Adult Faith Formation

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The Adult Faith Formation Program plans and implements opportunities to help adult parishioners deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith. Through these opportunities, parishioners can experience a deepening in their faith and encounter with God and neighbor.


The goal of the Adult Faith Formation Program is to assist in the whole formation of body, mind and spirit. Current programs for individuals and groups include catechesis, scripture (Bible) study, marriage and family enrichment, book discussions, spiritual direction, evangelization, and retreats and pilgrimages.


Parishioners are encouraged to contact the Religious Ed Office 717-235-2439 for more information and if they would like to host an organized small group.

Upcoming Programs & Retreats


LENTEN RETREAT - 33 Days to Merciful Love

Join us for a six-session Divine Mercy Lenten retreat based on the book 33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. The retreat format is simple: READ - PONDER - MEET... You will read from the book 33 Days to Merciful Love and ponder what you read, daily on your own. Then we meet together weekly to watch a talk by Fr. Michael on DVD to provide additional insights, and have small groups discussion. At the conclusion of the six-week retreat, we will make our consecration to Divine Mercy on Saturday, April 3, 2022*.

Saint Pope John Paul II emphasized that now is the time of mercy, now is a time of great and extraordinary grace, a time in which all of us can become great saints — if we tap into that grace. One of the ways we tap into that grace is by asking God to fill us with an ocean of His tenderness and mercy. And we do that by consecrating ourselves to His Mercy. You can be a ripple effect of Jesus's Ocean of Mercy. Registration and Details, below.

Lenten Retreat
33 Days to Merciful Love

Zoom or in-person

Dates, Times, Location:
Location: St. John the Baptist Church
Dates:      Begins March 1, 2022
                 Tuesdays, 10 AM - 11:30 AM
                 Tuesdays, 7 PM - 8:30 PM
                 *Plus Consecration, Sunday, April 3, 2022.

To Register:
Signup forms at Church Entrance tables
Fee: $10 due to office by Feb. 6, 2022

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*Consecration is the action of making or declaring something or someone sacred, i.e. in this case, have the goal to live in Jesus's Mercy.



Future Pilgrimages may include Emmitsburg, the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD, Padre Pio Shrine in Wash. Twp., PA.

  • Pilgrimage noun - a journey by a person or group, especially to a shrine or a sacred place, for spiritual enlightenment or deeper understanding of their beliefs.

More Opportunities and Resources


 Catechesis: Growing in Knowledge

(The Sacraments and Beyond)

       Three Ways of Handing on the Faith

            - Scripture (Bible Study)

             - Tradition with a Capital "T" Studies

             - Magisterium Studies

        Books of the Bible

        Topical Studies

             - Divine Mercy

             - Works of Mercy

        Mary and the Saints

             - HAPP

        Adult Faith Parish Programs & Resources

        Bible Study for Families

Spiritual Enrichment: Growing in Spirit

       Spiritual Direction

        Deliverance Ministry

        Retreats & Pilgrimages

        Marriage & Family Enrichment

        Men's Spirituality Group (TMIY)

        Evangelization Apostolate


Religious Education Department

Sr. Jane Keller, Director -

Mary Ferg, Adult Faith Formation Coordinator

Mrs. Belinda Siperko, Admin. Assistant -

315-A N. Constitution Ave (inside St. John's School)

New Freedom, PA 17349



M-F 10:00am - 4:30pm and during all Religious Ed classes