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.

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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.


Adult faith contact

Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

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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 a great at-home Bible Study, check out the Ascension Press Bible in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmidt (can be started at any time of the year):


If we consider that God is the Divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as “spiritual marriage counselors.” They afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, calling us to return to our covenant relationship with God. They urge us to repentance, warn us of the dangers of sin, and announce the blessings of faithfulness. Their prophetic words speak to us even today, as they draw us closer to our heavenly Bridegroom.
In Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy, a ten-part Bible study, you will come to know the prophets and their messages shed light on our faith and our lives. Participants will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation followed by a time of lively group discussion and fellowship.
Our Prophets Bible study will begin on Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 7:00 p.m., in the Maximillian Room. For more information or to register for the study, see Joe Mullen, 570-784-0801 x 4 or register and/or order a Study Guide. We hope you can join us!

What to do first

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


Bible Study contact

Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

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Faith Sharing (Currently inactive)

Our Parish’s Faith Sharing program provides adult Catholics the opportunity to continue their formation in the Catho­lic faith while bringing them closer to God. All sessions are open to any interested adult, including those who especially wish to understand the Catholic faith better.

Our sessions are designed to be very informal and personal and include fellowship and prayerful, spiritual, and scriptural opportunities.

The year’s Fall session will be a 6-8 week program that focuses on the DVD series, ”Mystery of God” by Bishop Barron. Each session will begin with a video followed by discussion and reflection.

The 4-week Advent program is based on scripture and prayerful preparation for the birth of Christ.

The 6-week Spring program is Lenten-based and focused on Sunday scripture readings.

Many sessions begin with videos produced by Bishop Robert Barron, who is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Our Parish Faith Sharing sessions are open to everyone, and if you cannot make all the sessions, that’s okay. Even one will inspire you.


Lucy Wittman
or call the Parish Office at: 570.784.0801

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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.

RCIA contact


Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

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