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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

Upcoming Programs & Events

Walking With Purpose

Are you a woman who is longing for connecting with other women to explore your Catholic faith? Seeing how the Scriptures apply to your everyday life? Walking with Purpose invites all women to journey through Scripture together and build relationships that matter! Join us for Walking with Purpose starting at St. John's in September. Click here to visit St. John's Walking With Purpose    webpage.

What is Walking with Purpose?
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Walking With Purpose

Lent 2023
Feb . 19 - Mar. 28

Restore:  Lent with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

Faith-Sharing in-Home Groups

(6 Sessions)

Choose from various Small Group times - daytime and evenings. Feb. 19 - Mar. 28.

Lent 2023

Pre-registration and Host Families Needed!!!

Please sign up to be a Host family by contacting Mary at

Registration and $10 per household to participate is due by February 5th.


or Contact the Religious Ed Office. 717-235-2439 or

Questions: Contact the Religious Ed Office.

Available meeting times:

   10 - 11:30 am, Mondays Feb    20 - Apr 3
   10 - 11:30 am, Tuesdays Feb 21 - Apr 4

    7 - 8:30 pm, Sundays Feb 19 - Apr 2
   7 - 8:30 pm, Mondays Feb 20 - Apr 3

Journey with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, as she helps you turn away from what wounds you and toward God who heals you and makes you whole. Throughout Lent, you’ll move through four different phases of healing, focusing on traditional Lenten practices:

  • Prayer is the means of healing our relationship with God.

  • Fasting disciplines us in healing our relationship with ourselves.

  • Almsgiving leads us to healing our relationships with others.

  • Sacrifice shows us the path to heaven and union with God.

Follow the Lord into the depths of your heart this Lent and you will be transformed.

Optional Prayer Journal available online at or


See the trailer for this program below:


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 Info & Resources

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

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