Adult Faith Formation
St. John Neumann’s 2013-2014 Adult Faith Formation program is going to be full of exciting opportunities to feed your faith understanding and spiritual journey!
Our parish offers a variety of Bible studies; most are scheduled to match the school year and start in the fall. We also offer shorter study programs at special times during the year, i.e., Lent and Advent. In addition, we have a vibrant formation program with activities such as spiritual book studies and retreats.
Our most popular retreat program is our Christ Renews His Parish program, started in 1993 in our parish. We also offer day retreats at the parish, as well as coordinate for longer retreats at venues such as Cedarbrake Retreat Center (operated by the diocese in Belton).
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February 20th, 2014
Our next SJN Field Trip is set for March 27th, touring “Historic Treasures of the Diocese: Our German-Moravian Ancestors.” We will attend Mass in a very old, little church in the country, then head on to Brenham for lunch at Ernie’s on the square, and to see St. Mary’s Church, and then wind our way home by another route to visit St. Paul’s historic old church in Kovar. The bus will depart SJN’s parking lot by 9:30am, and return before 6pm. For more information, contact Nancy in the Parish office. Join us! Register for $45, online at http://treasurestour.eventbrite.com.
January 27th, 2014
St. John Neumann is pleased to announce A new Lenten/Easter Book Study for Married Couples. It is based on the book Blessed is Marriage: A Guide to the Beatitudes for Catholic Couples by John Bosio. This 6 week study starts the week after Spring Break, and will apply the lessons of the Beatitudes to married life. Small groups of 6-8 couples will meet at the facilitating couple’s home each week. Come join us for book reading, discussion and fellowship. For more information, please click on the following link.
Click here for the Book Study
January 14th, 2014
On February 8-9 and 22-23, 2014, a dedicated group of men and women respectively will be hosting a retreat designed to renew and revitalize the spiritual health of those who attend. Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP, pronounced “Chirp”) is an effective, time-tested spiritual renewal process that calls together the members of our parish and others to experience personal connection and the Christian community. Over 20+ years, hundreds of men have participated.
For more information and to register, please click here to visit the Men’s CRHP webpage and click here to visit the Women’s CRHP webpage.
January 3rd, 2014
Join us for “In the Arena of Life, How Daring are You?” The Adult Faith Formation office is launching a new book study for the New Year, with a “power pack” team of presenters taking the lead.
They’ll be guiding participants through Brené Brown’s recent work, Daring Greatly, focusing on the essential virtue of courage to achieve the whole-hearted person, breaking beyond the challenges to individual self-worth and allowing each of us to move more fully into the arena of life. Any leader has known the feeling, and some have risen to the challenge, but every human person faces the debacle.
The term first coined by President Theodore Roosevelt, “daring greatly,” refers to striving to move beyond self-imposed boundaries and live life more fully. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, … who spends himself in a worthy cause; … and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, ….”
The course, which will be offered on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m., starting January 16, and will include a theological focus, Scripture reference and guidance from the saints who embodied the complete trust in God that made them whole-hearted models for our own lives. If you are interested in joining this class, we invite you to register online, so we can order the books in time. Registration is $40 at www.thedaringstudy.eventbrite.com.