Adult Spiritual Formation programs are provided to nurture spiritual growth in adult parishioners as they mature in their relationships with the Lord. As we each make our personal commitments grow in virtue, service, and vocation, we recognize the need to be aware and awake to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. These programs are designed to spark the fire or kindle the flames that burn in our hearts.
ADULT FORMATION Fall, 2018
The Discipleship Process Do you want to integrate all the "Catholic stuff" you know? Do you want to know Jesus better? Do you want to know the Holy Spirit? Do you want practical, orthodox Catholic guidance on how to "grow" and overcome obstacles to your adult relationship with God? Do you want to understand how to bring about the Kingdom of God as a lay person in your world? Do you want to be part of a community that helps you grow in your relationship with God? If so, then this study is a great foundational study. The first step in this process is a six-week study which meets once per week for 90 minutes. Groups can meet at any time, currently running every night at 7:00 pm. (405) 348-0480 x338
Retreat in Daily Life The Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life is a prayer journey for those who want to live more deeply in relationship with God. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the retreat is a time set apart in the midst of everyday life to help participants discern more clearly God's movement in their hearts. In the tradition of Ignatian spirituality, the retreat focuses on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus through a prayerful encounter with Scripture. The Ignatian principle of "finding God in all things" lies at the heart of the retreat. During the course of 30 weeks-from October through April-participants live their commitment to God, to themselves, and to their fellow participants by following the steps of this prayer journey. Each commits to these three activities: 1) Daily private prayer which includes Scripture, reflection, and journaling, 2) Weekly small group meetings in which participants share their prayer experiences with each other. Groups are facilitated by a spiritual guide, and 3) Twice monthly individual spiritual direction. The fee for the retreat is $100 per month. Also there is a one-time fee of $60 for materials. No one is turned away from the retreat for lack of funds, and a fee schedule can be agreed upon-based on ability to pay. For more information and to set up a preliminary interview, contact Nancy Vargas, (405) 760-4640, or Dick Alexander, (405) 473-5481.
Prayer and Life Workshop (English) Wednesday night, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, begins August 15. Would you like to know how to go about seeking God in prayer and what happens when you do? For more information, please contact Anthony Lee at (405) 922-3994.
Prayer and Life Workshop (Spanish) ¿Te gustaría saber cómo hacer para encontrarte con Dios en la oración y saber lo que sucede cuando lo logras? Los Talleres de Oración y Vida (TOV) son un servicio totalmente basasdo en las Escrituras que te ayudan a aprender y profundizar en el arte de la oración. En un taller se aprende realmente ya que se practica lo aprendido; en nuestro caso, practicando la oración es que realmente aprendemos a orar. En el Taller, aprendemos a entrar en una relación profunda con Nuestro Señor a través de diferentes métodos de oración, desde los primeros pasos con métodos de oración sencillos hasta la altura de la contemplación. Usando un método que incluye la meditación de La Palabra, una oración intensiva, reflexiónes comunitarias y ejercicios de silenciamiento, los participantes logran paso a paso deshacerse de sus angustias, ansiedades interiores y de mi edos y tristezas. Como resultado de vivir una fe y abandono profundos, de ésta manera los participantes lentamente se llenan de una paz nunca imaginada. Con una intensa contemplación de la figura de Jesucristo, el Taller impulsa a los cristianos a un proceso diario de santificación hacia parecerse mas Jesús. Para más información sobre el Taller de Oración y Vida en español que comenzará el jueves 16 de Agosto en St John the Baptist de 6:30 pm a 8:30 pm, favor de contactar a Mariana Hernández al (405) 706-6751.
Our Lady of Fatima Spanish Group ¡Únete al grupo de oración Nuestra Señora de Fátima en español! Ven y acompáñanos a rezar el Santo Rosario, la lectura de la Biblia y la oración por nuestras familias. Todos los jueves de 9:15 am - 10:45 am. Durante el año escolar. Lugar: Salón de Reuniones 010 en la Parroquia.
Guardería disponible para niños de las asistentes a la reunión. Si tienes alguna pregunta por favor contactarse con Patricia al teléfono: 956-874-5449
Surviving Divorce Surviving Divorce is a 14-week program in which participants will find hope, healing,and community. Classes are every Monday evening, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm running from September 10-December 10, 2018. Space is limited, child care available with reservations. Registration is available at the St. John the Baptist website under "Event Registration."
Tap Into Faith October 18, 2018 Mike Chavez, theology teacher at McGuiness High School and popular guest lecturer, will speak on “Faith and Reason”, using Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical FIDES ET RATIO. Catered dinner begins at 6:30 pm and program at 7:00 pm in the Commons. Dinner is $10.00 cash or check at the door. RSVP is required by Oct 16th. RSVP to Linda Resnick, (405) 340-3305.
Adult Sunday School Meets between Masses on the second, third, and fourth Sundays of the month, 10:15 am - 11:15 am, in the Counsel Room. Studies include Breaking open the Word, scripture topics, and assorted doctrines.
Monday Womens Bible Study The Book of James. From 9:15 am - 11:15 am. Starts September 10 and ends by Thanksgiving. Cost: $30. JAMES is one of the most practical books of the Bible on issues faced by ordinary Christians in everyday life torn between the competing demands of this world and our faith. Learn some "pearls for wise living" by applying the wisdom of James to the present and gain wisdom to put faith into action. Cost is $30. For more information call Dr. Harry (405) 340-0691 x109.
Wednesday Bible Study Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist. September 5-26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am Cost: $20. What is it that is so special about the Eucharist? Although the Eucharist appears to be simple bread and wine, it is actually the “source and summit” of the Christian life. Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist is a four week study that explores the truth and beauty of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members. It is the crescendo of the entire story of salvation.
Philippians: Life in Christ. October 3 through November 7, 9:30 am - 11:00 am Cost: $30. Towards the end of his life, under arrest and awaiting trial in Rome, Saint Paul writes a short but powerful letter to the Philippians. Paul’s affection for the Christian community at Philippi is apparent from his opening words. The Philippians were not only Paul’s sons and daughters in the Faith but also his partners in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the heart of this letter is Paul’s eloquent hymn of Christ’s total gift of self, the model for Paul’s life. With his words and the example of his life, Paul exhorts the Philippians to have the mind of Christ, to live a life worthy of the Gospel, and, by God’s grace, to gain Christ. In six sessions, Dr. Tim Gray combines insight and practical guidance using the lectio divina disciplines to make the Scriptures come alive in Philippians: Life in Christ.
Stories of Faith These occasional evening sessions include the testimonies of conversion by St. John parishioners. We have converts who will inspire you with their journey into the Catholic Church. We have reverts, people who left the Church, and then came back through the intervention of God. They, too, have amazing faith stories to tell. We also have many cradle Catholics who have experienced the love and power of God in miraculous ways. It will lift you up to hear their stories. Look in the parish newsletter and at our website for upcoming sessions this fall.
Lunch & Learn Formation and community building every Tuesday for 90 minutes.
Cursillo The Cursillo is an encounter with Christ. That sounds too simple, but it's not. Think about it --a real meeting with Christ. If that is understood, then the power, beauty and joy of the Cursillo Movement will be understood. Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning "little" or "short course". The name of the movement is Cursillo de Christendad, or a short course in Christianity.