Director of Lifelong Faith Formation: Luke Gregory
Phone: 641-792-2050 Ext. #224
ABOUT ADULT FAITH FORMATION:
Faith Sharing Groups
Join a small faith-sharing group for six to eight weeks on two different occasions throughout the year (one fall and one spring) to explore the significance of your Catholic Faith, grow into a deeper intimacy with Christ, and connect with your parish family. Each 1 1/2 hour session will include shared prayer, a faith conversation, and application to daily life.
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.
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 Director of Lifelong Faith Formation and 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. The St. Monica Book Club meets at 1 p.m. in the parish library on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month. Contact Kay Fisher at 641-792-2863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Deacon Dan Goetz
Ministry Formation Program
The diocesan Ministry Formation Program (MFP) exists to assist in the personal formation of adult Catholics in their relationship with Christ and to develop deeply spiritual, professional, and competent lay ministers for the Church.
The Program begins with two foundational years which will introduce participants to, and help them prepare for, a variety of lay ministries in the Church. These two years include a stimulating academic curriculum, competency-based learning goals, and strong ministerial skills development. Advanced certification may then be obtained through subsequent specialization tracks.
Individual modules may be taken to meet personal goals, but those candidates for diocesan certification in ministry are required to complete all modules in a given track. Qualified applicants from other dioceses are welcome to enroll in this training.
The program meets the standards and Competency-based goals for parish ministry as established by the Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, National Association for Lay Ministry, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. It is approved by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation.
For more information contact John Valenti, Lay Ministry Formation Coordinator, at 563-888-4244 or email@example.com.
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 the parish office, 792-2050, for more information.