Adult Faith Formation

Rediscover the Saints: Pursuing Your Truest Self

Week One: January 5 – With the Saints in Prayer
Karie Ferrell, Director of Faith Formation
 
Did you pick up one of the books, Rediscover the Saints? There are still several copies left in the main vestibule if you want one. We invite you to read the book and come along and journey with your fellow parishioners at our January events.
 
Reflection – Augustine, Walter, Irenaeus: Every year on January 1, like many people, I make a list of New Year’s Resolutions. This year I didn’t. I had already picked up this book and started to read it and I’m excited by the possibilities of looking to the saints as models and for inspiration instead of looking to my own desires to set my goals.
 
Just look at these first three chapters. Augustine telling us that we have a future, we do not have to be governed by our past. Our past has made us who and what we are to be sure, but Jesus came into this world to give us another chance, to show us another Way!  In Chapter Two, the author tells us of God the Father’s love us through his own experience when his son Walter was born. What a great gift that kind of love is if we can just let ourselves rest in it, trust in it, live in it as we hope that our children rest in our love for them. And then, one of my favorites, St. Irenaeus! I’ve always been intrigued by the words attributed to him, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”  Years ago, in the parish of St. Irenaeus, where I raised my children, the last pastor I knew there, Father Daniel O’Sullivan paraphrased it for use as our parish theme: “Humankind fully alive is God truly glorified.” 
 
It’s been awhile since I’ve been regular in keeping my journal. The last several years, my writing has been rather sporadic. I hope to write more this year, especially as I reflect on this little book and see where the saints take me.
 
Journey Together
 
Lectio Divina (a way of praying with scripture) Are you a young adult in your 20s or 30s? Come together to pray with the Scriptures on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center Library.
 
An Evening or a Morning of Meditation & Reflection: All ages are welcome to gather together for a time of quiet meditation, contemplative music and a reflection offered by me, Karie Ferrell, Director of Faith Formation, this Tuesday evening 01/07 at 7 p.m. or Wednesday morning, 01/08, at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Center Living Room.
 
Follow the Reflections in the Bulletin, beginning this Sunday, January 12
Contact Karie Ferrell, Director of Faith Formation
kferrell@stmaryevanston.org
 
A vibrant faith community needs a “strong, complete, and systematic catechesis for all its members … adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study must be the central task in this catechetical enterprise.” (from the document, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
 
Adult Faith Formation programs include speaker series, study groups, faith sharing and discussion groups, retreats, and mornings/evenings/days of reflection.