Adult Faith Formation
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Adults interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and/or the Church’s process for becoming Catholic are invited to participate. The Parish RCIA Team leads this experience of faith formation, prayer, worship and learning. The process begins in the fall each year. Previously baptized adult Catholics who have not received one or more of the sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) are also invited to participate. Parishioners are also invited to become members of the RCIA Team or to serve in the ministry of Sponsor.
Adult Bible Study
Immaculate Conception Church encourages formation of faith through study of Holy Scripture. Each Bible Study session is usually six to eight weeks in length on topics from both the Old and New Testaments. The function of these study sessions is to search for ways in which the message of God impacts not only the history of our faith but also the personal here and now of our lives. Groups meet on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and at other scheduled times during the year.
This is an adult faith formation class that focuses on a topic for six to eight weeks. In these classes, parishioners have the opportunity to explore Catholic teaching on a wide variety of topics. Information about upcoming classes is announced in the parish bulletin.
Safe Environment Program
All program volunteers who come into contact with youth are required to attend the VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children™ training classes and provide a Background Check to the parish. These would include parish staff members, adult Youth Group helpers, PSR instructors and classroom aids, festival workers, etc. Training classes are offered periodically at the parish throughout the year. Financial reimbursement for the Background Checks is available for those who request it from the parish. Duration of service does not mitigate compliance.
See Safe Environment Policy page for more information.
Baptism Preparation for Parents
The pastor or deacon prepare parents for baptism of their child(ren) by meeting with them to explain the Church’s teaching on the Rite of Baptism for Children. This meeting includes a review of the symbols and signs used in the Rite, as well as an emphasis on the parents’ long term responsibilities regarding the baptism of their child and support available from Immaculate Conception.
Engaged couples seeking the Sacrament of Marriage are required to go through marriage preparation at the parish. They contact the pastor or Deacon at least 9 months prior to the intended wedding date and meet to examine various areas of concern for married life. Volunteer married couples will serve as mentors for engaged couples and assist with this preparation. Married couples who wish to serve as mentors should contact the pastor.
Youth Faith Formation
Parish School of Religion (PSR)
Immaculate Conception offers Catholic faith instruction for the children and youth from preschool to 8th grade. Its primary purpose is to assist parents in their role of growing and nurturing an active, conscious and living faith for their children. The program focuses on the progressive development of responsible and value-conscious Christian citizenship. The PSR programs are held from September through April.
An important part of the PSR curriculum is the preparation of children and youth for celebrations of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. The calendar of class schedules, sacrament celebrations and registration information for the upcoming school year are announced in August.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a parish sponsored program for preschool aged children through youth entering fifth grade in August/September. A theme is adopted each year and supported in the stories and songs the children learn.
Parish Youth Group
See Parish Associations page for more information.
Other Opportunities for Faith Formation
The parish missions are held every two years. The purpose of these missions is to draw parishioners close to God and to reveal His real presence more clearly to members of the congregation. Volunteers are needed to assist in various capacities.
Young Family Outreach
This committee works with the Pastor to foster Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious life.