“[The catechesis of adults] is the principal form of catechesis, because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form. The Christian community cannot carry out a permanent catechesis without the direct and skilled participation of adults, whether as receivers or as promoters of catechetical activity. The world in which the young are called to live and gives witness to the faith which catechesis seeks to deepen and strengthen is governed by adults: the faith of these adults too should continually be enlightened, stimulated and renewed, so that it may pervade the temporal realities in their charge. Thus, for catechesis to be effective, it must be permanent, and it would be quite useless if it stopped short just at the threshold of maturity, since catechesis, admittedly under another form, proves no less necessary for adults.”
~ Pope John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae (On Catechesis in Our Time), ¶43
Our 18-week “Alpha for Catholics” runs year-round on Tuesday nights and is for all adults! Alpha classes are available as partial preparation for those in sacramental preparation (i.e. first holy communion, confirmation, etc.) and for those in the pre- and early catechumenate phases of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Volunteers are always needed. Childcare is available! Please see the Alpha page for details.
Coordinator: Viana Sikes
Contact: (505) 892-8956
Between Alpha and RCIA we offer the adults preparing for sacraments of initiation the opportunity to participate in a Great Adventure Bible Timeline study!
Director: Jeannette Case Schlicher
Contact: (505) 892-1511 Ext 104
Adult Ministries maintains the literature racks located inside every entrance to the church. All literature donated for the racks must be reviewed and approved or it will be removed.
RCIA meets on Sunday mornings from early January until Pentecost and is available for adults who entering the Catholic Church or are converts to the Catholic faith.
The Welcoming Team contact newly-registered parishioners to meet and welcome them to our parish. They give each household a packet of information and a small crucifix, personally blessed by the pastor as a gift. Volunteers are always needed!
Training is available for adults interested in catechesis. In addition to catechetical training, the classes will touch on educational psychology and training methods gears specifically for adults.
ACTS continues to present adult catechesis opportunities for our parishioners. Classes meet on announced Mondays from 7:00-9:00 p.m in D'Arco Hall.
“Small communities are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support, and the shared experience of Christian living and service to Church and society” (From Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, #106). Study groups using The Great Adventure Bible study are taking place right now!
The Charismatic Prayer Group meets on Thursday evenings in the St. Lucy Filippini meeting room (located in Panorama Plaza, next to the parish office).
Coordinator: Nila Baker
Contact: (505) 892-1511
Our parish’s men’s group runs the “Men Under Construction” conference for the Archdiocese of Santa Fé.
Coordinator: Brad Hayden
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