Adult Faith Formation

OVERVIEW

The passing on of our Catholic tradition depends on the witness of adults in continuing their own faith development. The quality of faith formation for children and youth is directly related to an adult community that is well-formed in the Catholic faith. Thus, our primary focus is on adult faith formation. Many adults long for a deeper personal experience of God and involvement in a community of faith. We provide opportunities to satisfy the spiritual hunger of adults and to talk about the importance of Jesus Christ in their lives.

Adult faith formation opportunities, including Bible studies, prayer groups, and learning sessions, are offered throughout the year. Childcare is usually available for adult faith formation events, as requested.

Contact:  Teri Burns, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, 616-676-9111 (ext 115)

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BIBLE STUDIES

Adults interested in learning more about the Bible and who want an opportunity to share their faith stories with others are invited to participate in a Bible study group. No previous experience is necessary to participate in any group. Materials are provided with your registration.

 Sunday Scriptures Bible Study

Tuesday, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Room 202

This group reads and reflects on the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday Eucharistic liturgy (Mass).

Contact:  Tom Finazzi

 

Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday, 9:30-11 a.m.

This Bible Study usually meets September through May.

Recent studies have included Isaiah and Scripture and the Rosary.

 

The Great Adventure Bible Study

Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This Bible Study usually meets September through May.

Recent studies have included The Bible Timeline, Acts of the Apostles, and Ephesians.

 

PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Summer Prayer Institute

Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m.

In the relaxed summer months of July and August, explore devotions and other prayer practices to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Peace Hour Prayer

Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Room 205

This is an opportunity for men and women to gather on a weekly basis for intercessory prayer, meditation, and reflection on the Scriptures.

 

Centering Prayer

Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., Room 205

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer to cultivate the development of Contemplative Prayer. Come from 12-12:30 p.m. for the practice of Centering Prayer, then you may choose to leave or stay to discuss the process of Centering Prayer with reflections from Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating.

 

THAT MAN IS YOU

This men’s ministry usually runs September through May on Friday mornings, 6-7:30 a.m.

Men of all ages gather for continental breakfast and fellowship, DVD presentation, and small group conversation.

Contact:  Al Juarez

 

WOMEN ALIVE (SRN Women’s Ministry)

Throughout the year, women of our parish and the larger community are invited to participate in events to help them be more Alive, Loving, Inspired, Vibrant, and Engaged.

Events are usually on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Schedule for 2017-2018:

  • October 10, 2017
  • December 12, 2017 (Advent)
  • February 13, 2018 (Lent)
  • April 24, 2018

Watch the bulletin for event details. If you are interested in joining the Women ALIVE team, we’d love to have you help us plan and coordinate events!

Contact:  Jolana Peard

 

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB

The Women’s Book Club meets every 6-8 weeks to discuss an agreed-upon novel or non-fiction book. Watch the bulletin for upcoming reads and discussions.

Contact: Teri Burns

 

O.W.L.S.

Second Friday of each month

Older Wiser Lively Seniors are invited to join other senior parishioners on the second Friday of each month for fun and casual fellowship. If you are interested in planning or helping with events, contact Catherine Jacobs.

Contact:  Catherine Jacobs

 

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT

Marriage is not just a matter of love; it is also a matter of on-going development of your commitment to your spouse. It takes regular prayer and practice in self-less giving to make your marriage fruitful in God’s love and joy. Watch the bulletin for marriage enrichment opportunities.

Check out these online resources, as well:

For Your Marriage from the USCCB

USCCB Marriage Home Page          

Marriage Resources from Susan Vogt

Diocese of GR Marriage & Family

 

ADULT FAITH FORMATION ONLINE RESOURCES

Faith formation is a life-long process. In our tech-savvy world, there are a variety of web resources to help you enhance your spiritual growth.

 

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has partnered with Catholic Distance University in a Diocesan Subsidy Plan.  This means that anyone can take a three week seminar or each workshop on the Catechism for $30.  Click on the link above and go directly to the site for further instruction.  All seminars provide hours for catechetical certification.

Provides on-line courses in theology, scripture, sacraments, liturgy and many others for catechists. The Diocese of Grand Rapids is a partner and can provide the five week courses at a reduced rate of $40 per person.