Adult Faith Formation

Other Sisters of Martha – Women’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Fall 2016 StudyNo Longer Silent: The Empowerment of Women in Gospels

 Adult Education Opportunities

RCIA Parish Mentors
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. An individual may partner with a candidate and offer assistance as requested, or help the leadership team with specific tasks such as taking pictures or occasionally bringing snacks. Commitment involves attendance at about 20 Sunday morning sessions, 2 short Saturday retreat days, and participation in RCIA rituals, especially celebration of the sacraments at the Easter vigil, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at  7:30 p.m. Contact: Sister Judy Nickels (630-377-2797 x112)  jnickels@sjnstcharles.org.

Easter Vigil Reception (4-15-2017)
Help plan, set up, serve simple refreshments following the Easter vigil to welcome newly baptized and confirmed Catholics.  Contact: Rebecca Hendershott (847-309-5656).

Book & Gift Sales
Volunteers assist with selling books and religious articles seasonally after weekend Masses. Several weeks prior to the sale weekend(s), a schedule is provided and individuals sign up 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 (11-5-2016)
Committee members plan and host annual Saturday morning Mass and luncheon for families who have experienced pre-natal or infant loss. Commitment includes fall planning meetings, publicity and registration assistance. Friends of the committee assist with liturgical roles and serving meals. Contact: Sister Judy Nickels (630-377-2797×112) jnickels@sjnstcharles.org.   

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 2016 and Lent 2017.  Timely topics are recommended, but groups choose their own topic. Contact: Sister Judy

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 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. Free training provided.

FOR CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP and PERSONAL GROWTH

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 630-876-0806.

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, trombone_55@yahoo.com.

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary – Ladies from SJN and St. Patrick parishes meet monthly. Contact: Charity Davis 630-618-8114, davisflight2@sbcglobal.net.

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 alifetimeoflove.org.

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

Annual Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference is November 19, 2016, 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 http://thetalk.org.

Faith Renewal for Adults

Fox Valley Catholic Bible Study for Women
Fall 2016: Book of Revelation – Print Registration Form here 

St. John Neumann Men’s Group

St. John Neumann Small Group Retreat:
33 Days to Morning Glory