Adult Faith Formation & RCIA

Lifelong Faith Formation & Evangelization
RCIA / Catholicism 101 – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process of becoming Catholic and receiving the sacraments for the first time. It is centered on Scripture, the Mass, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Those participating are joined by the RCIA team and by anyone else interested in growing deeper in their faith. Sessions are scheduled as needed.

Adult Faith Formation & Bible Study – Parishioners and visitors at St. Leo the Great are very committed to growing deeper in their faith through adult faith formation and Bible study. Numerous programs and Bible studies are typically offered.

Plus Ten Sundays – The congregation is asked to stay a few minutes after Mass on the last weekend of the month for a short inspirational adult faith formation video in church.

Lighthouse Catholic Media – Lighthouse CDs, books, and booklets are available at St. Leo’s in the gathering space of the church. Please see the display with various CD selections to build your faith and family.

Ongoing Outreach Ministries – Examples of ongoing activities include the Weinberg Ministry, visiting parishioners in nursing homes, and coordinating the parish census.

One-time Events – Special handouts at Christmas and Easter Masses, large-print missals, obtaining wheelchairs for church, bringing in various speakers and special events.

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Contact Person: 

Michael Ruszala, M.A.
Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation & Evangelization
835-8905 x 12 

Evangelization is spreading the Gospel – the Good News of God’s Word. We evangelize both in the parish and broader community.

“The Church which ‘goes forth’ is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast.” – Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, no. 24


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