Adult Faith Formation








See Below for Lenten Ideas!

Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation

Mar. 18:  Catholicism: Pivotal Players: Bl. John H. Newman (part 2)
                Bp. Barron video series & discussion, 9:50am, parish hall 

Mar. 25:  No Session due to Easter Break (resumes Apr. 15) 


Apr. 1:  No Session due to Easter Break

Apr. 8:  Divine Mercy Celebration, 3pm, followed by reception


Apr. 15:  Catholicism: Pivotal Players: G. K. Chesterton (part 1)
               Bp. Barron video series & discussion, 9:50am, parish hall 

Apr. 22:  
Catholicism: Pivotal Players: G. K. Chesterton (part 2)
               Bp. Barron video series & discussion, 9:50am, parish hall 

What are your plans for following Jesus more closely this Lent?

Here are some ideas. See the bulletin & parish website for more details on these and other opportunities in our area:



Mass: join us for daily Mass on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm or on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 8:30am.

Stations of the Cross: Lenten Fridays at 6:00pm through Mar. 23 for the traditional commemoration of the Lord’s Passion.

Adoration: give it a try! Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Adoration Chapel from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning.

Lectio Divina: Fr. Michael will guide us in this ancient form of prayer with the Scriptures. Fridays at 5pm: Feb. 23, Mar. 2 & 9.

Parish Mission: Norbertine Fr. Paschal Nguyen will lead us in a Lenten Mission Mar. 19-22, two conferences per day. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Every Tuesday, 5:00-5:45pm, and Saturday, 9:00-9:45am & 3:30-4:30pm at St. Thomas. 
Special Reconciliation Services at neighboring parishes: see the Liturgy Schedule for Lent

Women’s Scripture Reflection & Social: bring a friend Saturday, Feb. 24, 6-8pm in the Fireside Room to reflect on the restoring words of Scripture and to encourage one another.

Bible Study: a 7-week study on Lenten themes begins Feb. 14 after the 8:30am Mass in the Fireside Room; continues Wed. at 10am.

ENDOW: women's weekly study group meets Mondays at 7:00pm; current study is on Pope Benedict XVI's God is Love

Rosary: the Fatima Centennial reminded us all of the value of this   prayer focused on the Life of Christ. 

Free Lenten Email Meditations: do you like a little gift in your inbox each morning? Three great online resources offer them; visit their website to check it out and to sign up: 

 - Dynamic Catholic -  

 - Word on Fire -

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   (free access to using parish code 3FRM2C)

Personal Prayer: the essential ingredient in the transformation we all seek during Lent. If you do nothing else, make time for a few minutes every day to listen to the Lord.



Rice Bowl: support Catholic Relief Services with your Rice Bowl donations during Lent and return it on Holy Thursday. Visit for great Lenten resources.

SVdP: volunteer to assist St. Vincent de Paul with their work to help the needy in our area. Training & a sustained commitment needed.

40 Days for Life: join this prayerful vigil in support of Life. Find local campaign info at

WHO Shelter: support the Winter Hospitality Overflow site in Vancouver during our parish’s week to volunteer, Mar. 5-11. 

RCIA:  invite a neighbor, coworker, relative or friend to explore the  Catholic Church, or to come home if they have been away. 



Soup Suppers: join us Lenten Fridays after Stations of the Cross for a simple meal with your neighbors. 

Social Media/Screen Time: what would happen if we just turned it off…it's very likely we will all survive with less noise. 

Snacks/Desserts: the traditional and simple way we can train our   stubborn will to do what it does not want to do. 

Gossip:  another habit to limit.

Shopping:  sure, we might want it...but do we really need it?  Another classic way to train our will.  


Ash Wednesday, while not a Holy Day of Obligation, is a day of fasting and abstinence.

Fasting:  Catholics aged 18-59 fast on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday by reducing the amount of food eaten from normal. Church guidance is to eat just one full meal on those days (and up to two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed a full meal); no snacks!

Abstinence:  Catholics aged 14 and older abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.


A new season of parish faith formation on Sunday mornings is underway.  

All parishioners are encouraged to participate:  in addition to classes on Sunday mornings for children and youth, there will also be a new session for adults (whether you have a child in Sunday school or not) in the hall between the Masses (9:50 - 10:40).

Adult Faith Formation (AFF) sessions on Sunday mornings will consist of presentations and discussions on a range of topics impacting our ability to embrace lives of committed discipleship in the pursuit of holiness.  We'll consider how to make sense of and to integrate the various spiritual disciplines, to keep up with contemporary issues affecting today's Church, and to better appreciate our Catholic cultural heritage, all while getting to know our fellow parishioners a bit better in the process.

Here's the proposal:  come to the hall and enjoy coffee and a snack (or full breakfast on the first Sunday of the month) as you catch up with your neighbors; as always, introduce yourself if you meet someone new.  Parents take children to faith formation class by 9:45am and then return to the hall so the adult session can begin by about 9:50am.  A presentation will be offered for about 20-30 minutes and then your questions will be used to guide a discussion, either among the entire group or as small groups formed by the round tables.  Even on first Sundays with the Knights of Columbus breakfast, his timeline should give enough time to get your meal and visit before the AFF session begins.  We'll work through the small adjustments necessary to keep things moving smoothly, such as quietly stacking empty plates at one place on each table in order to be less distracting during the discussion.

In general, Adult Faith Formation presentations and discussions will be held on the same schedule as when the children and youth classes meet (see the children's faith formation webpage for a full calendar).

Adult Bible Study

Join us Wednesdays, 10:00am - 11:30am, in the Fireside Room.  We are currently studying the Book of Revelation and you are always welcome to jump right in.  Discussions facilitated by Ted Meany; contact him with any questions: or 360-834-2126, ext. 215.


A class just completed a study of the writings of St. Catherine of Siena on January 15, 2018.  The next women’s ENDOW study group at St. Thomas is forming for a new topic to begin in February 2018.  Day and time of the next session dependent upon the members.  Contact Lisa Meany for more info: family.meany; 903-1530. 






Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
email to: Allison Johnson
Contact: 834-2126 ext. 206

for more information



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