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!

Book Study: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Have you ever been asked what it takes to be a Christian? Or what it is that Christians believe? Why God allows pain and suffering? How can any person today believe in miracles? Join us as parishioner Lowell Yarusso leads an exploration of the answers to these and other questions through the writings of Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis, one of the clearest and most profound writers of the 20th century. The study will meet virtually, beginning on April 20, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, using either Zoom or MS Teams. Mere Christianity is a profound, yet simple and beautiful, presentation of what Christians believe and why. It is based on a series of radio broadcasts that Lewis delivered during the dark days of World War II and consists of 33 short chapters with titles like, “The Law of Human Nature,” “The Three Parts of Morality,” “Faith,” and “Is Christianity Hard or Easy.” The book reflects Lewis’s personal journey from atheism to Christianity. Each week, participants will read and reflect on three or four chapters. If you sign up, please plan to get your own copy of the book via a bookstore or library. For more information, contact Therese Stahl ( Register below.

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 ( for more information.

Contact Information:

Therese Stahl
Director of Evangelization & Faith Formation



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
630-377-2797 ext. 107

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