Faith Formation Commission
“We are committed to life-long learning and discovering who God is in our lives.”
The faith formation programs of our parish are guided by the Faith Formation Commission which meets as part of the Leadership night the first Thursday of the month. Anyone interested in joining the commission is invited to call the Faith Formation office or just come and sit in on the commission meeting.
Parish Faith Formation Ministry
The Parish Faith Formation Ministry of the Church of St. Annehas the sole purpose of helping people grow in the image of Christ. This vision is realized by providing programs of formation for our children and adults that first win their hearts (evangelization), then equip their minds (catechesis), and then send them forth (service). Our parish Faith Formation (FF) programs reflect ministry to and with children, youth, and adults through small faith sharing groups, opportunities for service to parish & community, and an emphasis on the development of a deeper Catholic Christian identity for all members of our parish family. An emphasis on adult faith formation has been a goal of the FF ministry for the last few years. All Faith formation programs are lead by coordinators with expertise in their specific ministry area and directed by the Director of Faith Formation. Volunteer assistance in all areas of our Faith Formation Ministry program is needed and welcome! Training for catechists (teachers) and catechist helpers is essential and available.
Small Groups consist of: scripture study, book clubs, seasonal groups (meeting specific times of the year), men’s group, young moms group and Small Church Communities (SCC). SCC offers a way to meet new people, to reflect on the Sunday readings and apply the learning to your life, and to feel connected to the parish in a special way. Small Groups are available seasonally during Advent and Lent, or weekly and monthly. Small groups including SCC, At Home Retreats, etc. are coordinated in collaboration with the Adult Faith Formation & Evangelization Team.
Adult Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation (AFF) is an energizing process for the Church of St. Anne. This ministry plays a key role in the implementation of the JIF (Journey in Faith) Whole Community Catechesis process for parish-wide faith formation. Assesses needs of parish adults (18 years and older) in the areas of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and religious growth and formation. The two AFF Coordinators collaborate with the Staff Resource Person.
AFF continues the challenge to provide opportunities where adults will be nourished by word, sacrament, and the communal life, thereby giving witness to the Gospel message in their homes, neighborhoods, and places of work. Looking at conceptualized adult faith formation, not as a series of program offerings, but as an adult learning resources system—a diverse community of learning continues to be the goal and vision of the Adult Faith Formation Team and the Faith Formation Commission, to examine and plan for the vision set out by Vatican II.
Parishioners continue to seek to grow in their relationship with God, developing a deeper understanding of the Bible and their faith tradition,relate the Christian faith to life today, participate in the life and ministries of the faith community, and live as disciples of Jesus Christ in their daily life at home, in the workplace, in the community and the world. Parishioners strive for a faith that touches the head, the heart, and actions of adults, a faith formation that informs, forms, and transforms.