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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




Adult Enrichment

“…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
Ministerial Coordinator

Mrs. Marybeth Heinze
Administrative Assistant


To view class information, please click on the link below:
2017-2018 Schedule of Classes

  • Heart of Faith
  • Old Testament
  • Living Your Strengths Workshop
  • Christian Prayer and Spirituality

  • New Testament
  • Sacraments
  • Church History
  • “Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life” Retreat

Tony DeGol interviews Deacon Michael Russo and Marybeth Heinze from the Adult Enrichment/Lay Ecclesial Ministry Offices about upcoming classes. Watch Now

Poster 2


(Day Time Class)

Deacon Michael Russo
St. Patrick Catholic Church, Johnstown
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM 
July 5, 6, 11, 13, 25 and 27

Sacred Scripture Revisited and Synoptic Gospels is a theological examination of the biblical record of God’s saving interaction with His people through His Word, Jesus.  It is a general introduction to the Scriptures through an analysis of their forms and content.  Deacon Michael  will be teaching this class at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 625 Park Avenue, Johnstown from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, July 5, 6, 11, 13, 25 and 27.  The cost of this course is $35 and can be taken for continuing education credit. 

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.  

 Course Description: The course is an overview and exploration of the application of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA is the official rite of the Catholic Church for Adults desiring to be baptized and for the already baptized candidates who are asking to become full members of the Catholic Church. The comprehensive course content is presented in an adult environment and is a combination of experiential and traditional learning styles.

The course is presented within the format of the four-part phase and period process of the Rite itself which can seem daunting to implement as it is over 320 pages in its entirety. Each of the four parts consists of four sessions for each RCIA phase. The sessions are 2 ½ hours long and are not scheduled during Advent, Christmas or Lent.

The fee for this course is $75.00 per person which covers all material for the 16 week course.  

RCIA Class Schedule

Registration Form RCIA

2017 Fall Workshop Registration Form

For more information please contact: Mrs Jeanne Thompson, (814)-317-2672 or

Registration forms must be completed and returned with the fee no later than August 20, 2017.  Mail to: Lay Ecclesial Ministry/Adult Enrichment Office: St. Patrick School, 625 Park Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15902, Attn: Marybeth Heinze.

The Invitation to Attend is for:                                                         

  • Adults who have completed the first 2 years of Lay Ecclesial Ministry coursework and need a Third Year Track course, and asked by their pastor or administrator, to become new directors and coordinators of a
    parish Christian Initiation process.
  • Directors/Coordinators (who have been designated by their pastor/administrator) and Team Members who have been approved by the pastor/administrator, and have been active in ministry for at least on year.  They must have knowledge of the foundation and development of the Christian Scriptures.
  • Men and women who have expressed a desire to become active in Christian Initiation Ministry after serving in parish for at least two years in a Catechetical Ministry, and have completed Basic Catechist Formation.
  • Clergy who did not have a concentrated preparation for implementing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, i.e., the celebration of the required minor ritual.

We are hoping to reach the goal for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to have at least 2 people from every parish prepared to assist the pastor/administrator to lead and facilitate the RCIA process when men, women, and youth, after God has led them to recognition of faith, seek to become members of the Catholic Church.

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