ADULT FAITH FORMATION
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
The Catechumenate (or RCIA) is the process parishes use to prepare seekers for full membership in the Catholic faith community. The RCIA is specifically geared for those who have never been baptized, those baptized in another Christian tradition, or those baptized as Catholics but never celebrated First Communion or Confirmation. The basic process gradually introduces aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices to adults (and children above the age of 7 years old) by means of an extended period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation within a welcoming, supportive community. The RCIA relies on volunteers to serve as sponsors, team members, and guest speakers to presenter some aspect of Catholic faith or practice.
WOMENS’ SPIRITUALITY GROUP
Our parish has an annual tradition of sponsoring an “Advent Evening of Reflection for Women,” a catered meal with a presentation on the first Tuesday evening in December from 6:30—8:30 pm. This is a special, festive occasion for over a hundred women to join together to enjoy each other’s company while learning about a relevant topic. Several men of the parish do a splendid job serving as waiters for this popular event!
The annual Women’s Retreat invites women to gather on Saturday morning to experience shared prayer, quiet reflection, and thoughtful discussion together around a relevant theme.
MENS’ SPIRITUALITY GROUP
During the academic year, men of our parish meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month for prayer and discussion. Sessions are held in the chapel of our Catholic Center, 9:20—10:20am. Typically, the group chooses a book or some reflection resource to start their conversations. All men of the parish are welcome to join. Contact Dan Hanus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARISH SMALL GROUPS
St. Monica-St. George has implemented a three-year initiative to “plant” small groups in our parish. Small groups welcome ALL to come together to share our lives and the joy of the gospel in order to experience a more personal sense of community, to deepen our faith and to empower each other to make a difference outside the walls of the church. Parishioners are led by a number of trained small group facilitators to engage in this meaningful, transformative experience in their own home, the Catholic Center or some other venue (e.g. a coffee shop). Small groups meet for 5 weeks on various days and times in the fall and during the Lenten season. Afterwards, participants from all small groups are invited to participate in a large gathering to reflect on their experiences with others over a pot-luck brunch in the parish hall during Advent Season and then again in the Easter Season. Volunteers serve on the Core Team for Small Groups and/or as small group facilitators.
Throughout the course of the year, the parish offers a variety of opportunities for Adult Faith Formation. These may include bible study, presentations, book studies, retreats, or a morning of reflection. Some years, national speakers or theologians have been invited to address our faith community on relevant, timely issues. Guest speakers have included such notables as Bishop Tom Gumbleton, Sr. Helen Prajean and Fr. Ken Overberg. Watch the bulletin for information on these events.
FAITH FORMATION OF CHILDREN
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW)
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is an opportunity for children (aged 3-5 years old) to gather for an experience of worship that is adapted to their developmental needs. A dedicated group of adult facilitators take turns leading the children in prayer, song, and a reflection on the Sunday’s readings. CLOW gathers at the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays when the Children’s Faith Formation meets from the third week of September through the first Sunday in May. Volunteers who desire to share the joy and love of God’s word with the younger members of our faith community are needed as well as those who can lend a helping hand and support as an adult participant.
CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION (CFF)
Children’s faith formation strives to offer children in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade with a well-rounded, holistic faith formation that is solidly grounded in the Word of God and Catholic tradition. Sessions are held on Sunday mornings, 9:20—10:15 am in the Catholic Center, beginning in mid-September and continuing until near the end of May. (Registration form and the CFF Calendar are posted on the parish website by August of the new academic year.)
FIRST RECONCILIATION/FIRST COMMUNION
Remote preparation for the sacraments takes place during weekly sessions of Children’s Faith Formation (CFF) on Sunday mornings. More immediate preparation occurs when candidates and their parents participate in four sacramental preparation sessions in the evening from 7:00—8:00 pm as indicated on the annual CFF calendar. In addition, there are other steps geared toward enhancing the child’s appreciation and understanding of the sacraments which involve parents and the entire parish community in this ongoing process of initiation.
For one reason or another, some Catholic adults who were baptized and celebrated First Communion as children never completed their initiation by celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation sessions for Confirmation of Catholic adults can take place at various times throughout the year as needed, dependent upon on the size of the group.
Confirmation of Catholic adults is usually celebrated at the Easter Vigil (or at other times throughout the year, depending on circumstances). If you are interested in preparing to celebrate Confirmation as a Catholic adult (age 18 or older), please contact Sheila Murphy, Pastoral Associate.
CONFIRMATION OF YOUNG ADOLESCENTS
St. Monica-St. George Parish prepares adolescents in the 7th and 8th grades to celebrate Confirmation every other year (e.g. 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and so on) with the other parishes in the Cathedral deanery. Remote preparation for Confirmation takes place during weekly sessions of Children;s Faith Formation on Sunday mornings. Additionally, candidates also participate in a sacramental preparation session with their sponsor, an overnight retreat and other steps in the process as indicated on the annual CFF calendar.
Team Contact Sheila Murphy