also a downloadable app for daily devotions, as well as free videos on learning the practice of Lectio Divina (Latin for “divine reading,” “spiritual reading,” or “holy reading” – this represents a method of prayer and scriptural reading intended to promote communion with God and provide special spiritual insights) and Learning to Grow Spiritually – click HERE for more info. Details about the Lenten series for 2017 will be published in the parish bulletin and website. Below are some quotes from the 2016 participants:
“I love how the series led us through an in-depth look at each part of Mass, giving more insight and richness. I never pictured Jesus at the door welcoming me, being beside me throughout, and unity with Him in the Eucharistic celebration.” —Gail Gitschier
“Hearing the views/ideas of others made me analyze the readings in more depth which resulted in a better understanding of the readings.” —John Ward
“This has brought so much more to my life than I ever expected. We are spiritual beings having human experiences! When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change! …just as someone once said.” —Dolores Whitehurst
“I enjoyed reflecting on the readings for the next Sunday’s Mass–gave me time for thinking about their message.” —Carol Taylor
“Participation in the Lenten Living the Eucharist group was very worthwhile. I enjoyed getting to know fellow parishioners better. We learned from each other. We prayed together. It was a comfortable experience in small group.” —Anne Ober
Becoming Catholic the 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 to God’s call to learn more about the Church. The Catechumenate and Candidacy are periods of formation in knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. Enlightenment & Purification is an intense spiritual preparation for the initiation into the Church. Finally, Mystagogy, discerning how to be of service in the faith community, is the time of deeper penetration into the Catholic faith after officially joining the Church at Easter.
RCIA inquirers are welcome to contact us at any time. Sessions begin in September. Not sure if the RCIA is for you? Contact us, and we can chat about your faith journey.
Check out this informative video for more information on becoming Catholic – click here.
Adult Faith Formation Team
The Adult Faith Formatin 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. All are welcome to come and share their thougts about adult ministry at St. John’s.
Guided by the U.S. Bishop’s document, “Go and Make Disciples,” Evangelization efforts seek to bring all parishioners to the fullness of the Baptismal call to spread the Gospel. This is assisted by modern media such as websites, Facebook, YouTube, and other multi-media formats.
Inspired by passages such as:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Rm 10:15/Is52:7
“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” Rm 10:17, and
“Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly.” Col 3:16
The parish currently sponsors several scripture study groups, which meet at different times and are studying different material. All are welcome to join any or all of these groups. See our parish bulletins & website for details about scheduled study, where you can choose study via a group meeting with a book of the Bible or a theme approach or a literary genre.
Also, consider at-home study with a brief course on DVDs or in a booklet.
Seminars and other days of faith formation
At various times during the year, we will host parish missions, days of prayer, and other seminars to support our growth in the Catholic faith. Also, educational information and flyers are placed in the parish bulletin. If you have ideas, resources, programs or suggestions that you would like to pass along, please feel free to do so. We are always looking for new ways to support parishioners and friends on their faith journeys!
Adult Faith Formation Resources
The My Catholic Life! Series is perfect for converts to Catholi-cism and can be used as a 24 week study of the entire Catholic faith. This series is free in elec-tronic form and provides a com-plete and faithful summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in an easy-to-read for-mat. It also presents our faith in a personal and understandable way. Participants may follow along and read the lessons in a variety of ways:
1) Through this website using the lessons listed on the website: mycatholic.life/rcia
2) By purchasing the ebook or paperback format
3) By using the RCIA Web App from any device to read the books online for free: www.myrcia.org
Divine Mercy App
The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who have promoted the authentic message of Divine Mercy since 1941, are pleased to release the OFFICIAL Divine Mercy App. This FREE app offers the complete Divine Mercy message and devotion in an easy to navigate format. The app has three main chapters:
According to Pope John Paul II, “There is nothing that man needs more than Divine Mercy”. Moreover, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Devotion to Divine Mercy is not a secondary devotion, but an integral dimension of a Christian’s faith and prayer.” Get this app (available for Android devices or iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) at http://www.thedivinemercy.org/app/ .
Deepen Your Understanding of Pope Francis’ Teachings
Check out these informative and insightful videos on Laudato Si and The Joy of Love: