The Church's catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. Consequently, appropriate goals and content will embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life—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.
Three major goals guide and direct efforts in adult faith formation:
Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life.
Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community.
Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.
The Church and its adult faithful have a mission in and to the world: to share the message of Christ to renew and to transform the social and temporal order. This dual calling to evangelization and justice is integral to the identity of the lay faithful; all are called to it in baptism. Accordingly, faith formation seeks to help each adult believer become "more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world." As salt of the earth and light for the world (cf. Mt 5:13-16), adult disciples give witness to God's love and caring will so that, in the power of the Spirit, they renew the face of the earth.
—excerpted from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States
For more information about Adult Faith Formation opportunities in your parish and diocese, please see below.
Consecration to Saint Joseph
Consecration of Saint Joseph
Beginning March 30st - April 27th with Consecration on May 1, 2021