To teach as Jesus did means calling all Christians of every age and stage of life to fulfill their Baptismal call to holiness in family, Church and society. Ongoing faith formation is essential to accomplish this mission.
Saint Cecilia Religious Formation is comprised of many opportunities to begin or continue enriching your faith. They are: K-12 Religious Formation Classes; Adult Faith Formation – Bible Study and Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA – this class is for learning more about your Catholic faith, adults who have not completed their Sacrament preparation or adults interested in joining our Catholic Faith Community); and preparation for all Sacraments.
FAITH FORMATION SCHEDULE 2017-2018: IMPORTANT REMINDERS
- School year grades 1-5 will meet Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- School year grades 6-12 will meet Wednesdays from of 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
- Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
- Classes will end on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
- Whenever the school district has Early Dismissal on Wednesdays, there will be NO FAITH FORMATION CLASSES.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
As the adult members of Saint Cecilia Parish, living our mission statement of proclaiming and teaching God’s word, we “must be mature in faith and be well equipped to share the Gospel…through adult faith formation, by which we consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study.” – General Directory of Catechesis
BIBLE STUDY – THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
Beginning April 9, 2018 – 2:00 or 6:30 p.m.
Most scholars believe the Gospel of John to be the most difficult to understand. Despite being so challenging, this Gospel is not only unique in its structure, but the source of a surprising amount of Catholic beliefs. It is the only Gospel that mentions:
- The wedding feast at Cana;
- The Samaritan woman at the well;
- Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead;
- Jesus washing his disciples’ feet
- …and many more – 92% of this Gospel’s content is not found in the other
Because this Gospel is so unique and foundational to our Catholic faith, it really is essential for Catholics to understand. What makes John so hard to understand, as compared to the other three, and how we can understand it? First, it is not meant to be a timeline or an ordered retelling of historical facts. The history of Jesus’ life was known when this Gospel was written. John wasn’t exactly trying to tell a story; he was trying to reveal all of Christ and who he was (God!). John is looking to explicitly reveal Jesus is God. He does this in a way that might have been clear to a first century Jew, but to us the allusions, allegories, and signs can remain hidden. So how can we learn to understand all this Gospel has to offer and grow in our faith? Join us in the study of the Gospel of John.
Register by contacting Dave Kordell at (608) 393-1719 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CD’s available in the gathering space of our Church: Have you ever wanted to help family members, friends, or co-workers who may be struggling with the issues of life or faith, but just didn’t know how to reach them? Do you want to enrich your own faith life? Well, now you can. Lighthouse Catholic Media, has launched the first-ever evangelization and apologetics (explanation of faith issues) Catholic CD collection. Cost is only $3.00 per CD. Use them as you drive; listen at home.
DVDs available: “Footprints of God, the Story of Salvation from Abraham to St. Augustine.” Filmed on location and hosted by Catholic author Stephen Ray, this is a Bible study and an explanation of our Catholic faith and Church history. There are eight different DVDs with a study guide. Topics: Moses, Signs, Sacraments and Salvation, David and Solomon, expanding the kingdom, Jesus: The Word Became Flesh, Mary: The Mother of God, Peter: Keeper of the Keys, Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith, Paul: Contending for the Faith, and Over Holy Ground: A Heaven’s Eye-View of the Land Where God Walked.
Books available for purchase: “Jesus in You,” “Bible Basics for Catholics,” “Because God is Real,” Introduction to the Devout Life,” “Searching for and Maintaining Peace,” “Prayers for Beginners,” “Meet Your Spiritual Father,” “From Resentment to Forgiveness,” “Christian Meditation,” “You Can Pray,” “Interior Freedom,” and many others. New titles added frequently. Check them out!