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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.






This course considers the theology and spirituality of the Church as expressed in the Fourth Gospel.  Attention is given to the theological and cultural setting of John’s Gospel as well as the principle images and themes concerning Jesus and the Church found in the Gospel.  The special vocabulary and spiritual program of John will be considered.  Literary, structural, and theological topics will also be examined as will the position of the Johannine church in the early Christian community.

Class Information and Registration Writings of John

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

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

Deacon Michael Russo
Family Life Office
5379 Portage Street
Lilly, PA  15938
6:30-9:00 PM 
August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5 (15 credit hours)
Registration Fee:  $35
Book Fee:  $20 (2 books)

Wisdom Literature and Psalms is a study of biblical Wisdom Literature and selected Psalms with a focus on their underlying message and the literary contribution of ancient Israel to world literature.  The course will also present a careful study of the literary character and theological themes in the Book of Psalms.

Wisdom Literature and Psalms Registration Form


In this course, the biblical, magisterial, and historical foundation of Church identity and leadership will be addressed.  Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the mission of the Church as evidenced at universal and local levels of church life.  The course also addresses the role of the deacon in the hierarchical structure of the Church.

Class Information and Ecclesiology Registration

The Shroud of Turin Talk will be held at St. Benedict Parish, 2310 Bedford Street, Johnstown on Sunday October 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM.  

In 2013 Bill Wingard established “Shroud Talks” to present the history and science of the Shroud of Turin and tackle the biggest mystery...Is the Shroud the actual burial cloth?  Personal research coupled with the knowledge and help of the original photographer, Barrie Schwortz, for scientific evaluation in 1978 make for a powerful and comprehensive presentation that will not disappoint.  You are invited to hear the talk and see the full size replica of the Shroud of Turin. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras.  No tickets are required; a love offering will be collected.  
For more information, contact Deacon Michael Russo at (814) 288-3036 or email:  ALL ARE WELCOME!
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