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 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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 Register for FREE at https://strobertchurch.formed.org

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.

 

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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., September through May

Register at faithformation@strobertchurch.org

 

The Great Adventure Bible Study

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

Register for REVELATION: https://ascensionpress.com/studies/30095/registrations/new

 

PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES

 

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.

 

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 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, aljuarez2@gmail.com

 

WOMEN ALIVE 

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.

Schedule 2018-2019:

  • Tuesday, October 9 – Sharon Garlough Brown, Walking in Sensible Shoes
  • Tuesday, December 11 – Kelly Nieto, New Age to New Life
  • Tuesday, March 5 – Christine Alfaro, A Miraculous Journey

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

 

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.