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Adult Enrichment

Adult Enrichment and Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office
St. Patrick School Building
625 Park Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15902
Phone: (814) 361-2000

Deacon Michael Russo
Ministerial Coordinator

If you were last educated in your faith in grade school or high school, our short-term courses will help satisfy your internal hunger for a deeper understanding of the Catholic Christian lifestyle. All curious individuals are invited to participate in a course of their choosing. Our courses are designed to help you live your faith more fully in your family, workplace and society. They offer spiritual formation, a greater love of your faith and a chance to develop communication and leadership skills.

Mrs. Marybeth Heinze
Administrative Assistant

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To view the information, please click 2017-2018 Schedule of Classes

Adult Catholics must be well informed in the four pillars of the Catechism if they are to effectively catechize children, teens and young adults.  The Heart of Faith  class focuses on the Creed, the Sacraments, Christian Life and Prayer and reflects the unity of the Catholic faith as well as the richness of its lived expression in American culture.

This course introduces participants to some of the major features of the Old Testament; the Bible in history and history in the Bible, the Torah, the heart and soul of the Old Testament, the book of Genesis, Prophetic Literature-Isaiah and his .

Exploring both traditional and contemporary expressions of Christian prayer and spirituality.  Participants will study the Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, which is a compilation of meditations, prayers and contemplative practices to help one deepen their relationship with God. Also, the practice of Lectio Divina, [Latin for “sacred reading”], a method of prayer and spiritual reading to help discover God’s will in all things.

The Living Your Strengths Journey focuses on identifying and developing one’s talents, which are God’s gifts to each individual.  The seven-week course is a journey in discovering these unique God-given talents, recognizing those same talents in others and learning how to apply the knowledge in one’s parish and personal life.

“God not only reveals the divine will, God reveals God’s very self.  The goal of this revelation is to invite people into fellowship with God and with one another (Dei Verbum, 2).  Jesus is the living example of this invitation.  We speak of the Bible as the “word of God.”  But it is better to think of the Bible as the inspired testimony to the living Word of God, who is Jesus Christ (Dei Verbum, 4)1  This course introduces the participants to some of the major features of the New Testament such as; Jewish and Graeco-Roman background, Pauline Letters, Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Revelation.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the participants to a post-Vatican II Theology of the Sacraments within the context of Christology, Ecclesiology and Ministry.  The history of the sacraments is also covered in this context.


The history of Christianity is a story of diversity, multiple developments, and pluralism.  Yet, throughout every era of Christian history the underlying and unifying thread has been a desire among the followers of Jesus the Christ to discern the presence of the Spirit and the marks of the Creator within the many faces of human culture, and to welcome and work to bring about a fuller realization of God’s Kingdom within our midst.  This course offers an overview of Church history focusing upon Christianity in Europe from apostolic times to the present.  Questions are raised about the role of the laity and models of the Christian ministry as each era of Christian history is reviewed.





on the road

“Were not our hearts burning [within us]
while He spoke to us on the way and opened
the scriptures to us?”  (LK 24:32)

This passage offers us a model for our ministry and shows the need we all have for ongoing formation in faith.  For in it we see two adult disciples who, encountering the risen Lord, grow stronger in love, knowledge, commitment, and zeal.  As then today, “Those who are already disciples of Jesus Christ…[need] to be constantly nourished by the word of God so that they may grow in their Christian life.”

GDC, no. 50; cf Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi: On Evangelization in the Modern World (EN), nos. 42-45, 54, 57 (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1975).

R.C.I.A. – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The 2017-2018   RCIA Catechumenate Team Ministry Course will be held at the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Family Life Office, Lilly, PA.  
For more information, including class schedule and registration form, please visit:

Or contact Mrs. Jeanne Thompson at (814-317-2672 or email at

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