The goal of the Continuing Catholic Education program is to prepare "an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity" by equipping them to challenge today's secular culture, which seeks to block "the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society." The best ideas of Catholic scholars and experts on contemporary topics are presented to the parish via DVD’s, e.g., the Catholicism series. This program is for Catholics who are dismayed with the pervasive effects of contemporary secular culture, and who would like to present the Catholic point of view in an articulate and inspiring manner. (Italics - Pope Benedict XVI’s Ad Limina Address)
Cornerstone is an opportunity to renew your faith and grow in your experience of Christian Community. It is also a way to meet other people from St. Mary’s in a warm, welcoming environment on both a personal and a spiritual level. St. Mary's Cornerstone is looking to build and grow, so if you have previously experienced Cornerstone or would like to be a part of this endeavor please contact Michelle!
Light of the World is a complete Catholic parish evangelization process. First, it provides every attendee of the Kerygmatic Retreat the opportunity for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Second, parishioners are supported in their faith journey through small faith communities and continuing spiritual education and formation. Third, LOTWEM promotes parish outreach - to welcome back those who have strayed and to invite those who are seeking the way.
This new group is for moms with children ages 0 to 12 who are looking to meet other moms with similar experiences, to strengthen their faith, and to form friendships. Free childcare will be available. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Religious Education Building.
Do you have a grandchild, child or anyone else you are worried about? Do you feel helpless to do anything for them? You have lots of company. Here is your chance to do something that helps the most……Prayer. Watch the bulletin for scheduled meetings.
Pre-Cana is the process through which engaged couples prepare for their upcoming marriage. This is a requirement of the Diocese of Trenton. St. Mary’s Pre-Cana team offers a weekend experience for engaged couples once in the Spring and again in the Fall. Married couples enhance their own marriage relationship while helping these couples prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony.
|Contact||Jim & Michele Bockin
RCIA is the process through which adults prepare for full initiation into the Catholic Church. They receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass. Included in this class are Catholics who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is administered by our Bishop on Pentecost Sunday. This class is also open to those who would like to further study their faith. Classes meet every other Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:00 pm and some Sundays from September through May.
Deacon Steve Wagner
On Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am, this group meets in the Charlie Kiger conference room to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday, and through open discussion, explores ways it applies to our lives today. All are welcome to join in this warm and informal gathering.
Small Faith Communities have been established based on geography to allow people the opportunity to know other parishioners in their community. These Small Faith Communities provide faith sharing and a sense of neighborhood to our very large parish. These communities help in evangelization and bringing the people back through the practice of their faith.
This ministry started in October of 2011. We have a Mass in Spanish on the first and third Sundays of the month at 2:00 p.m. St. Mary of the Pines. Upon special request, other Masses and Ceremonies are available. We are doing this to help better integrate our Spanish parishioners into our parish family. A Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe is held every year on December 12th. If you would like to help this ministry grow, please contact Cheri.