Adult Formation


Adult Formation

The pastoral plan out by the Bishops of the United States states, “To do their part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and be well equipped to share the Gospel, promoting it in every family circle, in every church gathering, in every place of work, and in every public forum.  They must be women and men of prayer whose faith is alive and vital, grounded in a deep commitment to the person and message of Jesus.”  They have also said that Adult Formation is at the heart of catechesis and evangelization.  In an effort to help people mature in their faith and become equipped to share the Gospel, Immaculate Conception offers classes, videos, faith sharing within small group structure, and renewal.

Follow Me                                                                                                                    Facilitator: Ragna Raasch

Following Christ takes more than simply believing in Him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer– He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow Him. He calls us to be His disciples, to trust Him, to open ourselves to His merciful love, and to love others as He has loved us. Follow Me  invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.

When: Tuesday Evenings 6:30p-8:30p; November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2016
Location: Education Center Multi-purpose room
Fee: Study guide $15

Do it Yourself, But Not Keep It to Yourself Retreat                                   Facilitator:  Jeff Mason
Part 1:  33 Days to Morning Glory:  This retreat offers a quick and easy way to withdraw from the demands of life and enter into a peaceful interior reflection on their relationship with Christ.  The program is set up into three stages.  The first stage has two parts:  The Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Stage two is a group study focusing on theWisdom and Works of Mercy.  The last stage is an ongoing formation of the prior stages keeping your Heart Afire.

When:  Monday November 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm/Tuesday November 29 at 6:30 pm/Tuesdays December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016; Sunday January 1, 2016  9:00 am Mass/Consecration Day
Location:  Education Center Multi-purpose room

Do it Yourself, But Not Keep It to Yourself Retreat                                    Facilitator:  John Harrington
Part 2:  consoling the Heart of Jesus is the second part of this do it yourself retreat, but not keep it to yourself retreat.  The book consoling the Heart of Jesus gives us an awareness of God’s infinite mercy and how we can give Him joy, showing us the way to console His heart by accepting His love and trusting in Him completely.  It also focusses on what to do with the suffering we all encounter, helping us grow spiritually closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Consoling the Heart of Jeus retreat consists of 10 DVD lessons that are 45 minutes in length and a Retreat Companion for each participant.

When:  April 4, 11, 18, & 25/May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Education Center Multi-purpose room
Fee:  Study Guide $30 

The Four Faces Of Jesus                                                                                   Facilitator: Deacon Mike Germain
This is a hands on scripture based look at the four Gospels in the New Testament.  We investigate the similarities and the differneces of the Gospels, Gospel writers, and the Gospel audiences.  Although it is not an in depth study of any one Gospel, it is a study that hopefully gives us a better perspective of all the Gospel stories.  That better understanding can then help us to open our heats more completely to the message of Jesus as it is told through the Gospels.  

When:  Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Corrigan Hall room 1
Fee: No Charge

The following four session are stand alone sessions, meaning you may want to attend all or just one of them.  The sessions are offered to better prepare yourself for Lent.  Each session is offered on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm.

The Story of God’s People                                                                                     Facilitator:  Deacon Mike Germain
The Story of God’s people is a scriptural, historical, and practical look at the relationship between God and His people.  We read, pray, and try to remember that we are His people but sometimes we live as though we have forgotten or simply do not believe it to be true.  Together we will look back at the projmises and covenants God has made with His people; we will look around us in the present to recognize that those promises and covenants are still true.  We will look to the future and to what it means to truly be God’s people.

When:  Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Corrigan Hall rm 1
Fee:  No Charge

Traditions of Prayer                                                                                                      Facilitator: Kim Palmer
Prayer is a participation in the life of love.  The Church has a vast and rich treasury of traditions of prayer.  The means to draw ever nearer to God in prayer exists for everyone in abundance.  We will spend the evening exploring the types of prayer (personal daily prayer, Litanies, devotions, novenas) their roots, and guidance.  Bring your bibles please!

When:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Education Center Multi-purpose room
Fee:  No Charge

Mercy and Justice                                                                                                      Facilitator: Kim Palmer
God’s justice and mercy are seemingly incompatible.  After all, justice involves the dispensing of deserved punishment for wrong-doing, and mercy is all about pardon and compassion for an offender.  However, these two attributes of God do, in fact, form unity within His character.  Bring your bibles please!  

When:  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Education Center multi-purpose room
Fee:  No Charge

Celebrating the Triduum and Understanding What it is!                         Facilitator:  Reverend Father John C. Anderson
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter (The Triduum) are at the heart of what we believe as Catholic Christians.  Over the years the Triduum has been misunderstood and/or not adeaquately explained.  The goal of this session is to help us become familiar with the beauty and meaning of these days.  In doing so we hope to celebrate it and grow in our faith.  The session will focus on the structure and symbols along with the meaning behind them.  There will also, be time for questions at the end.  

When:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Education Center Multi-purpose room
Fee:  No Charge