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.
Activities and Personal Study
Bible in a Year Podcast
In 2021 Ascension Press launched an acclaimed daily podcast hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz in which he guides listeners through the Bible in 365 episodes. Each 20-25 min. episode includes Scripture reading, reflection and guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in His Word. Read more at Ascension Press and find the podcast for free using your favorite app!
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. Read more about the issues and how to respond by clicking below.
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.
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 St. Mary to learn more.