Our vision for this ministry at St John Vianney is inspired by our US Bishops who give us three major goals that guide and direct efforts in adult faith formation:
1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life. In response to God's call to holiness, our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus, "the Holy One of God" (Jn 6:69, Mk 1:24). Accordingly, "'at the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. . . .' Catechesis aims at putting 'people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ.'"
As its first goal, faith formation helps adults "to acquire an attitude of conversion to the Lord." This attitude fosters a baptismal spirituality for adults. It leads them to recognize and repent of sin in their hearts and lives, to seek reconciliation through the sacraments, and to embrace the invitation and challenge of an ever deepening faith in Jesus. It means putting on the mind of Christ, trusting in the Father's love, obeying God's will, seeking holiness of life, and growing in love for others. Deepening personal prayer is a significant means toward growth in holiness in daily life.
In Fall 2017, we launched the first-ever Alpha Course at St. John Vianney and it was a success! 75 parishioners gathered to explore some of life's big questions; questions that we rarely have enough time to think about such as: Why am I here? What's my purpose? Where am I heading? Is there more to life than this? Many made new friends and some of those ‘new’ friends continue to meet in each other’s homes to share faith and hospitality.
What is Jesus asking of me, when He says, " love my neighbor as myself"?
Join us on an 8-week faith journey as we explore through study, prayer and discussion how our faith calls us to a deeper understanding and response to today's pressing social issues of homelessness, racism and mass incarceration.
Thursday evenings, January 24-March 21, 2019, from 7pm-9pm.
Weekly Mondays’ 7-9pm (except holidays), Faith Formation Hall
The Catholicism documentary videos take us to over 50 locations in 15 countries sharing a vision of the Catholic Faith as never before seen. As Bishop Barron describes, “From the lands of the Bible to the great shrines of Europe, from the heartland of America to the mysteries of Asia and the beating heart of Africa.. learn more about the Faith that claims over 1.1 billion people.”
We minister to people who have been away from the Church for any length of time and to people who have questions about some of the changes that have taken place in the last 30 years. You've changed...and so have we!
Small Christian Communities (SCC)
Facilitates small gatherings of parishioners in private homes to explore the Sunday Scripture Readings in light of faith and life experience. Sessions are every other week (six gatherings) three times a year.