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St. Andrew ChurchSt. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church

3008 Old Raleigh Rd

Apex, NC 27502

919.362.0414

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith at St. Andrew

Adult Faith programs at St. Andrew include small Christian communities, adult confirmation, catechist formation, pilgrimages and more!

Not Catholic? You are most welcome to participate in any of our programs with no strings attached!

Announcements

Please check back for adult faith formation opportunities in the near future!

Book Discussion Groups

For information about new and continuing Book Discussion Groups, please click here.

Bible Study

We currently have two studies which began in September, both utilizing a combination or DVD and discussion, along with some at-home reading.

  • Thursdays, beginning Sept 21 (10am-noon or 7-9pm): The Bible Timeline, focusing on Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, and Judges. There is a one-time cost of $35 for the workbook, which will be used again in the spring.
  • Friday mornings, beginning September 22 (9:45am-11:30am): Prophets and Apostles, continued from the spring. New members may purchase the workbook at a reduced rate of $10.

Please contact Father Bill, 919-362-0414, ext 113, or for more information.

Catechist and Adult Formation

Taize Prayer

Originating in an ecumenical Christian community in France, this quiet prayer style combines simple one or two-line songs with scripture and reflection. Candles and icons set a calming atmosphere, and provide an opportunity to take a break in the midst of a hurried and harried lifestyle.

Adults Living and Learning (A.L.L.) -for those 55 and older

You can expect a mix of opportunities to gather for prayer, topical speakers, social interaction, and to reach out in service to our parish and community. Please watch the St. Andrew’s bulletin and website for information about new programs and events. The group generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Topics and Events this Fall:

  • Sept 13: Potluck
  • Sept. 27: Biblical Oils presentation
  • Oct. 4: Meet Fr. Bill
  • Oct. 18: Cutting Through the Confusion of Medicare...
  • Nov. 1: St. Teresa of Avila
  • Nov. 15: Contemplative Prayer
  • Dec. 6: Advent Prayer & Social

All meetings are from 10am-noon in the Meeting Room, near the receptionist’s desk. All welcome!

Pilgrimages

We speak of our faith life as a journey, and even many of our spiritual devotions, like praying the Stations of the Cross or walking a labyrinth, are based in movement that helps us focus on the Mystery of God. It can also be a deep blessing to travel to places that help us discover more about our catholic (universal) Catholic faith. About every 18 months, the Adult Faith Formation Office will offer a pilgrimage experience, and we’d love for you to come along! Our next parish pilgrimage, to Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela, and Fatima, will be April 16-28, 2018! Click here for more information. Contact Cathy with any questions.

Prior St. Andrew Pilgrimages
  • In November 2011, a group of about 30 pilgrims went to Assisi and Rome in Italy. If you’d like to see what it was like, please go to the Pilgrimage Blog.
  • In April 2013, 32 pilgrims journeyed to Ireland, and their experiences are summarized on the Ireland Pilgrimage Blog.
  • In September 2014, 35 pilgrims went to France; here is the link to the France Pilgrimage Blog.
  • Just this past February, 40 pilgrims experienced a pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Here is a link to the February pilgrimage: holyland2016.weebly.com.
  • A group of pilgrims will be traveling to Holy Land this fall. Here is a link to the October Pilgrimage Blog: holylandoct2016.weebly.com/
  • Young Adults (20’s and 30’s)

    We have heard some interest in starting up programming with young adults. Please contact Father Bill if you would like to participate, and to offer suggestions for topics and activities. You can also ‘like’ our Facebook page to keep informed of upcoming events!

    Marriage Enrichment

    Are you looking for ways to deepen your relationship with your spouse? Watch this page and the bulletin for Marriage Enrichment opportunities!

    In the coming months, we’ll have some discussion groups looking at Pope Francis’ new document, “The Joy of Love”. If you’d like us to order a copy of it for you, please contact Cathy.

    The Third Option program at St Andrew is currently on hiatus. For contact information, please see the details on the Diocesan Marriage & Family Life webpage.

    Adult Confirmation

    If you are over 18 and a baptized Catholic who has not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation, please consider if this might be the year to complete your Christian initiation! Please contact the Adult Faith Formation office for an initial interview.

    Not Catholic and interested in exploring Catholicism for yourself? Please consider the RCIA (see below).

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

    "RCIA is the Church’s way of forming new disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s the normative way the Catholic Church welcomes its newest members, but even more important than membership in the Catholic Church is discipleship in Christ Jesus.

    Some people who participate in the RCIA are already disciples of Jesus Christ by virtue of their Baptism in a Protestant denomination. Although the RCIA is designed primarily for the unbaptized, it can also be adapted for use with those who are already baptized, including adults and children over seven years of age.

    Participating in the RCIA is much more than going to classes on Catholicism. It’s undergoing a conversion to a new way of life in Christ.” (from Catholic Update: A New Look at the RCIA: Journey for the Entire Parish)

    For more information about following Jesus as a Catholic Christian, please see our RCIA page or contact Father Bill.

    Blogs of interest

    Contact:

    Father Bill, 919-362-0414, ext 113, or
    Laura Harpham, Parish Council Liaison,