Welcome to St. Mary's Adult Faith Formation! 
 Please contact the RE office at 402-291-7222 if you have any questions or are interested in any classes.
Additional dates, times, and cost will be announced soon!

Fall 2016

Monday: Stephen Ministry Training: Starts September 26th.  Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Facilitated by Deacon Chuck L’Archevesque and George Lamperti, 6:30pm in the Dominican Center.

Discovering God's Vision for Your Life: You & Your Spiritual Gifts: This is an eight-hour scriptural based course that outlines the 20 spiritual gifts that God has given us. Participants will deepen their relationship with God, understand and celebrate the spiritual gifts God have given them, understand God's call for their lives and ministries and use their gifts to help meet the needs of others.  

Tuesday: “Angels of God” (Threshold Bible Study) by Stephen Binz:  Starts September 13th. This study enhances today's fascination with angels with an overview of the Bible's presentation of God's angels as guardians and messengers.  Understanding their presence throughout biblical history will enhance your awareness of their invisible presence with us today. Through the spiritual disciplines of Scripture reading, study, reflection, conversation, and prayer, readers will cross the threshold to a more abundant dwelling with God. Six weekly lessons. Facilitated by Dave Garrison, 6:30pm in the Dominican Center  

Wednesday: “A Biblical Walk Through The Mass “by Edward Sri: Starts October 12th. This five part study provides a unique tour of the timeless Liturgy. Based on the revised translation of the Mass, this study explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in Mass and explains their profound significance.  You will come to know and understand the Mass like never before. You will see why we say what we say and do what we do at Mass. This study will lead you to a richer and more fruitful worship experience. Facilitated by Deacon Chuck L’Archevesque, 1:30pm at St. Mark’s.

Thursday: “The Mystery of God” by Bishop Robert Barron: Starts September 8th. This six-part film series and study program will reach into our rich intellectual tradition. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Pope Benedict XVI, you'll uncover a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God." Who is God? And why does he matter? Watch this series and you'll not only learn the answers yourself, but you'll discover how to share them with others - especially those who no longer believe. Facilitated by Deacon Gary Bash, 6:30pm in the Dominican Center.

Continue with: Catholicism “The Pivotal Players” by Bishop Robert Barron: Learn from the wise men and women of our church. You’ll discover where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned and wrote… Visit the countryside where St. Francis united a group of friars and revived the Church… Explore the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed… Trek through England where Bl. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their marks, sparking an English Catholic revival… Marvel at Michelangelo’s impeccable statue of David in Florence, the Pieta at St. Peter’s and the Sistine Chapel through stunning HD footage… Through this series you will meet so many more “Pivotal Players” who helped form and develop our faith. Facilitated by Deacon Gary Bash in the Dominican Center.  (Will be presented after ”The Mystery of God”) 

Thursday: "Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible" by Jeff Cavins & Sarah Christmyer: Starts September 22nd. This 8 part study (30 minute sessions) provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the "big picture" of the Bible and understand what it's all about. The Bible is a story about the Father's unfailing love for you - a love that you are now called to share with others. You will: Make sense of the Bible and see how it relates to your everyday life. Discover the remarkable connections between the Old & New Testaments. See how the sacraments, the Church and our entire Catholic faith is rooted in Scripture... and much more! Facilitated by Marge Hartnett, 1:30pm.

Friday:  “That Man Is You”  Meets Fridays at 5:30am in the Parish Center starting September 9th.

Weekend: Weekend Men’s Group: “It’s Not About Me” by Max Lucado: Meets every other Saturday. Looking forward to starting “Rediscover Jesus” by Matthew Kelly soon.  Facilitated by John Boeckman.

Coming Soon... Marriage Enrichment- “The Choice Wine” by Paradisus Dei (same publisher who brought us ‘That Man Is You’)  No matter if you are a newlywed or been married fifty or more years, you can still start your journey as a couple by applying seven steps to a superabundant marriage. Date and times will be announced.  Facilitated by Ted and Cindy Menzel.