The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help adults of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity. Our Adult Formation group aims to enrich a person’s whole life in accordance with the Gospel. Adult Formation embraces the diverse aspects of a spiritual and faith-filled life as an independent member of the Church. For example, adults discuss their faith, skills that are needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.
This ministry must engage the particular needs and interests of the adults in each local community. The Adult Formation group explores the core elements of the Catholic faith and practice – a complete initiation into the Catholic way of life.
It will do so in a way that is accessible to adults and relates to their life experiences, helping them to form a Christian conscience and to live their lives in the world as faithful disciples of Jesus.
This integration of actual life experience, diverse adult learning needs, the study of Scripture, and the teaching of the Church’s tradition will create a vibrant learning environment. It will also challenge the creativity of those who establish the direction, plan the content, and provide programs of adult faith formation. Meeting the challenge will be both demanding and rewarding.
3 GOALS AND EFFORTS OF ADULT FAITH FORMATION
1. Encourage ongoing conversation with Jesus to enhance your holy life
Our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in creating a personal relationship with Jesus
Catechists aim to put “people…in communion…with Jesus Christ.”
Embrace the invitation to deepen our faith in Jesus by trusting God, obeying his will, and seeking holiness in life.
2. Promote and support active membership in the Christian community
Learn and live out our faith as active members of the Church
Help us make a “conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian Community.”
Make accepting “co-responsibility for the community’s mission and internal life.”
3. Call and prepare adults to act as disciples in this world
Call others to share the message of Christ to renew and transform the social and temporal order.
Help other adult believers become “more willing to be a Christian disciple in this world.”
Be adult disciples who recognize God’s gift of love and care so they renew the light of the world.
(excerpt from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States)
Recommended books from Tuesday Book Study 2017-2018
- Never Alone by Joseph F. Girzone………………..This nonfiction book takes us into Girzone’s personal journey of his spiritual growth. He explains to readers that they are always welcome in God’s eyes by telling stories of his own personal journey. This book is not to be missed!
- In the Spirit of Happiness by The Monks of New Skete………………..This book dives into the daily life of a Monk and how they specifically practice their faith. The Monks express some of their principles of their practices: self-discipline, solitude, prayer, acts of love, and forgiveness. Whether or not being a Monk is part of God’s plan for you, you should take a look at this book to further understand how God is a part of our daily lives as Christians and Catholics.
- My Life on the Rock by Jeff Cavins………………..This book is a heartwarming conversion story of Jeff Cavins, who decided to give himself up to the Catholic faith and live by its teachings. If you have converted, know of people who are converting/want to convert, this is a great book for that transition in life!
- Why We’re Catholic by Trent Horn…………………This book is meant to help the readers further understand the aspects of our faith and maybe answer some questions about why we practice what we do and why we believe what we do. This book is designed for those who might be questioning their faith.