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Ongoing Adult Faith Formation

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Below we have suggested topics and groups of chapters from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults that can be used by adults as the content for an ongoing adult faith formation program. Programs range from 3 to 12 sessions with most in the 6-8 session range.

Topics

Church
Creed
Devotions
Discipleship
Jesus
Journey of Faith
Marriage and Family Life
Morality
Prayer
Sacraments

The Creed

Description: An overall reflection on the Creed
Number of Sessions: 13

Chapter 1. My Soul Longs for You, O God (Ps 42:2)
Chapter 2. God Comes to Meet Us
Chapter 3. Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature (Mk 16:15)
Chapter 4. Bring About the Obedience of Faith
Chapter 5. I Believe in God
Chapter 6. Man and Woman in the Beginning
Chapter 7. The Good News: God Has Sent His Son
Chapter 8. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
Chapter 9. Receive the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22)
Chapter 10. The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ
Chapter 11. The Four Marks of the Church
Chapter 12. Mary: The Church’s First and Most Perfect Member
Chapter 13. Our Eternal Destiny

The Sacramental and Devotional Life of the Church

Description: An overall reflection on the sacraments of the Church
Number of Sessions: 5

Chapter 8. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
Chapter 10. The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ
Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
Chapter 17. The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life
Chapter 27. The Third Commandment: Love the Lord’s Day

Description: An overview of the sacramental and devotional life of the Church
Number of Sessions: 6

Chapter 8. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
Chapter 10. The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ
Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
Chapter 22. Sacramentals and Popular Devotions
Chapter 35. God Calls Us to Pray
Chapter 36. Jesus Taught Us to Pray

Description: An overview of the Sacraments of Initiation
Number of Sessions: 6

Chapter 8. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
Chapter 10. The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ
Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
Chapter 15. Baptism: Becoming a Christian
Chapter 16. Confirmation: Consecrated for Mission
Chapter 17. The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life

Description: An in-depth look at the seven sacraments of the Church, sacramentals, and popular devotions.
Number of Sessions: 9

Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
Chapter 15. Baptism: Becoming a Christian
Chapter 16. Confirmation: Consecrated for Mission
Chapter 17. The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life
Chapter 18. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: God Is Rich in Mercy
Chapter 19. Anointing of the Sick and the Dying
Chapter 20. Holy Orders
Chapter 21. The Sacrament of Marriage
Chapter 22. Sacramentals and Popular Devotions

Prayer

Description: A general overview of prayer
Number of Sessions: 2

Chapter 35. God Calls Us to Pray
Chapter 36. Jesus Taught Us to Pray

Holiness in Marriages and Family Life

Description: A reflection on marriage and family life
Number of Sessions: 5

Chapter 6. Man and Woman in the Beginning
Chapter 18. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: God Is Rich in Mercy
Chapter 21. The Sacrament of Marriage
Chapter 28. The Fourth Commandment: Strengthen the Family
Chapter 30. The Sixth Commandment: Marital Fidelity

Coming to Know Jesus

Description: An overview of who Jesus is, how we grow in our knowledge and relationship to him, and how we are called to respond to his call to discipleship.
Number of Sessions: 8

Chapter 2. God Comes to Meet Us
Chapter 4. Bring About the Obedience of Faith
Chapter 7. The Good News: God Has Sent His Son
Chapter 8. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
Chapter 23. Life in Christ—Part One
Chapter 24. Life in Christ—Part Two
Chapter 36. Jesus Taught Us to Pray

The Church

Description: An overview of the teachings on the Church
Number of Sessions: 3

Chapter 10. The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ
Chapter 11. The Four Marks of the Church
Chapter 12. Mary: The Church’s First and Most Perfect Member

The Call to Discipleship

Description: An examination of the call to discipleship and our response.
Number of Sessions: 6

Chapter 1. My Soul Longs for You, O God
Chapter 7. The Good News: God Has Sent His Son
Chapter 8. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
Chapter 23. Life in Christ—Part One
Chapter 24. Life in Christ—Part Two
Chapter 34. Tenth Commandment: Embrace Poverty of Spirit

The Journey of Faith

Description: A short reflection on faith
Number of Sessions: 3

Chapter 1. My Soul Longs for You, O God
Chapter 2. God Comes to Meet Us
Chapter 4. Bring About the Obedience of Faith

Christian Morality

Description: An in-depth look at Christian morality
Number of Sessions: 12

Chapter 23. Life in Christ—Part One
Chapter 24. Life in Christ—Part Two
Chapter 25. The First Commandment: Believe in the True God
Chapter 26. The Second Commandment: Reverence God’s Name
Chapter 27. The Third Commandment: Love the Lord’s Day
Chapter 28. The Fourth Commandment: Strengthen Your Family
Chapter 29. The Fifth Commandment: Promote the Culture of Life
Chapter 30. The Sixth Commandment: Marital Fidelity
Chapter 31. The Seventh Commandment: Do Not Steal—Act Justly
Chapter 32. The Eighth Commandment: Tell the Truth
Chapter 33. The Ninth Commandment: Practice Purity of Heart
Chapter 34. The Tenth Commandment: Embrace Poverty of Spirit
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