Adult Faith Formation and Education in Christ the King Parish

 

At the Feast of Pentecost, the assembled “were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2.4).  This action was a promise from Jesus Christ when he told them “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, [...] and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Mt 28, 19,20)

 

These words are spoken to us as well, in each and every age.  But how do we become that follower of Christ, that disciple in our every day life, in today’s society, in this community, city or country?  In order to answer that and many other questions we need to grow in our faith, in the knowledge and spirit of the faith into which we were baptized. 

 

In our quest for renewal and growth as a parish community, faith formation and education needs to be a pillar of that journey.  Christ the King Parish has a long history of involvement in adult faith formation and education.  It is our desire to build on that tradition.  A parish committee has come together to take steps to establish faith formation and education as one of the core foundations to deepening our faith and understanding of what it means to become and to live as a disciple of Christ. 

 

Beginning on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 a faith formation and education program will be offered every Wednesday throughout the pastoral year.  For 2017-2018 there will be 33 Wednesday programs touching on themes and subjects that are central to our faith and that deal with important questions of the day. 

 

While a core program has been tentatively planned, (see downloadable survey below) it is also important to receive ongoing input from all parishioners regarding subjects to be addressed and the effectiveness of the formation and education program as we progress throughout the year.  

 

The program for the coming year is but a beginning.  As we move forward it will be important to consider how we, as a parish community, can further build on the coming year and offer programs during the day, encourage small faith communities in the homes as well as offer additional weekend programs such as Saturday retreats before Advent and Lent.  As well it will be important for us to resume the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults or the RCIA program.  That is, however, for another day. 

 

For next year, we will concentrate on the Adult Faith Formation and Education Program on Wednesday nights. 

If you have any questions, you may contact any of the committee members:
Julien Fradette, chair, julienf@mts.net or 204.801.3633
Patti Resendes, patti@ctkp.ca

Mervyn Simon 
 

2017 & 2018 Tentative  Adult Faith Programs

 Date                                                     Topic    (Topics subject to change)

Wednesday, TBA                               Inter-religious Dialogue; inviting participants to                                                                         consider the question; What would you like Catholics                                                               to know about your faith, your religion.  (Jewish,                                                                         Muslim in particular)

Wednesday, TBA                              Inter-religious Dialogue; inviting participants to                                                                          consider the question; What would you like Catholics                                                                to know about your faith, your religion.  (Jewish,                                                                        Muslim in particular)

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.