Adult Faith Formation
Our Vision for Ministry
Our ministry of adult faith formation at St. Catherine of Siena parish draws its vision from the stirring words of St. Paul to the Christians he served:
“Christ in you, the hope of glory: Him we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor, striving with all the energy which He mightily inspires within me” (Colossians 1:27–29).
We seek to present Jesus Christ and His gospel in a compelling way, in a variety of settings, so that our adult parishioners and others can know Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly. In this way, we hope to help them toward the glorious destiny of becoming “perfect in Christ.”
Here’s an overview of adult faith formation opportunities at our parish. For more information about any of these activities, email our Director of Adult Faith Formation, Dr. Paul Thigpen, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-385-9413.
On Sunday mornings, we offer a series of large-group study sessions for adults, hosted by Dr. Paul Thigpen, a former professor of theology and the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization for our parish. Dr. Thigpen is an internationally known speaker, award-winning journalist, and best-selling author of fifty books, including several biblical commentaries.
Free coffee and donuts are served beginning at 8:45 a.m., giving those who attend a chance to get better acquainted with one another. The presentations, followed by Q&A, last from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Since this is the hour when the Parish School of Religion meets, parents have an opportunity to learn while their children are in class.
Faith and the Spiritual Life
Faith and the Spiritual Life is a weekly class laugh by Helen Young exploring topics related to the spiritual life held on Wednesday evenings form 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
All parishioners are welcome to join us to discuss topics including the Mass, deepening your prayer life, and the discernment of spirits.
Couples of Faith
Our quarterly dinner and speaker series for married and engaged couples, We gather on Saturday evenings for presentations on topics related to marriage, family, and the Catholic faith. The evening includes dinner (with a small donation requested to cover the meal) and free child care and child’s meal for children under 12. Registration is necessary. For a calendar of upcoming dates, speakers, and topics, contact Dr. Thigpen.
Men of Faith
Men are invited to join us on the second Saturday of each month from September through May, for breakfast and fellowship at 7:00 a.m. in room 316/317. Breakfast includes a speaker on a topic especially for men, followed by discussion and prayer. The meeting concludes in time to attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the church, with an opportunity for Confession afterward. For more information about dates, speakers, and topics, contact Dr. Thigpen.
For more information about our parish’s Spanish-language adult faith formation ministry, email Yoana Lopez at email@example.com.
RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
This nine-month discernment and formation process is for those who are not Catholic but want to know more about Catholic faith and practice. For those who decide to become Catholic, it provides preparation for their reception into the Catholic Church. Those who complete the process enter the Church (usually at Easter) and receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, if they have not yet been baptized; Confirmation; and the Eucharist.
Confirmation for Adults
Catholic adults seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation meet with the participants in our nine-month RCIA program to prepare for reception of the sacrament at Easter. For more information, contact Dr. Thigpen.
Our parish subscribes to FORMED, an online archive of faith formation resources from a number of popular Catholic authors and speakers. This subscription allows our parishioners free access to the archive content by registering to create a personal account. Resources include video study programs, audio presentations, books, e-books, movies, and more, for adults, teens, and children, in both English and Spanish. For more information, go to https://www.stcatherinercc.org/formed.
Women of Faith
Women are invited to join us one Saturday morning each month from September through May, for breakfast and fellowship at 7:00 a.m. in room 316/317. Breakfast includes a speaker on a topic especially for women, followed by discussion and prayer. The meeting concludes in time to attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the church, with an opportunity for Confession afterward. For more information about dates, speakers, and topics, contact Dr. Thigpen.
Small Group Studies
Adult members of our parish meet regularly in a number of small groups at various times and locations to pray and to study Scripture, Church history, specific theological topics, and more. Meeting times and subjects of study vary from season to season. For more information on current times and subjects, contact Dr. Thigpen.