Adult Continuing Religious Education
"... to teach as Jesus did means
calling and equipping all Christians
of every age and stage of life
to fulfill their baptismal call to holiness
in family, Church and society -
their mission to evangelize and transform the world into a more caring and just society..."
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,
Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, 1999
At St. Bernard's, we seek to form and nurture the faith of all of our parishioners " from womb to tomb." The Catholic Church wisely observes that since adults are the ones who have the greatest ability to understand and respond to the call of Jesus to "follow me" and to transform society, providing opportunity for adults to grow in faith and put it into action should be the top priority in parish faith formation. In keeping with this mandate, St. Bernard's parish offers ongoing opportunities for adults of all ages and interests to deepen their spiritual lives and their understanding of the Catholic faith, and to explore ways to bring the presence of Christ to their homes, communities and workplaces.
We believe we CAN change the world - one committed Catholic Christian adult at a time !
UPCOMING ADULT FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES AT ST. BERNARD'S
Explore Your Faith with AWAKENING FAITH!
Informal study/discussion groups for Catholics 20s-40s**
Next sessions: 6 Saturdays starting October 7, 9:00-10:15 a.m. in the school.
Come and learn and discuss with others like you questions about the Catholic faith. All questions/doubts welcome! No pre-registration needed; just come - and bring a friend!
**Awakening Faith groups are for younger Catholic adults who are seeking to better understand and connect with their Catholic faith. Topics include Are you Spiritual?, Why does Jesus Matter, Why does Mass Matter, Why does the Church Matter, and other topics selected by the participants. No questions off base. No judgment.
Interested, but can't make the scheduled times?
We can form a group at a time convenient for you with just six interested people. Fill in this form, and we'll contact you.
AND GOD SAID WHAT?? INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY
Thursday evening Sept. 14, 7:30-9:00 p.m. OR
Friday morning Sept. 15, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Have you ever been lost when you hear readings from the Bible on Sunday? have you ever tried to read it yourself and gotten even MORE lost? Be smart about the Bible-learn how the Catholic Church makes sense of it in this one-session introduction.
It's really important to attend this session if you want to continue with Bible Study; see below.
Fall Bible Study: THE MARVELOUS GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
5 Thursday evenings starting Sept. 21, 7:30-9:00 p.m. OR
5 Friday mornings starting Sept. 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
From last Advent to next Advent, the Church has been proclaiming the Gospel Matthew at Sunday Mass. Who was Matthew, and what's his unique "take" on the Jesus story? Most importantly, what does his Gospel have to say to us today?
Spirituality and Spirits Book Discussion:
THE MASS IS NEVER ENDED -
REDISCOVERING OUR MISSION TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD
4 Monthly Friday evenings: Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
God has a dream for our world. Everything we need to make that dream come true can be found in the Mass. YOU can be part of making God's dream a reality. COME FIND OUT HOW!
Our Friday night Spirituality and Spirit book discussions are prayerful, visual, communal journeys through books on spirituality. We encourage fellowship, and serve wine and cheese to keep things convivial!
CATHOLICISM 101: BASICS OF THE FAITH
A study and discussion for those who don't know them and those who think they do!
7 Wednesday evenings starting Sept. 27, Parish Center
This is a great opportunity for people who want to know more, people curious about the Church, people who feel they didn't get a good religious education as children, parents of young children who feel unprepared to discuss faith with them, catechists who teach others, and those who haven't learned anything new about the faith since their Confirmation!
For questions about our Adult Formation Programs, or to register for a course,
fill in the form below.