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``Those who have opened their hearts to God’s love, heard his voice and received his light, cannot keep this gift to themselves.``
Lumen Fidei, 37 - Pope Francis
``Those who have opened their hearts to God’s love, heard his voice and received his light, cannot keep this gift to themselves.``
Lumen Fidei, 37 - Pope Francis

About Lay Formation

Lay Formation is a 3-year program designed to promote in the faithful a more knowledgeable and heartfelt participation in the mission of Christ and the Church.
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    Live the Baptismal Vocation
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    Embrace the Christian Life
  • 1. Sacramental life – communion
    2. Growth in holiness – virtue
    3. Faithful service – mission
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    Sent forth as a leaven in the home, parish, diocese, workplace and civic community
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    Developing an ability to engage with the culture of today and draw others to Christ

Who Can Apply?

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    A Catholic adult 21 or older
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    Invited by the pastor to participate or with his permission
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    Manner of life is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church
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    Faithfully participates in the sacramental life
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    Desires a deeper relationship with God
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    Seeks greater knowledge of the faith of the Catholic Church
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    Has a ‘servant heart’
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    Emotionally able to collaborate with others
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    Able to read and converse in English
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    Has a personal email
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    Willing and able to attend all sessions for 3 years 2022-2025
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    Will commit to offering 3 years of service

Goals of Lay Formation

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Offer Instruction

To offer instruction for mind and heart that promotes an increased desire for relationship with Christ and His Body the Church*

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Foster Awareness

To foster a heightened awareness of God and openness to the action the Holy Spirit**

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Listening & Speaking With Others

To provide occasions for the development of skill in listening to and speaking with others*

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Love For God & One Another

To offer opportunities to consider and discuss the interrelationship between love for one another and love for God***

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Prayer

To guide each person on the unique path of becoming a person of prayer*

Tools and Methods of Formation

The following tools and methods are utilized in the Lay Formation Program

Tools

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    Basic Catholic Doctrine
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    Catechism of the Catholic Church
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    Eucharistic Adoration
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    Prayer with Sacred Scripture
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    Liturgy of the Hours
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    Discernment of Spirits
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    Daily Examen
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    Group Faith Sharing
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    Retreats

Methods of Prayer

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    Scripture-based Prayer
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    Liturgy of the Hours
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    Daily Examen
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    Participation in Liturgy
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    Sacraments
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    Exposition

Dates and Times

Lay Formation will take place one Saturday per month, 8:45 am to 4:00 p.m. September through May, from 2022-2025

2022 Dates

  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 5
  • December 3

2023 Dates

  • January 7
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

2024 Dates

  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7

2025 Dates

  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May TBD

Topics

The following topics will be addressed during Lay Formation
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    Blessed Trinity
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    Christology
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    Holy Spirit
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    The Church
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    The Sacraments
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    The Cross of Christ
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    Forgiveness
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    Blessed Virgin Mary
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    Salvation History
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    Sacred Scripture
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    The Gospels
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    The Liturgy
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    Relativism
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    Moral Theology
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    Racism
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    Social Teachings of the Church
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    Vocation of the Laity
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    Discernment of Spirits
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    Prayer of a Disciple
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    Participation in the Mission
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    Spiritual Gifts Inventory
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    Leader as Disciple

Location

Cardinal Rigali Center
Fleur di Lis Room
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Testimonials

Whoever had the idea for the Lay Formation program, and all of you who saw it through and put your hearts and souls into sharing such a rich treasury of information and teaching us how to seek out and find that information on our own – you can't even begin to imagine what a ripple you have started here in our archdiocese. It goes beyond information to a real relationship with Jesus Christ, as was modeled to us through the dedicated teachers and lay men and women who shared and witnessed to us over those three years.

The Lay Formation was where I learned God always loved me and He wants me to share His love with others.

It’s the everyday situations that we need to be there for people. I used to be someone that liked getting a pat on the back when I did something kind of helpful. I don’t want to be that person anymore. My joy comes from within, from my relationship with God. I want to share that joy with others. I want to help shine the light on their path. I want to help lead people back home to the Catholic Church. I pray that, by God’s grace, I am given the opportunity to do so.

Lay Formation has been the greatest blessing to me. I had been seeking stronger relationship with God, but didn’t know how to get there. This program allowed me to learn more about my faith and contemplate how God wanted me to be His hands and feet in this world, as well as helping me to understand the gifts He has given me. The fear that sometimes kept me from being all that God wanted me to be has loosened its grip on me. I know that God has called me to use the gifts He has given me to serve others. …I can truly say that I have a prayer life now. I was never consistent before Lay Formation.

This program has changed me so much that my goal is to see Jesus in all people, starting with my family, co-workers and others.

This has been an amazing opportunity for a Catholic who was in the shadows, afraid to go all the way to proclaim the good news. Everyone of all ages needs to have education about what it is to be a good Catholic, to have a personal relationship with God, and to be an instrument of God using all our God given talents, gifts to build our church and community. Best three years of my life!

Three years ago when I said “yes” to participating in this program, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. I knew it was a three year commitment and we’d meet once a month, with summers off. And, I knew that I would be expected to give back to the parish in some regard when it ended. Now as the end of my time with the program is in sight, I can honestly say that it was a life changing experience! … This program brought me to the realization that no matter our vocation in life, that not only are we called to bring others to Christ but also we need to be willing to let others bring us to Christ!

I know, the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know and therefore, I want to learn more. It is that Thirst and Hunger for the Lord because I feel it, I have been Hard-wired to want to spread the good news of the Lord and I am ever grateful to be given this opportunity and foundation to have the confidence to do so.

This formation experience continually shows me how deep and beautiful the Catholic faith is. I feel compelled to find ways to share my love for the faith, and a better understanding of it with my fellow parishioners.

Lay Formation has helped me see people, no matter where they are, through the eyes of Christ. For the first time, I take all this into consideration when I communicate with anyone.

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