Adult Faith Formation Links
Adult Faith programs at St. Andrew include small Christian communities, adult confirmation, catechist formation, pilgrimages and more!
Not Catholic? You are most welcome to participate in any of our programs with no strings attached!
Coming during Lent 2018
Everyone is talking about encountering Jesus- Especially Pope Francis!! Coming during Lent 2018 you can get in on the action by being a participant in The Journey, a five-week process that emphasizes personal experience and prayer. The program leads to growth in our faith and helps us experience Jesus and his way of life more personally.Join us on the following Wednesday nights during Lent: Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21! We will meet from 6 -7:45 p.m. for soup and study. There will be a nursery as well as activities for children in grades 1 through high school.We hope that many parishioners will sign up and help our parish grow in faith—so that more of our parishioners see themselves as followers of Jesus. Click here for more information and to register!
Come Learn about the Liturgy!
Would you like to learn more about the Mass and gain a deeper understanding of the Mystery of Faith? Join us for a 6 week course, An Introduction to Liturgy. In this introductory level course, participants will explore the basics of liturgy and worship and its importance as the “source and summit” for the Christian life. The cost of this class is $25; however, fees are waived for faith formation volunteers. Class session dates: Feb 6, 13, 20, Mar 6, 13, 20. Two session times are available: Tuesday mornings 10am-12noon or Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00pm. For more information or to register, please contact Katie Fortunato, or 919-362-0685 x125.
Bible Study and other Formation Opportunities
Many opportunities for Adult Faith Formation are listed below!
- BIBLE TIMELINE: Bible Timeline will meet from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 7:00 PM-9:00 PM in Room 8 on the following dates: 1/25, 2/1/, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, & 3/8. Participants should complete the questions on pp. 78-80 in Session 11: Royal Kingdom: Part 1 before 1/25.
- Friday Morning Bible Study: Join us for a 12 week Friday morning bible study. Begins January 19, 2018 from 9:45-11:30 in the choir room. Cost is $17. Please contact Marlene Kelsey (919-467-0045) or Becky Danninger (919-481-1224) to register.
- That Man IS You just started up a new group in January. Click here for more information.
- Mothers Growing in Faith (MGIF) meets Friday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am in the CARE center. All mothers wishing to increase their knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith are invited to join. Through study and fellowship, we support our learning and each other. Childcare is available. Click here for more information.
- Respect Life Seminars: The Respect Life Committee has many opportunities to learn about a myriad of issues during multiple workshops being offered this winter/spring. Click here for more information.
- Career Network Ministry Book Study: Parishioners Marnie and Jim Tynen will be leading monthly discussions of Dana Gower and Paul Dean’s book, Careering – A Practical and Spiritual Guide. These sessions will be an opportunity for us to share experiences and insights about how to best use our talents to succeed in today’s economy. Click here for more information.
You can expect a mix of opportunities to gather for prayer, topical speakers, social interaction, and to reach out in service to our parish and community. Please watch the St. Andrew’s bulletin and website for information about new programs and events. The group generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Topics and Events in Winter/Spring 2018:
- February 7: Maya Angelou
- February 21: Lectio Divina
- Lectio Divina: A “divine reading” of Scriptures, presented by Dr. Derek Hogan, Campbell University Divinity School. Lectio divina is the traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.
- March 7: Advance Directives
- March 21: Legal Documents Every Senior Adult Should Have
- April 18: Apex Police Department
- Please join us for a safety presentation by the Apex Police Department
All meetings are from 10am-noon in the Room 8 Meeting Room, near the receptionist’s desk. All welcome!
Book Discussion Groups
For information about new and continuing Book Discussion Groups, please click here.
- Christian Prayer: An Introduction Class available this fall on 6 Wednesdays. Click here for more information.
- Catechist Classroom Blog
- Diocesan Catechist Formation
Originating in an ecumenical Christian community in France, this quiet prayer style combines simple one or two-line songs with scripture and reflection. Candles and icons set a calming atmosphere, and provide an opportunity to take a break in the midst of a hurried and harried lifestyle.
Prior St. Andrew Pilgrimages
- In November 2011, a group of about 30 pilgrims went to Assisi and Rome in Italy. If you’d like to see what it was like, please go to the Pilgrimage Blog.
- In April 2013, 32 pilgrims journeyed to Ireland, and their experiences are summarized on the Ireland Pilgrimage Blog.
- In September 2014, 35 pilgrims went to France; here is the link to the France Pilgrimage Blog.
- Just this past February, 40 pilgrims experienced a pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Here is a link to the February pilgrimage: holyland2016.weebly.com.
- A group of pilgrims will be traveling to Holy Land this fall. Here is a link to the October Pilgrimage Blog: holylandoct2016.weebly.com/
We have heard some interest in starting up programming with young adults. Please contact Katie Fortunato at 919-362-0685 x125, or if you would like to participate, and to offer suggestions for topics and activities. You can also ‘like’ our Facebook page to keep informed of upcoming events!
Are you looking for ways to deepen your relationship with your spouse? Watch this page and the bulletin for Marriage Enrichment opportunities!
In the coming months, we’ll have some discussion groups looking at Pope Francis’ new document, “The Joy of Love”. If you’d like us to order a copy of it for you, please contact Cathy.
The Third Option program at St Andrew is currently on hiatus. For contact information, please see the details on the Diocesan Marriage & Family Life webpage.
If you are over 18 and a baptized Catholic who has not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation, please consider if this might be the year to complete your Christian initiation! Please contact the Adult Faith Formation office for an initial interview.
Not Catholic and interested in exploring Catholicism for yourself? Please consider the RCIA (see below).
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
“RCIA is the Church’s way of forming new disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s the normative way the Catholic Church welcomes its newest members, but even more important than membership in the Catholic Church is discipleship in Christ Jesus.
Some people who participate in the RCIA are already disciples of Jesus Christ by virtue of their Baptism in a Protestant denomination. Although the RCIA is designed primarily for the unbaptized, it can also be adapted for use with those who are already baptized, including adults and children over seven years of age.
Participating in the RCIA is much more than going to classes on Catholicism. It’s undergoing a conversion to a new way of life in Christ.” (from Catholic Update: A New Look at the RCIA: Journey for the Entire Parish)
For more information about following Jesus as a Catholic Christian, please see our RCIA page or contact Katie Fortunato at 919-362-0685 x125, or .
Blogs of interest
- Blog for RCIA participants (and anybody else interested): standrewtheapostlercia.blogspot.com
- “First and Best”: a parish blog for Catholic parents.
- Catechist Classroom
Katie Fortunato 919-362-0685 x125, or
Laura Harpham, Parish Council Liaison,