Pastoral Minister, Lifelong Formation:
Phone: 641-792-2050 Ext. #224
ABOUT ADULT FAITH FORMATION:
Dynamic Catholic Discipleship Groups
Join a small faith-sharing group for 6 weeks this fall to explore the significance of your Catholic Faith, grow into a deeper intimacy with Christ, connect with your parish family, and take steps to become a Dynamic Catholic Disciple. Each 1 1/2 hour session will include shared prayer, a faith conversation, and application to daily life. Groups will begin to meet the week of September 29th. See “Adult Small Group Registration Fall 2013″ link below.
Adults Exploring the Catechism
A paragraph-by-paragraph study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Participants learn about the teachings of the Church by reading sections of the Catechism and discussing its meaning. Facilitated by Joe Fisher. Participants receive a paperback copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Sundays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 22nd.
The Rite of Christian Initiation is a faith conversion process. Unbaptized adults wishing to become Catholic begin their journey with a time of inquiry. During the catechumenate phase of their preparation, participants are dismissed from Mass after the Homily to meditate on the Scripture readings with the RCIA team. Sponsors join the group for the catechetical sessions, which focus on teachings and particular issues in the Catholic Church. During Lent the participants begin more intense spiritual preparation, including a retreat, for their upcoming celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion. The initiation sacraments are most generally celebrated at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday) and followed by a parish reception. Our Pastoral Minister and her team of catechists direct the process. Call the parish office if you would be interested in taking part in this process as a candidate, sponsor or catechist.
Participants select a Catholic book to read and discuss at monthly gatherings. Participants purchase their own books or check them out of the library. The Ave Marie Book Club meets in the parish library at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month beginning Sept. 6th. The St. Monica Book Club meets at 1 p.m. in the parish library on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month beginning Sept. 13th. Contact Kay Fisher at 641-792-2863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catechist Formation Program
This program uses the 10 topic “Echoes of Faith” video series recommended by our diocese to help prepare catechists for their ministry of teaching about our faith. Workbooks and videotapes are available in the faith formation office for individual or group study.
Catholics Returning Home
Adults who are interested in returning to their Catholic faith after being away for awhile are invited to participate in this 6 week program. Topics covered in the session include stories of faith from Catholics who have returned to the Church, changes in the Church since Vatican II, explanation of the Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and exploration of the Nicene Creed. Facilitated by Deacon Dan Goetz.
Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. beginning January 9, 2014.
Ministry Formation Program
The Diocese of Davenport has a two year ministry formation program for adults who are interested in learning more about their faith and/or about serving in parish ministries (home visitation, youth ministry, religious education, liturgy, etc.). Classes are held on Saturdays in various places throughout the diocese over the Iowa Telecommunications Network (ICN). (SEE THE BASIC MINISTRY FORMATION PROGRAM PACKET AND INFORMATION PDFs AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.) The course is offered in modules and can be started at any point. You may request an information packet by contacting IlaMae Hanisch at email@example.com or 641-791-3435.
MOMS (Ministry of Mothers Sharing) is for mothers of all ages. During the sessions mothers share readings from a journal (MOMS-A PERSONAL JOURNAL by Paula Hagen), pray together and discuss issues affecting their lives. It is an opportunity to develop self-esteem and enhance relationship skills in the company of other mothers. Participants develop a greater awareness of their own spirituality as mothers and affirm one another in the special ministry of mothering. Additional registration fee of $20 for Journal. Childcare provided.
Date to be announced. (8 weeks)
Seasons of Hope
The support group offers the bereaved an opportunity to come together to share God’s love and give voice to their grief in order to find healing and spiritual growth. The program is grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church. Facilitated by Deacon Dan Goetz and Kathy Hammerly.
Contact the parish office to see when the next session begins.
The Secular Franciscan Order is the lay people’s branch of the worldwide Franciscan Family. It is a community of men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. They work together toward a deeper evangelical life, sharing their ideals with other members for encouragement and support. They are part of the international order of Franciscan priests, brothers and sisters founded by St. Francis of Assisi. Please contact Betty Hummel at 792-5134 for more information.
Theology of the Body
This video based program presented by Christopher West presents Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in a way that relates to our everyday lives. The teaching is not only for young adults or married couples, but for all ages and vocations since it sums up the true meaning of the human person. In the study, participants will explore topics like: Where do I come from and why do I exist? What is the meaning of life and how do I live it? What is my ultimate destiny and how do I attain it? Why is there evil in the world and how do I overcome it? Participants receive a study guide. Call Tammy Norcross at the parish office, 792-2050, for more information.
Women of Grace
Through personal study (homework), DVD presentations, small group sharing, and prayer, women learn about the gift of their femininity and how to live it out in the world today. Each week they explore the lives of two women saints, read excerpts from church documents including the Catechism of the Catholic Church and reflect on Scripture passages. The study is based on Johnnette Benkovic’s book Full of Grace and a study guide. $39 fee for books.
Date to be announced. (8 weeks)