Opportunities for Christian Enrichment

 
 

CHURCH OF ST. LEO THE GREAT 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHRISTIAN ENRICHMENT

The information in this brochure is a high level view of the sessions, classes and events provided at St. Leo’s to enrich your faith both spiritually and intellectually.  After you have reviewed the information please use the registration sheet to sign up for one or more sessions.  The registration sheet contains information regarding the dates and times of the sessions. For more information, contact parish staff or members of the parish council.

GETTING STARTED IN OUR FAITH

(Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

sym09.TIFThe RCIA is a four-stage process designed to welcome, instruct and support adults preparing to embrace or confirm Catholic Christianity.  Adults baptized in other Christian faith traditions are also engaged in this process.  The RCIA process has two distinct components.  One component provides information about Catholic teachings and doctrine – the elements of the Faith which are uniquely Catholic; the other component is worship, prayer, community, and reflection – the nurturing of one’s universal (catholic) faith life.    The RCIA may take as long as three years depending on the participant.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN (RCIC)

RCIC  welcomes children age six through fifteen who are non-baptized or  baptized with no additional sacraments.   This process places family in the center of the candidate’s spiritual journey because the participant’s most important community  is the family.  This is a one to two year process depending on the child.

INFANT BAPTISM

Baptism is the first sacrament of the church and provides an opportunity for parents to introduce and immerse their child (up to age five) into the faith life of the believing community, seals the child with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and sets the child on the path to salvation.  Parents, the primary evangelizers of their child, attend baptism formation sessions to prepare for the sacrament of baptism.

TEEN CONFIRMATION

High school age teens are invited to accept responsibility for their faith journey, their walk with God.  Confirmation formation invites teens to develop a richer prayer life, explore moral issues, deepen their knowledge of Church teachings and take an active role in the faith community.  Confirmation formation is a two-year process.

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See Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

FAITH FORMATION

First Eucharist is for school age children ages 7-13 who have previously been baptized and are continuing their growth in the faith of the Church.

  •   First Reconciliation Preparation

Children, ages ten and older, are encouraged to prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession of sinfulness or Penance.  They will prepare by completing a preparation booklet with the help of family, attending five preparation sessions to further explore the nature of sin and the mercy of God, and by participating in a readiness interview.  The First Reconciliation will take place at the Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service.

GROWING IN FAITH AND UNDERSTANDING

To learn is to live

ADULT OFFERINGS (Sessions geared toward supporting the spirituality and consciousness of Catholic adults)

Scripture Study Group

We currently offer two Scripture study formats.  Both provide an interactive atmosphere to read, explore and deepen your understanding of the Word of God.  One format, meets weekly to discuss the selected reading.  The other meets monthly for an in depth discussion. Both groups have a facilitator.

Brews & Views (formerly Theology on Tap)

The idea behind Brews & Views is to “take theology to the people”.  The idea developed in Chicago and has spread throughout the country.  The premise is simple, get good speakers, identify engaging topics, locate a pub/bar with a separate room, then start a conversation.  St. Leo the Great began sponsoring Brews & Views (then Theology on Tap) in 2002.  Events occur in the Spring and Fall seasons of the year.

Divine Mercy Prayer and Formation

“Divine Mercy!  This is the Easter gift the Church receives from the risen Christ, and offers to humanity at the dawn of the third millennium,” (Pope John Paul II)  St Faustina Kowalska, a polish nun, wrote a diary of about 600 pages in which she recorded revelations she received about God’s mercy.  The Divine Mercy prayer and formation group seeks to increase their understanding of God’s gift of mercy and spread the message of God’s Divine Mercy for the world. 

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SACRAMENTS FOR OUR FAITH JOURNEY

Moments of grace along “the way”

RECONCILIATION (Confession, Penance)

This is a sacrament of healing – healing a broken relationship with God.  The actions of asking for forgiveness, confessing our sins, receiving absolution and doing penance enable us to continue our journey toward God.  Priests are available on Saturdays from 3:30PM to 4:30PM in the Reconciliation Chapel (located off the vestibule of the Church).  You may schedule an appointment with a priest for individual confession and counsel.  We also celebrate Communal Reconciliation Services during the Advent and Lenten seasons

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

This sacrament of healing is another sign of God’s love for us.  We remember that Jesus “went about doing good and healing”.  We are both body and spirit.  The sacrament of anointing the sick first heals our spirit and gives us peace.  Physical healing can happen only after we are at peace with our loving God.  If you are in need of this life-changing sacrament, please phone the parish office (654-6177) to make arrangements.  In addition, we offer Communal Anointing of the Sick services during Advent and Lent.

HOLY MATRIMONY

Holy Matrimony, marriage, is a covenant relationship.  “The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God.” (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults)   It is also a Sacrament of Service, which means it is a sacrament directed at the salvation of others.  Engaged couples, seeking the Sacrament of Marriage, should begin the process at least six months prior to the anticipated wedding date.  Couples must complete a marriage preparation course and other Church requirements.

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This Sacrament of Service actively involves men in the salvation work of God.  There are three degrees or “orders” in the Sacrament of Holy Orders; they are bishop, priest, and deacon.  Men who discern a call to a life of service are invited to speak to the Pastor or contact the diocesan vocation office.

  • Sisters (Nuns)

Women have actively been in involved in the salvation work of the Church since its inception. Women who discern a call to service are also invited to speak to the Pastor or contact the diocesan vocation office.

WORSHIP AND PRAYER

Time well spent

EUCHARISTIC LITURGY

The Mass is our most valuable and sacred source of Christian enrichment.  It is here that we, a community of believers, are regularly nourished with the Word of God and the Bread of Life.  We are reminded, at the Mass, that Christianity does not stop at the doors of the church; it is carried within us to our homes and outside communities.  Mass times are Monday through Friday at 12:10PM and Saturday at 8:00AM.  The Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00PM, and Masses on Sunday are at 8:30AM and 11:00AM.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is an immensely important form of devotion to our Lord and recognition of our unique relationship with God, our Father.  When we set aside time for Eucharistic Adoration we acknowledge Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, in ourselves and in each other.  We have set aside time on the first Saturday of each month at 3:30PM for Eucharistic Adoration.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross) is another of the traditional devotions of the Church.  Devotees use scenes from the Passion and Crucifixion of the Lord to remember the price Christ paid for the salvation of the world and to examine their own consciences.  On Fridays during Lent, we gather to pray the Stations of the Cross after the 12:10 Mass.  On Good Friday we pray the Stations at 7:30PM.

DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP MASS

This prayer and formation group (see Growing in Faith and Understanding) gathers on the last Monday of the month for a Mass in honor of the Divine Mercy of God.

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This brochure provides only a brief description of the services, programs, and processes which are presently included in our parish’s Christian Enrichment Program.  If you have an idea for some type of Christian Enrichment different from those listed in this brochure, please feel encouraged to talk to a parish staff or parish council member about your idea.  We are most happy to promote and encourage a wide variety of Christian Enrichment Opportunities.  Please contact parish staff or parish council members if you need further information about any of the items listed in this brochure.