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, July 27, we will study St. Gregory of Nazianzus, the second of the Cappadocian fathers. Known as the Theologian, Gregory is noteworthy for his orations, but also for his attempt to foster the development of Christian culture through his poetry. Our text contains an excerpts from Oration 2 and from his poetry. If you’d like to read more about St. Gregory, the following are available:

  • Oration 2, in which Gregory explains the reasons for his flight to Pontus after he was ordained a priest, and in the process elaborates on the nature of the priesthood.
  • His orations on the Trinity, especially Orations 28 on God the Father, 29 and 30 on God the Son, and 31 on the Holy Spirit.
  • St. Gregory was also known for his funeral oration. Oration 43 is his eulogy for his closest friend, St. Basil the Great.

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On Thursday, July 20, we studied the work of St. Basil the Great. The first of the three Cappadocian fathers whom we will study, St. Basil was a brilliant defender of Trinitarian doctrine, the first to write a work that focused specifically on the Holy Spirit, the father of Eastern monasticism, the father of the social gospel, and the primary author of St. Basil’s liturgy, to provide a partial summation of the legacy of a father who died much too young. Our text contains three excerpts from his works. The following additional readings are available:

  • On the Holy Spirit, a monumental work in the history of Christianity for its focus on the third person of the Trinity.
  • Homilies on the Hexaemeron (the first six days of creation in Genesis), which reflects St. Basil’s blending of faith in God with science, his theology, and his Bible interpretation.


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.