Evangelization, Prayer and Scripture

Adult Faith Formation

Why should someone come and experience the Evangelization, Prayer, and Scripture ministry at Saint Michael Church?

The Evangelization, Prayer, and Scripture ministry helps encourage personal faith in daily life. We explore the Gospels and Scripture; the Sacraments; prayer; and the lives and writings of the Saints and Church Fathers as sources of grace. We ask the question “how do I invite others to an experience of the Faith and to an encounter with Jesus” through my personal prayer life, example and deeper knowledge of the Faith.

The Evangelization ministry is unique in helping participants learn to live a deeper spirituality and apply it in everyday life. We study materials about our Catholic faith, coming to better understand our Faith with our intellect. We ready ourselves to apply this knowledge to our heart, growing in an interior and personal way.

Our search leads to a deeper personal relationship with God, in prayer, action and word. It helps us respond to the “universal call to Holiness“. We strive to help educate and encourage each other because

  • “God calls us all to this intimate union with him.” (CCC, #2014)
  • And again because, “All Christians… are called to the fullness of the Christian life…” (CCC, # 2028- Lumen Gentium 40-2)

As committed Catholics we are sent out after each Mass to “GO” into the world to invite others to get to know the Lord in their own lives. Evangelization is all about an invitation. This is done very often by holding a door for another, with a simple smile, a helping hand, and a word of encouragement. It may involve telling your own conversion story or giving good example by how you live your life. Knowledge of the Catholic Faith helps Catholics to become better prepared to answer probing questions as we meet different people, situations and circumstances.

Our ministry, its courses and study, explores participants’ interest areas. These have included:

  • why we have seven Sacraments,
  • the importance of prayer,
  • what the Mass is all about,
  • or why God became man.

Our ministry also studies Scripture – learning and praying the Word of God and better understanding different books of the bible. We also hear some of the wisdom and teachings of the Saints, Fathers, and Doctors of the Church.

Examples of weekly readings and topics include:

  • The Mystery of God
  • The Gospel of John
  • The different kinds of Prayer
  • How do we pray?
  • Practical suggestions in active Evangelization
  • From Genesis to Jesus
  • Understanding the Mass
  • Ecclesiology – Study of the Church
  • Mary, Mother of God

Meeting Schedule 2019-2020

We meet most Wednesdays from August through June.

Join us at 7 PM in the Commons on any or all of the following Wednesdays:

  • August 7 – From Genesis to Jesus – Bible Study
    Reading Scripture with the Church- In order to understand scripture we need to understand salvation history- the unfolding of God’s plan for humanity to bring us back into his divine family. This first session is about why and how Catholics should read the Bible, and how the Mass is precisely the key to reading Scripture from the heart of the Church.
  • August 14 – From Genesis to Jesus – Bible Study
    The Holy Spirit is the One who inspires the Scriptures, guarantees their truth, and guides the Church to a correct understanding of their message. Though Scripture has many human authors, it is one unified story marked by covenants in the Old Testament now fulfilled in the New Testament in Christ and his Church. Salvation history is covenant history.
  • August 21 and 28 – From Genesis to Jesus – Bible Study
  • September 4, 11, 18 and 25 – From Genesis to Jesus – Bible Study
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 – From Genesis to Jesus – Bible Study
  • November 6, 13 and 20
  • December 11 and 18
  • January 8, 15, 22 and 29
  • February 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • March 11, 18 and 25
  • April 1, 15, 22 and 29
  • May 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • June 3, 10, 17 and 24

Come and join us whenever you can!

Ongoing and Upcoming Events