Adult Faith Formation


The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops in its document, Our Hearts were burning Within Us, teaches that "adult faith formation is essential to who we are and what we do as Church, and must be situated not at the periphery of the Church's educational mission but at its center."  St Athanasius Parish offers a well-rounded program of Adult Faith Formation opportunities.



Adult Faith Formation Committee

The Adult Faith Formation Committee welcomes the participation of any interested adults. The Committee is tasked with coordinating the Adult Faith Formation programs and developing new programs.  Call the Faith Formation office for details.


Sacramental Preparation Programs for Adults:

Programs are offered to prepare parents to guide adults through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, and Confirmation. For details click on this link to our Sacramental Preparation Page.


Scripture, Prayer and Faith Sharing Groups

Several types of Scripture, Prayer and Faith Sharing Groups are available:

  • Women's Scripture Study - Meets to discuss an approved book regarding Scripture topics of special interest to women. Meetings include informational presentations as well as questions for discussion. All women of any faith are welcome to join at any time.  Recent studies have featured expert DVD presentations and guided discussion, and include the The Beloved Disciple: The Book of John and a Biblical Walk Through the Mass.
  • Men's Scripture Study and Fellowship Group- The Mens' Group invites adult men to deepen their knowledge of and relationship with God through fellowship, scripture discussion and prayer, a variety of resources.  Recent studies have included Father Robert Barron's Catholicism DVD series and his Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Heavenly Virtues DVD's.  The group meets regularly every other Wednesday evening at 7 PM in the Library and all men are welcome to drop in whenever they wish.
  • The Weekly Faith Sharing Group (Discusses Readings for Upcoming Weekend) - reads and discusses the scheduled Sunday Mass readings in preparation for the following Sunday using the Catholic "Bringing Home the Word" resource.
  • The Prayer Chain - The Prayer Chain group receives many prayer requests each week from parishioners and others in need of prayer. Communicating mostly by telephone, this group prays confidentially for the needs of all who request prayers. This group includes many home-bound and elderly parishioners, as well as others, who give great time and effort to this important ministry.
  • The Ignatian Prayer Group - The Ignatian Prayer Group meets regularly to learn, practice, and pray together powerful Scripture-based prayer style developed by St. Ignatius.  The Spiritual Exercises were offered in 2012-13 at St. A's and will be offered again soon at St, Teresa of Avila and St. Sebastian parishes.  Call the Faith Formation office for details.
  • Marriage Encounter Groups - These groups are for couples who have complete a Marriage Encounter International weekend, designed to make good marriages better. The parish currently has two groups meeting regularly. Call the Faith Formation office for details.


The Parish Mission

The Parish Mission offers an opportunity for all of the community to gather together in prayer and fellowship for a series of mini-retreats during Lent.  Parish missions are normally scheduled in early Spring or Lent.  Watch the bulletin for details.


Diocesan Courses for Adult Education and Catechist Certification

The Diocese of Pittsburgh offers excellent classes and Speaker Series' for Adult Education and Catechist Certification at various times throughout the year. Classes are taught by Master Catechists, together with a priest, and cover a broad range of topics including Creed, Morality, Sacraments, Scripture, Catechetical Methods and more. The cost for these courses is very low and the cost is covered by the parish if you are a catechist. The speaker series features nationally acclaimed experts on a variety of topics. St. Athanasius Parish has been sponsoring several Diocesan courses each year which qualify for certification credits.   Click on this link for details on Adult Faith Formation Opportunities offered by the Diocese.  Or Call the Faith Formation office for details.


Faith Formation