Adult Faith Formation
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!
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.
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.
- Christian Prayer: An Introduction Class available this fall on 6 Wednesdays. Click here for more information.
- Catechist Classroom Blog
- Diocesan Catechist Formation
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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
- Blog for RCIA participants (and anybody else interested): standrewtheapostlercia.blogspot.com
- “First and Best”: a parish blog for Catholic parents.
- Catechist Classroom
Father Bill, 919-362-0414, ext 113, or
Laura Harpham, Parish Council Liaison,