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, January 18 we will discuss two Patristic Fathers which little is known about, St. Jacob of Serugh and St. Romanus the Singer. St.  Jacob remains not only an important spiritual writer, but an important source for historians of anti-Chalcedonian theology. You can see a little more about his writing in his homily on the Reception of the Holy Mysteries. St Romanus Received the title of melodist due the numerous melodies composed by him. If you desire additional information about this father, you can read his poem about the mission of the apostles.

Older information from the class

On Thursday, January 11, we studied St. Peter Chrysologus. He is distinguished as the “Doctor of Homilies” for the concise but profound theological reflection he gave as Bishop of Ravenna. His work offers testimony to the church’s traditional beliefs about Mary’s perpetual Virginity, the penitential value of Lent, and Christ Eucharistic. One of his sermons is available in this document, on page 210.

On Thursday, December 21, we studied a pope who’s received the title of great:  St. Leo the Great. During his papacy he had to combat a number of heretics who started a movement to clear up the difficulties between the Eastern and Western churches. His extensive literary productions are marked with an elevated style and a clearness of diction. If you want additional reading about this Pope, you can access this link which has a collection of his letters. In these letters he approaches such varied subjects of faith as examples of the two natures of Christ ( The Tome) , The importance of Matrimony as a true sacrament ( letter 167), and Heresy and schism happening in the church (letter 18).


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 January 02, we will continue studying how Jesus’ teaching helps us to be rewarded in heaven. In verse 5, Jesus instructs us to not pray like the gentiles that call attention to ourselves but to close our door and offer our prayers to God praising him only. It is in this section of Matthew’s gospel that Jesus offers a model of prayer well known among Christians: The Lord’s Prayer which will be the subject of discussion in the class if time allows.

Older information from the class

On January 9, we started chapter 6 where Jesus teaches the proper attitude toward religious practices in order to be rewarded with heavenly treasure. In this first section of this chapter, Jesus discusses the three pillars of Jewish piety: Almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. On January 9 we will focus on the practice of almsgiving, which is an important Judaic religious responsibility. In verses 1 to 4 of this chapter, Jesus warns us to not behave as hypocrites and wait for earthly recompense, but recognize that our alms are a type of prayer.

On January 2, we finalized the antitheses presented by Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount. This section received this title because Jesus made six quotations from the old covenant law and reinforces – or makes a stronger statement- of them through the use of the formula “But I say”. In the last antithesis, on chapter 5 verse 43, Jesus invites us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Such radical love for their persecutor is precisely what will make them children of their heavenly father.

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.