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Adult Faith Formation


“Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”

Luke 24:32 (From Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us.)


This passage offers us a model for our ministry and shows the need we all have for ongoing formation in faith. For in it we see two adult disciples who, encountering the risen Lord, grow stronger in love, knowledge, commitment, and zeal. As then, today, “those who are already disciples of Jesus… [need] to be constantly nourished by the word of God so that they may grow in their Christian life.”

Adult faith formation is never-ending. Here at St. Mary Magdalene, we offer adult faith formation opportunities in the forms of RCIA, Adult Confirmation, and Bible Study.

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

What is RCIA?

RCIA is not simply making a commitment to join the Roman Catholic Church, but rather the process through which you undergo a faith conversion and subsequently join or complete your initiation into the Catholic faith through receiving the sacraments of Baptism (if not already baptized), Confirmation, and Eucharist.

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is for you if you are 18 years or older and:
  • You have never been baptized.
  • You were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to be in full communion with the Catholic Church.
  • You were baptized Catholic but never received instruction in the Catholic faith nor have you received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
The RCIA program consists of four distinct periods of formation. Each segment of time and study is marked by a ritual that celebrates having completed one phase and being called into the next.
  • The Inquiry (or Precatechumenate). This beginning gives you the basics of the Catholic faith so that you can decide if you want to continue.
  • The Catechumenate. During this period, you receive pastoral guidance and training in the Christian life through catechesis, involvement in parish activities, exploring Scripture, and developing prayerful relationship with God.
  • Period of Purification and Enlightenment. This segment takes place during the liturgical season of Lent. As one of the Elect, you come closer to God through increased introspection as well as participation in a number of Rites to affirm what it holy and eliminate what is weak.
  • This is a fifty-day period that lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday, the official end of the Easter season. The Mystagogy marks the end of your initiation into the faith and the beginning of lifelong formation through study of the Gospels, sharing the Eucharist, and serving others.

RCIA begins in September and ends 6 to 8 weeks after Easter. Sponsors are always needed to provide prayer and support for the candidates, participate in catechumenate classes, and attend the celebrations of the Rite. Being a sponsor is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is interested in personal faith formation and spiritual growth.  Sponsors are needed from late November to 6-8 weeks after Easter.  No experience is needed and training is provided.

 

ADULT CONFIRMATION

What is Adult Confirmation?

Catholics over the age of 18 who, for whatever reason, did not receive the sacrament of Confirmation at an earlier age and who approach the Church as adults seeking reception of Confirmation are welcomed with great joy. Their desire for Confirmation will allow them to complete their initiation into Christian life. In the Diocese of Raleigh, the Bishop will ordinarily confirm all Catholic adults at diocesan celebrations.

Requirements for an adult seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:
  • You have had a Catholic baptism
  • You have received your First Reconciliation
  • You have received your First Eucharist
  • You have submitted to the parish office a copy of your baptismal certificate with sacrament dates noted
  • You have attended the catechetical sessions required for adult Confirmation
The content of the formation program includes:
  • WORD—A basic understanding of Sacred Scripture and a review of Creedal doctrines.
  • WORSHIP—A solid understanding of the Sacraments, how we encounter God in the Sacraments, and the role of the Sacraments in our life of faith, expressions of personal prayer, and piety.
  • WITNESS—Living in the world strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Topics would include moral decision-making, charity, Christian service, etc.

 

BIBLE STUDY

Bible Studies are offered to all men and women on a variety of days within a given week. Each study group has a coordinator. Each coordinator works with the ministry head in developing different curriculum in every new catechetical year.

For additional information, please contact our Bible Study coordinators.

Men’s Bible Study: Michael Barnack Email

Women’s Evening Bible Study: Moira Newns Email

Daytime Bible Study: Laurie Wendt Email

Men's Friday Morning Faith Formation: Paul Mastropolo Email

Questions?

For more information about RCIA or Adult Confirmation, please contact our Director of Religious Education.