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ADULT FAITH FORMATION
On-going Faith Formation is both the responsibility and challenge for every adult Catholic. Once we leave the Catholic School Program or the Parish Religious Education Program, we as adults can let our Faith Formation cease and fail to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind”. We lose an awareness of the issues that face us as a Church, and the response to these issues by our Church. St. Mary of Gostyn Adult Faith Formation offers programs geared to adults and invites you to learn more about our various offerings.
Sunday Weekend Mass, through the Liturgy of the Word, homilies and Liturgy of the Eucharist, is the first and most powerful way of continuing our Adult Faith Formation. As we listen to the readings explained in light of our daily lives, with our parish brothers and sisters, we grow in our understanding of the Lord, our Church, and its relevancy to our lives. As we encounter Jesus in the living presence of the Holy Eucharist, we are nourished and prepared to be sent out into our daily lives.
Interested in learning more about what we believe and how we practice our Catholic faith in the Sunday Liturgy? Here’s a dynamic and informative guide on the parts of the Mass: Draw Near, a video guide to the Catholic Mass.
In today’s world of technology and being “plugged in” it can be difficult to find moments of silence to reflect and find stillness. On the other hand, digital platforms can also help us stay tuned into to our prayer and spiritual life.
- Our parish’s subscription to FORMED.org provides online access to hundreds of Catholic content, videos, studies, movies, books and more. Use this link to access St. Mary’s FORMED.org resources.
- Notre Dame’s DAILY reading includes a short reflection and a final prayer: nd.edu
- Joliet Diocese’s Father Burke Master’s DAILY reflection on the daily Mass readings, usually the Gospel: Fr. Burke Master Thought for the Day https://frburke23.wordpress.com/
- In addition, at two of our entrances, there are Lighthouse Catholic Media displays filled with inspiring and educational CDs. These portable CDs are great for commuters, family road trips, or when running errands in the car.
The Faith Formation process is a continual journey, enabling us to respond to the presence of the Lord in our life as mature adults. As you continue on your faith journey, keep in mind the opportunities that St. Mary of Gostyn has to offer. See below for programs, and explore the Adult Faith Formation tabs on our website. If you have a suggestion for a program or would like to participate, please contact Kelly at (630) 963-1063 x259 or [email protected].
ALL-PARISH MISSION – Beginning at weekend Masses, October 14th and 15th, singer songwriter Vince Ambrosetti will perform October 16th, 17th and 18th at 7:00 PM in the Church. Fellowship and reception to follow each evening. (For more information, please see Ministries – Adult Faith Formation – Parish Mission tab)
ADULT FAITH FORMATION — EVENING BIBLE STUDY – ONGOING – TUESDAYS 7:00 PM UNDERGROUND (For more information please see Ministries – Adult Faith Formation – CAFÉ Evening Bible Study tab). Next study to begin in the Fall.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION – WOMEN’S MORNING BIBLE STUDY – ONGOING – THURSDAYS 9:00 AM GATHERING PLACE (For more information, please Ministries – Adult Faith Formation – CAFÉ Women’s Bible Study tab) Next study to begin September 7, 2017
BOOK DISCUSSION – ONGOING – join others for lively book discussions First Wednesday of every Month, 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. (For more information, please see Ministries – Adult Faith Formation – Book Discussions tab or the bulletin for current book selection)
NOURISH FAMILY CAREGIVER COMMUNITY – ONGOING – THIRD THURSDAYS – 7:00 PM PARISH CENTER LIVING ROOM (for more information, please see the Ministries – Adult Faith Formation – Nourish for Caregivers tab)
WOMEN’S EVENING OF REFLECTION AND RENEWAL – DURING LENT – 7:00 PM GATHERING
PLACEADULT FAITH SPECIAL EVENTS – One Night. One Topic. Catholic Speaker Series explores topics relevant to our faith and everyday life. (For more information, on topic and speaker, please see Ministries – Adult Faith Formation – Special Events tab)