Our Adult Formation/Education ministry:
- Provides baptism preparation classes for parents (see the Baptism page)
- Welcomes new members into the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: RCIA (see the Becoming a Catholic page)
- Offers preparation for adult confirmation (see the Adult Confirmation page)
In addition, Adult Formation/Education is an active ministry in which adults and young adults alike are invited to explore and grow in their faith through many programs and formation opportunities, including Bible study, discussion groups, retreats, marriage enrichment and more.
Programs and Formation Opportunities
Everyone is on a life long journey of faith formation. In order to grow in our understanding of our faith and how to live our faith and share our faith, we need to continually learn and be formed in faith. Watch for Adult Faith Formation opportunities offered by St. Francis Borgia Parish throughout the year. Sessions are announced through the parish bulletin and are listed below.
Winter 2017: World Religions (class and tours)
This series will look at the Vatican II document on ecumenism (“Nostre Aetate”) for discussion about how the Catholic Church is engaging in dialogues with different faith traditions all over the world and right here at home. You can choose to visit as many different places as you would like or you can attend all the sessions. Please note that sessions are at different times and days to accommodate both presenters and worship times. Carpooling will be available.
The series begins with kick-off speaker Tom Heinen, Director of the Milwaukee Interfaith Conference, who will talk with us about “Nostre Aetate.” He will then share with us the role of the Milwaukee Interfaith Conference and how they work with different faith traditions to provide educational programming. This talk is key to the rest of the series.
- Jan 10 (Tuesday) – Kick-off Speaker Tom Heinen – 6:30-8 p.m., Library in the Education & Activity Center (E&AC)
- Jan. 17 (Tuesday) – Congregation Shalom, Fox Point – 6:45-8 p.m.
- Jan. 24 (Tuesday) – Milwaukee Islamic Center – 6:45-8:45 p.m., leaving SFB at 6 p.m.
- Jan. 29 (Sunday) – Hindu Temple (Pewaukee) – leaving SFB at 11:15 a.m.
- Apr. 30 (Sunday) – Buddhist Temple (Deer Park – near Madison)
- TBD – Bahai House of Worship (Wilmet, IL)
Questions? See the contact information in “Additional Information” below.
Easter / Spring 2017: Wisdom Literature
Wisdom Literature is a collection of books in the Bible that we don’t often spend a lot of time reading, yet it is there we encounter some of the richest and most beautiful texts. We meet Job who wrestles with the age old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We meet Ben Sira who gives us sound advice through the ages of how to live a good and faithful life. We meet Woman Wisdom in Proverbs, Wisdom & Sirach. Woman Wisdom has some sound advice for living a good life. We find balance in the book of Ecclesiastes. Wisdom Literature is truly a treasure trove of Scripture that will leave a lasting impression on the reader.
Please join us in this Easter Season as we make our way through the Wisdom Literature. To register for Wisdom Literature, use the online registration form or see the contact information in “Additional Information” below.
- Tuesday evenings, May 2 – May 23, from 6:30-8 p.m., Library in the Education & Activity Center (E&AC)
- Thursday mornings, May 4 – May 25, from 10-11:30 a.m., Church Hall
Monday Night Family Program Speakers and Topics
A portion of the Monday night Family Program is set aside for parents and any interested adults to hear speakers on a variety of topics in the Church Hall.
This program has ended for the 2016-2017 school year. It will start up again in fall 2017.
Date Your Mate
St. Francis Borgia and St. Joseph parishes are collaborating for another season of “Date Your Mate.” This is an opportunity for you to get together on Saturday evenings with other couples and listen to a topic relevant to your relationship. After attending Mass, munching on appetizers and listening to a presentation, you go out on a date of your own choosing with your mate to further build your relationship. This program is for certain Saturdays (roughly once per month) from October through May. You can sign up for any or all of the dates.
To register, use the online registration form or contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below for contact information.)
Meet at St. Francis Borgia (Cedarburg) or St. Joseph (Grafton) after the Saturday evening Mass.
May 13, 2017
– Trivia Night!
– At St. Joseph – after the 4 PM Mass
– Pizza dinner
Do you feel a need to take some time away to pray? Retreats are offered periodically, and are announced in the bulletin and on the website. Here’s an article about a retreat held in summer 2016: http://catholicherald.org/news/local/retreat-takes-moms-daughters-wisconsin-river/.
The retreats planned for summer 2017 are listed below:
June 23-25, 2017: My Guy & I Adventure Weekend
This is a weekend for Dads (other special guys) and daughters to come together for camping, paddling, hiking and other activities. “Base Camp” will be at Mirror Lake in Wisconsin Dells and will include a trip over to Devil’s Lake. More details and registration coming in April 2017.
Aug. 6, 2017: Paddle and a Prayer
Paddle and a Prayer is a Sunday paddling event for mothers / daughters in 2017. We will be at Mirror Lake for a day of paddling. Mothers and daughters will be able to choose from canoes, kayaks or paddle boards. There will be some opportunity for prayer and reflection together as well as a picnic dinner. More details and registration coming in April 2017.
Aug. 20, 2017: Mother/Son Golf Outing
Join us for a Sunday at Baehmann’s Golf Center for mini-golf, foot golf, and ladder golf. Details and Registration coming in May 2017.
Tours and Outings
Places to Pray (& Dine)
There are opportunities (usually monthly) to visit various places of worship, great architecture and art. After each visit there will be time for discussion at a location where participants can purchase a meal or refreshments. We’ll talk about what we saw, and what we felt, heard and experienced at the place we visited.
Watch for more Places to Pray & Dine in Spring 2017.
For more information on any aspect of adult formation, contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry at 377-1070, ext. 250, or send an e-mail.