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, May 18 and Thursday, May 25, are studying the work of Origen. Origen was probably the most prolific writer in the history of Christianity, the first systematic Biblical theologian, and the first Christian Biblical philologist. He also was condemned as a heretic by the Second Council of Constantinople (553 A.D.). While our text contains some excellent excerpts from Origen’s work, they are just excerpts.

On May 18, we reviewed Origen’s theology, the basis for his allegorical Bible interpretation, and his legacy for us as Catholics. Recommended additional reading included the following:

On May 25, we will focus on two of Origen’s works. We’ll start with his commentary on Matthew, which is fragmentary, discuss his interpretation of the Lord’s prayer, and if time permits, discuss his homily on Numbers. These works are available from the following links:


Older information from the class:

On Thursday, May 11, we studied the work of St. Clement of Alexandria. St. Clement established the Alexandrian school as a public and visible presence in the Christian world. He was known for his attempt to reconcile Christianity with Greek philosophy, as well as for his allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament, which became a hallmark of the Alexandrian school. Our text contains only brief excerpts from his work. If you’d like to do additional reading, the following are available:

  • Who is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved?, his interpretation of Mark 10:17.
  • Exhortation to the Greeks, his apologetic work. Unlike previous apologists, he does not attempt to defend Christianity from the attacks against it, but instead attempts to show that it is the embodiment of truth and the ultimate philosophical system.

On Thursday, April 27 and Thursday, May 4, we studied the work of St. Cyprian of Carthage. Our text contains brief excerpts from one of his letters, as well as from On the Unity of the Church. If you’d like to do additional reading, the following are available:

  • The entry on St. Cyprian of Carthage, which nicely summarizes his life and work, from The Catholic Encyclopedia.
  • On the Lapsed, St. Cyprian’s treatise concerning how those who had renounced Christ were to be reconciled with the Church.
  • On the Lord’s Prayer, which many still consider the definitive analysis of the Lord’s Prayer. This was true of St. Hilary of Poitiers, who simply referred the reader to St. Cyprian’s work and himself did not discuss the Lord’s Prayer in his commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew.
  • On the Unity of the Church, a work that treats apostolic succession in the context of both the local Church and the universal Church.




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.