Adult Faith Formation

Study of the Patristic Fathers

Each Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30, we meet to study the writings of the Patristic fathers and their contributions to our faith.

On Thursday, November 16 we will discuss one of the most important Patristic Fathers in Western Christianity: St. Augustine of Hippo. His writing reflects the most influential adaptation of the ancient Platonic traditions within Christian ideas. He has an extensive literary production and if you want to know more about it you can access this page that contains a large collection of his letters and books. Among them, the books Confessions and The City of God deserve special attention.

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On Thursday, November 02, the class was canceled due to All Soul’s day. On November 9 we discussed two Patristic Fathers which little is known about, St. Chromatius of Aquileia and St. Prudentius. St. Chomatius was bishop of Aquileia and is acknowledged as a wise teacher and a good pastor. If you want to know more about this Father, you can read his sermons on the gospel of Matthew. St Prudentius was an excellent poet and many of his hymns are used in our Mass’ rite during the year. If you desire additional information about this father, you can read some of his poems and see how they are used in our liturgy.

On Thursday, October 26 we studied St. Jerome, who is known for his scholarship and his numerous translations. He is responsible for translating the Bible into Latin and for translating the literary work of other Fathers such as St. Hilarion. His literary production is extensive and if you want additional reading beyond our text, you may want to take a look at some of his documents which include various letters and his writing on The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary where he discusses a list of reasons to believe in Mary’s perpetual virginity.

Bible Study: The Gospel of St. Matthew

Each Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30, we meet to study the Gospel of St. Matthew. Our text is The Gospel of Matthew, written by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri and published by Baker Academic.

On November 14 we will finalize The Beatitudes by analyzing the last blessing presented by Jesus which is “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness”. We will discuss how this blessing is referenced in the Old Testament and why Jesus gives special attention to it. Following this, we will review The Beatitudes and, if times allows, continue studying the next section of The Sermon on the Mount which covers how Jesus’ teaching relates to Mosaic Law.

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We continued our study on chapter 5 by discussing the Sermon on the Mount. This well-known passage from Matthew’s gospel is the first major speech given by Jesus who explains how to live under God’s Lordship.  We discussed The Blessings, exploring the scatological hope present in Jesus’ speech. We also debated the difference between mercy and grace and the difference between God’s peace and Man’s peace.

On October 24 we started discussing the Sermon on the Mount and how the beatitude message remains valid to our time. We concentrated the debate on the first four versus of chapter 5 by analyzing the beatitudes pattern and correlating it with the beatitudes in the Gospel of Mark. We also understood that by practicing the beatitudes we are more than pleasing God, we are reflecting His will to others.




Baptism for Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Registration Form

Adults will attend our RCIA class which usually begins in September with an Inquiry Class.  Those interested in becoming Catholic can ask questions and learn more about the Catholic Faith.

After deciding if they would like to enter the Catholic Church they will attend a special Rite called the Rite of Acceptance. The classes following the Rite of Acceptance will help teach them more about the Catholic Church and will guide them on their journey as Catechumens and Candidates in the church.  During the Season of Lent, our Catechumens and Candidates will Receive many special prayers and blessings and will then go to the Cathedral to meet the Bishop and be received as the Elect.   They will receive the gifts of the Sacraments of: Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist, all at once at the during our Easter Vigil Celebration.  Children will attend classes along with their parents to grow and learn about Our Catholic Faith.  They will participate in a number of beautiful rites with the entire parish community praying for them on their journey.  This year we will celebrate Adult Baptisms at our Easter Vigil on Saturday March 31, 2018

Schedule of Rite of Christian Initiation Meetings 2017-18:

  • October 5, 2017 –   7 pm- Introductions/welcome and general information
  • October 19, 2017-  7 pm- Holy Trinity
  • November 2, 2017- 7 pm- Mary and the Saints
  • November 16, 2017- 7 pm – Sacraments- Baptism and Confirmation
  • December 2nd or 3rd- Rite of Acceptance
  • December 7, 2017- 7 pm- Eucharist (Holy Mass), Adoration and Morning and Evening Prayer
  • December 14, 2017- 7 pm- Holy Orders and Marriage (Sacraments of Vocation)
  • January 11, 2018- 7 pm- Anointing and Reconciliation (Sacraments of Healing)
  • January 25, 2018-7 pm- Overview of the Liturgical Calendar
  • February 14, 2018- 9 am and 7 pm Mass- Ash Wednesday
  • February 15, 2018- 7 pm- RITE OF ELECTION AT ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL
  • February 17/18 1st Sunday of Lent
  • March 1, 2018- 7pm-The meaning of Lent
  • February 24/25- 2nd Sunday of Lent
  • March 3/4- 1st Scrutiny/presentation of the Creed
  • March 10/11-2nd Scrutiny
  • March 15, 2018-7 pm- Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection
  • March 17/18- 3rd Scrutiny
  • March 24/25- Palm Sunday
  • March 25- Rehearsal for Easter Vigil right after 10:30 Mass on Sunday
  • March 31- after Sundown- Easter Vigil Celebration with Initiation
  • April 1- Easter Sunday
  • April 12- Mystagogy- Various Apostolate Ministries, Stewardship of Time/Talent and Treasure.

Knights of Columbus– Our parish has a Knights of Columbus Group. If interested contact the Parish office and we will connect you with the Grand Knight

Women’s Book Group- The first Tuesday of each month our Women’s Book group gathers in the commons with wine and chocolate to discuss a book that has been chosen by the group the previous month.  Please refer to this weeks bulletin to find out our current book selection.  You do not need to read the book to come to the book group.

Annual Women’s Retreat–  Our next women’s retreat will be in the Summer of 2017, July 7-9, 2017! We have reserved St. Andrew’s retreat house on the Hood Canal. Open the Door of my Heart Registration form will be available in the spring of 2017.    It is a wonderful get away for women of all ages.  No cooking or cleaning up after meals!   Contact Laura Stanger if you are interested in being a part of the Women’s Retreat! A monthly rummikube group has also blossomed out of the women’s retreat group and the women’s book group as well!   See the website for the retreat site: St. Andrew’s Retreat Center

Senior Singles Suppers-If you are single and over the age of 55 don’t want to eat dinner on Saturday nights alone. Come join the Senior Singles following the Saturday night 5:00 pm Mass on the Third Saturday of each month. Check the bulletin to confirm…   We usually enjoy a potluck dinner and then play cards or watch a movie together.  It is a great way to get to know other singles, widows and widowers,  in the parish and to enjoy some fellowship.

Quilters Group: Wednesday Morning at 10:00 am there is a wonderful ministry of quilters. Anyone can join, we Gather in the social hall!  Come help make quilts for those in nursing homes or recovering from an illness.   It is a stitch!

Adoration   The first Thursday of each month we will have adoration all day in our adoration Chapel, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  If you have one hour each month to honor the Eucharistic Presence of Christ in Adoration.

Bible Study  We have a number of ongoing bible studies.  See the parish bulletin if you are interested in joining.  One session is in the evening and another is in the morning. We also have a faith sharing group that meets each Wednesday morning after the Morning Mass.