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.
Summer 2017: G.L.U.E Conversations (God. Life. Universe. Everything Else)
This three-week series is meant to look at what GLUE holds us together. It gives us the opportunity to have conversations and ask questions about what holds us together and how we respond to people who question the G.L.U.E of our lives.
This is a drop-in series. Come as often as you like — and bring a friend, neighbor or someone else who needs to explore their own G.L.U.E. On June 27, July 11, and July 18 (all Tuesdays), there are two opportunities to come together and participate in these facilitated discussions:
- Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 -11 a.m., at Coffeeville in Jackson; or
- Tuesday Evenings, 6:30-8 p.m., at St. Francis Borgia North Campus, at the firepit (weather permitting)
Topics that will help guide our discussions are:
- June 27 – Netflix and Faith, what are you watching?
- July 11 – I’m Spiritual but not Religious, what does this really mean?
- July 18 – Potpourri discussion, what’s on your mind?
You can register online or contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below for contact information.)
Summer 2017: Prayer at the Potter’s Wheel
Arise and go down to the potter’s house; there you will hear my word. – Jeremiah 18: 2
Go to the “potters workshop” and spend time creating pottery, as well as building community. We’ll also reflect on the images of God as potter in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Sirach.
This is NOT a paint your own pottery. Participants will have the opportunity to sit at the potter’s wheel and learn how to make pots/bowls.
Choose from three dates – all are Thursdays: June 22, July 20 or Aug. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lake Country Fine Arts in Hartland. The cost is $30 per person per session and includes glazing and firing.
Create your own pottery with guided reflection/prayer as you move from one step to the next. Anyone over the age of 12 can do this. No experience is necessary. But, space is limited! So, please RSVP sooner rather than later.
Sign up with the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below for contact information.)
Late Summer 2017: Book Discussion
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr, O.F.M
Fr. Richard Rohr is a prolific spiritual writer, the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (NM) and the Academic Dean of the Living School of Action and Contemplation. He is well known for his many spiritual writings, daily reflections, blogs etc. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life was published in 2011 and remains today one of Fr. Rohr’s most popular books.
Don’t let the title fool you. The book “seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or ‘gone down’ are the only ones who understand ‘up’. Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as ‘falling upward.’ In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain…. – a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life.”
There will be two opportunities to come together and discuss this book, both outdoors:
- Tuesday mornings, Aug. 1-22, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Farm Foundation on the SFB North Campus
- Tuesday evenings, Aug. 1-22, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Farm Foundation – Fire Pit on the SFB North Campus
To sign up and order your book, use the online registration form
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. Details will be available in August, 2017.
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 printed in the Catholic Herald about an outdoor 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:
Aug. 6, 2017: Paddle and a Prayer
Paddle and a Prayer is a canoe/kayaking retreat experience for moms, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, friends and/or single women. It will be held at Mirror Lake Sunday, Aug. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be some opportunity for prayer and reflection together as well as a picnic dinner. The cost is $15 per person, not to exceed $50 for a family. This does not include park admission. Registration is due by July 1. Register online or contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below for contact information.)
Aug. 20, 2017: SFB Mini Golf Open – for Mothers and Sons
Mothers and their sons are invited to come join the fun at Baehmann’s Golf Center in Cedarburg on Sunday Aug. 20 for the First Annual SFB Mini Golf Open. The day will begin at 11:30 a.m. with check-in/registration. The first round of mini golf or FootGolf starts at noon. There will be prizes for the highest and lowest scores in both mini golf and FootGolf.
The cost is $18 per person, for a round of miniature golf, lunch and a t-shirt. If you also choose a round of FootGolf, please add $6 per person. Sons should be at least 5 years old.
Register online or contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry. (See “Additional Information” below for contact information.) Registration is due by Monday, July 31.
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.