Monthly Calendar of Faith Formation Opportunities click here
Beginning in September
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Walking with Purpose – Discovering Our Dignity
The Women of the Old and New Testaments were just like we are today! Join our community of women and learn how to become a better woman and person in today’s world through studying the wisdom, sage advice and insights from the failures and emotional wounds of the women in the Bible. Click here for Class Schedule
The Bible Timeline
Discover how God reveals himself through Scripture and how His Word applies to our lives today. Sessions are held on Thurs. Evenings beginning Sept. 13th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the St. James school library. Contact group leader Troy Grizzle – moc.l1539721714iamg@153972171407elz1539721714zirg1539721714 or 816-808-5575 . Click here for Class Schedule.
Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible
Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible is a fascinating course on how the Mystery of Eucharist is prefigured in the Old Testament, as early as the Book of Genesis. Classes are held on Saturday mornings at 10:00am in the School Library beginning September 8. Click here for Class Schedule.
About Faith Formation
As adult believers, we learn and live our faith as active members of the Church. Our response to God’s call to community “cannot remain abstract and unincarnated,” but rather, “reveals itself concretely by a visible entry into a community of believers . . . a community which itself is a sign of transformation, a sign of newness of life: it is the Church, the visible sacrament of salvation.” People find this community of faith in the parish and diocese, as well as in their families, small church communities, personal relationships, faith-based associations, and in the communion of saints of all times and places.
Accordingly, faith formation helps adults make “a conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian community,” accepting “co-responsibility for the community’s mission and internal life.” Adults not only receive the ministries of the Christian community, they also contribute to its life and mission through the generous stewardship of their gifts.
Adult faith formation programs proceeds on two major levels: spiritual development and intellectual/personal development.
Spiritual development offers the faithful contact with the rich Tradition of Catholic spirituality, centered in the Liturgy and Sacraments but also inclusive of traditional forms of prayer, such as the Rosary and Lectio Divina, pious practices, and sacramentals. The goal of all efforts at spiritual development is to cultivate a more and more authentic and mature relationship with Jesus Christ, who is always encountered in and through the Church.
Intellectual/Personal development seeks to enrich a person’s knowledge of the Catholic faith so as to enrich and enliven their intimacy with Jesus Christ and allow his love to penetrate all aspects of our lives. The encounter with Christ, summit of all evangelization, is never complete without growth in knowledge of who he is, knowledge which is expressed and revealed in the full body of the Church’s teachings on both faith and morality.