Adult Faith Formation
Mathetes, the Greek word for disciple, is a "disciplined learner who has discovered the need for disciplined study balanced with disciplined prayer and a social concord with others who are following the truth and discovering the light of the world." - Scott Hahn
Rescued People Rescue People
Disturbed by the chaos going on in our country, the world, and even in the Church? These are not dark days but great days to be alive! God is not nervous or anxious. He has a plan to get his world back and he’s chosen us for this moment.
Jesus rescued us from the hands of the enemy and unending death, restored our access to the Kingdom of heaven, and has commissioned us as disciples to rescue others. We invite you to our 5-week fall/Advent study to become better equipped to answer his call.
If the Holy Spirit prompted you to share the life-changing message of the gospel with a family member, friend or stranger, would you be confident to do so? It’s easier than you might think. We’ll be using the book Rescued by Fr. John Riccardo to learn how to present the gospel message as the answer to four simple questions:
- Why is there something rather than nothing?
- Why is everything so obviously messed up?
- What, if anything, has God done about it?
- If God has done something, how should I respond?
As Christians, we are called to make our entire lives a response to the heroism and sacrificial love Jesus displayed. Rescued people rescue people!
DATES: NOV 4 - DEC 9 (Thursday evenings, 7:00 PM) except Thanksgiving Day
LOCATION: This study will meet in-person in the Parish Center and/or the classrooms. Participants agree to abide by our COVID-19 guidelines.
NOTE: You may preview the Foreward, Introduction and Chapter 1 of the book on Amazon (i.e., "Look inside ↴" the Kindle version).
Ponder is a Bible study that explores the Sunday readings in the Roman Catholic Lectionary cycle. It is a contemplative study, which means the goal of Ponder is to unite the heart and mind.
Ponder is designed to help individuals and groups pray with the readings first, to absorb and ground the Sunday readings in the heart or personal experience. Participants learn the process of lectio divina and Ignatian contemplation as tools for praying with Scripture. Brief commentary is provided by the study author to help participants fully understand each passage. Each Sunday includes two reflection points for ongoing contemplation (or pondering).
DATES: SEP 10 through the Lenten season (Friday mornings, 9:00 AM)
LOCATION: Due to present-day COVID conditions, we will resume this study using an online format.* A meeting link will be provided to registered attendees.
*This study may switch to an in-person format in the future, in which case we will meet in the Parish Center (church undercroft).
RESOURCES: Participants will purchase their own book directly from Little Rock Scripture Study for $24.95 using the link below. The YEAR B text is used now, and YEAR C will be used later when the liturgical cycle changes at the beginning of Advent (NOV 28).
Pope Francis has declared 2021 the Year of St. Joseph. Join us this fall for a five-week study as we learn about St. Joseph and prepare for total consecration to him.
What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? It essentially means you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God. The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. Saint Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection, and guidance. (Source: www.consecrationtostjoseph.org)
DATES: SEP 28 - Oct 26 (Tuesday mornings, 9:00 AM), NOV 1 (Consecration)
LOCATION: This study will meet in the Parish Center or one of the classrooms.
RESOURCES: To prepare ourselves for consecration to St. Joseph we will be using the book Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway. Participants will purchase their own book directly from Shop Mercy for $14.95 using the link below:
To learn more, please contact Chris Stier at 937-557-1711, ext. 102 or [email protected].