Saint Margaret Mary Parish offers a wide range of adult education and enrichment opportunities under the direction of Pastoral Associate, Sister Madelyn Gould, S.S.S.F. and a committee of dedicated parishioners. There is truly something for everyone in these programs. Come and enjoy a morning, evening, a weekly series, or possibly a day. You will be glad you did!
Please view our Schedule of 2016-2017 Adult Education programs.
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
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.
Our parish Bible Study meets on Tuesdays from September through November, and from January through March. For your convenience, two sessions are offered - morning (includes baby-sitting) and evening.
A series of six breakfast 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. Baby-sitting is provided. Information on each seminar is highlighted in the Sunday bulletin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twice each year a candlelight dinner and presentation, including a "table for two" and waiters is offered. The topic of the presentation is aimed at strengthening couple relationships.
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.
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 four certified spiritual directors - Sr. Madelyn Gould, David Schimmel, Al Gustafson, and Gail Krema.
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.
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 - Business Breakfasts, Morning, and Evening Enrichment.