Adult Faith Formation

        Two Summer Book Groups to Choose From: Gold from the Well and St. Benedict for Boomers. Join us for one, or for both!

 1) Gold from the Well: Join us this summer for an engaging five-week discussion of the book: Gold from the Well: The Inspiring True Account of a Haitian Refugee, by author and Peace of Christ parishioner, Jocelyn "Josh" Apo. Visit this link to read more about this amazing book! Meeting location/days: Peace of Christ Parish Office Conference Room on the following Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7pm: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, and 8/9. For more information and how to obtain a copy of the book, contact our Director of Adult Faith Formation: Peggie Clark at clarkmargaret150@gmail.com or by phone: (585) 347-4819. We hope you can join us!  

  2) St. Benedict for Boomers: Saint Benedict for Boomers is based on the idea that no one can retire from being a Christian; we are to love God and our neighbor throughout our life. And it recognizes that aging presents us with change, loss, and death, as well as new growth and opportunities for deep gladness and peace. The Christian vocation is valid when we are healthy and strong and when we are weak and sick.
Taking Saint Benedict of Nursia as a guide, Christine Fletcher insists that those in the autumn of their lives still have much to contribute to society and to those around them, even when they are ill and dependent. Benedict’s wisdom is perennial, and it remains helpful to those who negotiate new challenges in living well, preserving bodily health, discerning purpose in new stages of living, deepening faith, and ultimately, facing sickness and death.Meeting location/days: Peace of Christ Parish Office Conference Room on the following Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7pm: 8/23, 8/30 and 9/6.  For more information and how to obtain a copy of the book, contact our Director of Adult Faith Formation: Peggie Clark at clarkmargaret150@gmail.com or by phone: (585) 347-4819. We hope you can join us!  

                    Save the Dates- Upcoming Activities-  July through December 2017 

July 12, 19 and 26, August 2 and 9, Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm: Book Discussion: Gold From the Well at POC Conference Room

August 17:  Field Trip to Fatima Shrine - Lewiston, NY. Watch the bulletin for info to come.

August 23, 30, September 6, Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm: Book Discussion: Saint Benedict for Boomers at POC Conference Room

September 13, Wednesday, 10-11:30am: Mary and Martha Sisterhood Women's Faith Group debuts this month at the St. Ambrose Chapel.

September 17: Saturday, 2-4pm (time has been changed due to Ministry Fair) ,The 13th Day movie on Fatima at St. John the Evangelist Church Hall; a must-see!

October 13: Friday. 1pm, Fatima Chaplet after Mass; a must-do!

October 18, Wednesday, 10-11:30am: Mary and Martha Sisterhood Women's Faith Group at St. Ambrose Chapel.

October 29: Sunday, 11-12:30pm Images of God first session is held at POC Conference Room. Watch the bulletin for details.

November 5: Sunday, 1-3pm: Theology in the Vineyard with Fr. George Heyman at St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry. Topic TBD.

November 11: Saturday, 11-12:30pm Images of God  second session is held at POC Conference Room. Watch the bulletin for details.

November 15, Wednesday, 10-11:30am: Mary and Martha Sisterhood Women's Faith Group at St. Ambrose Chapel.

December 13, Wednesday, 10-11:30am: Mary and Martha Sisterhood Women's Faith Group at St. Ambrose Chapel.

Any ?? Contact our Director of Adult Faith Formation: Peggie Clark at clarkmargaret150@gmail.com or by phone: (585) 347-4819. 

In their document, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us (OHWB), the US Bishops renewed a commitment to fostering faith formation for adults. Since we all are continually being formed in our faith as we walk our journeys of life, a renewed commitment to adult faith formation necessitates a need for quality programming and a variety of opportunities for all adults.  The purpose of the Peace of Christ Adult Faith Formation Committee is to offer, plan and implement a variety of faith forming programs and opportunities for adults.  See also the USCCB's, Catholic Catechism for Adults.

So it's true, religious education is not only for children. According to the United States Bishops' Document, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us (OHWB):

Adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study, must be "the central task in [this] catechetical enterprise," becoming "the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age." (OHWB #5)

     The Bishops outline three key goals of Adult Faith Formation (OHWB #67-73):

  • Inviting and enabling ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life:
    • helping adults acquire an attitude of conversion to the Lord
    • leading adults to repentance of sin, reconciliation through the sacraments and deepening faith in Jesus
  • Promoting and supporting active membership in the Christian community:
    • helping adults make a conscious and firm decision to live the faith through membership in the Christian community
    • inviting and supporting baptized adults in their co-responsibility for the Church's mission and life
  • Calling and preparing adults to act as disciples in mission to the world
    • inviting baptized adults to evangelization and justice in the world

The Diocese of Rochester has provided these additional links for many opportunities for Adult Faith Formation: Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

Meeting days/times are: Thursday afternoons from 3-5pm in the Parish Office Conference Room. We hope to see you there!

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions, or requests about adult faith formation, contact our Adult Faith Formation Director: Peggie Clark by email: clarkmargaret150@gmail.com or by phone: (585) 347-4819. We look forward to hearing from you!