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“We are convinced that the energy and resources we devote to adult faith formation will strengthen and invigorate all the charisms that adults receive and the activities they undertake, in the Church and in society, to serve the Gospel of Christ and the people of today.  Every Church ministry will be energized through a dynamic ministry of adult catechesis.”

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us,
The Priority of Adult Faith formation -Section 3
A Pastoral Plan For Adult Faith Formation in the United States
By the
U.S. Catholic Bishops


“…in everything we do commending ourselves as ministers of God…”
                                                                                          2 Corinthians 6:4

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

Deacon Michael Russo

Mrs. Marybeth Heinze
Administrative Assistant

How We Teach

In his last words to the apostles, Jesus gave them a mission:


“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  (Mt 28:19-20)


Thus, the teaching mission of the Church comes from Christ himself. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the bishops and to all Catholics.


Within each Catholic diocese, the diocesan bishop is its principal teacher.  He is assisted by clergy, religious, and lay men and women who serve as educators and catechists in Catholic institutions, including elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, seminaries and parishes.


Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ transmitted by the Apostles.  It also involves the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit.


The teaching authority of the Catholic Church, called the Magisterium, lies with all of the bishops who are led by the pope and guided by the Holy Spirit.  The pope and bishops are the authoritative teachers in the Church.  In this section of our Web site, you can find information about many  forms of Catholic teaching.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops




Wisdom Literature & Psalms Zoom Class
Deacon Michael Russo will be teaching the course Wisdom Literature & Psalms.  This six week Zoom course will study the biblical Wisdom Literature and selected Psalms with a focus on their underlying message and the literary contribution of ancient Israel to world literature.  The registration fee for this class is $45 and the required books can be purchased online at 
Wisdom Literature & Psalms Registration Form


Saint Paul – Zoom Course (January 2022)
This 7 week course, taught by Christopher Klopp, investigates the life and writings of St. Paul within the context of early Judaism in order to understand the Apostle’s role as the most significant theologians of the New Testament.  Areas of focus will include St. Paul’s theology of the New Covenant, his views on justification and grace, as well as his teachings on the sacraments, the nature of the Church, and the moral life.  Classes begin January 11, 2022, 6:30-9:00 PM.  Costs for this class include a registration fee of $45 payable to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the required book,  Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament which can be purchased by participants online at  For further information and to register for this class, please contact Marybeth at (814) 361-2000 or by email at  All are welcome to attend!  Please register by December 17, 2021.

 2021-2022 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Catechumenate Team Ministry

Location: St John Gualbert Activity Center, Corner of Railroad and Adams Street, Johnstown
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Thursdays, In-person and Virtual Zoom Meeting combination
Contact Jeanne Thompson for more information:, at (814) 317-2673


Course Description: The course is an overview and exploration of the application of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the official rite of the Catholic Church for the preparation of Adults seeking the initiation sacraments and full membership in the Catholic Church.  The course content is presented in an adult environment with a combination of experiential and traditional learning styles within the four phase format of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Each phase (Part I, II, III and IV) consists of four 2 ½ hours sessions. There are no sessions in Advent, Christmas or Lent.


2021 2022 Catechumenate Team Ministry Course Information




2021 Fall Workshop Understanding The Annulment Process


Team RCIA 9 18 2021 Workshop

For more information on the above classes, please contact:


The Office of Adult Enrichment and Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Mrs. Marybeth Heinze
Administrative Assitant
Telephone: (814) 361-2000

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