“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
The goal of moral theology is to determine how man should live. This course examines such topics as freedom, conscience, love, responsibility, and law. Moral theology seeks to set forth general principles to help individuals make the right decisions and to live in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church. Special emphasis is given to the relationship of moral theology to other theological disciplines, the teaching of the Magisterium, and the centrality of conscience.
Moral Theology Registration Form
Sacred Scripture and Synoptic Gospels
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 Scripture 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.
Sacred Scripture And Synoptic Gospels Registration
Wisdom Liteature & 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.
Wisdom Literature & Psalms Registration
NEW COURSE COMING SOON
The History of the Catholic Church in the United States
Bishop John Carroll
This course studies the development and growth of Roman Catholicism in the United States from the time of the early explorers to the New World to the Second Vatican Council. In exploring the historical background of the Church, various elements are discussed including the reasons for seeking the New World and the importance of conversion to the Catholic faith. The course will examine the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the Church and the contemporary Church experience in light of that historical context. The colonial period, the episcopacy of the first Bishop, John Carroll, immigration and nativism, the “Americanist” controversy, the social-gospel tradition, and 20th century developments in the Church, among other topics, are studied.
This course was developed and will be taught by Deacon Michael Russo. More information will be forth coming.
Location: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral Center, 2713 W. Chestnut Street, Altoona PA 16601-1720
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Thursday evenings.
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.
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