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Adult Faith Formation

 

 

Christine Balaty

Director of Adult Faith Formation(630) 469-0404 x2107
balatyc@stpetschurch.org

 

 


Adult Enrichment Programs:

 

 

Do you currently meet in a small group?         Perhaps your group that was formed through RENEW 20-30 years ago is still meeting?  Maybe you have a group from the Heart of the Neighborhood effort that still meets?  Are you meeting regularly in a Cursillo small group reunion? Are you in a Bible study or spiritual book study small group?  Maybe you were in a group from one or more of these which morphed into another group that now meets. St. Petronille would like to know who you are, how many are in your group, and whether your group is open to new members. Over the course of this next year, St. Petronille will be organizing to launch a new program encouraged by Bishop Conlon and Fr. Jim Dougherty called “Be My Witness” from RENEW International.  We are taking a survey of how many groups are already out there meeting regularly. If you are currently meeting regularly in a small group of any kind, please contact Christine Balaty at balatyc@stpetschurch.org or (630)469-0404 x2107.

Catholic Bible Study
Opportunities for Catholic Bible Study at St. Petronille

St. Petronille currently offers three Bible study groups.  These groups offer an opportunity for prayer, reflective reading of sacred Scripture, discussion among group members of the meaning and implications of the Bible passages, and an opportunity to consider how Scripture is calling us to discipleship and Catholic life.

 

Monday Morning Study of the Gospel of John

9:30 – 11:30 AM

Aug. 29 – 1st  class

Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 ,17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, Jan. 9, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

Join us in study of the Gospel of John.  You may join us at anytime throughout the study.  We meet Monday mornings at 9:30am in teh Parish Office Volunteer Room (door 3). For more information contact Kimberly at 630 407-0918 or kkmeinhart@sbcglobal.net

Monday Evening Study

33 Days to Merciful Love

 7:00-9:00 PM

Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 ,17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21

Learn more about Divine Mercy and prepare for consecration to God’s Merciful Love.  We will base our study on Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book 33 Days to Merciful Love, with the goal being consecration to the Divine Mercy on the last day of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, The Feast of Christ the King, November 20.  Book is available for purchase; contact Christine Balaty at balatyc@stpetschurch.org or (630)469-0404 x2107 for more information.

Tuesday Morning

Women’s Bible Study

Divine Mercy

9:15-11:00 AM

Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 11,18, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22

Spend some time this fall reflecting on examples of God’s mercy, love, and forgiveness in the Bible to culminate this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Purchase the book Divine Mercy by Stephen J. Binz for $13 in the parish office, and read and respond to the Introduction pages 1-9 prior to the first meeting.  For more information, contact Maureen Quinn Olsen at (630) 469-4347 or mqolsen@aol.com

Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study

6:45-8am

in the Parish Life Center Led by Jim Kornesczuk every Thursday morning following 6:15am Mass. Bring your Bible! This group does reflective reading and discussion of Sacred Scripture. What does the living Word of God mean for you? Discover the answer through deeper, thoughtful reading and discussion of Scripture. Contact Jim Kornesczuk at jkornchex@yahoo.com for more information.

 

 

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)                 
 

 “Jesus turned and saw them following , and said to them. ‘What do you seek?’  And they said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’  He said to them, ‘Come and see.’”  Do you have a longing in your heart to grow closer to Jesus?  Do you want to know where He is staying?  You can find him in the church He founded – the Catholic Church.  Were you baptized Catholic, but have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation?  Were you baptized Protestant, but feel drawn to the Catholic faith?  Are you or is someone you know searching for a relationship with Jesus?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, “Come and see” or invite a friend or family member who is searching for Christ to “Come and see”. 

The first weeks of RCIA are known as the Period of Inquiry.  This is a time for seeking and reflection.  Explore, ask questions, and learn about the Catholic faith with no strings attached.  Do you know someone who has left the Church? Most of us don't have to look far to find inactive Catholics among our family, friends, and neighbors. Many of us want to welcome these loved ones back into community with us, but we don't know how to help them.

If you want to learn more about the Catholic faith, contact Christine Balaty at (630) 469-0404 X2107 or balatyc@stpetschurch.org to join us any Sunday in the Parish Council room following 9:30 AM Mass (10-11:15am).  Each session consists of opening prayer, discussion of Sunday gospel, large and small group discussion and a presentation about a specific faith related topic. All materials are provided and there is no registration fee. More information about becoming Catholic can also be found at www.catholicscomehome.org

 Catholics Come Home


Parish Library

Located in the Parish Office (door #3) is open during regular Parish Office hours.

 

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Office of Family Ministry

www.dioceseofjoliet.org/familyministry

  • Catholic Annulment: Although the Marriage Tribunal(815) 722-2256, is directly responsible for the annulment procedures in the diocese, The Office of Family Ministry offers information and education to divorced individuals who are seeking a declaration of nullity regarding their previous marriage bond. Through the Annulment Information Day (in the fall) and Annulment Support Day for Petitioners (in the spring), divorced Catholics investigating the possibility of an annulment are offered guidance and support in a safe and caring environment. Information nights and other workshops are also available periodically.  Led by trained professionals, these programs are sponsored by The Office of Family Ministry in collaboration with the Marriage Tribunal. Please call Family Ministry(815) 838-5334 for information on the annulment process. We encourage interested persons to read Myths and Truths  about Annulment.

  • Joyful Again!:  This program is for widows and widowers who want to resolve the grief they feel inside and adjust to the many changes that occur after the death of a spouse. Video presentations, along with input from trained facilitators, who have themselves experienced the painful loss of a spouse, are combined with private reflection and group discussion time. The two-day experience has helped hundreds of widowed individuals view life with new hope, joy and enthusiasm. The Office of Family Ministry sponsors two Joyful Again! Retreats during the year, and other weekends are offered at various locations. For further information or to register, call Charlotte Hrubes at (708) 354-7211 or www.joyfulagain.org for upcoming weekend dates and locations.

 

  • Retrouvaille Weekends: Retrouvaille (pronounced re tro vi) is a national organization which offers a weekend program for troubled marriages. The Retrouvaille weekend provides a Catholic spiritual context for working carefully on one’s marriage. Through presentations, private reflection, and dialogue, couples whose marriages are seriously troubled and who may be contemplating divorce are invited to reflect on their marriage and on what they can do to save it. For more information, call (708) 802-1830 for upcoming 2016 dates in the Joliet Diocese for April and September.