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.
Father Jim’s Book Studies
Advent – three Saturday mornings, December 2, 9, & 16, from 8:35-9:35am.
Lent – four Saturday mornings, February 24, March 3, 10, & 17, from 8:35-9:35am
Book titles & costs TBD.
The Bible and the Sacraments
“Sunday Summer Sacrament Series” with potluck, a 9-week course, June – September, in the Ministry Center from 12:30-2:30pm. (June 11 & 25, July 2, 16, & 30, August 13 & 27, September 10 & 17). Please complete the Sunday Summer Sacrament Series online registration.
Bring a dish to pass if you are able. A workbook with two reference books are available for $25 per set (checks made payable to St. Thomas). Tricia Kremke, Facilitator. “The Bible and the Sacraments is unlike any other study on the sacraments. Certainly it looks at the basic teaching of the Church as to their meaning and origin. But it goes further. It investigates the deeper mystery of the sacraments as illuminated by Sacred Scripture. Examining the rich relationship between the Old and New Testaments, it reveals the sacraments as more than mere earthly rituals. They are incredible “‘powers that come forth’ from the Body of Christ” (CCC 1116). The goal of The Bible and the Sacraments is to understand where the sacraments come from, what they mean, and why they are so important and foundational to our Catholic faith.
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.
“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.”
The Catholicism Series, by Father Robert Barron
Sept. 6 – Nov. 29, Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm; a 10-week course which will be held in the Rectory Fireside Room, John Williams, Facilitator. The study guide and workbook is $12 (checks made payable to St. Thomas)
“Catholicism – A Journey to the Heart of Faith; Journey around the world and deep into the faith with several thematic presentations of what Catholics believe and why. This study is engaging and interesting! It uses the art, architecture, literature, and music of the treasures of our tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church.”
Advent Women’s Day of Reflection, “Emmanuel”
Sunday, December 17th from 3:00-8:00 PM; the cost is $30 and includes dinner, facilitator: Annette Witte. 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. Bring your pen and journals (or we will supply one for you) and enjoy this unique opportunity to pray the Scripture passages pertaining to Jesus’ birth, through meditation questions, art projects, music, and personalized scripture.
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.
Pope Francis and Ecumenism
Three Wednesday nights in April 11, 18, 25 from 6:30-8:30pm, facilitator, John Williams will speak to us on Ecumenism and Pope Francis’ teachings on it. Ecumenism, from the Greek word “oikoumene,” meaning “the whole inhabited world,” is the promotion of cooperation and unity among Christians. The Ecumenical movement today has been brought about by the conviction that a divided Christianity is a scandal to the world. Underlying the Catholic Church’s pursuit of ecumenism is its recognition that elements of sanctification and truth are found in other churches. It can be said that the Ecumenicity of the Church is another way of expressing her radical catholicity or universality.
The resources below provide more information and events for adult faith formation:
- Franciscan Life Process Center
- Love and Logic
- Theology of the Body
- Diocese of Grand Rapids
- Catholic Information Center
- Dominican Center at Marywood
- Holy Family Radio
- For Your Marriage