A common obstacle to prayer is our own brains! You carve out the time, you find a quiet place to pray, you sit down and suddenly the volume in your mind is turned to 11! Don't let distractions overwhelm you. In time, they'll lessen as you become accustomed to silence. Here are some helpful tips: … [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.
Hi everyone! Andrea Jackson, your Pastoral Associate, here. I want to introduce you to a great and simple way to pray that our parish small groups have been trying out this fall. It's from the group who writes our small group guides and leader training materials. For the New Year, we thought we'd … [Read more...]
FEBRUARY 7TH: The Tuesday Morning Bible Study will be delving into St. Paul's Letters from Prison, beginning February 7th through April 11th in St. Julia Parish Center Hall. In these letters of encouragement, correction, and instruction written from prison, Paul lovingly inspires and challenges us … [Read more...]
1% Challenge Tip #3: Pray in the Morning Just 14 minutes and 24 seconds, it sounded so easy at first, right? By this point, about 3 weeks in, you've either developed the habit of daily prayer or lost some steam. If you haven't prayed as often as you wanted to, the answer isn't to get discouraged, … [Read more...]
Perhaps you’ve tried to pray more or study Scripture for Lent in the past, only to fall short of the goal despite your best efforts. But what if you had a supportive community this time? Join a small group and be encouraged this Lent. Meet weekly with fellow parishioners to connect deeply with God … [Read more...]
If 15 minutes is too difficult at first, start with a more achievable goal and work up to 1%. Establishing consistency might be your first goal, and increasing the time your second goal once the habit is established. If you’re already faithful to 1%, consider working up to 2% or more! Offer the … [Read more...]
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5th GENERATIONS OF FAITH Working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), we will gather to learn more about the Catholic Tradition of feeding the hungry, learn about our hungry Brothers and Sisters in Burkina Faso, and then spend some time packing meals to help feed our … [Read more...]
ONE PERCENT CHALLENGE: Tip #1 - Schedule Time · Spend this time exclusively with God in one uninterrupted period, not while driving or doing other activities. Don’t multi-task! Recall how you feel when you’re with a friend or your spouse and in the middle of your conversation he/she brings out … [Read more...]
A TIME TO REFLECT: The Archdiocese of Boston Holy Hour For Life is held annually in parishes, in conjunction with the national observance of a Day of Prayer and Penance, marking the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v Wade decisions legalizing abortion on demand in the Unite States. This Holy Hour … [Read more...]
SPEAKER EVENT on the Book of Genesis: Fr. Richard Clifford, S.J., professor of Old Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, will speak on the Book of Genesis as the closing event of this fall's Tuesday Morning Bible Study. The Bible Study invites all parishioners to take part in … [Read more...]