Prayerful Opportunities

Joining Together in Faith

“But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

Here, we offer ways to study, to develop, and to enhance the lessons of our faith, hoping that we will be inspired to learn from scripture and from trained instructors.


Adult Faith Formation

Our mission is to support a formation of adult understanding and living of the Catholic faith. We focus on bible studies, Diocesan adult classes for catechists, and adult learning for St. Columba Parishioners.

Catechists are requested to teach adult classes and opportunities are offered throughout the year. A variety of Bible studies and adult DVD programs are offered.

For more about Adult Faith Formation, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

What to do first

To become part of an Adult Faith Formation class or program, contact Joe Mullen with your questions and interest.

Contact

Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

Bible Study

Kids aren’t the only ones headed back to school to start learning again after the long summer break. Adults in Catholic Parishes across the country are also gearing up for their Fall Catholic Bible studies.

You will love discovering all the little nuggets and gems tucked away that emerge as a reward for those who look for them. For example, last year in my Parish’s group Bible study we learned an interesting fact supporting the primacy of Peter. We’re all familiar with the Bible passage where Jesus hands the keys of the kingdom to Peter in Matthew 16:18: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.”

But what we didn’t know is that this action on Jesus’ part was recalling a much earlier event that occurred in Old Testament history. In Isaiah 22:22 we find an account of a chief steward being given the keys of authority to rule the kingdom in the king’s stead. Jesus is actually calling to mind this specific passage in Isaiah when he speaks to Peter, an unmistakable sign that Jesus truly was giving authority over the Church to Peter. Our group didn’t know that! And this is just one instance of those little gems.

There is a popular saying that “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” Catholic Bible study books make this connection clear and help you to understand God’s revelation more fully. I also get excited when I look back and see how much I’ve grown both in my knowledge of the faith as well as the spiritual benefits I’ve reaped as a result of having a greater Biblical understanding.

For more about Bible Study, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website

What to do first

To become part of one of our Parish’s Bible Study groups:

Contact

Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4


CYE

Catholic Youth Education Program

Our Mission: “Our future together in Faith is to teach our children to know, love and serve God and his people in the Catholic tradition.”

Our Philosophy: The Religious Education Program at St. Columba Church exists to aid parents—the primary educators of their child—in preparing their children to come to full maturity in the Christian life. Parents who decide to homeschool their children, either for all subject areas or religious formation alone, are expected to contact their Pastor, or his delegate, to indicate their intentions.

The Parish is the Eucharistic Community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the Catechesis of children and parents (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2223).

The Religious Education Program of Saint Columba Parish follows the guidelines of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Mass, prayer, Bible and religious reading and class are the foundation of our faith!

Curriculum: CYE students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 use the diocesan-approved textbook BLEST ARE WE, Faith and Word Edition.  This textbook is Catechism referenced.

Our High School Curriculum includes the Bible, the Catechism and guest speakers.

Applied learning is evident in the many charitable activities students participate in throughout the school year.

For more about CYE, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

What to do first

To become part of this year’s CYE classes, contact Helen McMenamin with your questions and interest. Look for starting dates and schedules in the bulletin.

Helen McMenamin
CYE Coordinator
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

Faith Sharing

The Winter/Spring 2018 Session of the Diocesan Institute for Catechetical and Pastoral Formation affords adult Catholics the opportunity to continue their formation in the Catho­lic faith. All courses and sessions are open to any interested adult, including those who are pursuing catechetical certification in the diocese and those who simply wish to understand the Catholic faith better.

Among the faith formation offerings available in the new year is Kingdom of Happiness, an 8-part series produced by Saint Benedict Press that unveils Jesus’ plan for our happiness in the Beatitudes. Kingdom of Happiness offers an in-depth look at these beautiful teach­ings of Christ that all too often have been taken by our modern society and turned into little more than bumper sticker slogans.

Featuring brief teaching videos by Father Jeffrey Kirby of the Diocese of Charleston, and powerful video profiles of normal people living out the Beatitudes in heroic ways, Kingdom of Happiness not only informs participants about the Beatitudes but also shows them how to live them and achieve genuine and lasting happiness.

All Kingdom of Happiness sessions will be live-streamed via webinar, allowing small groups and individuals in Parishes and/or homes to access the videos and join in on accompanying discussions with other participants.

Diocesan Institute offerings marked “Also Available Via Live Webinar” allow for remote live participation from Parishes and homes. Recordings of most webinar offerings are also available for the convenience of later viewing.To view the complete Winter/Spring Session schedule, which includes descriptions and registration fees for both current offerings and pre-recorded courses and sessions, please visit https://www.hbgdiocese.org/adult-faith-formation/diocesan-institute/.

What to do first

To join the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Faith Sharing program, contact Joe Mullen with your questions and interest.

Contact

Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults become members of the Catholic Church. The process includes prayer and reflection, the study of the Catholic faith and way of life, and special rites and rituals along the way.

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church.

After a conversation with a priest or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the Parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The Parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.

For more about Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

What to do first

To become part of this year’s RCIA program, contact Joe Mullen with your questions and interest. Meetings are held Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Fr. O’Brien room.

Contact

Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4