Adult Formation

Adult Formation Coordinator: Emily Burt  815-436-2651 ext. 889 or eburt@smip.org
 

“Welcome to our Adult Formation website!  I hope you will join our diverse and dynamic community as we walk together and enrich our faith lives.  Your suggestions for upcoming events are always welcome, and my door is always open!  May the peace of Christ be with you always and the Spirit ever guide our lives”   - Emily



Calendar 2018 of Adult Formation Opportunities

 



SPRING 2018

 

 

Is God calling YOU to serve?... 
We need Sponsor Couples!

 

SMI celebrates about 30 weddings a year and prepares about 40 couples a year for marriage.  We are in need of a few more sponsor couples to participate in this enriching ministry.  Sponsor couples are those who have been married at least 5 years who work with our engaged couples.  After receiving your training, you invite couples into your home for 2 or 3 sessions and review their results of a FOCCUS inventory (this is a snapshot in time of patterns of strengths and opportunities in the couple's relationship).  Sponsor couples are an integral part of the preparation process for marriage.  You receive training and support.  A great advantage of this ministry is you schedule your sessions with the engaged couples around your personal needs.  Please contact Emily Burt at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 for more information!

 


 

 

April 28
33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat 
Begins

 


Reflection Groups meeting on
Wednesdays from 7-8:30 PM


From Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of the bestselling book Consoling the Heart of Jesus, comes an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed John Paul II. Fr. Michael masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice. He weaves their thoughts into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the perfect retreat to make. 

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FIAT - Young Adult Group
 

Open to everyone ages 18-35, FIAT is SMI’s young adult group.

Service, social, and worship experiences will happen throughout the fall so join us when you can!  For more information visit www.fiatsmi.org  and find us on FacebookInstagram, and Snapchat!

 

 


 

St. Mary’s Welcomes New Spiritual Director
 


Laura Ann Lies
M.S. Certified Spiritual Director
Laura Lies is a native Chicagoan, SMI parishioner, and is certified in Spiritual Direction through the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice that assists individuals in one-hour, monthly meetings, in developing and cultivating a personal relationship with God that leads to transformation. Laura has particular background in: Discernment and Decision Making; Making Sense of Suffering; Navigating major life transitions; Interfaith and ecumenical relationships; and Returning to God after a long hiatus. Laura can be reached at ext. 896 or by email at laura.lies@streamsgrace.com.


Visit Laura's Spiritual Direction website HERE.

 

 

 

RCIA Begins
 

Do you know someone interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about our faith? 

 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the sacramental process in which individuals enter into an extended period of formation.  The community ritually celebrates the conversion of these individuals at various points on the journey, culminating with the celebration of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.  Following this, there is a period to help the newly initiated to live the commitment the made: lives of justice, service and charity as witnesses of the reign of God.  

RCIA is open to the unbaptized, or those who are seeking to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation.  Please call 815-436-2651 ext. 889 for more info.

 

 

 

At Home and Online Faith Formation Resources


Please consider taking advantage of the diocesan partnership with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation sponsored by the University of Dayton.  Take any 8 week online course in faith formation (graded or not graded) at an extremely discounted rate.  The Diocese of Joliet subsidizes this opportunity so that as many of our parishioners as possible can take courses at their own convenience. Topics include biblical studies, Church history, sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, Marianist studies, Evangelii Gaudium, Islam, ministry, and so many others!  Follow this link to learn more: https://vlcff.udayton.edu 
 

 


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