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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SUMMER 2020 OPPORTUNITIES
Summer Prayer Institute – Exploring Ignatian Spirituality
Wednesdays, Morning session: 10-11:30 a.m. OR Evening sesson: 6:30-8 p.m.
This session will be offered via Zoom, but those who wish may be able to participate in-person in room 202. (If you’re unable to attend all eight sessions, join us when you can!)
Explore the spiritual insights and practices of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
July 8 – Overview of Ignatian Spirituality
July 15 – Ignatian Prayer
July 22 – Finding God in All Things
July 29 – The Spiritual Exercises
August 5 – Consolation & Desolation
August 12 – Discernment
August 19 – Spiritual Freedom
August 26 – Living as Contemplatives in Action
For more information or to sign up, contact Teri Burns, ext 115.
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. You may also opt to participate via Zoom. For more information or to sign up, contact Teri Burns, ext 115.
WOMEN’S FAITH READERS 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) and/or via Zoom.
- 20 July 2020 – The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings
- 31 August 2020 – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
- 12 October 2020 – Educated by Tara Westover
- 23 November 2020 – Mercy House by Alena Dillon
- 11 January 2021 – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
- 22 February 2021 – The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
- 12 April 2021 – The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
- 24 May 2021 – This Tender Land by Kent Krueger
Contact: Teri Burns
THAT MAN IS YOU! SUMMER SERIES
Features a variety of presentations, such as Word on Fire with Bishop Barron, The Wild Goose, and more. Men of all ages, Catholic and non-Catholic are welcome!!
Contact: Al Juarez
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE YEAR
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.
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.
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
Senior Men’s Group
Men desiring to live out Christian principles (how to know and walk closer with God) as men (better husbands, fathers and grandfathers!), workers, and community-involved citizens; meet in a small group to share these values and grow in faith and relationship with Christ; through study and discussion of how to implement these principles in their lives through book and scriptural studies. We are currently reading and discussing The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. We meet on a weekday evening once a month (currently via Zoom), based on the convenience of all group members. We have good discussions, fellowship and laughs sometimes supported by singing and guitar music.
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