Adult Faith Formation

Mission of the Adult Faith Formation Team
The Adult Faith Formation team serves St. Peter’s Parish by helping others strengthen and deepen their relationship with God throughout their lives. It does this by coordinating a variety of programs that foster spiritual growth and knowledge of the Catholic faith. In opportunities for reflection, prayer, study, and community, Adult Faith Formation seeks to expand each parishioner’s understanding of the life-giving, redemptive message of Jesus Christ. The adult faith formation team meets once a month to assess the spiritual needs of the parish and plan opportunities for faith development, such as the ones listed on this page. Please contact Jackie Malone at (816) 217-5222 or jmalone35@icloud.com if you are interested in being on this committee.

Bible and Scripture Studies
St. Peter’s Parish offers a range of Bible study series, topical studies, and spiritual growth activities for adults. Check the bulletin for current offerings. St. Peter’s usually has two to three Bible Studies going on, accommodating both those who work during the day and those who prefer daytime prayer/study groups. If you have questions, contact Christina Wright at (816) 555-0852 of ctinawright@gmail.com.

Book Reviews
Weekly reviews of faith-based books are critiqued weekly in the St. Peter’s Parish bulletin by an individual from the Adult Faith Formation team. These reviews may lead you to find a book or two that gives you a new perspective on the teachings of Christ or the Catholic church. They are published in the weekly bulletins. You can find the bulletins in the back of church. An archive of the weekly bulletins may be found here.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
Twice a year the parish offers weekend adult spiritual renewal CRHP retreats, here on our campus. These 30-hour Men’s retreats and Women’s retreats are scheduled each spring and fall, and you may participate in follow-up formation after completing the retreat. We have been offering these retreats since fall 2012, and many say that they have met individuals they might never have known, were it not for this experience.
If you’d like to find out more, please click here or contact Maria Gillcrist about the Women’s Retreats at mariagillcrist@gmail.com or Pete Hutchison for the Men’s retreats at rpetehutch@aol.com.

Eucharistic Adoration
Daily Mass is celebrated at 8:15 a.m. Monday-Friday. Every Tuesday, from the conclusion of Mass until 7:00 p.m., the Blessed Sacrament is on display on the altar. Individuals are welcome to come participate in quiet prayer. To make certain someone is present at all times during these hours, a sign up has been developed. Contact Maria Gillcrist at mariagillcrist@me.com if you’d like to be added to the schedule. If you can’t commit to a specific time, please attend when it works for your schedule.

Ignatian Spirituality Workshops and Speaking Engagements
Frequently during special liturgical seasons like Advent and Lent, the Adult Faith Formation team brings in speakers or programs to help us focus on the season. Tuesday evenings during Lent, individuals from the parish gave half hour reflections on how the Corporal Works of Mercy have impacted into their lives. This speakers series will come back again in the fall, in the weeks leading up to the conclusion of the Year of Mercy. Watch for details in the Sunday bulletin.

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
Every fall, we offer weekly Sunday morning RCIA classes for people interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. If individuals discern that they want to become Catholic, RCIA classes prepare them to enter into the church during our Easter Vigil service, in the spring. For more information about this program, contact Fr. Bryan Amthor at bamthor@stpeterskc.org.

Additional Resources
Prayer/Reflections
Living Faith (Brief daily Catholic devotions based on one of the Mass readings of the day)
https://www.LivingFaith.com

Magnificat (Monthly publication with daily scriptures and reflections)
http://us.magnificat.net

3-Minute Daily Retreat
http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.html

Daily Reflections
http://sacredspace.ie/

Local Resources:
Bishop Helmsing Institute
http://mybhi.org/

Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City
http://ignatiancenterkc.org/

Contemplative Outreach Kansas City
http://contemplativeoutreachkc.org/

The Office of Child and Youth Protection (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph)
https://kcsjcatholic.org/the-office-of-child-and-youth-protection/