Adult Faith Formation

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.

Current Programs




Pope Francis has proclaimed this "The Year of St. Joseph," patron of fathers, workers, and the Universal Church. You may begin a personal 33-Day Consecration or a Nine-Day Consecration to St. Joseph. The next St. Joseph feast day:

Feast of Our Lady of Knock

August 21st

In 1879, the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared to 15 people in Knock, Ireland. This is considered a special feast shared by Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John.


33-Day Consecration:
Make a 33-Day preparation for Consecration independently or get a group with family or friends to begin on Mon., July 19th and end on the Feast of Our Lady of Knock, Sat., August 21st*. You will need to purchase the book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC, available at or online.

9-Day Consecration:
Make a 9-Day preparation for Consecration independently or get a group with family or friends to begin on Fri., Aug 12th and end on the Feast of Our Lady of Knock, Sat., August 21st. Contact Mary Ferg by Sun., Aug 1st if you wish to make a reservation to celebrate your consecration at the 5 PM Mass on Sat., Aug 21st*. Click here for a 5-minute daily video recording, reading, and prayer.

Consecration Day:
*Contact Mary Ferg,, by Sun., Aug 1st if you wish to make a reservation to celebrate your consecration at the 5 PM Mass on Sat., Aug 21st and for help getting started or with questions about this grace-filled consecration.

A helpful resource, including a list of fifteen ways one may receive a plenary indulgence during this year may be found here.

33 Days to Greater Glory Retreat


St. John's is hosting the 33 Days to Greater Glory group retreat at 3 - 4:30 PM on Thursdays, beginning May 13th. Consecration to our heavenly Father will be on Sun., June 20th. See the bulletin and postings here for future offerings of the Hearts Afire Parish Program retreats by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

Upcoming Programs & Retreats



Join us for a Pilgrimage on Fri., July 16th for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Where: Our Lady of Mt Carmel Nat'l Shrine, Middletown, NY.
Travel: carpool, drivers needed*, contact Mary, 717-235-7285
Cost: donation for gas and dinner
When: Fri, July 16, 2021, early departure & late return
    Fri, July 16th Itinerary:

  • 4:50 AM -   Meet at St. John's

  • 5 AM -        Leave St. John's

  • 10 AM -      Morning Prayer

  • 11:30 AM - Mass, Celebrant: Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney

    • Procession and crowning of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 

  • 1 - 2 PM -   Lunch - outdoor, bring your lunch 

  • 2-3 PM -     Exposition, Scriptural Rosary, Benediction 

  • 3 - 9 PM     Travel home, bring money to stop for dinner 

  • 9 PM -        Return to St. John's 

*approx. each way is Time: 4 hours; Distance: 200 miles


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.


(Day & Evening Groups beginning September 15th)

    * Choose Wednesdays 10am - noon or 7 - 9pm

A Divine Mercy cenacle is a group of people who meet weekly to sing, pray, and to discuss Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the writings of St. Faustina as a small faith community. Besides these devotions, cenacles commit to Eucharistic Adoration, praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and dying, and engaging in works of mercy. Updates will be posted in the bulletin. Contact Mary Ferg (717) 235-7285 to sign up.


This is a new program coming to St. John's, and it is free to use. If you would like to implement the REVIVE PARISHES program in your apostolate, committee or parish organization, please contact Mary Ferg (717) 235-7285 to get started!

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

Ms. Zina 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