The Adult Formation Ministry promotes learning and spiritual development for adults of the parish to deepen appreciation for the Catholic faith and inspire greater participation and engagement. The ministry coordinates a wide range of opportunities including: Bible studies, lecture-style presentations, small faith-sharing groups, providing resources for personal study, and other activities of interest. Saint Mary will continue to develop the ministry, with a commitment to life-long intergenerational learning, to bring people closer to God.
To register for an upcoming Adult Formation event please click the button below.
Activities and Events
“The Gospel of John”
The Gospel of John is the greatest piece of human literature of any time, of any place, and of any language. In this Mystical Gospel, the hearts of Jesus and of the Father that burn for love of us are intimately revealed to us. In this six-week series, Fr. Matt will share more about the author John, his intended message and lead a journey through this unique and beautiful Gospel. No previous study of Scripture is required; rather, come with a heart that desires to more deeply encounter the Word of God.
“The Necessity of the Reformation”
The Protestant Reformation(s) brought disunity to Western Christianity. The movements started by Martin Luther and others have often been presented as the only option for fixing a broken, corrupt, and unreformable church. This presentation will challenge the older narrative of the necessity of the Protestant Reformation(s) by separating fact from fiction to address the question: how broken was the Late Medieval Church? Register for the presentation using the button above.
“The Galileo Affair”
The trial of Galileo is often presented as the defining moment in the relationship between science and the Church. In popular history, the Church is presented as condemning Galileo’s proposal because the Church was against scientific thought. In fact, the relationship between science and the Church has been a very positive relationship. Come hear more about the actual history of faith and science, along with a better understanding of the Galileo affair.
“Lord, Teach Me to Pray”
Ignatian Prayer Group for Women. Lord, Teach Me to Pray is a three-part Ignatian prayer series developed to meet the desire for on-going spiritual growth and for a deeper commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. In facilitated faith sharing prayer communities, the Lord, himself, teaches us to pray. Click on the button below to learn more about opportunities to join.
Current Bible Study Options
There are a number of Bible Study options available at St. Mary for both group and individual study. Click below for current suggestions. If you would like to join the Bible Study Committee to help select and plan the next group study at the parish, please email the Adult Formation Coordinator.
Newest Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis
Pope Francis has written a new apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in the contemporary world. Gaudete et Exsultate is the Latin title of the text, which translated into English means Rejoice and Be Glad. The words are taken from the Gospel of Matthew (5:12) at the end of the discourse on the Beatitudes. Download the pdf for this document in the resource section below. Click on the link below to read expert analysis and summary of the document at America Magazine.