Adult Faith Formation

Adult faith formation allows us to actively learn and live Jesus’ call. This includes bible study groups, but so much more…it involves creating opportunities to meet people where they are in their relationship with Christ so we can grow as disciples. The US Catholic Bishops remind us: God's call to holiness, our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus and we learn and live our faith as active members of the Church. Prayerfully consider growing your relationship with Jesus.
For more information contact Kym Leibham - [email protected]
Safeguarding Coordinator is Lori Woelfel - [email protected]

 

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IN ADULT FAITH FORMATION


CALLED & GIFTED WORKSHOP

The Called & Gifted™ Discernment Process has been used since 1993 by over 100,000 Christians around the world. It is designed to help Christians discern the presence of charisms in their lives. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God's goodness for people. Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God.

The Called & Gifted workshop lays the foundation for the beginning of discernment. During workshop, the participants will take the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory and learn about the charisms. Saturday, April 29, 2023, at St. Dominic Parish. The workshops will be held in both English and Spanish.

 

BELOVED WOMEN RETREAT-RESCHEDULED
FEBRUARY 17 & 18, 2023

Pre-Lent Retreat
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine Songs 6:3
The Lord loves you and wants to reveal Himself to you. 

The retreat is a sacred time to foster a personal encounter with God through a balance of prayer, inspirational talks, small group exploration, silence, and the natural beauty of women in union. 
Together we will journey to open our lives more fully to the action of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, Feb 17 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 18 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location 
Lakeland University Laun Center
W3718 South Drive, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Lakeland University is nestled just outside of Howards Grove and offers all the amenities for a lovely retreat. The facility is ADA compliant; restrooms are on all floors, dining service is onsite, and the lovely and private grounds are perfect for walking, contemplating, praying, and building friendships.

Cost
$30 per person
Includes all meals, snacks, beverages, presentations, and a lovingly created journal to capture your thoughts, ideas, references, and Holy Spirit moments.
Register HERE.

Payment & donation link on Faith Direct HERE or mail/deliver to one of the parish offices:
Holy Name of Jesus, 807 Superior Ave., Sheboygan 53081
St. Dominic, 2133 N. 22nd St., Sheboygan 53081

There are no hidden costs, nor will there be any event solicitations. 

We do, welcome you to bring items which helped grow your relationship with Jesus, Mary, or the saints which another woman may appreciate. These items will be lovingly placed on a special table for others to take as the Holy Spirit moves them. Some examples are:

  • Books
  • Rosary
  • Medallions or other religious items
  • Prayer cards

Who should attend?|
Any woman who is interested in growing her love of Christ. Please, invite a friend to be part of the retreat!

What to bring
Your Bible, your heart, a writing instrument. We invite you to dress comfortably as you may wish to participate in some exercise or walking during the day.

Schedule

Friday 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

6:30 p.m.             Dessert reception and welcome

7 p.m.                  Conversations with God: Powerful and Life-Giving Prayer with Photini Cabey, Assistant School Director Encounter School of Ministry

8:30 p.m.             Evening prayer and closing

 

Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

9 a.m.                  Breakfast

9:30 a.m.             Holy Friendships with Lydia LoCoco, D. Min. Director of Community Relations Office of the Archbishop

10:45 a.m.           Morning breakout session

12:15 p.m.          Lunch 

12:45 p.m.          Me time: contemplation, prayer, exercise, walking rosary, etc.

2:15 p.m.            Afternoon breakout session

4 p.m.                Afternoon prayer and retreat closing

5 p.m.                St. Dominic Mass concludes evening OPTIONAL

Group Presentations

Friday, Feb 17, 7 p.m.
Conversations with God: Powerful and Life-Giving Prayer with Photini Cabey, Assistant School Director Encounter School of Ministry
What is prayer? The Catechism defines prayer as a "vital and personal relationship with the living and true God" (CCC, no. 2558). It is one thing to know about prayer…but it is entirely different, to actually pray. St Augustine wrote "True prayer is nothing but love." 

Through review of scripture and personal testimony, this full group session will invite us to consider our prayer life and inspire us to deepen our love through prayer. 

Photini Cabey pursues a lifestyle of worship and intimate union with Our Lord and has a deep desire to help bring others into His presence to experience and encounter the love of the Father for themselves personally. In particular, Photini has a calling to minister to and equip women for ministry. Originally from Massachusetts, she served as a short-term missionary to Russia and also did missionary work in Costa Rica and the Philippines. Photini is an intercessor and a prayer warrior especially in the arena of praying for cities and prayer walk ministry. She worked for one of the largest evangelistic and missionary ministries to teens in North America and across the world and has worked in the insurance industry for several years where she has been trained and developed as a leader. Photini brings her Kingdom and corporate experience to bear on all that she does and has noted gifts of administration. She takes great joy in partnering with her husband, Maximus, to proclaim and advance the Kingdom of God and together are currently running the Encounter School of Ministry - Green Bay Campus.


Sat., Feb 18, 9:30 a.m.
Holy Friendships with Lydia LoCoco, D. Min. Director of Community Relations Office of the Archbishop
Have you ever found it difficult to have meaningful friendships? Holy friendships can inspire us and accompany us as we grow in our love for Christ and the sacraments. 

Seeking understanding from our Mother Mary and other saints, we will consider how nurturing holy friendships will help us on our path to heaven. “What great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!” St. Teresa of Avila

Lydia LoCoco, D. Min earned both her BA and Masters in Theology from the University of Dallas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Mundelein Seminary/St. Mary of the Lake in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She teaches for the archdiocesan diaconate program and has been an adjunct lecturer for Mundelein Seminary.  A frequent local speaker and presenter, you might recognize her voice from her previous weekly local radio show “The Lydia LoCoco Show” and national work as a contributor to Relevant Radio. She is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Dr. LoCoco is married to local attorney Francis LoCoco, and they are the parents of four sons and four daughters. Their son, Fr. John LoCoco is a priest and Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Their daughter, Sr. Ancilla Joy, is a novice with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus. Frank and Lydia are the proud grandparents of fourteen grandchildren, and are very excited to welcome another grandchild this August.

