Adult Formation

The goal of adult faith formation is to help men and women continue to grow in knowledge, faith, and fellowship. It is to serve as the nucleus of parish catechesis and the foundation for all programs and activities that serve families with children. In 1999, the United States Conference Catholic Bishops’ issued a Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation, “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us”. This document reminds us that every adult must do their part to be mature in faith and able to share the Gospel message.

Confirmation

Confirmation preparation is offered to all baptized Catholic adults in the Archdiocese of San Antonio who have also received the sacraments of Eucharist [Communion] and Reconciliation [Confession]. Candidates must present recently issued copy of Baptismal Certificate and proof of First Communion. Contact the Faith Formation Office for additional information, and the next scheduled class session.

R.C.I.A.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is an inquiry process for adults who are interested in learning more about and fully joining the Catholic Church. It is specifically designed for those 18 and older who have never been baptized, those who were baptized in other recognized Christian denominations, and adults who were baptized as Catholics, but have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. The RCIA process requires a formal preparation period for Inquirers who are presented the official doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church through attendance at weekly sessions [catechesis], Bible study [scripture], Mass attendance [liturgy], prayer forms [spiritual development], and community service [social justice]. Adults are prepared for the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist [Communion]. Those who have been previously baptized are prepared for formal, professed belief in the Catholic Church and the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The liturgy for the RCIA participants with the celebration of their sacramental initiation takes place each year at the Easter Vigil liturgy on Holy Saturday night. The RCIA process includes age-appropriate groups for teens and older children [3rdgrade and older] who have never been baptized. If you have a relative, friend or coworker who has expressed interest in the Catholic faith, or if you yourself are interested in finding out more about the RCIA process, please contact the parish Faith Formation Office for more information.

Scripture Study Groups

The study of Sacred Scripture is an effective method of continuing our adult faith formation. Holy Spirit has groups that meet weekly during the school year, some that meet year-round, and others that meet only during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. A variety of approved study materials are available for interested adults. For information about group days and times, please check the Adult Study Groups section on the Parish Contacts page.

Additional Programs

offered throughout the year

Lectures

Parent sessions for sacrament preparation
[Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Teen Confirmation]

Please check the parish bulletin each week for the list of upcoming events,
or contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.