Adult Faith Formation

Pope Francis leads God’s People into a deeper understanding of evangelization when he writes, “We don’t just announce the good news, speak about faith and welcome others. We also set ourselves on a pathway to grow in our faith. This isn’t merely growth in doctrinal understanding, but it is also learning a way of love. Love is at the heart of the Gospel. It fulfills the law. God gives us the gift of grace and it is only by grace that we can grow in love.”

 

The adult faith formation programs offered at St. Athanasius promise to meet the person on their journey to Christ and accompany them with communal support, prayer and learning.

 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are the rites of entry into the Catholic Christian community. For those whose adult faith journey brings them to Christ, the Catholic Church recommends a significant period of exploration, study and prayer prior to their initiation. Beginning in the autumn of the year, baptized Catholics seeking Confirmation and First Eucharist, persons from other faith traditions who desire initiation into the Catholic faith community, and unbaptized persons who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith are welcomed to join this journey. For further information please call the Parish Center.

 

Programs:

 

Member to Disciple provides St. Athanasius adults with opportunities to grow into an adult disciple through prayer conversation and reflection with a small group of like-minded people in the comfort of a living room 4 times in the fall, and 4 times during Lent. Through presentations, prayer, discussion and reflection, adult believers are challenged to find deeper levels of understanding and new ways to relate to God.

 

Young Couples Group is a new group in the parish for young married couples. They meet monthly to share food, fellowship, and faith.  This group can enliven your faith and marriage, and offer support that fosters relationships with other couples in the parish. Come take part in this truly enriching group that assists you in becoming a better spouse, parent, and Catholic.

 

Scripture and Faith Groups

Adult Scripture & Faith Sharing Groups meet regularly, throughout the liturgical year, and engage the participants in developing a closer relationship to God through knowledge and understanding of their Catholic Faith and Sacred Scripture. For additional information regarding any of the following groups meeting please call the Parish Center.

 

Women’s Scripture Study is open to all interested women who desire weekly meetings of facilitated presentation, discussion and prayer. Topics have included: The Patriarchs, The Blessed Mother in Scripture, and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.

 

The Men’s Scripture Study and Fellowship Group invites all adult men of the parish to deepen their knowledge and relationship with God through fellowship, scripture, and study of Catholic teaching, discussion, and prayer. Topics have included: Catholicism, A Biblical Walk through the Mass, and The New Evangelization.

 

 

Marriage Programs:

 

Marriage Mentoring Ministry

The parish offers a group of married couples that prepare engaged couples for the Sacrament of Marriage through sponsoring them in a program called “For Better and Forever”. For information please call the Faith Formation office.

 

Marriage Enrichment offers opportunities for married couples to reconnect and enjoy some adult time with their spouse and other couples in an environment that fosters Christian values within the marriage unit. For the next scheduled activity see the bulletin.

 

Parent Meetings & Family Events

 

Because parents are the most important catechists of their children, Children’s Faith Formation programs include some required Parent Meetings for the Catholic Vision of Love, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. The Children’s Faith Formation program also includes family events which include: catechesis, Mass and sacraments participation, service opportunities to the larger community, and fun!

 

Faith Formation