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!

Mysteries of the Rosary

Encounter the mysteries of the rosary and its power to transform our lives and prayer life while exploring amazing images from the Holy Land. Lent ’23 we explored the Sorrowful Mysteries. Projected for this Fall, we will study the Joyful Mysteries with the help of a video series and discussion groups. Read more. 

Looking Ahead to the Weekend

Wednesday mornings, join this ongoing study on the Scripture readings heard proclaimed at Mass the upcoming weekend.  Meetings are ongoing and require no preparation.  Bibles & Sunday Missals are provided. Read more. 

Wednesday Morning Men's Group

A weekly men’s gathering with an ongoing book discussion.  For those interested in discussing the personal, practical and spiritual aspects of daily faith-filled living.


That Man is You!  This in-person Men’s Fellowship is coming back to St. John Neumann in September. The Fight of Faith equips and enables men to engage in the cosmic, spiritual battle raging in our day. Read more. 

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. Email Brent Smith ( for more information.

Fox Valley Catholic Bible Study for Women

Women are invited to study Psalms: Royal Psalms, The Laments, and Psalms of Declarative Praise. Come meet in person at St. Patrick’s Crane Road Church from February 2nd to March 23rd. There’s also a Zoom-Only option.

Meetings begin at 9:15am with large group reflection, then small groups on the weekly lesson. Registration includes a $30 fee for the text. Child care is available for $10. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Registered by January 24th to receive an invitation to an overview given by John McGrath, former director of the Department of Educational Services for the Diocese of Rockford.

If you have questions, please email or call Kathy at 630-370-4629.

A Journey of Faith for Adults

What is O.C.I.A.?

OCIA: Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.
The OCIA 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

Brent Smith
Director of  Adult Formation & Evangelization
OCIA Coordinator
630-377-2797 ext 113