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. 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 see event information listed below.
Activities and Events
Resources for Lent
Find Lenten formation opportunities and many helpful resources to deepen your relationship with God during this season of conversion. Visit the Lent page on the parish website by clicking the image above.
Year of St. Joseph with USML
Pope Francis recently announced that 2021 is the Year of Saint Joseph, honoring the 150th anniversary St. Joseph as the patron of the universal Church. Join USML/Mundelein Seminary for opportunities this year to learn, reflect and pray on the life of Saint Joseph. Click on the image above for more information.
Information Session and Q&A
Have you or someone you know been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation and not sure how to come back? Learn more about the beauty of the encounter with God and find answers to common questions and misconceptions about the sacrament. To register for the sessions click on the image above. Download printable flyer.
Online Bible Study
A Lenten opportunity to study the Word of God along with our Renew My Church sister parish, St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich. The virtual study will be led on Zoom by Kevin Pease, Director of the Chicago Catholic Scripture School at Loyola University. Encounter both the challenge and call of the Cross – and the discover anew what it means to follow Jesus! Click button for more information or to register for the sessions.
Open Wide Our Hearts Sessions
Racism still very much exists in our institutions and communities, causing great hardship and division. In the pastoral letter Open Wide Our Hearts, and this six-week study series, the US bishops invite all people of faith to open their minds and hearts to Christ’s love for all people and how we can work toward real and lasting change in our community and in our world. Download printable flyer.
Book Discussion through IPL
Join a faith based online book discussion led by instructors from the Institute for Pastoral Formation at Mundelein Seminary. The title for Lent will be the C.S. Lewis classic, The Great Divorce. led by Michelle Shafer. Other titles offered later this year. Please note that there is a small fee for each session. Click below for more information or to register.
Social Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti
In October, Pope Francis released his third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. In it, he says fraternity and social friendship are the means to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. Click button below to read Vatican Media’s short summary of the new encyclical.
Lectio Divina Bible Study
Lectio Divina is a method of prayer, scriptural reading and meditation intended to promote communion with God. Participants prepare for each session by reading the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday. Virtual sessions going on now!
Podcast of lighthearted explorations of prominent and obscure Catholic topics.
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.
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.