Adult Faith Formation

Our Adult Faith Formation ministry seeks to engage the particular needs and interests of the parish family. To be faithful and effective it will offer, over time, a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice—a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life. It will do so in a way that is accessible to adults and relates to their life experiences, helping them to form a Christian conscience and to live their lives in the world as faithful disciples of Jesus.

St. Boniface Church, the Adult Faith Formation office offers a variety of opportunities for parishioners to increase their understanding of the faith.  Listed below are thecurrent opportunities.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

If you or someone you know is interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith or becoming a member of the Catholic faith, we invite you to RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).  RCIA is a 7 month process of getting to know about/becoming a member of the Catholic faith.  We meet most Monday evenings 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. from September 8, 2014 until the Easter Vigil.  Older children, ages 6-13, who wish to be baptized into the Catholic faith have their own sessions on Monday evenings at the same time as RCIA.  This program for the children is called RCIC (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children).  If you wish more information, contact the Parish Office at 656-6450 or Sister Kathleen Ann at mourissestb@yahoo.com. All RCIA classes are open to all parishioners.  Parishioners are always welcome to attend and renew and deepen their understanding of the teaching and Traditions of the Catholic Church.  Check the bulletin for current topics and meeting information.

An Opportunity to Feed your Body and Your Soul

Saturday Brunch with Sister Kathleen Ann and Barb Leardi will be a monthly event, one Saturday each month, where you can enjoy a delicious brunch and then join with fellow parishioners in viewing a DVD lecture on “The Jesus Of Scripture” presented by Rev. Don Senior, C.P. S.T.D. an expert in New Testament Studies. In one of    Fr. Senior’s lectures, he speaks of the great significance of meals as part of Jesus’ ministry, e.g. the feeding of the multitudes, dinner with Lazarus, Martha and Mary, having dinner at the home of Zacheuus, and  of course the Last Supper just to name a few. Following the viewing of the DVD lecture, there will be opportunity for discussion and sharing. The structure of the morning will be Brunch at 10 a.m. followed by the DVD lecture and then sharing and discussion with the goal of being finished before noon.  Each lecture is self-contained; you do not have to be able to attend every lecture to gain insights on the Jesus of Scripture. There will be a free will offering to help defray the expenses of the Brunch which will be substantial and yummy, so come with your appetites. We do ask that you pre-register by the end of the day on Thursday, immediately before each session (Watch the bulletin for the next date), so we are assured we have prepared enough food. Please call the Parish Office, at 656-6450 or Sr. Kathleen Ann at the Convent 655-9524 to assure your place at the Saturday Brunch.

Martha and Marys

Martha and Marys are a Women’s Spirituality and Support Group. We meet every Tuesday during the school year after the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 10:00 a.m.  The group chooses a book to read and discuss at our weekly meetings.  There is much talk and a lot of laughter as we share the ups and downs of our everyday lives as well as our spiritual lives.  All are welcome. It is not necessary to be present for every meeting to benefit from this group.  Come as you are able.  We meet in the Acorn Room in the lower level of the Church.

The University of Dayton has paired with the Springfield Diocese to provide faith formation through Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (http;//vlc.udayton.edu/).  Please visit the web site for more information and to register for classes.


Grief Support Program

St. Boniface offers grief support
“After Care”

First Tuesday of Every Month
8:45-9:45 am and 5:15-6:15 pm

Contact Robin Black-Rubenstein for more information:
(618)656-6450 or rblackrubenstein@st-boniface.com

Adult Faith Formation Events

St. Boniface Koinonia Retreat

An opportunity for individuals to encounter Jesus Christ through an experience of Christian Community.  Friday March 4- Sunday March 6.  All meals included.  Dismissal each night and return in the morning.  Sunday ends approximately 4 p.m.  Contact the parish office or email rblackrubenstein@st-boniface.com

Fall Speaker Series Catholic Living For Everyone Theology Uncorked

Three nights, Three Topics, Three great speakers. Everyone is Welcome!

Tuesday September 15 6:30-8:30– Care of Creation, How do we live out Laudato Si, On Care For Our Common Home?

SpeakerSr. Sharon Zayac O.P. Director of Jubilee Farm will be here to share her wisdom and knowledge of ecology and spirituality, Sr. Sharon oversees her congregation’s 111-acre center which lies just west of Springfield, IL.  Author of:Earth Spirituality: In the Catholic and Dominican Traditions.

Tuesday September 22 6:30-8:30 – Care of Each Other, Community Near and Far, Promoting Community, Mercy, & Dignity Every Day.

 Speaker: Victoria Dhabalt Compton, Director of Office of Mission Springfield Diocese will be here with practical and spiritual insights to help us “Love our neighbor”.

Tuesday September 29 6:30-830 Care of Ourselves – The Balancing Act, Care of our Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional, well-being.

Speaker: Marian Love, Director, Lay Spiritual Formation and Adjunct Instructor in Pastoral Theology Aquinas Institute of Theology wi

ll give us tools and methods to take care of the sacred vessel that is you.

Where: Oak Room, lower level of St. Boniface Church Edwardsville 110 N. Buchanan. Contact the parish office for registration618-656-6450 or email rblackrubenstein@st-boniface.com. Early registration is recommended.  – $15 per class or $35 for the series includes refreshment. Each night will conclude that topic. You can attend one or all three events. Catechist credit is also available for these programs by contacting Robin Black-Rubenstein, Pastoral Associate, St. Boniface Church.

New Bible Study – Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

New Bible Study- Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible- A newly released overview of understanding the Bible by Jeff Cavins.  Includes a 30 minute video with discussion.  Workbook cost is$20.  Offered Sept 30-November 18 Wed. Evenings

October 1- November 19 Thursday mornings.  Contact the parish office to register or email rblackrubenstein@st-boniface.com

Group Reflection and Study

Group reflection and study on Sunday readings – Lectio Divina with Laura Jones and Sue Deakos first and third Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 am beginning September 16, 2015 – April 20, 2016.

Become more aware of God’s presence in your life:

Month of Guided Prayer is a retreat in everyday life.Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced prayerguide for one hour each week. Meetings with prayer guides take place on Thursday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. For even more information, visit www.weekofguidedprayer.org or contact Robin Black-Rubenstein at the parish office.  You can email at rblackrubenstein@st-boniface.com

Priest Prophet King
by Bishop Robert Barron – Led by Robin Black-Rubenstein

April 6/7– May 18/19

Choose Wednesday night or Thursday morning. This series from Bishop Robert Barron focuses on Jesus and Biblical scripture.