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"Adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study, must be 'the central task in the catechetical enterprise,' becoming 'the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age.'" - Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, #5

Too often we think of faith formation in terms of religious education and specifically for children. Yet children are presented the faith in developmentally appropriate ways. Only as adults, are we finally able to penetrate the meanings and implications of the mystery of God's love and incarnation. Only as adults, can we connect the teachings and practice of our faith with spirituality and the movements of our daily lives. The journey of faith formation can not end with grade school or even high school. It is truly lifelong, just as our journey of relationship with God is lifelong.

The term "Adult Faith Formation" necessarily covers a lot of ground. Adults come to the Church with a many different desires, backgrounds, education and needs. Our bishops have said to us that Adult Faith Formation is to be the heart of the catechetical vision and practice. (Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, no 6). It is our hope that you will find something here to help you on your faith journey to live as a disciples who seeks to know, love, and serve the Lord. 

Studies

St. Andrew School of Evangelization

Small Christian Groups

Retreats

Online Studies

Just Faith

Saint Benedict Forum @ Hope College 

Our Lady of the Lake's Adult Faith Formation Opportunities


 

I was baptized Catholic but never received the other Sacraments.

Whatever the reason, if you were unable to receive the Sacraments, we want to help you to feel welcome and part of our community. The process for reception of the Sacraments is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). You may begin at any time. Wisit our RCIA page or contact Ricardo Valdez (rvaldez@stfrancisholland.org) in the parish office for more information.

I missed Confirmation when I was younger.

Preparing for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation as an adult is an excellent way to explore your Catholic faith and the Cathedral community. Confirmation preparation starts in late January-early February. It is a 10-week small group that explores the depth of the Catholic faith and how to connect it to your daily life. Visit our Adult Confirmation Page or contact Ricardo Valdez (rvaldez@stfrancisholland.org) in the parish office for more information.

I'd like to explore becoming Catholic. Where do I start?

We welcome inquiry into the Catholic Christian Faith. The process is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  Visit our RCIA Page or contact Ricardo Valdez (rvaldez@stfrancisholland.org) in the parish office for more information.