Adult Faith Formation

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.  

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)

We offer a variety of spiritual opportunities for adults in our parish. 

See our schedule of events below:

Adult Faith Formation Opportunities January - February 2020:

Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 10am: Mary & Martha Sisterhood Women's Group presents Fr. Bob Werth, who will be discussing a topic of his own. In POC Conference Room. We hope you can join us! 

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 6:30-8pm- Bible Discussion Group: Six Weeks with the Bible begins again to explore Matthew 5-7: How to be Happy. Please join Jim and Patty Bartlow to learn new ways to apply Jesus' message of the Sermon on the Mount to your own life and find true joy in our walk of faith! To register, sign-up sheets are available at all worship sites, or contact Jim Bartlow at or call (585)288-5000, ext. 121. Offered the following Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8pm at the POC Conference Room: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 and 2/18. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 8am: St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center breakfast and tour with Sr. Christine! Meet us Wednesday morning at 8am promptly at St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center, located at 417 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Rooted in the caring tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph, tour the center that provides comprehensive physical and mental health services to uninsured and under-insured people in and around Rochester, New York.

Sunday, Jan. 26th, 1:00 – film Servant of All about Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen with discussion immediately following, in the Peace of Christ Parish Conference Room. This powerful film Servant of All introduces the beloved Archbishop to a new generation that greatly needs his inspiring example of love for God and neighbor. It reveals how the impact of Sheen's prolific life and works continue on in those whose lives he forever changed. Guests interviewed for this film include Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Regis Philbin, Fr. Jonathan Morris, biographers of Sheen, his surviving relatives, friends, and many others who were influenced by him.  

ADDITIONAL BOOK DISCUSSION ON VENERABLE ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN: Begins Wednesday, Feb. 12th in Parish Conference Room. In addition to viewing the movie, we will be reading and discussing 61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a a True Story of the Impossible, by Bonnie Engstrom, beginning with Chapters 1-17, on Wednesday, Feb. 12th. Books may be purchased prior to our book discussion! Visit Amazon prime to purchase your book for $8.99 or send in a registration/order form with a check for $8.99 made payable to Peace of Christ Parish, with "61 Minutes" in the memo line. Cash may also be accepted. Registration/order forms are available at all worship sites and at the parish office. Registration/order form is due to parish office no later than Friday, January 24th. Books should be ready for pick-up at the parish office on Monday, February 3rd. Please call ahead to make sure books are in. Thank you.

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 61 Minutes to a Miracle Book Discussion Group Part I. Choose our morning session: 10am-12pm or evening session: 6:30-8:30pm – Book Discussion Part I: 61 Minutes to a Miracle discusses Chapters 1-17, the miracle leading to Venerable Fulton Sheen’s canonization – all are at the Peace of Christ Parish Conference Room.

Thursday, Feb. 13th Informational Meeting on 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat, 6:30-7:30pm, at St. Ambrose Church.

This informational meeting will introduce you to our parish Lenten retreat: the 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat. The retreat begins with a blessing for all participants during Mass at 12:15pm on Friday, February 21st, at St. Ambrose Church, and concludes with Marian consecration during Mass on Wednesday, March 25th, at 12:10pm at St. John the Evangelist Church. See the schedule below under "Optional" for more information.

About the 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat: From Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of the bestselling book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, comes an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with readings from the four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II. Fr. Michael masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice, weaving their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. All materials are free and will be available in February at all worship sites. We hope you can join us!

Optional: even though the retreat may be done solely at home, feel free to join us on the dates listed below to pray and watch the teachings of each of the four Saints of Marian spirituality. These dates are offered throughout the 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat. All are held Thursday evenings, 6:30-8pm, in the Peace of Christ Parish Conference Room (except where otherwise noted with ***):

-2/20: (St. Louis de Montfort) 

***2/21: Blessing of Participants, 12:15pm Mass, at St. Ambrose Daily Mass Chapel

-2/27: (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

-3/5: (St. Teresa of Calcutta)

-3/12: (St. John Paul II)

-3/19: (Summary)

***3/25: Consecration, 12:10pm Mass, at St. John the Evangelist Church Daily Chapel

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, - 61 Minutes to a Miracle Book Discussion Part II. Choose our morning session: 10am-12pm or evening session: 6:30-8:30pm- Book Discussion Part II discusses Chapters 18-end, Venerable Fulton Sheen’s canonization - at Peace of Christ Parish Conference Room.