Saint Margaret Mary Parish offers a wide range of adult education and enrichment opportunities.

There is truly something for everyone.

Adult Faith Formation is moving online this year

In response to the CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, our AFF programs are moving online! If your pre-COVID schedule didn’t allow you to hear one of our inspirational speakers, or take part in our bible study or contemplative prayer group, now is the perfect time to check them out. This year you can deepen your faith from the comfort of your home. Our programs and retreats are designed to help you stay prayerful and calm during these challenging times while still connecting with others in a meaningful way. Check the website for information as events get closer. Joining our parish email list will also enable you to easily receive updates and registration information about upcoming programs.

Click the here to download the 2020-2021 full program guide. 

For more information about any of our Adult Faith Formation programs please contact Sr. Madelyn Gould at (630) 369-0777.

Programs

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The R.C.I.A. is the process by which a person enters the Catholic faith. The process includes preparation for and the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Sessions begin in February and continue until Easter of the following year.

Parish members can be sponsors. It is a wonderful way to renew one’s knowledge of the Catholic faith. Sponsors attend the RCIA sessions from September through Easter.

Adult Bible Study

Our parish Bible Study meets on Tuesdays from September through November, and from January through March. For your convenience, sessions are offered in the morning and evening. Click here to learn more about this year’s program.

Saturday Morning… Live!

A series of six seminars are offered annually. The goal of these sessions is to help parishioners integrate their faith with their work. Sessions are held on Saturdays, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Information on each seminar is highlighted in the Sunday bulletin.

Morning/Evening Enrichment

There are a variety of spiritual growth opportunities available throughout the year. The goal of these sessions is to help one become knowledgeable about the Catholic faith as it relates to contemporary issues. Monthly sessions are advertised in the parish bulletin and local newspapers.

Parish Mission

The Parish Mission, held annually in January, explores in depth over three consecutive evenings a topic vital to our faith and to our lives as disciples of Christ.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) Retreats

CRHP is a renewal weekend held at the parish. A weekend for men is held in November, and a weekend for women is held in January. Please see our CRHP page for more information.

Spiritual Direction

To deepen one’s spirituality, a mentor is helpful. The agenda for Spiritual Direction includes anything that impacts your spiritual life – relationships, life situations, values, and one´s prayer life. Our parish has these certified spiritual directors – Barbara Burkhardt, Sr. Madelyn Gould, Al Gustafson, Gail Krema, Aleta Regan, and David Schimmel.

Retreats and Days of Reflection

There are a variety of opportunities to claim time for spiritual refreshment and to deepen our spiritual lives. In addition to the CRHP retreats noted above, the parish offers a separate weekend Women’s retreat and and Men’s retreat. Our At-Home retreat takes place during the first week of Advent. Also, various opportunties are offered for a morning or day of reflection throughout the year. Learn more about all our retreats at our Adult Retreats page.

Marriage Preparation

Sponsor couples meet with the engaged couple five times to discuss such issues as communication, role expectations, intimacy, and faith. Sessions take place in the home of the sponsor couple at a time convenient to both couples.

Parish Library

The library is located in the foyer by the main entrance of the Church near the Upper Room. The library consists of materials on a variety of faith formation topics for adults and young people. Please see our Online Parish Library Directory listing all the materials in the Library. Materials can be checked out and returned on an honor system.

Adult Faith Formation Committee

The Adult Faith Formation Committee plays a vital role in the creation and development of all parish Adult Enrichment and Formation opportunities of our community. The committee suggests topics to be addressed by various speakers and sets the schedule for the year. Parishioners are asked to decide which facet of Adult Formation they wish to give their attention to – Saturday Morning Live, Morning Enrichment, and Evening Enrichment.

The Church wisely and repeatedly insists that adult faith formation is essential to who we are and what we do as Church and must be situated, not at the periphery of the Church’s education mission, but at its center.                                        – Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, US Catholic Bishops