As we continue our celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, we can look to some of the formation opportunities for members of our parish community. The Adult Faith Enrichment ministries at St. Theresa and Sacred Heart Parishes seek to offer education and faith-sharing opportunities for the members of our parish communities.
“This year is the Parish phase of the National Eucharistic Revival,” says Julie Landgren. “At St. Theresa’s, we offered a study on the Eucharist called ‘Jesus and the Eucharist.’ This program is available to all parishioners on FORMED.org. This is really nice because everyone has access to this in the privacy of their own homes to do individually, as a family, or to join in a group study.”
At St. Theresa, there is a group that meets on Thursday mornings each week at 10 a.m. following adoration and Rosary for vocations. Throughout the year, the Adult Faith Enrichment ministry at St. Theresa offers various studies and ongoing opportunities to grow in the faith. In addition, all parishioners have access to the FORMED website, which includes Catholic resources for both children and adults. In the past, the ministry has also offered programs during Advent and Lent, with all parishioners invited to participate.
“It is important to make faith formation a priority in our lives so we can continue to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus and in turn love others more deeply,” Julie says. “Each individual is on a lifelong journey of conversion. Formation and growth toward holiness should never stop. Each of us is called to respond to the gift of faith we receive from Christ.”
The Adult Faith Enrichment group at Sacred Heart offers participants the opportunity to gather and read books or watch videos with a study guide, and engage in discussion. Members of Sacred Heart also have access to FORMED and its resources, and the Liturgy Committee provides programs for parishioners during Advent and Lent.
“Our group at Sacred Heart is just finishing with Bishop Robert Barron’s This is My Body: A Call to Eucharistic Revival,” says Cathy Hansen, facilitator for the group. “Tentative plans are to view Bishop Barron’s The Pivotal Players videos after the start of the year.”
The group has also participated in Jeff Cavin’s The Great Adventure Bible series along with many book studies.
Currently, the Adult Faith Enrichment group at Sacred Heart meets on Sunday mornings in the Parish Center. The group provides a way of formation for its members, encouraging them to grow in their faith with other like-minded Catholics.
“It is too easy to become complacent and to coast in our relationships,” Cathy says. “To have a vibrant relationship with anyone — friend, spouse, and especially Jesus — we need to spend time and effort on it. Our number-one priority in this life is to live so that we become saints and spend our next life with Jesus. In order to do that, we need to cultivate that relationship now.”
For more information about the Adult Faith Enrichment group at Sacred Heart, contact Cathy Hansen at 308-245-3137. For more information about the group at St. Theresa, contact Julie Landgren at 308-654-3313.