Adult Faith Formation

Fox Valley Catholic Bible Study for Women – Fall 2017
The Gospel of Luke. Click here for registration form.

Tuesday Evening Adult Bible Study – Fall 2017
The Gospel of Luke. Click here for registration form.

Adult Faith Formation – Fill My Heart with Hope! Click here for opportunities

God is Our Hope – Click here for registration form.

 Adult Education Opportunities 

These are a few of the ways you are invited to participate in the Ministry of Adult Faith Formation. Please review these descriptions and imagine yourself in the picture.

To volunteer or for more information:

– circle the number on the form on the reverse side

– visit the parish website

– contact Sister Judy or someone involved in the ministry. On August 26 & 27 we will be live in the Hermes Center.

Click here to register online for the opportunities listed below

Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults—RCIA
Parish mentors or sponsors are active Catholics, willing to share faith with those seeking to learn more about the church, and possibly become Catholic or celebrate First Communion and Confirmation. A mentor may partner with a candidate and offer assistance as requested, or help the leadership team with specific tasks. Commitment involves attendance at about 20 Sunday morning sessions beginning September 10, 2017, two short Saturday retreat days, and participation in RCIA rituals, especially celebration of the sacraments at the Easter vigil, Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

RCIA Volunteer Photographer
Parishioner with a good camera and computer skills is needed to attend RCIA gatherings
and keep a photographic record to be arranged and printed in a memento book.

Easter Vigil Reception (3-31-2018)
Help plan, set up, serve simple refreshments following the Easter vigil to welcome newly
baptized and confirmed Catholics. Contact: Sister Judy Nickels (630-377-2797 x112)

Book & Gift Sales
Volunteers assist with selling books and religious articles seasonally after weekend Masses. Individuals sign up and serve each sale according to their availability.

Women with Wisdom: Living in Faith Together (www.lift)
Members plan, set-up and host two events a year for parishioners and friends. Meetings are usually held on first Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Innocents Memorial Mass (11-4-2017)
Committee members plan and host annual Saturday morning Mass and luncheon for families who have experienced prenatal or infant loss. Commitment includes 2 or 3 fall planning meetings, assistance with publicity and registration.

Luncheon helpers accept deliveries, set-up, serve and clean-up. Contact: Sister Judy Nickels (630-377-2797×112)  

Small Faith Group Leaders
Individuals or couples convene groups of 8 – 12 adults to discuss Faith related materials or books for six weeks in Fall 2017 and Lent 2018.  Timely topics are recommended, but groups choose their own topic. Contact: Sister Judy Nickels

M.V.D.A. Ministry to Victims of Domestic Abuse
Trained parishioners offer prayer and personal support, resources and referrals to persons who call the office requesting information. Confidentiality is observed. Committee members lead the parish in observance of Domestic Violence month and host an annual educational conference for interested parishioners and community members. Volunteers are also needed to help provide:

     Refreshments for programs,
     Event set-up and clean-up,
     Transportation to court/attorney,
     Victim consultation, e.g. legal assistance, financial planning.

Fox Valley Court Watch: Trained individuals observe court proceedings in Kane County domestic Violence court on assigned dates. Visit their website, Free training provided. Contact: Jim Kintz 630-232-7620 or OR Terry Apple 630-377-8375 or


Silver Foxes promotes fellowship and spiritual growth for parishioners 55+. The large group breakfast meeting is after 8:30 a.m. Mass on 2nd Saturday in the Hermes Center. Nominal annual membership fee requested. For information, contact Betty & Bob Kastory at

Silver Foxes Book Club meets on the first Monday morning, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 216. For information contact Mary Ann Dina 630-876-0485.

Knights of Columbus Council 12497 – Men from SJN and St. Patrick parishes meet monthly. Contact: Paul Braddock (630) 901-3164,

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary – Ladies from SJN and St. Patrick parishes meet monthly. Contact: Charity Davis 630-618-8114,

Marriage Encounter – Worldwide Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple shares by providing a time for focused communication. Contact Greg & Jill Sengstock (630) 587-6487 or see

Retrouvaille – a weekend for hurting couples to re-establish communication and rebuild a loving relationship.  Contact: or (northern Illinois site)

Annual Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference is November 18, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Holmes Student Center at NIU. Speakers this year include Tim Staples on Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization; Terry Kennedy, Major League Baseball Player; Rev. Bill Casey on Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus & Mary; Joseph Pearce of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture. Plan to attend with men from our parish; contact Fred Ontiveros at (630) 251-1977 or see