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, March 30, we will study the work of Athenagoras of Athens. Little is known of Athenagoras’ life, although two of his works are extant. Our text includes a very brief excerpt from each. If you are interested in reading more about Athenagoras, the following are available:

We’ll also take a step backward to survey the early Christian apologists whom we’ve studied (St. Aristedes, St. Justin, St. Theophilus, and Athenagoras) and try to draw some conclusions about their work and their approach.

Older information from the class:

On Thursday, March 16 and March 23, we studied the work of St. Irenaeus of Lyon, who was a disciple of St. Polycarp. Our text contains only brief excerpts from his writing. If you are interested in doing additional reading, the following are available:

On Thursday, March 2, and Thursday, March 9, we studied the work of St. Melito of Sardis and St. Theophilus of Antioch. In both cases, our text contains an excerpt from each Father’s writings. If you are interested in doing additional readings about St. Melito, the following are available:

  • The complete text of On the Passover, probably a homily that was completely lost and rediscovered only in 1940.
  • Fragments from his writings, which does not include On the Passover.

If you are interested in doing additional reading about St. Theophilus, the following are available:

 

Study of the Patristic Fathers

 

Older information from the class:

On Thursday, February 16 and February 23, we continued our study of the early Christian apologists by discussing St. Justin Martyr. Our text contains one brief excerpt each from his First Apology and Second Apology. If you’d like do additional reading for the class, the following are available:

On Thursday, February 9, we began our study of the ante-Nicene Fathers by discussing The Apology of Aristides the Philosopher, the earliest extant Christian apology. Our text contains an excerpt from the text. If you’d like do additional reading for the class, the following are available:

 

 

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.  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.