“Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind”
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 XX and invites all parishioners to learn more about our various offerings.
Weekend Eucharistic celebrations, through the Liturgy of the Word, homilies and Liturgy of the Eucharist are the first and most powerful ways of continuing our Adult Faith Formation. As we listen to the readings explained in light of our daily lives, in the presence of our parish brothers and sisters, we continue to see where our Church stands on so many important issues. As we encounter Jesus in living presence in 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 “plugged in” to our prayer and spiritual life.
Notre Dame’s DAILY reading includes a short reflection and a final prayer: pray.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 just running errands in the car.
Parish missions and retreats are special times of prayer and reflection. We are able to take time and reflect where we are in our own personal faith journey. St. Mary of Gostyn also offers Adult Faith Formation Programs on an on-going basis, opportunities for Bible Study, small group prayers, rosary groups and other topics of interest. These are held in the mornings and evenings.
“We invite, we welcome
we listen, we embrace.”
– Joliet Diocese Pastoral Plan
The Faith Formation process continues and enables us to respond to the presence of the Lord in our life as mature adults and enjoy the blessings of that relationship. 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 tabs on our website. If you have a suggestion for a program or would like to participate in a retreat, discussion group, please contact the Rectory, (630) 963-1063 or Kelly at [email protected]
ALL-PARISH MISSION – Beginning at weekend Masses, October 14, then singer songwriter Vince Ambrosetti will perform October 16, 17 and 18. 7:00pm in the Church. Fellowship and reception to follow each evening.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION — EVENING BIBLE STUDY – ONGOING – 7:00PM UNDERGROUND (for more information please see Adult Faith Evening CAFE tab). Next study to begin in the Fall.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION – WOMEN’S MORNING BIBLE STUDY – ONGOING – 9:00 AM GATHERING PLACE (for more information, please see Adult Faith Morning CAFE tab) Next study to begin in the Fall
BOOK DISCUSSION – ONGOING – join others for lively book discussions First Wednesday of every Month, 7:00PM in the Parish Center. (for more information, please see Adult Faith Book Discussion tab)
NOURISH FAMILY CAREGIVER COMMUNITY – ONGOING – THIRD THURSDAYs – 7:00 pm PARISH CENTER LIVING ROOM (for more information, please see the Adult Faith Programs tab)
WOMEN’S EVENING OF REFLECTION AND RENEWAL – DURING LENT – 7:00 PM GATHERING PLACE
ADULT FAITH WORKSHOP – Contact Kelly at [email protected] for more information