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

 

CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH (April 22 - May 1)

 

Pope Francis has proclaimed this "The Year of St. Joseph," patron of fathers, workers, and the Universal Church. A 33-Day Consecration to St. Joseph began Mar 30th, but here is an opportunity for those who would like to make a Nine-Day Consecration to St. Joseph for his feast on May 1st:

 

Begin your independent preparation on April 22nd and end on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Sat., May 1st. Click here for a 5-minute daily video recording, reading, and prayer. Contact Mary Ferg, merryferg@aol.com, 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.

THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: A NEW PODCAST WITH FR. MIKE SCHMITZ

(started January 1, 2021)
 

If you’ve struggled to read the Bible, this podcast is for you.
Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes starting January 1st, 2021.

 

Each 20-25 minute episode includes:

  • two to three scripture readings 

  • a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz

  • guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word.

 

Tune in and live your daily life through the lens of God’s word!


Listen to The Bible in a Year podcast - download or use your favorite podcatcher or podcast app ...

  • Stitcher

  • Podcasts

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  • Spotify

  • and others

 

Sign up and Download the FREE Reading Plan.

Upcoming Programs & Retreats

 

NEXT MARIAN PILGRIMAGE - March 25th!

FUTURE MARIAN 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.

DIVINE MERCY CENACLES

(Day & Evening Groups beginning April 14th)

    * 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. Contact Mary Ferg (717) 235-7285 to sign up.

HEARTS AFIRE PARISH-BASED PROGRAM

33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY RETREAT

Consecration Renewal: Annual Consecration renewal is highly recommended!

 

For everyone who wants to renew their Marian consecration or make one for the first time (independently or in a group), leave your contact info with the Religious Ed Office. You will be notified when the next Consecration retreat and Ceremony will be scheduled.

ALPHA- coming soon!

St. John's will be offering ALPHA, a parish renewal program. Check the bulletin and this page for updates.

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

Ms. Zina Siperko, Admin. Assistant - zsiperko@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