Saturday Breakout Sessions 
at registration select 1 session to attend in the morning and 1 in the afternoon

Sharing the Beauty of Catholicism with Olivia O’Keefe
Perhaps someone has asked you that question or maybe you’ve even asked yourself once or twice? It may have made you uncomfortable or it may have set you on fire for wanting to better articulate the truth and beauty of Catholicism. With the help of the Holy Spirit, this breakout session will guide you toward a dose of confidence to affirm your faith internally and externally. "Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear." St Catherine of Siena.

Olivia O'Keefe loves the Catholic Church! She is the wife of her lumberjack husband and mother to their five awesome kiddos on earth and one saint in heaven. After years of being active within various parish ministries, she is currently committed full-time to the mission of their domestic church. Raising saints while trying to become one is a crazy beautiful, perfectly imperfect adventure. The only way she's able to keep fighting for heaven is with the help of her Beloved Jesus, His saints, holy friendships, and her morning cup of coffee.

Our Weakness, His Strength:  Support for Moms in the Trenches with Sheila Skiff 
Life for any wife and mother is a complex mix of ups and downs, challenges, and opportunities, wins and losses.  With the use of scripture, personal experience, reflection, and prayer; women will be encouraged to be intentional in growing in their faith and sowing seeds of truth in their children’s lives, while also seeking encouragement through the love and forgiveness of Christ.

Sheila Skiff is a wife and mother. Married to Jordan (“the boy-next-door”) for almost 29 years;  Sheila is the mother of eight boys.  (For the record, earning a degree in Child Development & Family Life did not prepare her in any way for this adventure.)  A “recovered perfectionist” and former home-schooler; she currently serves as the Campus Ministry Coordinator at St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac. Sheila and her husband, Jordan currently live in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, with three of their boys.

The Great Mystery of Suffering with Amy L. Golm, BVM
Pain, suffering, loss, and grief come in many forms and happen to everyone. Through humility, abandonment, and trust, we can learn and heal our hearts as grief brings us to His divine providence. “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” Mother Teresa. This session will emphasize the Paschal Mystery as the spiritual pattern of our lives using scripture, poetry, Amy’s experience companioning people through life-threatening illness as well as participants' own stories.

Sr. Amy, a Catholic sister with a Masters of Divinity from a Lutheran seminary and five units of clinical pastoral education, serves as a chaplain at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI. She is a compassionate, creative minister with broad experience providing spiritual care across the lifespan including acute care, palliative and hospice care and university ministry.

Exploring the Roles of Women in the Bible Through Classic Works of Art with Mary Klein
Women in the Bible have been prophets, queens, and judges. From Eve and Sara to Judith and Esther, this workshop uses depictions of women in the Bible in classic works of art to tell their stories.  Understanding women’s roles in the stories of scripture like Mary Magdalene, sisters Mary and Martha, and Priscilla; helps us examine our own roles in the development of faith. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:30-31

Mary Claire Klein, EdD, is the retired chair of the Communication program and the Leadership program at Marian University of Fond du Lac, WI where she taught for 35 years.  Mary’s education includes an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in organizational communication from UW-Whitewater.  She also holds a doctorate in leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.   She sings, plays guitar and piano, participates in Summer Theatre in Manitowoc, WI and knits. Mary and her husband Jim have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Cursillo - A Movement of the Catholic Church with Nikki Schneider
The movement of Cursillo (pronounced Kur-see-yo) in Christianity is a powerful instrument of renewal in the Catholic Church. Its aim is to concentrate closely on the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Cursillo gives those who attend it a living understanding of basic Christian truths and the desire to live these truths. What is more, it provides a means to continue the Christian formation. This session explains the Cursillo three-day workshop and the ongoing monthly small group gatherings to continue growth in understanding and zeal within the Christian community. Pope Paul VI said in part, “This method of Christian teaching commonly called Cursillos in Christianity extends already over a great number of the faithful and has produced abundant fruit …Christian renewal of the family life…vitalization of parishes…faithful observance of duties in private as well as public. All this has filled with the greatest satisfaction the Bishops and the other shepherds of souls.”

MENU

Friday Dessert & beverages

  • Dessert Reception with assorted bars
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

Saturday Continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & beverages

Breakfast

  • Ham & Cheese Quiche and Vegetable & Cheese Quiche
  • Plain Yogurt, Granola, and Berries
  • Assorted Mini Muffins
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

Lunch

  • Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans, Fresh Strawberries with a Homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette
  • Egg Salad on a Mini Croissant
  • Turkey & Swiss on Mini Croissant
  • Ham & Provolone on Mini Croissant
  • Fresh Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

Afternoon snack

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Ranger Cookies
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

FOCUS ON US 
STRENGTHENING MARRIAGES
Our NEW and ongoing marriage ministry gives couples the time to love, listen, and share with each other and deepen the presence of Christ as the center of a marriage. Groups of 4 – 5 couples come together on a Friday evening, once a month. The host couple provides questions for meditation and sharing, then models how to share. Each couple moves to a separate space together and contemplates the questions and shares, just with each other. The evening is mainly about sharing as a couple. Couples of all ages and chapters of life are presently part of the ministry. Couples are welcome to join anytime. Contact Kym if you are interested in learning more.

 

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