Nurturing our growth in faith is at the core of this ministry.  Bible studies, book studies, spiritual enrichment groups, lectures, monthly gatherings for women and men, and Advent and Lenten programs offer the opportunity to share and reflect upon our faith.

Adult faith enrichment is a multi-faceted, learning and living experience for Catholics that meshes education, spiritual growth, and the active practice of faith. Our Adult Faith Enrichment Ministry also offers a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.

Please check below for information on current, upcoming, and past Adult Faith Enrichment offerings and resources.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Kelly Meraw, Director of Pastoral Care.


Adult Faith Enrichment: News and Events

Revisiting The Joy of the Gospel: Chapter 2 – “Amid the Crisis of Communal Commitment”

In Pope Francis' second chapter, “Amid the Crisis of Communal Commitment”, we explore the need to become a community which resists those things that deprive us of life and instead embraces the love of God. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, ...

Collaborative Book Club – “Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week”

The SJSP Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00pm in the St. Paul Rectory to begin our discussion of Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week by Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict invites us to accompany Jesus from the entrance into Jerusalem to the resurrection. This week we will discuss ...

Friday, March 15: “Evening for Women” Lenten Retreat – “Tending to the Present with God”

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 FROM 5:00 - 7:00PM SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH SPIRITUALITY CENTER 71 WALNUT PARK NEWTON Facilitator Crista Mahoney will invite us into a moment of pause, to tend to the present moment with Jesus. All women of the Collaborative are warmly invited – dinner will be served and ...

Lenten Lecture: “Spiritual Resources for the Street” – Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00pm at St. John

"Spiritual Resources for the Street" with Capuchin Mobile Ministries With Br. Anthony and Br. Paul of Capuchin Mobile Ministries OUR MISSION: Capuchin Mobile Ministries is a ministry of spiritual caregiving to our homeless sisters and brothers. We take our inspiration from Saint Francis, who embraced lepers and made them ...

Taizé Prayer Service with Opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation – Monday, March 11 at 7:00pm at St. Paul

Taizé is an ecumenical monastic order in Burgundy, France, with a strong devotion to peace and reconciliation through prayer, meditation, and song. Taizé welcomes young people from around the world to live and pray among the brothers, hosting up to 3,000 people during Lent and Easter. The repetitive sung ...

“The Promise of Darkening Dust” – a Poem by Colleen Gibson, SSJ

This week, we are happy to feature work from a very special guest poet - our own Sister Colleen Gibson! “The Promise of Darkening Dust" The journey we walk is long but we must keep on walking One foot in front of the other From one passing moment to the ...

Revisiting The Joy of the Gospel: Chapter One – “The Church’s Missionary Transformation”

In itself mercy is the greatest of the virtues. –St. Thomas Aquinas Last week, we continued our discussion by diving into Chapter One: “The Church’s Missionary Transformation”. Our conversation centered on embodying a Church that goes forth and a house with the doors always open. Please find below some ...

Revisiting The Joy of the Gospel: Introduction

With Christ joy is constantly born anew. -Pope Francis If you aren't able to join us in person in our Collaborative study of The Joy of the Gospel you are welcome to study the exhortation on your own this Lent! Each week we will share a brief reflection with ...

Poetry Reading with Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick, SJ – Sunday, March 3 at 2:00pm at St. John

Please join us in the lower Chapel at St. John for a Lenten afternoon poetry reading and discussion led by Rev. Tom Fitzpatrick, SJ, from Weston’s Campion Center. Father Tom has been a Jesuit for 64 years and a priest for 51. His writing reveals a lifelong spiritual journey with ...
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“Love (III)” from “Lenten Poetry and Prayer” with Sr. Mary Sweeney

All are invited to gather in the St. Paul Rectory following the 9:00am Mass on Fridays in Lent for a peaceful hour of reflection and prayer over sacred poetry with Sister Mary Sweeney, SC. No prior registration required! For those unable to attend in person, selected poems will be shared ...