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, September 14, we’ll begin our study of St. John Chrysostom. If you’d like to do some additional reading, his letters to Olympias in part discuss his attitude toward human suffering. A good example of his Bible interpretation can be found in his Homilies on the Gospel of John.

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On Thursday, September 7, we concluded our study of St. Cyril of Jerusalem by focusing on his mystogogical lectures, which are the last five of his Catechetical Lectures. We’ll also studied St. Ambrose of Milan. Our text contains some excerpts from his work. Given that we’ve focused on repentance and confession since we’ve studied St. Cyprian of Carthage, you also might like to read Concerning Repentance. His On the Mysteries, which parallel St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s mystogogical Lectures, are also well worth reading.

On Thursday, August 24, we began our study of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. St. Cyril prophesied that the rebuilding of the temple by Julian the Apostate would not succeed, and that construction would never begin. We examined why St. Cyril, as well as Christians generally, considered the rebuilding of the temple an attack on the divinity of Christ, and we related this to Jesus’ teachings in the Olivet Discourse. In particular, we reviewed Matthew 23:37-24:44.

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 September 5 and 12, we will continue our study of Chapter 3. We will continue to focus on the ministry of St. John the Baptist in the context of the Old Testament prophetic tradition and will also discuss John’s eschatology. If time permits, we will also examine Jesus’ baptism, why Jesus needed to be baptized by John, and the significance of Jesus’ baptism.

Older information from the class

On August 22, we studied Matthew 2:23, the conclusion of Matthew’s infancy narrative, and learned that Matthew attempted to connect Jesus with the Old Testament prophesies of the suffering servant. On August 29, we studied Matthew 3:1-3. We also discussed what John the Baptist meant by the Kingdom of Heaven, and how it might have differed from Jesus’ view of the Kingdom of Heaven – a theme that we will explore throughout our study of St. Matthew’s Gospel. We also discussed the relationship of John and Jesus to the Old Testament prophetic tradition. We continued this discussion on September 5, when we discussed John the Baptist as a type of Elijah, the relationship between John’s and Jesus’ baptism, and the relationship of John to the Old Testament prophetic tradition.


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.