In the past, many Catholics thought about faith as some thing which you either have or you don't. Often, faith was equated only with a body of information -- knowledge about what Jesus did, what the Church teaches, or how Catholics should act.
Today we are more aware of the fact that faith is also a relationship -- to God, and to our neighbor. Like any relationship, our faith is always being challenged by changing times and changing circumstances. In other words, as long as we are alive, our faith needs to continue growing, and each of us needs to continue growing in our ability to apply what we know to how we live.
That is why the Catholic parishes in Waterloo are committed to providing life-long faith formation, enrichment and spiritual growth opportunities for Catholics of all ages. We want to encourage, support and guide Catholics in this never-ending process of growing in their faith and in their ability to live intentionally as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Opportunities for continuing education and formation are available in a variety of formats which recognize the diversity of adult experience and the variety of adult needs based on age, gender, learning styles, religious experience, faith development, life tasks and church participation.
Information about opportunities for adult and young adult education and formation are published in the weekly parish bulletins, a weekly email bulletin, a monthly newsletter, and on our website.
We invite you to participate as fully as you can in these opportunities for life-long faith formation sponsored by the parishes, and additional opportunities for spiritual growth available at nearby retreat centers. For adults who are looking for a more intense and comprehensive formation experience, we encourage you to consider enrolling in the Archdiocese of Dubuque's two-year Impact lay formation program. For adults and young adults who are seeking more personal spiritual guidance, we invite you to consider finding a professional trained spiritual director.
• For information about opportunities for adult education, formation and spiritual growth, contact the Director of Adult Faith Formation at 319-234-9912.
• Stages in Faith Development
• Adult Formation and Education Opportunities
• Impact--the Archdiocese's Lay Formation Program
• Information About Spiritual Direction