Ministry of Adult Education and Faith Formation
Faith formation enables us to apply our religious education to making a difference in how we live our lives, raise our children, spend our money and engage in the political dynamics of our community. It is about providing opportunities within a faith context for adults to talk with other adults about things that matter. It is about enriching the faith life of the participants and strengthening the parish community. It is about becoming articulate about our faith and being signs of the work of God in our midst to each other, to those who have left, to those who have no church to call home. To that end adults are invited to participate in a variety of programs: bible studies, “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life”, “Divorce and Beyond” (a program of recovery and healing), presentations on respect for life, reconciliation, Eucharist, etc. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, advertising, hospitality, and childcare. All are welcome.
2017 Saint Paul RCIA Candidates
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
Please welcome into our parish community and activities those who were fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil Mass. The final step in the Christian initiation of adults is the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. At this celebration our Elect received pardon for their sins and were admitted into the people of God. They were graced with adoption as children of God and led by the Holy Spirit into the promised fullness of time begun in Christ and, as they share in the Eucharistic sacrifice and meal, to a foretaste of the eternal banquet in the kingdom of God.
Those now known as Neophytes are: Earl Nordhagen, David Gonzalez-Ortiz, Paolo Rosa, Edward Rose and Zachary Thomas. They will now complete a period in which they will grow into a fuller understanding of their experience as they continue meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist and doing the works of charity. We, the community of the faithful, their godparents and their parish priests will give them thoughtful and friendly help.
This is also a time when we thoughtfully invite others who are searching for a spiritual home to consider the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. They will begin by spending time with others seeking answers to their questions about Catholic faith and practice and discussing Gospel values.
For further information or to enter the process, contact Mary Mauer at the parish office (219) 464-4831 or email@example.com or Deacon Mike Foster at 464-8103. There are inquiry meetings every Monday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, in the meeting room in the lower level in the Tiny Tim’s Center.
1. Fr. Kenneth Grabner, Notre Dame, On Giving & Receiving Love
2. Fr. Kenneth Grabner, Notre Dame, Responding to God’s Love
3. Fr. Kenneth Grabner, Notre Dame, Our Future
4. Prof. Lawrence Cunningham, Notre Dame: Christian Mysticism
5. Fr. Brian E. Daley, Notre Dame: Ignatian Spiritual Practices
Lenten Video Presentations 2013
JULY BOOK DISCUSSION
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles will be the topic of discussion on Monday, July 24, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Newman Room. The pivotal character in this novel is an imprisoned gentleman who treats everyone with the civility he himself has been denied. Sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel for the crime of being a surviving member of the aristocracy, Count Alexander Rostov has a positive impact upon everyone he meets. More than a story of survival in the midst of political turmoil, this is a narrative of those who rise above reduced circumstances and continue to lead lives of purpose and fulfillment inspired by this brilliant, gentle man of integrity with a sense of humor.
Come even if you don’t have time to read the novel as you will learn from the various perspectives of others. Participants bring a dish for the light pot-luck lunch served mid-way through the discussion.
Future discussions will be Monday, August 28: A Hillbilly Elegy by J D Vance and Monday, Sept. 25: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
Contact Mary Kane Mauer (219) 464-4831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIVORCE AND BEYOND: A TEN-WEEK SUPPORT GROUP
DIVORCE AND BEYOND, a program of support for men and women who are divorced. The session discusses: the process of divorce, self-image, stress, anger, blame & guilt, loneliness, forgiveness, happiness and pathways to growth. Led by experienced facilitators who have moved beyond the cycle of anger and grief to discover “new life”, participants will experience hope and healing through listening and sharing with others.
As a former participant commented, “Divorce is hard, but with God walking with us and leading us in the direction to go, we find strength through His presence and each other.”
To register, or for more information, contact Mary Kane Mauer (219) 464-4831, or email@example.com, or www.saintpaulvalpo.org.
Did you know?
Divorced Catholics are not ex-communicated.
Divorced Catholics may receive Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Divorced Catholics are full members of the Church and can participate fully in the life of the Church.
Before a divorced Catholic can remarry in the Church, an annulment must be granted on the previous marriage. Children will not be illegitimate if a divorced Catholic is granted an annulment.
Additional websites: rainbows.org, familyministires.org, retrouvaillenoil.org/nwi.php, OnceCatholic.org, Divorced Catholic.org.
FULL OF GRACE
Women, find your purpose and feed your soul in a study designed for you! Come to this inspiration program. Join the facilitators for nine consecutive weeks in prayer and reflection using Sacred Scripture, documents, Catechism, the lives of women saints and the example of Mary, our Spiritual Mother.
Contact Terri Collins at 773-343-1332, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Kane Mauer at 219-464-4831, email email@example.com for more information.