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


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. Click here to visit St. John's Walking With Purpose    webpage.

What is Walking with Purpose?
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October 2022

Adore Advent Host Family Sign-up

"Every season of Advent is full of the opportunity of living a deeper life."

If you would like to host a video and discussion group in your home this Advent, check out the     engaging program we will be using in the video below. Participant  sign-ups will be held in November.

Contact the  Religious Ed office with any questions.

To sign up as a host family, download the form here.


November    2022

Adore: Advent Reflections with Fr. John Burns--4 Sessions

Choose from various Small Group times - daytime and evenings. Nov. 27 - Dec. 21, 2022.

You have a choice this Advent: Get "wrapped up" in the annual rush of shopping, decorating, and parties or slow down—in just a few minutes each day to remember who this season is really about—Jesus. In this Advent video series, popular author and speaker Fr. John Burns will help you regain the holy habit of longing and joyful hope at the heart of Advent. Focusing on a new theme each week—vigilance, preparation, nearness, and Emmanuel—Fr. John will guide you to foster these joy-filled themes in your own life. Each day you’ll journey deeper into the meaning of Advent.

If you enjoy journaling, an optional journal is available for you to purchase here. 


Pre-registration and Host Families Needed!!!


Registration and $5 to participate is due by November 14th. Contact the Religious Ed Office to sign up. 717-235-2439 or

Questions: Contact the Religious Ed Office.


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