“Adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study, must be ‘the central task in [this] catechetical enterprise,’ becoming the ‘axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age.’” – Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, p. 2

“Jesus Christ is the center of all things and the foundation for all things; he who does not know him knows nothing about the world and nothing about himself”
– Blaise Pascal (1588-1651)

Middle-aged adults fulfill an important role in society because they raise the youth and are caretakers of the elderly. Likewise, they have a great obligation and opportunity both to be renewed by faith programs and to share Christ’s message with others as well.

Immediately after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared many times to the disciples to explain recent events, to instruct them on further matters, and to give them reassurance and peace. These encounters with Christ were life-changing. In one example, the disciples described their “hearts burning” after conversing with the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:32).

In the U.S Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation called Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, they outline three major goals that our parish programs strive for:

  1. Invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life
  2. Promote and support active membership in the Christian community
  3. Call and prepare adults to act as disciples in mission to the world

Upcoming Events


Class Schedule: The RCIA Program begins in the Fall and runs until Pentecost (7 weeks after Easter). This year’s RCIA classes will be held on Sunday evenings. The calendar is currently being finalized, and will be available soon. Call the parish office for more information. Registration papers can be found in the entryway at church.


RCIA Sponsors: Many RCIA class members are college students who are not from Maryville, so local RCIA sponsors are always needed. RCIA sponsors must be good role models of the Catholic faith, including attending Mass every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation and following the teachings of the Catholic Church. The sponsor also needs to show support for the candidates by attending classes with them and by being available and willing to help them along their spiritual journey during the year.

Hospitality Team: Parishioners can support the candidates by donating homemade meals or snacks for the RCIA participants while they are attending classes.

Music Ministry: Guitarists could play the guitar for opening and closing prayers to help provide a more prayerful environment for the participants.

Contact the parish office for more information on volunteering.

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Baptismal Preparation

The Infant Baptismal Preparation class is for parents who are baptizing their first child in the Catholic faith. Information is given about the importance of the sacrament and about raising children to develop a love for Christ and to understand what it means to live a Catholic life.

Parents need to contact the Parish Office to schedule a Baptism date. It is recommended that parents do this at least three months prior to the desired Baptismal date and preferably before the birth of the child because these classes are only offered bi-monthly. If the Baptismal candidate is an adult or a child over the age of 7, preparation comes through the RCIA (adults) and RCIC (children) Programs.

Meetings: Contact the parish office to find out the Baptismal preparation meeting schedule.

Marriage Preparation

Engaged couples wishing to be married at St. Gregory’s complete a four-step marriage preparation program. The four steps are: FOCCUS, God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage, Natural Family Planning and Lead Couple Sessions/Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend. While completing this program, the couple also begins to work with the parish Wedding Coordinator who helps organize the ceremony itself.

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