Current Program Offerings:
FALL ADULT FAITH FORMATION SESSIONS
From Genesis to Jesus
Facilitated by Julie Rushin, Thursday Evenings, 7-9 pm
14 Week Study Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19
Genesis to Jesus opens the door to deeper understanding of Scripture for all Catholics. The study leads the reader on an overview of salvation history in order to give the “big picture,” the single plot that runs through the books of the Bible. $35.00– scholarships available.
The Bible Timeline — Click here for more info
Thursday Mornings 10 am- 12 pm
Back by popular demand!
Facilitated by Jim Guthrie and Frank DiGiacomo.
Understand the Entire Bible
This Study takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture.
23 weeks broken into three time frames.
- #1 Session 1-10 Sept. 5 – Nov. 7
- #2 Session 11 -17 Jan. 9 – Feb. 20
- #3 Session 18 -23 Apr. 23- May 28
$37.00 per workbook. If you have the workbook from a previous study, you are welcome to use it. New workbook is not necessary. Scholarships available. RSVP FOR ALL ADULT SESSIONS firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Life – Long Faith Formation
Our Moral Life in Christ – Deacon Steve Swope
Tues. & Wed. Sept. 10 and 11, 7:30 – 9 pm
In our modern society, morality seems to mean different things to different people. For some, morality is subjective and what is or isn’t moral is up to a person’s feelings at the moment. For others, morality is a strict set of rules that must be obeyed without question or thought, essentially becoming the “dos and don’ts” that govern life. Then for others, morality is driven by their affiliation with a political party or point of view. Our Moral Life in Christ, basically living a true Christian moral life is not subjective, political or simple. For Catholic Christians, a moral life allows for personal freedom but demands hard work as well. In this presentation/discussion we will explore what it means to live an authentic moral life and how to apply Christian morality to the contemporary issues that society faces today.
The Beatitudes: The Heart of a Christian Life- Deacon Steve Swope
Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1 – 7-9 pm
We have all heard the Beatitudes many times, but have we ever taken the time to consider what they really mean and why Jesus gave them to us? The Beatitudes are not a replacement for the Ten Commandments but rather a way of life that enables us to live out the Commandments. They represent a challenge to Christians to aspire to a life of heroic virtue which goes beyond living out the letter of the Law. In this three-part class, Deacon Steve Swope will examine the two sets of Beatitudes found in Scripture (there are two?…yep) and discuss the meaning of each Beatitude and how they apply to our lives as Catholic Christians. Please RSVP email@example.com for all adult sessions.
Reading more about our faith is a great way to increase your faith. Here are resources to purchase books, DVD’s and other material to enhance your knowledge of the faith and inform your spirituality.
Year round, Life long, Adult Faith Formation Sessions
Lifelong faith formation strives to develop and enliven disciples of Jesus Christ and to continue our individual lifelong conversion.
14 “This is crucial: we must be converted—and we must continue to be converted! We must let the Holy Spirit change our lives! We must respond to Jesus Christ. And we must be open to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit who will continue to convert us as we follow Christ. If our faith is alive, it will be aroused again and again as we mature as disciples. 15. We can only share what we have received; we can hold on to our faith only if it continues to grow. “But if salt loses its taste,” Jesus asked, “with what can it be seasoned?” Go and Make Disciples, USCCB.
St. Mary Magdalene strives to offer a variety of formation opportunities for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.
ADULT ONLINE LEARNING
Distance and online learning opportunities for adult faith formation.
University of Dayton offer reduced tuition for online courses through an relationship with the Archdiocese of Atlanta
Over 45 online courses in seven cycles per year.
Courses count toward catechist certification hours
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VIRTUAL ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Virtual faith formation is a great way to evangelize others and learn more about our vibrant Catholic Faith.
https://formed.org/ Access Code 2Z8MZQ . Join FORMED.ORG by using the parish code. A wonderful library of movies for youth and adults, books, audio and adult faith formation studies are at your finger tips. All smart devices can be used. Traveling and can’t attend a small faith group? You can access the study your group is doing and participate from your hotel room. Watch, share and talk from 1000 miles away!
Enjoy your journey through these websites for vibrant and current information about our faith.
Official Vatican homepage. http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html
Presents news services, information on the history of the Catholic Church and departments of the Roman Curia, as well as Church Teachings.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops www.usccb.org.
Official U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website. Presents information on Evangelization and Catechesis and Catholic education geared to a variety of age groups, including elementary, secondary and college students, youth and young adults, adult members of the Church and those who are seek to become Catholics.
Archdiocese of Atlanta – www.archatl.com.
Official website of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Current and topical information affecting the Church of Atlanta.
Resource Page from Office of Faith Formation – Archdiocese of Atlanta http://www.archatl.com/offices/ofd2012/resources/index.html
A plethora of webinars videos on topics ranging from the Documents of Vatican II, the Liturgy to Prayer and Sacraments to parenting and moms support groups.
Catholic News Service http://www.catholicnews.com/
The mission of Catholic News Service is the mission of the Church itself — to spread the Gospel through contemporary means of communication.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) www.crs.org
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.
Busted Halo http://bustedhalo.com/
A real time blog spot with current events and topics relating the world at large in light of our Catholic Traditions