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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
NEXT BOOK DISCUSSION
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini will be the topic of discussion on MONDAY, MAY 22, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Newman Room. This novel explores how the choices we make resonate through generations. It begins with a Father in an Afghanistan village in 1952 telling a folktale to his two young children. What follows is a series of stories within the story, told through multiple viewpoints spread over more than half a century and in other locations such as Paris, the US and Greece. Though a complex novel which is a challenge to read, it is well worth the effort because even when things don’t turn out perfectly, there is still purpose, joy and even some magic in the lives of characters who love and take care of one another. Even if you don’t have time to read the novel, come anyhow and learn from those who did and their various perspectives.
Contact Mary Kane Mauer (219) 464-4831 or email@example.com to let the group know you are coming as every one contributes to a pot-luck lunch.
DIVORCE AND BEYOND: A TEN-WEEK SUPPORT GROUP
DIVORCE AND BEYOND, a program of support for men and women who are divorced or have filed for divorce will begin WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 7:00 – 9:00pm. These sessions which will conclude on Wednesday, June 14, will discuss: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com or Mary Kane Mauer at 219-464-4831, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.