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.
2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community. As adult believers, we learn and live our faith as active members of the Church. Our response to God's call to community "cannot remain abstract and unincarnated," but rather, "reveals itself concretely by a visible entry into a community of believers . . . a community which itself is a sign of transformation, a sign of newness of life: it is the Church, the visible sacrament of salvation." People find this community of faith in the parish and diocese, as well as in their families, small church communities, personal relationships, faith-based associations, and in the communion of saints of all times and places.
Accordingly, faith formation helps adults make "a conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian community," accepting "co-responsibility for the community's mission and internal life." Adults not only receive the ministries of the Christian community, they also contribute to its life and mission through the generous stewardship of their gifts.
3. Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World. The Church and its adult faithful have a mission in and to the world: to share the message of Christ to renew and to transform the social and temporal order. This dual calling to evangelization and justice is integral to the identity of the lay faithful; all are called to it in baptism. Accordingly, faith formation seeks to help each adult believer become "more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world." As salt of the earth and light for the world (cf. Mt 5:13-16), adult disciples give witness to God's love and caring will so that, in the power of the Spirit, they renew the face of the earth.
—excerpted from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States
Wednesdays 7-9pm, Thursdays 9:15-11:15am in Mullen Commons Vista
Last Fall 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.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
A faith journey, an ongoing process, constantly turning to the Lord, continuing through adult life.
Reasons for interest in the Church vary and situations are as many as there are individuals. St. John Vianney parish provides an opportunity for you to step back and freely explore your interest and desire. We will gather with interested people in September, providing an opportunity for you to bring your questions and to hear more about the rich and varied tradition of our Catholic Church.
Have you ever wondered about the mission we are called to as Catholics at the end of each Mass? Have you ever wondered what your Catholic faith has to do with racism, food justice, human trafficking, global poverty, and social justice? Is the term "Catholic Social Teaching" one of the great mysteries of the Church to you? Are you looking for ways to explore these topics and engage your spirituality and commitment to service?
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.