“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
2018-2019 ONGOING FORMATION CLASSES
This course addresses the biblical, magisterial, and historical foundations of Church identity and leadership. 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.
WISDOM LITERATURE AND PSALMS
This course 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.
THE WRITINGS OF JOHN
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.
This course 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. Some emphasis will also be given to biblical scholarship, the nature of exegesis, hermeneutics and literary tools for biblical study.
This course provides an introduction to the Code of Canon Law in preparation for ministry in the Church. Areas of consideration include the structure and history of canon law, general norms, sacramental law, diocesan and parish structures, marriage law, and the rights and obligations of the Christian faithful.
This course is a 3rd Year Track for Advance Diocesan Certification. Basic Lay Ministry Certification is a prerequisite.
Building upon the foundational understandings of the Code of Canon Law given in the Introduction to Canon Law course, this particular course provides an in-depth treatment of the theology of marriage contained in the Code. Canonical concerns about catechesis and preparation for marriage are addressed. The theoretical underpinnings and process for the declaration of nullity receives detailed concentration, as well as the forms and pastoral style needed to properly minister to those who seek to have the status of their marriages reviewed by the Church.
This course is a 3rd Year Track for Advance Diocesan Certification. Basic Lay Ministry Certification and completion of Canon Law Part I is a prerequisite.
This course discusses the lives and writings of the Fathers of the Church. It provides a study of the major events of the internal and external history of the Church and the establishment and expansion of the Church. Other topics included are: martyrdom, monasticism, patristic exegesis, and the early Christological and Trinitarian controversies.
In order to take this class, Sacred Scripture and Synoptic Gospels is a prerequisite.
This course explores fresh insights into Paul’s message of the Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman Imperial Theology, and the Apostle’s relevance for today. Participants will examine the growth of the early Church and the theological and cultural setting for Paul’s writings in the early Church to gain insight into the reasons for his tremendous impact in the formation of Christian Doctrine.
2018-2019 RCIA Catechumenate Team Ministry Course
Lay Ecclesial Ministry 3rd Year Track and Adult Enrichment
Course Description: This 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 experiential and traditional learning styles.
The 16 week course is presented within the format of the four-part phase and period process of the Rite itself. Each of the four parts consists of four sessions for each RCIA phase. The sessions are 2 1/2 hours long and are not scheduled during Advent, Christmas or Lent.
Requirements for Certification require that all course sessions and two annual workshops, Understand the Annulment Process and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Part II: Rites of Particular Circumstance, are attended.
2018-2019 Class Schedule
Time: Thursdays – 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: St. Michael Church Hall, St. Michael
For a full description of the sessions, please click on the session name.
2018 Part I: Pre-Catechumenate (also called Period of Evangelization)
September 6, 13, 20, 27
2018 Part II: Catechumenate
October 4, 11, 18, 25
2019 Part III: Purification and Enlightenment
January 10, 17, 24, 31
2019 Part IV: Mystagogy
April 25, and May 2, 9, 16 (must be held during Easter Season)
FOR ALL COURSE MEMBERS: WORKSHOP SAVE THE DATES
UNDERSTANDING THE ANNULMENT PROCESS
Saturday, November 4, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel School Cafeteria, Loretto
Facilitator: Very Rev. John Byrnes, JV, JCL and Rector of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, Loretto
2019 SPRING WORKSHOP – TBA
For more information on the above classes, please contact:
The Office of Adult Enrichment and Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Mrs. Marybeth Heinze
Telephone: (814) 361-2000