At St. Bernard Parish, we strive to meet the expectations of the Church in regard to adult faith formation. Every baptized Catholic is called to share in the mission of Christ and in order to effectively live and proclaim the Gospel in our world, one must be knowledgeable about the faith. Every adult Catholic should naturally make efforts to grow spiritually just as they make efforts to progress and become more knowledgeable in their respective careers, hobbies, and other interests. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states:
Every disciple of the Lord Jesus shares in this mission. To do their part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well equipped to share the Gospel, promoting it in every family circle, in every church gathering, in every place of work, and in every public forum. They must be women and men of prayer whose faith is alive and vital, grounded in a deep commitment to the person and message of Jesus. (Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, 2)
Adult formation is also of utmost importance because it is the primary task of families to catechize their children with the assistance of the Church through religious education classes. Catechesis of children begins in the homeand is strengthened in the home. The USSB emphasizes this:
Adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study, must be "the central task in [this] catechetical enterprise,"becoming "the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age." (Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, 5)
Learning about our faith does not end after we receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. In fact, it is the beginning of our life-long journey of ongoing conversion and catechesis.
Current Adult Formation Opportunities:
Liturgy of the Hours Course
Our parish will be offering a four-week program on The Prayer of the Church-the Liturgy of the Hours. This ancient prayer is rich in meaning and tradition. Fr. Dave Bonnar, Fr. Brian Noel, and Erica Gamerro will collaborate to present a thorough but practical understanding of this beautiful prayer, which is meant to be prayed by all. The course will take place over four consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Fontenay dining room:
September 16, 23, 30 and October 7.
To register for this course, please call the parish office at 412-561-3300.
Learning More About Our Catholic Faith
Any adult interested in having a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Church are invited to attend four, consecutive-week sessions devoted to one topic about the faith. The sessions will be taught by Jeff Patrizio and assisted by Erica Gamerro. The course will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Adult Formation Room in Fontenay:
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23
Topics will be announced shortly. To register, contact Erica at email@example.com or 412-561-0570.
Great Adventure Bible Study
The Great Adventure Bible Study is held in Clairvaux Hall on Mondays from September 13th, 2010 - February 28th, 2011 at 7:00-9:00 pm. The leader of this study is Camille Cash. Call the parish office for more details.