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.
Fall 2017: “Ancestors of Faith” Scripture Study
We will come together as a community of faith every week to hear and break open the Scriptures. Quite often we hear stories of Moses, Abraham, Elijah, Elisha, King David and others. We may know their names and part of their stories.
This fall you are invited to meet some of Biblical Ancestors of Faith, read their stories and explore how our ancestors’ stories of faith mirror what we are living many thousands of years later. This is a 5-week series that will introduce participants to: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Moses, Aaron, Caleb and Joshua; Elijah and Elisha; David and Solomon; and Paul and Old Testament Prophets.
Sessions will be as follows:
- Tuesday Evenings, Oct. 3-31, 6:30-8 p.m., Library in the Education & Activity Center (E&AC); OR
- Thursday Mornings, Oct. 5–Nov. 2, 10-11:30 a.m., Church Hall
Register online or contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below.)
Advent 2017: Mary
We’ll meet Mary in Scripture and apparitions and explore what the church teaches about her.
–Tuesday Evenings, Nov. 28 – Dec.12, 6:30-8 p.m., Library in the Education & Activity Center (E&AC); OR
–Thursday Mornings, Nov. 30-Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m., Church Hall
January 2018: Hidden Figures in Scripture
Just like the movie “Hidden Figures” exposed women’s roles at NASA at an important time in history, this series will expose the hidden figures (women) in the Bible. From the Old to the New Testament, women had a very important role to play. Come and meet them.
Lent/Easter 2018: Gospel of John
This will be a two-part series in February, March and April. During Lent we will make our way through the first 12 chapters of John’s Gospel, also known as the Book of Signs. During the Easter Season we’ll look at chapters 13-21. (We’ll be hearing a lot of John in the Easter season.)
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. All couples are welcome – those who are married, engaged and those who might be just getting to know each other.
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.
Oct. 14, 2017 at St. Joseph (Grafton)
Celebrate Oktoberfest with a variety of brews, appetizers and a wonderful fun talk from Deacon Scott Wiese and his lovely wife, Jenny. Their topic: Why Men Are Like Waffles and Women Are Like Spaghetti
Time: 4 PM Mass at St. Joseph, followed by appetizers and beverages. The talk will start around 5:30 p.m. We’ll be done around 6:30 p.m. so that you and your mate can continue the evening with time on your own.
To RSVP, contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below for contact information.)
Nov. 18, 2017 at St. Joseph (Grafton)
We will welcome Rich Harter from the Milwaukee Archdiocese and the Office for the New Evangelization. His topic: I Still Do, the Seven Stages of Marriage
Jan. 20, 2018 at St. Francis Borgia (Cedarburg)
Learn how to make a meal for two. There will be a minimal cost to cover ingredients for the meal you will be making that night.
Feb. 10, 2018 at St. Joseph (Grafton)
We’ll be hosting our 3-Year Anniversary Party, with the dance lessons that we’ve all come to know and enjoy!
March 10 & 17, 2018 at Lake Country Fine Arts (Hartland)
Learn how marriage is a lot like pottery, as you are shaped and molded. These are two separate sessions, eight couples per session, and a cost of $60 per couple. You will be able to make 2-3 different pots on the potters wheel as Deacon Scott Wiese and Adult and Family Minister Tracy Dereszynski share some reflections from their own experiences at the Potters Wheel last summer.
May 12, 2018 at St. Joseph (Grafton)
We wrap up the season with Trivia Night. It’s a great night of fellowship, laughter and trivia, with a valuable prize for the winning table. Gather your team and save the date.
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.
Oct. 20-23, 2017: Fall Retreat at St. John’s Collegeville
St. John’s Monastery in Collegeville, MN is a wonderful place to get away and immerse yourself in prayer – either with the monastic community or alone. St. John’s is also home to the St. John’s Illuminated Bible.
We will offer a retreat opportunity at St. John’s from Friday, Oct. 20 through Monday, Oct. 23. The cost is $220 per person for an individual room or $205 per person for double occupancy. Both room rates include your meals on campus.
Anyone is welcome. There will be opportunity for individual time or group sessions, and tours of different places on campus, as well as morning, mid-day and evening prayer with the monks. Fr. Michael Peterson, the Oblate Director, will offer some optional conferences (short talks). Essentially, you can be alone or with others – or mix it up.
Space is limited. Registration deadline is Oct. 2 or whenever the rooms are filled, whichever comes first. To register, contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below.)
Tours and Outings
Places to Pray (& Dine)
Periodically, there are opportunities 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.
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.