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Adult Faith Formation

Faith is both a gift of God and a human act by which the believer gives personal adherence to God who invites his response, and freely assents to the whole truth that God has revealed. It is this revelation of God which the Church proposes for our belief, and which we profess in the Creed, celebrate in the sacraments, live by right conduct that fulfills the twofold commandment of charity (as specified in the ten commandments), and respond to in our prayer of faith. Faith is both a theological virtue given by God as grace, and an obligation which flows from the first commandment of God.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 26, 142, 150, 1814, 2087

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops on Adult Faith Formation


Are YOU a fully initiated Catholic?

Have you celebrated ALL THREE ofthe Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, & Eucharist)?

Calling all ADULT Catholics (18 years of age or older) who have celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism and First Eucharist, but somehow missed Confirmation!.
St. Mary/St. Joseph’s Adult Confirmation fall preparation sessions have been scheduled!


Saturday, October 7, 2023 – Sunday, November 12, 2023

WHY should I be confirmed? Let’s learn from our Archdiocese’s Catechetical Curriculum for Lifelong Faith Formation promulgated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo on January 6, 2014:

 • Learning Target 2.2.12 – The Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist together constitute the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded. The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. [Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285]

 • Learning Target 2.2.22 – Confirmation perfects baptismal grace; it is the sacrament in which the Holy Spirit roots one more deeply in divine filiation, incorporates one more firmly into Christ, strengthens one’s bond with the Church, associates one more closely with her mission, and helps one bear witness to the Christian faith in words, accompanied by deeds. [Catechism of the Catholic Church #1316]

WHAT are my responsibilities and expectations for these preparation sessions?

• Submit an updated baptismal certificate
• Select a sponsor who is a “fully initiated Catholic” as prescribed by Canon Law
• Attend the October 7 Retreat at the home of Sharon Skeans
• Prepare for and participate in SIX 2-hour sessions with team catechists
• Continue to attend weekly Mass & increase your daily prayer life
• Celebrate the “joy” of the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit at a regional site presided by the bishop in January 2024

For more information, contact 

Dr. Sharon Skeans