A reflection from our Youth Minister, Mrs. Christina Valenzuela, OP Last week, many parishioners attended a viewing of Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel, “Silence,” a work of historical fiction about the very real persecution of 17 th-c Christians in Japan. At the heart of … [Read more...]
Adult Faith Formation Commission
Adult Faith Formation is concerned with the ongoing faith life of adults. It asks the question: What do adults within the parish community need in order to grow in their faith?
The goals of faith formation are: holiness of life (deepening of relationship with Christ in everyday life), active participation in the Christian community and service of God and neighbor.
In 1999, the U.S. Bishops identified six dimensions of adult faith, each of which they described as "a fundamental aspect of Christian life and a foundational content area for adult faith formation" (Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, 90-96). Those dimensions are:
- knowledge of the faith
- liturgical life
- moral formation
- communal life
- outreach/social action.
The Adult Faith Formation Commission is concerned with the ongoing faith life of adults, encouraging deeper formation in one's faith with relevance to these 6 foundational areas. Recent focuses have been on exploring ways to pray and on practical ongoing ways to learn and grow as a disciple of Christ.
The AFF Commission has evening meetings, monthly, September to June. Current members are Carolyn Camerato, Kelly Dunn, Lorraine Fiore, Fr. Paul Kenney, SJ, Kathleen Logan-Prince, Alpheen Menachery, and our pastoral associate, Andrea Jackson. Email Andrea for more information or to join the commission.
SAVE THE DATE for a Pilgrimage to Fatima Shrine: To enter more fully into the 100th Anniversary of the Marian apparition at Fatima, come on a parish pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Holliston, MA on Sunday, August 13th, 3:30pm-9:30pm. $30 covers transportation and picnic dinner. Details to … [Read more...]
"SILENCE" MOVIE VIEWING and Discussion: This past Lent, we read Shusaku Endo's classic novel, Silence, about 17th-c Jesuit martyrs in Japan. Whether you were able to take part in the book discussion or not, we now invite you to join us for a movie viewing of Scorcese's powerful ilm adaptation, … [Read more...]
Our parish is looking for a bright, new design for parish t-shirts to be used at various events throughout the year, such as the parish picnic, social nights, Generations of Faith, and much, much more! If you have artistic skills, the parish needs your help designing a shirt that is multi-purpose, … [Read more...]
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality is offering a week-long retreat/program at Campion Renewal Center in Weston, MA by Fr. Harry Cain, S.J. and Virginia Blass, D. Min. It is primarily an introductory program and experience of Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It can … [Read more...]
GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH ADULT EDUCATION SERIES PRESENTS “SPIRITUALITIES OF THE SAINTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES”: On Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, May 17, 24, 31 and June 7, 14 at St. Zepherin Center 6 99 Main Street, Wayland, This five-session program will look at the lives of some saints … [Read more...]
IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: The Center for Ignatian Spirituality is offering a week-long retreat/program at Campion Renewal Center in Weston, MA by Fr. Harry Cain, S.J. and Virginia Blass, D. Min. It is primarily an introductory program and experience of Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises of St. … [Read more...]
HELPING THE POOR: Come learn more about this year’s 23rd Annual Adult Service-Retreat Week in Eastern Kentucky from July 8-15, 2017. Our upcoming Information Meeting will be Tuesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 23rd @ 7:00pm at Our Lady Help of Christians (Lower) Church, 573 Washington Street, … [Read more...]
WHERE DO WE FROM HERE? In early January, our parish took up a challenge to pray for 1% of our day (14 minutes and 24 seconds) every day for 30 days. Now that that 30-day kickstart has come and gone, you might be asking, "Where do I go from here?" The 1% Challenge is a life-long challenge to draw … [Read more...]
During Lent, our parish will be offering a four-week book discussion on Shusaku Endo's classic novel, "Silence," about 17th-century Jesuit martyrs in Japan. Join us as we delve into questions of faith, mission, betrayal, forgiveness, political coercion, and the seemingly impenetrable silence of God … [Read more...]