The Catholic faith is like a symphony in which the unity of faith finds expression in richly diverse formulations and manifestations. As the General Directory for Catechesis states: “The maturation of the Christian life requires that it be cultivated in all its dimensions: knowledge of the faith, liturgical life, moral formation, prayer, belonging to community, missionary spirit. When catechesis omits one of these elements, the Christian faith does not attain full development.”
“Adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study, must be “the central task in this catechetical enterprise,” becoming “the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age.” This can be done specifically through developing in adults a better understanding of and participation in the full sacramental life of the Church.” “To make this vision a reality, we, as the Catholic bishops of the United States, call the Church in our country to a renewed commitment to adult faith formation, positioning it at the heart of our catechetical vision and practice. We pledge to support adult faith formation without weakening our commitment to our other essential educational ministries.” An excerpt from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, Issued by NCCB/USCC (now USCCB), November 17, 1999
The above quotations taken from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops’ document Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States describe not only the importance, but also the necessity, of adult formation in the life of the parish community. As the Bishops state, the placement of Adult Catechesis is at the heart of the catechectical vision.
The Cluster Parishes offer multiple opportunities for ongoing Christian Formation for adults. To find out about current programs, or if you would like more information please contact Shaylyn Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757.484.7335.