Adult Faith Formation

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Welcome to the Office of Adult Faith Formation

Opportunities to explore various topics can be found here, including creative prayer ideas, music and video presentations to accompany your prayer and faith journey.


The Church identifies faith formation, particularly adult formation, as one of Her high priorities.The Office of Adult Faith Formation supports those on their ongoing journeys to becoming more faith-filled disciples and stronger participants in the life of the Church. 

Through the office of Adult Faith Formation, the Diocese of Saint John offers resources and support for individual and parish needs. Contact our office with specific requests.

Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Graduates
A dedicated Facebook page is available for this group.                                       
Please contact our office directly if you wish to join.                                                      



ORDINARY TIME
Well, another Christmas Season has come and gone.  We once again find ourselves in the period that the church calls 'Ordinary Time'.  There is nothing 'ordinary' about this time.  It is simply a way to 'mark' the days and weeks of this time.  Actually this time provides us a great opportunity to pay attention to our everyday lives and where God is present there .... the people we encounter and relate with, the experiences we have, the beauty that surrounds us in nature, in our homes, the smells of home cooked meals, baking, the art we appreciate, the hobbies we lose ourselves in ..... on and on.  God is in it all.  We all know how busy our lives can be.  And, even when they are not that busy, we can just live on 'auto pilot', often coasting through.  So, as we begin this season in the church calendar, let's pay attention, let's notice.  And let's give thanks that our lives are far from ordinary with God walking with us.
If you'd like to reflect further, this excellent article may help you reflect on your everyday life.

Finding God in the Everyday
https://blog.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-spirit/finding-god-in-the-everyday
 

Opportunity for Prayer and Formation
Lenten Season
Before we know it we will be signed with Ashes once again, marking the beginning of another year of recommitting to regular prayer and other spiritual practices.  The Office of Adult Faith offers opportunities to support you in this desire.  There will be two opportunities offered in each region of the diocese for a time of retreat.  The first will be these retreats mentioned here.  A second retreat will take place closer to the end of the season, preparing us for the Triduum, the Great Three Days.  More to come on that.
For now mark your calendars.....
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RETREAT TAKING PLACE AT THE VILLA AND IN THE MIRAMICHI IS HAPPENING SOON.  PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE SUNDAY Feb. 17th for the VILLA and SUNDAY Feb. 24th for the MIRAMICHI.

 

Baptized in Christ, Sealed with the Spirit, Sent Forth in Mission: You are invited to a Pre-Lenten Reflection Evening, Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Villa Madonna Retreat House, Saint John, NB - 6:30 – 9:00pm.  Come and discover how exploring the deeper meaning of our baptism, can better prepare us to celebrate the Easter Triduum. The evening will be facilitated by Sr. Gertrude Mulholland, scic.      No fee: Donations gratefully accepted
 
Baptized in Christ, Sealed with the Spirit, Sent Forth in Mission: You are invited to a Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 306 Water Street, Miramichi, or Saturday, March 23 at St. Dunstan's Church, 120 Regent Street, Fredericton, NB – 9:30 am - 12:30 noon.  Lent is a time of prayer and penance, as well as an opportunity to explore in more depth the deeper meaning of our baptismal commitment. During this retreat we will focus on the baptismal dimension of our Lenten journey. The retreat will be facilitated by Sr. Gertrude Mulholland, scic.  Cost is $10.  For details or to register, email or call the Office of Adult Faith: cderdaele@dioceseofsaintjohn.org or 506-386-7012.

This Retreat will also be offered in the Fredericton area at St. Dunstan's on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:30 to 12:30.  Please register for this one as well as same contacts.




Church
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Document on 'Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse'
www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/Protecting_Minors_2018.pdf



Contact Information
Claudette Derdaele
1 Bayard Drive
Saint John, NB E2L 3L5
cderdaele@dioceseofsaintjohn.org
506-386-7012