Adult Faith Formation

"The Search" Small Group Faith Study

“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” -- St. Augustine

The things we expect to fulfill us don’t. Why is life this way? Why are we here? Not just here in these bodies on this planet and in this year. But why do we exist? Why are we filled with longing?

"The Search" is an award-winning video-based series created by the Augustine Institute, that explores fundamental questions and mysteries like these. It is hosted by well-known Catholic evangelist Chris Stefanick, and features scientists, artists, philosophers, and other people from all walks of life proclaiming how their searches for meaning in life led them to Jesus and the Gospel.

We are forming small groups at Good Shepherd to watch the videos, discuss, and grow in faith. Groups may meet in-person or virtually, depending on how many people participate and their preferences. Please click the link below to fill out a quick survey and help us determine how best to form our groups and provide this programming.

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Watch "The Search" video trailer here:

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. The Catholic RCIA stages are a good model of basic faith development. Through it Candidates and Catechumens are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.

RCIA is for three groups of people

  • Those who are not baptized.
  • Those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
  • Baptized Catholics who were never formed in the Catholic faith and have not completed their initiation; that is, who have received neither of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

What is RCIA?

The RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages within the liturgical rites of the church, to aid and assist the potential convert toward the final rite, usually at the Easter Vigil at which time they will become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. The entire process takes several months, but participants are generally invited to proceed at a pace which suits them individually. The Church prefers to call this the process and not a program.

 

Contact: Michelle Blatz, 920-849-9363