We realize that most adults are overwhelmed by the busyness of life and rarely have time to rest or to reflect. We have begun a 1x/month opportunity for adults (of all ages), children and youth to explore the faith. It is called Growing in Faith Together (GIFT). The adult breakout of GIFT puts the emphasis on adult faith formation as the cornerstone to empowering the domestic church. In most cases, the last time adults had an opportunity to learn about their faith was when they were preparing for First Eucharist or Confirmation. Those truths, grasped with the mind of a child, rarely enlighten the complexities of an adult life.
GIFT intends to integrate all aspects of parish life: faith formation, liturgy, community events and service under intentional themes. The goal of the catechetical process is for everyone to have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Faith formation seeks to promote discipleship and active involvement off all members of the community, fostering the interaction and participation of all of us.
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Work weekends? Make your day off your personal Sabbath and go to daily Mass! Through our active participation in the sacraments and making an effort to pray daily He will grow in us. Check out this story of The Hudsons. Participate in ministries, fellowship with other parishioners, join one of our parish’s book groups, view Catholic TV and listen to Christian radio. Click the Resources page for more ideas.
Married or a Parent?
The motto of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry is Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth.” See more by clicking here. The Padgetts also have a compelling story.
Other things that build families:
- Pray together.
- Incorporate spiritual reading, listening to Christian radio into your lives.
- Attend social events within the parish.
- Participate in the ministries of the parish. (Click on the Ministries found under
- Participate in two service projects each year as a family.
Camp Koinonia Located within our parish boundaries lies this beautiful get away. It offers week-long retreats for families to grow closer, relax and renew their spirits. The program staff consists of a priest, spiritual directors and program directors. Teens are offered a life changing experience as staffers, serving the families and finding lifelong friends. Young adults also have an important place at Camp Koinonia, as Holy Helpers. To learn more, click here.