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.
Three major goals guide and direct efforts in adult faith formation:
1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life. 2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community. 3. Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.
CATECHISM STUDY: A DEEPER JOURNEY INTO THE CATHOLIC FAITH – (meets September to May, join anytime!) Monday Mornings, 9:45 – 11:30am • Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 – 8:15pm (same class)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church was given to us by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992, and has been in his words, “a sure norm for teaching the faith”. This study will give you a greater understanding and knowledge of our beautiful Catholic Faith, deepen your love for Jesus Christ and His Church, and move you toward a more intentional and fruitful living of the Faith as His disciple.
This year, we are walking through each of the paragraphs and many of the footnotes in the first section (Pillar I), The Profession of Faith, studying the 12 articles of The Apostles’ Creed in 30 classes, ending on May 14th and 23rd. You can jump into the class at any time! Bring your Catechism and Bible, or purchase at the class (Catechisms – $22, Bibles – $17, cash or checks made out to Pax Christi—one check for both is fine). There’s a separate class fee to help cover the costs of a binder and lesson handouts for the year ($15 – binder/handouts, $10 handouts only). You may add to the class fee an optional tote for $1—two unique styles to choose from! For more information, contact Roberta Marsh, Head Catechist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-419-0127. Roberta is the facilitator for this Study Group.
“. . . that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you . . . may have strength to comprehend . . . and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge . . .”—Ephesians 3:17-19
SYMBOLON: KNOWING THE FAITH, Spanish Edition Thursday mornings, 10:00-12:00pm, Beginning September 21st
See program description above. All videos and materials are presented in Spanish. Alma Oliva will facilitate this Study Group
THE BIBLE TIMELINE Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, Beginning September 12th
The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible Study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. The Bible Timeline has helped hundreds of thousands of people to have a better understanding of the Bible and a deeper relationship with Christ, and it will help you too. This 24 session Study will begin in September 2017 and, with a Winter Break for Christmas, run through April 3, 2018. Ginger Giesen will be the facilitator of this Bible Study.
UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE Wednesday Mornings, 10:00 – 11:30, Beginning September 20th
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible helps you uncover the story woven through Scripture with its clever narrative approach and ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way to get the “big picture” of the Bible and see how our Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture. You’ll see how the Bible reveals God’s loving plan for your life, and you will learn helpful ways to put your faith into practice. This eight session Study will give you a fast and eye-opening understanding of the Story of Salvation! Ginger Giesen will be the facilitator of this Bible Study.
THE LETTERS OF SAINT PAUL Thursday mornings, 9:45 – 11:15, Beginning in September 14th
In this Group Study of sacred Scripture you will dive deeply into each of St. Paul’s epistles in the New Testament. You will enter into the world of St. Paul and learn about when, to whom, and why he wrote each of his Epistles in the New Testament. Ethyll Call will be the facilitator of this Scripture Study.
OREMUS – LET US PRAY Thursday Lunch Group, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Beginning October 5th
The Oremus study program teaches you the essentials of an effective fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to expres yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice. Ann Lamb will be the facilitator of this Group Study.
For more information and to register for any of these great Adult Faith Formation programs, please contact Ginger Giesen at email@example.com or 720-419-0126.