Many of us share in a common statistic among Catholics -- that we have not advanced in the education of our faith much past the 8th grade! There is a hunger to study the Scriptures and to learn to share our faith more readily. In order to practice our faith, we must know and understand the teachings of our faith. Where are you on your personal faith journey? Are you able to answer questions about the Catholic faith from co-workers? or your children? You may have been raised in a Catholic family, and gone to Catholic schools, but not kept up to date on Church teachings or positions. Knowing the Catholic faith is central to living a life close to Jesus and the Church, and to being able to share your faith with others. There are many resources to assist in this and here at St. Elizabeth’s we offer a variety of informative, challenging and spiritually fulfilling ways to deepen our knowledge of God and our relationship to and with Him. We encourage you to explore some of these opportunities and take advantage of any and all that interest you.
Inquiry, the first stage of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), is an open-forum discussion group held throughout the year. A series of discussions is ongoing and anyone interested is welcome to join. St. Elizabeth’s offers a weekly discussion group in which adults can participate and find out all they want to know about our faith. This is an ideal way for non-Catholics to learn more about our faith, as well as current Catholics who may have questions. For more information, call or email our pastoral associate Kathy Swartz 301.881.1380 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you been away from the Church? Are you thinking about coming back? Do you know someone who wants to come home to the Catholic Church, but is struggling with their faith? If you have experienced one of these situations or thoughts you are not alone. The Church wants you to know that you are a child of God, called by name, precious in his eyes and loved by him (Is. 43:1,4). The Church also wants you to know that you are missed. When one member of the Body of Christ suffers, the entire Body of the Church suffers.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a website that contains resources to help you rediscover the faith and answer questions about the Church and Church teachings. We invite you to explore this website and join us at St. Elizabeth Parish. All are welcome.
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. The Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a website to provide information and resources for one to explore and learn at your own pace. We encourage you to check out the website and spend some time exploring this resource.
St. Elizabeth’s provides ongoing lectures and speakers on various aspects of the Catholic faith and relevant topics. Please join us to learn more about our faith and the issues that affect us all. Check back regularly for upcoming topics, or check the parish bulletin. For more information, contact Marilyn Taylor, Director of Adult Education (301.881.1380 / email@example.com) Current schedule
All students who are not attending a Catholic school should be enrolled in religious education classes, and must have a minimum two years of religious ed prior to receiving a sacrament. Grades pre-K through high school are offered. Religious education began September 8th and 9th, 2013. Classes meet for pre-K through 6th grade on Sunday mornings from 10:20 to 11:30am and for grades 7th and 8th on Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:30pm. High school students meeting on Sunday evenings following the 6pm Youth Mass.