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. Scroll below to explore activities and resources.

Upcoming Presentation

Eucharist: The Most Amazing Gift

Dr. Joe Paprocki, DMin. – National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press

Monday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m.

The National Eucharistic Revival is calling us to a renewed “amazement” of the gift of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In this presentation, Dr. Joe Paprocki will invite us to reflect on the central place of the Eucharist in our lives as well as on how the Mass connects to the other 6 days of the week. There is no cost to attend.

Explore Life | Faith | Meaning with Alpha

Got questions about life?: Is there a God? Why am I here? Do I have a purpose?

Alpha helps create a space for honest conversation around some of life’s biggest questions. It is designed to provide guests an opportunity to connect with one another while providing the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, and opinions in a safe and caring environment. Alpha helps bring people together while providing the chance to encounter Jesus.  

Here’s what to expect at the sessions:

  • Spring 2024 Alpha will meet once a week for 9 weeks beginning April 3rd.
  • Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk, and time to discuss the topic.
  • During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple.
  • Alpha is for everyone – no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief in Christianity.

RSVP is requested to plan for the meal at each session, but there is no obligation to attend the whole series.  Just let us know your interest level!

Activities and Personal Study

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St. Mary Women's Retreat

The St. Mary Women’s Retreat is scheduled for October 11-13, 2023 with Dr. Jenny DeVivo at the beautiful Siena Center in Racine Wisconsin.  More information and registration to come soon!

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Open Wide Our Hearts

Racism still very much exists in our institutions and communities, causing great hardship and division. In the pastoral letter Open Wide Our Hearts the US bishops invite all people of faith to open their hearts to Christ’s love for all people and work toward real and lasting change in our community and in our world. Click below to more read more..
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Retreats at Bellarmine Retreat House

A weekend retreat at Bellarmine is a special time to invite silence into your soul and to rest in quiet communion with God. A variety of retreat options are available for men, women and teens. Click the button below to visit the Bellarmine retreat house website for retreat dates and more information.
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Year Round Bible Study Options

Bible Study options are available at St. Mary for both group and individual study. If you would like to join the Bible Study Committee to help plan the next group study at the parish, please email the Adult Formation Coordinator.
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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.
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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!
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Suggested Resources

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Bible in a Year

Click on the image above to sign up for podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz.
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Word on Fire

Founded by Bishop Robert Barron. Click on the image above for many useful resources.
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Busted Halo

Faith Shared Joyfully!! Check out the Busted Halo website to find articles, information and many engaging resources.