Holy Redeemer’s Faith Formation Commission develops within the parish an understanding that the community as a whole has the responsibility for promoting the educational mission of the Church.
The Faith Formation Commission has the responsibility of developing, promoting, and evaluating education programs, which answer educational needs that parishioners feel and express. It gives leadership to the parish’s efforts to move people beyond where they are to a deeper understanding and experience of faith. In cooperation with the pastor, the parish council, and other parish professionals in education, the Faith Formation Commission sets policy concerning education programs in the parish.
An ACTS retreat is a three day and three night Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners. The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Retreats for men and retreats for women are given separately. Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, from which the ACTS program acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. The retreat facilitates the attainment of a new or deeper relationship with the Lord through:
Adoration – the call by, acceptance of, and response to God,
Community – the love and caring of each other,
Theology – the study of God through scripture and the Catholic Faith,
Service – to God and his people.
An ACTS weekend is designed to help the retreatants enter into a new or deeper relationship with our Lord and fellow parishioners. This is accomplished through Adoration and daily prayer, the call to Community in one’s parish as a member of the Body of Christ, and Theology in encouraging the study of scripture and our Catholic Faith. All of these which emphasize and encourage the virtue of Service to our Lord, our parish and one another.
Holy Redeemer welcomes those who wish to know more about the Catholic faith with an open invitation to explore God’s call. Our history, our beliefs and our sacraments are rich in meaning, definition and purpose. We want you to have the full benefit of a spiritual and rational understanding of our faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing and faith formation.
RCIA is open to those who have been baptized in another faith (Candidates), those who have not been baptized (Catechumens) and those who were baptized in the Catholic faith but were not churched. It begins with a period of inquiry and continues for several months with more in-depth study of the faith and Catholic practice including its beliefs, sacraments, traditions, customs and symbols.
A JOURNEY OF FAITH
Pre-Catechumenate – a period of inquiry. This is a time to hear basic information about the Catholic faith and to ask questions so you can gain a better understanding of the faith.
Catechumenate – This is the time of learning and formation in the traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Church. It is a time for sharing stories and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine. You will have a sponsor, a practicing Catholic who participates with you and supports you during this faith journey.
Sacrament of Initiation – Once you have completed this process, you are welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday) through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
Mystagogy – New members meet after Easter to share their stories of initiation and discern ways they can best use their gifts to contribute to the life of the Church. Our parish has many organizations and activities that our new members may join.
If you are interested in this process or would like more information, please contact Mary Ziegelman at 314-732-8708 or [email protected]
This ministry gives children an opportunity to learn about Jesus and the gospel message in a setting appropriate to their age. Dedicated volunteer catechists present the Word of God to the children during the 9:00 AM Mass. Two groups: 3-5 years and K-1st grade are taken to the church meeting room to hear the Word proclaimed from the Lectionary for Masses with Children. Catechists use creative teaching methods which appeal to young children to reinforce the Gospel message. The children return to the congregation after the General Intercessions.
For more information or to volunteer please contact Melissa Kessler at [email protected].