Desire to learn more about Jesus while also helping adults continue growing in their understanding and love of the Catholic Faith. We offer various opportunities to deepen and develop an appreciation for God and all He is in our lives and this world.
Life in the Spirit (LITS)
Deacon Vincent Ceneviva
These weekly sessions are intended as a way for Catholics to deepen their faith journey, for RCIA candidates/catechumens to inform their journey in joining the Church, and for anyone looking for a safe space for inquiring about our faith life. All are welcome. No commitment required; just come, enjoy a cup of coffee and listen. Every Sunday morning in the school cafeteria, 9:30-10:30 AM. Coffee is on by 9:00 AM!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is a program to help people enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church has a vibrant RCIA program both for non-Catholics and those Catholics who are looking to receive all the Sacraments for full participation in the Church. RCIA meetings take place Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from September through May.
If you’re feeling drawn to the Catholic faith and have questions, or would like to investigate Catholicism a little before taking any definitive steps, we invite you to come explore our Life in the Spirit program. Through its weekly sessions, the Life in The Spirit ministry has been providing parish members a way to deepen their awareness of Christ’s presence in their lives by exploring our Catholic teachings and ways to practice Catholic spirituality as a way of life. These sessions also provide a safe landing space for anyone who is inquiring about our faith life. There is no commitment required; just come, enjoy a cup of coffee and listen. Life in the Spirit sessions take place Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 AM. Coffee is on by 9:00 AM!
Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of reading, reflecting, responding, and resting with Sacred Scripture intended to increase the knowledge of God's Word. A group of parishioners meet weekly to practice this form of meditative prayer together using the upcoming Sunday Gospel. Our minds and hearts are illuminated by the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit who inspired the Scripture.
Participants are emailed journal pages with the Sunday Gospel reading, reflection questions and more. This is a great resource to help dive into Scripture. Our parish Lectio Divina group meets for one hour on Thursday evenings via Zoom, beginning at 7:00 PM. (We can help you get started if you are new to Zoom.) We added a short prayer time for anyone who wishes to join from 6:45 - 7:00 PM.
Mrs. Lisa Rodgers
Mrs. Karen Goodwin
We work to accomplish this object by meeting each week to pray together and to receive weekly assignments in parochial work. These works center on the spiritual works of mercy - we comfort those who are sick and elderly, those who are bereaved, and we visit homes of those within our parish to invite people to the faith.
We meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in Padre Pio Room 121 of the school building. You are welcome to come to a meeting to see what we are about. We have a three-month probation period for new members, in which you decide whether the Our Lady is calling you.
Deacon Gregg Hoyer
P3 stands for Prayer, Purpose, & Peace. This prayer group meets every other Sunday in the OLSH Church from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The evening begins with a 30 minute teaching to focus everyone on a theme for the night’s prayer and then we pray for an hour. Our prayer is with Jesus; present in a special way with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. If you have never done this, it is a powerful and moving experience. During Exposition, we use a simple prayer formula known as ACTS (Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication). All parts are guided and the hour goes by fast.
We believe that listening to God is an important part of prayer, therefore we include silence to rest in the Lord’s presence and to hear what He might be saying to us. Silence is a great way to discover or affirm His plan and purpose for our lives. The evening ends with fellowship and social time. Spend time with your brothers and sisters in Christ while experiencing the peace that only Jesus can give. Come Holy Spirit!
Mrs. Christine D'Agostino
Run by women of the parish FOR women of the parish, “Women of Grace,” the OLSH women’s scripture study group, geared toward adult faith formation.
With the mission of growing in their faith, the OLSH Women of Grace group aims to meet women where they are in their walk with God and provide them with a comfortable environment for learning more about the Lord, his Word, and the Catholic Faith.
Typically, Women of Grace engages in 3 scripture or faith formation studies per calendar year: a winter study, a spring study, and a fall study. Occasionally special studies for the seasons of Lent and Advent are added. The group meets Thursday afternoons from 12:30 – 2:00 PM. No prior study experience is needed to join the group. All are welcome!