Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Introduction

Adult faith formation is concerned with the ongoing faith life of adults, through the many seasons and stages of adult life. It asks the question: What do adults within the parish need in order to grow in their faith?

In 1999, the U.S. Bishops published a Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation called “Our Hearts Were Burining Within Us.” In the Introduction, they stated: ” We seek to form parishes that are vitally alive in faith. These communities will provide a parish climate and an array of activities and resources designed to help adults more fully understand and live their faith”; holiness of life ( deepening of relationship with Christ in everyday life), active participation in the Christian community, and service of God and neighbor. They identified six dimensions of adult faith each of which they described as “a fundamental aspect of Christian life and a foundational content area for adult faith formation.” Those dimensions are: knowledge of the faith, liturgical life, moral formation, prayer, communal life, and outreach/social action.

A faith that does not open itself to the heart is a faith that results in little passion. God passionately calls to us and says that he does not want us to be “lukewarm” (Rev. 3:15-16) in our response. We need to regularly learn more about our faith in order to be able to deal with all life’s complexities. In our childhood we receive the gift of our parents’ faith. Questioning our childhood view of God and faith is necessary to arrive at an adult faith – “faith by choice.”

If you have been away from the practice of your faith and are interested in rediscovering your faith, please click Rediscovering the Faith, which will take you to additional resources and information on the USCCB website or we hope you will consider taking advantage of the variety of Catholic programs, audio CDs, movies, and books available to you on FORMED.

If you are a baptized Christian, who is seeking to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, please give us a call at 972-423-5600.

Resources

Our parish has subscribed to an exciting new online platform: Formed.org. Formed gives 24/7 access to a variety of Catholic programs, videos and movies, audio CDs and books for use on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Click here and type in our parish name and create a personal account with your username and password, and begin enjoying the best Catholic content all in one place compliments of St. Mark the Evangelist.

Ascension Presents is an evangelistic platform bringing entertaining, faith-filled, and dynamic presenters straight to your newsfeed. By providing engaging content for our audience that reflects the good, the true and the beautiful we hope to bring their hearts closer to Christ. that reflects the good, the true and the beautiful we hope to bring their hearts closer to Christ.

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A. is a restoration of the ancient process of initiation into the Church. The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide appropriate spiritual formation according to each person’s needs. Initiation into the Christian community is not concerned with programs that come and go, but rather with the fundamental values of the Christian way of life –of living lives of justice, service and charity as witnesses of the reign of God – of being Catholic. It is a personal and communal journey of conversion and transformation. The goal is to help people become a part of the worshipping community, the Body of Christ, at St. Mark Parish.

The Christian Initiation process is for the un-baptized adult and can be helpful for the adult baptized in another Christian denomination, or the baptized Catholic adult who is un-catechized, and never celebrated Eucharist and/or Confirmation. The adult baptized Catholic or in another faith tradition may not need the entire RCIA process. This process is also adapted for children who are of catechetical age (7yrs. and above) and have not been baptized. We offer sessions in both English and Spanish.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the RCIA process, please contact Kaleb Trojacek at 972-423 -5600, ext. 284.

There are many opportunities to participate in RCIA, such as team members and sponsor/companions. If you would like to be a part of this very rewarding ministry, we welcome you to contact us at any time.