ADULT FAITH FORMATION
You are invited to learn about your faith in the God of Jesus and the Catholic Church!
When it comes to learning about our Catholic faith, most of us, alas, do not show much interest; we may do a retreat, listen to the Catholic radio, but, unfortunately don’t engage in a systematic approach to learn about our faith. Not only the children / youth that attend Religious Education are the ones to learn about our Catholic-Christian faith; their parents and all adult Christian should learn about it as well. Why should the children / youth have to attend CCD classes and the adults should not? Remember: This shouldn’t be about “collecting“ sacraments, rather about a living relationship with the God of Jesus! and in that relationship is where the sacraments play its role.
CCD is a systematic approach: there is regularity, teachers prepare their classes, they offer materials to the children/youth… Same thing should be with us, adults.The document Our hearts were burning within us from the US Catholic bishops outlines the goals of Adult Faith Formation:
- Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life
- Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community
- Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World
Adult Faith Formation is not about knowledge; it is about learning an experience about Christ, his Kingdom, the Gospel values and the Catholic Church and developing an active membership in the Parish and a sense of mission, witnessing the Gospel.
The Adult Faith Formation sessions this time of Lent will be on the sacrament of Reconciliation and how to confess according to this rite of the Catholic Church. There is a place for you at the table!
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ St. Jerome
Children / Youth Faith FormationPlease contact our Religious Education Office at (214) 678-0487 for details about your children / youth involvement in learning the Catholic Faith. Remember, after they receive their sacraments of Communion and Confirmation, they are not “done” and need to keep learning about our Catholic Faith.
Youth GroupCome on Sundays at 12:00 noon, to experience Jesus with other kids your age. Fun, Bible, games.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A)
Adults RCIA Sundays at 9:00 am
Children RCIA: Sundays at 11:00 am
For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.). It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites. Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.