Adult Faith Formation

Discipleship is a lifelong journey.

Understanding that faith formation is a lifelong pursuit is vital to our Collaborative’s holistic philosophy for a healthy body, mind, and spirit. As beloved children of God and as members of the body of Christ, we are continually urged to know, love, and serve God more fully.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops describes adult faith formation as an essential process inviting Catholic Christians to integrate their own life experiences with knowledge of the faith, love of God, and love of neighbor. It is a complete initiation into the life of the Church as a way of forming a Christian conscience and a desire to act as Christ’s hands and feet in the world.

Blessing of Throats at SMG 02/03/19At St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption, we offer varied opportunities and venues to learn more about and grow in your faith as a Catholic Christian. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we want to walk alongside you.  If you’re looking for some simple first steps, we invite you to attend Mass weekly, participate more fully in the sacraments, and take advantage of our rich Catholic traditions such as Eucharistic Adoration, the Blessing of Throats on the Feast of Saint Blaise, and praying the rosary.  If you want to further deepen your initiation into the Catholic way of life, we offer Bible Study groups, a Men's Spirituality Group, book clubs, and ARISE Together in Christ meetings.  If you are ready to better answer the call to discipleship, we offer a discipleship program that features presentations, interactive exercises, guidance on giving witness testimony to our faith, and spiritual enrichment.  For those who are interested in becoming Catholic, we encourage you to consider the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. (For more information on RCIA, please visit our Becoming Catholic section on our website.)

For more information on our current Adult Faith Formation offerings, please contact our Director of Parish Ministries, Donna Delahanty.

Eucharistic Adoration

Our Lady of the Assumption: Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm
Saint Maria Goretti: First Friday of every month 8:30 am-12:00 noon

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by parishioners to pray before the Lord Jesus present in the Monstrance.

Rosary

A Rosary prayer group meets prior to the 9:00 am Mass on Wednesdays at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Click here for instructions on HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY.

Men's Spirituality Group

The Men’s Group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 7:45-8:45 am at the priests’ residence next to St. Maria Goretti Church to discuss upcoming Scripture readings for the Sunday Mass, and examine ways to apply the readings to everyday life. Please contact John DiBello.

Discipleship School

We hope this newly developed program will help form our parishioners in their call to be disciples of Christ.  The first series of sessions will take place on June 3, 10, and 17 from 6:30-8:00 PM at St. Maria Goretti's Parish Hall.