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
“Why Do Catholics Do That?”
Do Catholics worship Mary? Why is there a Pope and why do they confess to a priest? Find answers to these and many other questions in this presentation with Dr. Catherine Sims who will offer insights into the history and meaning behind these and other aspects of the Catholic faith. All are welcome! Click here for printable flyer.
“Models of the Church”
There is today a dramatic reexamination of every aspect of the life of the Church. But what is the role Church and is there a simple definition of its function? Using the writings of Avery Cardinal Dulles, Deacon Howard Fischer will present the many images by which the church should be defined and explore the different roles the church holds in the lives of believers and its mission here on Earth.
More information to follow …
What is Alpha?
It’s an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No pressure. No follow up. No charge. Typically ten sessions that includes food, a short talk and time at the end where you can share your thoughts. Click on the button below to join sessions beginning October 1 at St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich.
Lectio Divina Bible Study
Lectio Divina is Latin for “Divine Reading.” It is a method of prayer, scriptural reading and meditation intended to promote communion with God. Participants prepare for each session by reading the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday.
Thinking about becoming Catholic?
Have you or someone you know thought about deepening your relationship with Jesus? Are you searching for a spiritual home and seeking a community in which to worship and get involved? Considering being baptized or being confirmed? Maybe you just have some questions about the Catholic faith. Contact the RCIA Coordinator to learn more.
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Visit the kiosk in the parish narthex for a variety of faith resources, books, CDs, pamphlets available throughout the year. Donations are requested to allow the parish to purchase new material.