Adult Formation

The Church teaches that an adult Catholic faith is characterized by three things: (1) Encounter: experiencing an ongoing conversion to Jesus; (2) Growth: being an active member in our Christian community; and (3) Being Sent: living as disciples in mission to the world. We are blessed at St. John Neumann with formal programs (listed below) that encourage these Christian goals. In reality, we encounter Christ, we grow in Christ, and we are sent by Christ in a myriad of ways. In the end, as Christian adults, we must keep our hearts open and be courageous. Christ calls us to orient our entire selves to him! Christ calls us to metanoia—a radical change of heart!

Tuesday Evening Little Rock Scripture Study

Hot off the presses of the Little Rock Scripture Study, Angels in the Bible will be the next Tuesday Evening Scripture Study. Six lessons long, and chock full of angels. The class will begin Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 pm, on Zoom. Angels are pure-spirit messengers, worshippers, defenders, and guardians. Let us see what else we can learn about God’s “right-hand spirits.” Elaine Goc, study leader, has pre-ordered books, available from her for $10 each. Those who participated in the winter Tuesday study do not need to re-register. Elaine will send you the information. For all others who are interested, please register below.

Fr. Peck on Lenten Traditions

Father shared with us the beauty and truth of Catholic Lenten traditions on Monday, February 15. Here is the recording of our gathering.

Lent Faith Group

Therese Stahl leads prayer and discussion of the Sunday readings for the weeks of Lent and the first week of Easter. Format: opening prayer, lectio divina (or holy reading) of the Sunday scripture, and discussion. Tuesdays from February 23 through April 13, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., on MS Teams.

Bible Study 101

For those who have never participated in a Bible study or want to brush up on the Bible from a Catholic perspective. Therese Stahl will lead this study, with vignettes from Fr. Peck, on Mondays for 10 weeks from the first week of Easter (April 5) through June 14 (skipping Memorial Day), 7 to 8 p.m., on MS Teams. Participants will be asked to purchase a Catholic Bible, if not already owned, and possibly a study guide. More information forthcoming.

Evangelization Intercessory Prayer Team

This group prays for our parishioners and staff and for the success of our parish’s mission: to create missionary disciples of Christ. Gatherings take place on the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Zoom. Email Therese Stahl (tstahl@sjnstcharles.org) for more information.

Parish Study During Quarantine

Join your fellow parishioners in a Formed.org study: The Wild Goose: Discovering a Deeper Relationship with the Holy Spirit. Here is how the study works. View the short video segments at home, beginning with the first three (in this order: Segment 1 God’s Love Poured Out, Segment 2 The Breath of God, Segment 3 Baptism in the Spirit & Fire) and then the rest of the video segments in any order. Take your time in working through each segment. This is not the time for binge watching. Each segment has a study guide (attached) that will lead you in reflection and prayer. This is actually a good study to do alone or with a family member or one or two friends over the phone, rather than in a larger discussion group. No small group meeting time to sign up for. Perfect for Shelter in Place!

We have added a few discussion questions for each segment on the MyParish App group called “The Wild Goose.” Please go onto the app to share your insights and prayers with your fellow parishioners. This sharing is an important part of the study. We are community, and we want to continue to feel in community during our isolation. If you do not have a free Formed.org parish account yet, visit our Formed web page and click “Click this link for registration.” Be sure to remember your user name and password. Once on Formed, search “Wild Goose” to find the video series. For more information, email Therese.
Click here to view the Wild Goose Study Guide

Contact Information:

Therese Stahl
Director of Evangelization & Faith Formation
tstahl@sjnstcharles.org
630-377-2803

 

RCIA

A Journey of Faith for Adults

What is R.C.I.A.?

 
RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
The RCIA is a process through which adults are fully initiated into the Catholic Church. These can be unbaptized persons, those who have been baptized in another faith tradition, those who have be baptized as Catholic but have not received either First Communion or Confirmation. Men and women may enter the program at any time throughout the year. Upon completion of the catechetical classes involved the Candidates will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Contact Information:

Mark Restaino
Director of Youth Ministry & RCIA Coordinator
mrestaino@sjnstcharles.org
630-377-2797 ext. 107

Sr. Carol Stevens
Director of Music & RCIA Coordinator
cstevens@sjnstcharles.org
630-377-2797 ext 104