- Faith Formation
JustFaith, a 30-week adult educational and formational program, offers an
opportunity for parishioners to experience a spiritual journey into compassion
in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for the vulnerable
and to become advocates for justice.
JustFaith is an intensive program of reading, videos, study, and reflection on
Catholic Social Teaching. In addition to weekly meetings, the commitment includes two weekend retreats (the first given here at the church, with people
going home at night; the second at a retreat house in May of next year), and
four immersion experiences with the poor. These may include, but not be limited
to, a shelter, a soup kitchen, etc.
Coordinator: Jean Prendergast.
Exploring the path
of faith and conversion
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (catechumenate) is for those who wish to know more about Catholicism. It is a process by which questions and issues of faith can be explored within the context of listening, prayer, and community. The RCIA is based on the practice of the early church as it welcomed prospective members and formed them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as committed disciples.
The RCIA is especially appropriate for those who have never been baptized, but can be adapted to inquirers from other Christian churches or to adult Catholics completing the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist).
The RCIA involves several stages ―
- Inquiry ― reflecting on your experience and your questions;
- Catechumenate (candidacy) ― a time of prayer and study about the Catholic faith;
- Election ― during Lent, the period of 40 days leading up to Easter and the sacraments of initiation;
- Mystagogy ― probing at that you have experienced.
The RCIA process describes the conversion to which candidates are called in this way: "They hear the preaching of the mystery of Christ, the Holy Spirit opens their hearts, and they freely and knowingly seek the living God and enter the path of faith and conversion. By God's help, they will be strengthened spiritually in their preparation and at the proper time they will receive the sacraments fruitfully."
The catechumenate begins in late summer, just after Labor Day, but inquiries are welcome at any time during the year. Contact Robin Drayer, Saint Jean's Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation, at 212.472.2853, ext. 6, for more information.
- Prayer Groups
- Bible Study
LET THE WORD SPEAK!
Weekly Bible Study on the Sunday Scriptures.
Come together with others to read and pray and share God's word. Sessions
are led by a member of the parish staff and run for one hour.
Straightforward. Practical. Prayerful.
The Bible Study meets in The Founders Room at the Parish House on Tuesday
nights (except on holidays and during the summer) at 7:00. All are welcome!
We will resume Tuesday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m.