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!

Advent Discussion with Fr. Dennis & Sr. Carol

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

These discussions are a companion to the Advent season, their focus is on the call to live a life of readiness for the Lord’s arrival, and His presence in our lives.  With December being a busy month for everyone, we have held this series to three sessions as listed above including questions for discussion, a scriptural connection, and prayer.  We would be most pleased if you would join us via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a link from Sr. Carol.

Fr. Peck Speaks on Our Advent Traditions

Advent Faith Group

Consider deepening your Advent prayer life by joining our Advent Faith Group virtual conference. We will meet Tuesday evenings for four weeks, beginning November 24, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on MS Teams. We will pray together and break open the Sunday Gospels of Advent. You can also share your own faith life if you want to, or you can just listen. No preparation will be necessary. If you have never been part of a small faith-sharing group, this one is for you! If you are a regular, then why not add another group? Therese Stahl from our staff will host the group. There is no cost. Sign up below.

 

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