Adult Faith Formation

We encourages your life in Christ and offer a variety of Adult Education opportunities for you to help your spiritual life produce many gifts and talents to build up the Church. A living relationship with God is the spiritual motivation…what has moved you to action, to mission in your relationship with God, with Family, Friends, Community, and job/ministry/vocation? We would love to celebrate this with you! Please join us.

Little Rock Scripture Studies: The Infancy Narratives of Jesus
Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:30pm, in the Rectory Conference Room, a 4-week study, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19. This study focuses on the connection between the Old and New Testaments. Deepen your longing for the Messiah’s coming again and ask God to be Emmanuel, “god with us.” A fee of $15 includes a study guide and commentary for the Scripture Study. Please register using our Infancy Narratives of Jesus Registration.

Beginning Apologetics – How to Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith
Learn the biblical basis for common Catholic beliefs including “What does it mean to be Catholic,” “Mary, Mother of God,” “Holy Trinity,” “The Eucharist” and “The Sacrament of Reconciliation.”  Deacon Dean Vernon is facilitating these five sessions on how to explain and defend the Catholic Faith on Wednesdays, January 3 – February 7, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Ministry Center.

Father Jim’s Book Studies
Lent – four Saturday mornings, February 24, March 3, 10, & 17, from 8:35-9:35am
Book titles & costs TBD.

Lectio Divina, a prayerful reading of Sacred Scripture
Will meet three Wednesdays in Advent:  December 6, 13, and 20, from 7-8:30pm in the Ministry Center Chapel.  This is a weekly prayer group for those who would like to pray the Sunday readings.  Seven people in attendance makes a good Lectio small group.  Please bring your Bible.  Michelle Frenzel, Facilitator. Please register using our Lectio Divina Registration Form.

“The Word of God is powerful and personal.  Through the practice of Lectio Divina or Divine Reading, God leads us to meditate, pray, and put into action His all-powerful Word.  For many years the Church has been teaching this spiritual practice for deepening one’s relationship with God.”

“Emmanuel” – an Advent day of reflection, for men, women and youth, is Sunday, December 17 from 3-8pm in the Ministry Center; the cost is $30 and includes dinner.  Join us for a contemplative prayer journey through the miraculous birth of Jesus.  Explore who this child, Jesus, IS and ponder how the Incarnation can be made manifest in your life.  Pray the Scripture passages pertaining to Jesus’ birth, through meditation questions, art projects, music, and personalized scripture.   Please register using our Emmanuel Online Registration or contact the Faith Formation Office.

Travelogue
Feeling the desire for a bit of sun this winter? In 2016, parishioner Peter Johnson went on a pilgrimage of sorts to Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Malta, and Rome. And he has the pictures to prove it. Peter was hired to work on a film crew that traced the missionary journeys of Saint Paul. Come and see a presentation about the journey and see the many pictures and video clips he took along the way. The pictures are full or sun to brighten the January night. Please join us on Friday, January 12, in the lower level of Church (the social hall), from 7-8:30pm. Please register using our Travelogue Online Registration or contact the Faith Formation Office.

Lenten Women’s Day of Reflection, “The Beloved”
Saturday, February 24, from 10am-3pm; the cost is $30 and includes lunch, facilitator:  Annette Witte.  As we prepare to enter Holy Week and celebrate the Easter Mysteries, it is fitting that we take time to ponder our relationship with the One in whose image and likeness we have been created.  Please join us for this unique retreat to focus on our identity as beloved children of God.

Catholicism Series – “The Pivotal Players”
Discover the figures who shaped the Church and changed the world.  Join us for six Wednesday nights: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, and 16, from 6:30-8:30pm, in the Ministry Center for a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars, namely.  Facilitator John Williams will share with us Bishop Robert Barron’s program, Part I, of The Pivotal Players, namely Saint Francis The Reformer, Saint Thomas Aquinas The Theologian, and Saint Catherine of Siena the Mystic.

Next fall John will facilitate Part II of The Pivotal Players: Blessed John Henry Newman the Convert, G.K. Chesterton the Evangelist, and Michelangelo the Artist.  Take the Journey!  Live the Stories!

Other resources
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