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 may be 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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With your free access to FORMED, 24/7 on your smartphone, computer, iPad, or Kindle, you can:
- Prepare for Mass each week by watching an insightful five-minute video on the Sunday Readings;
- Enjoy movies as a family that are both nourishing and entertaining;
- Enrich your marriage with the award-winning video program Beloved; and
- Help your children grow in faith and character with engaging children’s materials.
WOMEN’S SPIRITUAL COMPANIONS MINISTRY
…encouraging & inspiring one another to holiness.
Women are invited to sign up to gather in small groups of 4-6 women, according to your personal schedules, to pray with and for each other and support one another in growing in faith.
Sign up to participate in a Women’s Spiritual Companions Small Group
For more information, contact Teri Burns, ext 115, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Tuesdays, 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 Hackett
TUESDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., September through May
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WEDNESDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., October through May
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GREAT ADVENTURE BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m., October through May
2019-2020 studies: The Gospel of John, The Wisdom Writings, No Greater Love (Lent)
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EPIC: A JOURNEY THROUGH CHURCH HISTORY
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., November through May
Summer Prayer Institute
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m., July-August
In the relaxed summer months of July and August, explore devotions and other prayer practices to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ.
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 a particular reading.
THAT MAN IS YOU
Fridays, 6-7:30 a.m., September through May
That Man Is You! is an interactive, multi-media group that honestly addresses the pressures and temptations men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive! Sessions include continental breakfast and DVD presentation followed by small group discussion.
That Man Is You! Summer Series
Friday mornings, 6-7:30 a.m., June-August
Features a variety of presentations, such as Word on Fire with Bishop Barron, The Wild Goose, and more.
Men are also invited to participate in Tuesday night bicycle rides (spring/summer/fall) followed by a meal at a local restaurant.
Men of all ages, Catholic and non-Catholic are welcome!!
Contact: Al Juarez, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Tuesday, October 8 – detailed information
- Tuesday, December 10
- Tuesday, February 25
Watch the bulletin for event details. HERE is more information about the 2019-2020 lineup. 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. Discussions are held on Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. in room 202 (enter Door E and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.)
- September 16 – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- October 28 – When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You through the Power of Coincidence by Squire Rushnell
- December 16 – The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
- January 27 – The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
- March 16 – Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
- April 27 – Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan
- June 8 – Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Contact: Teri Burns
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 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:
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.
- Catholic Family Faith
- Catholic Information Center
- Diocese of Grand Rapids
- Dominican Center at Marywood
- FAITH Grand Rapids magazine
- Ignatian Spirituality
- Loyola Press
- Our Sunday Visitor
- Virtual Learning Community – 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.
- Word on Fire