Adult Faith Formation
Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior. (Ps. 25:4-5)
Our faith journey begins with our baptism and continues throughout our lives. As part of a Catholic Christian community, we have many opportunities to learn and grow deeper in our faith and understanding.
A variety of classes are led by the Pastor and Lay Leaders during the year which provide ways for adults to deepen and broaden their faith through the study of Scripture, religious art and history, theology and literature. Pastor’s classes, Bible studies, retreats, and a Book Discussion Group meet at different times throughout the year and are announced in the Sunday Bulletin as well as under News & Events.
Each year, new adult members are welcomed into St. Raphael Parish through our parish RCIA program. This program is led by the Pastor as well as by Lay Leaders. More information about this program can be found under the RCIA.
Our parish offers a Men’s Evening of Reflection each year during the fall, led by Fr. Jerome Day. We also offer women’s retreats which are announced in the parish bulletin as well as on the website under “Parish Events.”
The Diocese of Manchester provides many opportunities for retreats which are posted on the diocesan website, www.catholicnh.org. These offerings include the Cursillo movement, Engaged Encounters, Marriage Encounters, and a Family Retreat weekend.
Holy League Chapter
A Men’s Holy League Chapter, formed by two of our parishioners, meets once a month for a Holy Hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (which is open to everyone), followed by a men’s social hour to enjoy some fraternal fellowship. The meetings are on Fridays immediately following the 6pm Mass. All men of the parish and friends of Saint Raphael are invited. For more information, feel free to contact Sean Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Larson at email@example.com, or visit the Holy League website. The meeting dates for 2016 are the following Fridays: January 22, February 26, March 11, April 22, May 20, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, October 21, November 18, and December 9.