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 & Events

 

Also This Summer!

Metanoia

Mondays nights, Jun 20 - Aug 29, 2022

Quick Details:
- Location: St. Elizabeth Center
- Doors open at 7:00pm
- Video program starts at 7:30
- Light refreshments will be available!
- After the video, there will be discussion of the content using the questions in the Metanoia workbook which will be available.
- Come when you can!


METANOIA – and believe in the Gospel. In the Gospel of Mark, the first words of Jesus are an invitation to metanoia, to repent, to change, to be converted.


Every Catholic, no matter where we are in our faith journey, is invited to a deeper conversion. Metanoia is not a one-time event; rather, it is a continual process of turning away from the things of the world, from lies and sin and discovering a deeper union with Christ.


Metanoia is a production of The Ministry of The Wild Goose and 4PM Media in association with Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Franciscan Friars TOR of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The series is beautifully filmed on location in the Holy Land, highlighting sacred places such as the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, the desert of Temptations, and many of the holy sites in Jerusalem.


This series featuring Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, President of Franciscan University and founder of The Ministry of the Wild Goose, leads us on a journey with Christ into conversion. Each of the episodes explores areas of our life where conversion is so often necessary. Metanoia will examine topics such as who is Jesus, what must we do to inherit eternal life, and many other significant matters of faith. With preaching from Fr. Dave as well as personal testimonies from men and women, young and old, religious and lay, their stories will inspire you to seek to encounter Jesus and the new life he is constantly inviting us to.


Join us for the most important journey of our lives, a journey of grace, hope, repentance, and transformation. Do not delay, “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel. Mk 1:15”


For more info, visit https://thewildgooseisloose.com/metanoia 

This Summer!

Great Adventure Bible Timeline in 8 weeks

 Yes, it's back!

 "Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible", a series of 8 videos that helps you get the big picture of the History of Salvation. Small groups will watch and discuss 14 narrative books of the Bible that tell the complete story from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Church. Cost: $10 for all 8 weeks and includes a Color-coded Bible Timeline Chart. Various Small Group times available - choose a meeting time on Tuesdays or Thursdays, days or nights.

 

See the Sign-up Sheet at the Parish Office entrance table or email: reled@sjbnf.org. Due by June 6th!

 

UPCOMING PILGRIMAGES

Monday, August 15, 2022 - Feast of the Assumption
Join us for a pilgrimage to America's First Cathedral and First Marian Shrine in the USA, located right in Baltimore!
Also known as the Baltimore Basilica, or the Basilica of the Assumption, we invite you to make a pilgrimage to this beautiful Basilica to honor Our Lady. An optional Consecration to Jesus through Mary, July 11-August 14, using the 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC is an added bonus to prepare for this pilgrimage. Plans for a consecration at the Basilica are underway. Sign-ups will be available soon, so check back here for updates!

October 4-6, 2022 - Feast of St. Marian Faustina Kowalska

Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, MA
Jesus called Sr. Faustina in 1935 to be his Apostle of Divine Mercy and instructed her to keep a diary of everything he told her, including her reflections over a 3-year period. Sr. Faustina became Jesus's instrument to inspire the world to trust in His mercy. Pope John Paul II, known as the Divine Mercy Pope, chose Faustina as the first saint to be canonized in the third millennium. To learn more about the devotion to Divine Mercy, or to join us on this pilgrimage, call the Rel. Ed Office: (717) 235-2439.

FUTURE PILGRIMAGES 

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.

September 2022

Walking With Purpose

Open House August  10th, 7-8pm

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. Mark your calendar for our Open House on Wednesday, August 10th at 7pm    to begin your journey.

What is Walking with Purpose?
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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
        FORMED

Religious Education Department

Sr. Jane Keller, Director - srjkeller@sjbnf.org

Mary Ferg, Adult Faith Formation Coordinator

Mrs. Belinda Siperko, Admin. Assistant - bsiperko@sjbnf.org

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

New Freedom, PA 17349

717-235-2439

reled@sjbnf.org

OFFICE HOURS

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