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 click the button below.

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Activities and Events

“Why Do Catholics Do That?”

Find answers to common questions in this engaging presentation with Dr. Catherine Sims who will share the history and meaning behind Catholic traditions, customs and beliefs. We have scheduled two completely new sessions, 1/15 and  1/29, 2020 All are welcome! Printable Flyer

2020 Retreats at USML

Begin the new year with Christ and make time for silence and reflection on the beautiful campus of Mundelein Seminary. Retreats are scheduled for both women and men in 2020. Click below to visit the USML website or Click for printable flyer.

“What is the Church?”

There is today a dramatic reexamination of every aspect of the life of the Church. But what is the role of the church today? Using the writings of Avery Cardinal Dulles, Deacon Howard Fischer will explore the different roles the church holds in the lives of believers and its mission here on Earth. Click here for printable flyer.

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.

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 for the upcoming Sunday.

What is Alpha?

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.

Suggested Resources

Book of the Month | January 2020

Click on the image above to read more about this month’s selection.

Word on Fire

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

Busted Halo

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

Featured Book

Click on the image above to read more about this month’s selection.

Catholic Stuff You Should Know

Podcast of lighthearted explorations of prominent and obscure Catholic topics.

Living Faith Daily Devotions

Booklets at kiosk in parish narthex or subscribe to daily email.

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.

Adult Formation Kiosk

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.

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