As adult members of our faith community, we know that we never stop learning about God, and that we continue our entire life to try to know Him better through prayer, study, and service. We have learned through experience that if faith is a relationship, it needs to be nourished like any other relationship. Our main goal in providing programs for all ages is to grow disciples for the Lord to go out and spread the gospel in our world today.
Religious Education Classes
Religious education classes for Pre-K through 8th grade are held on Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m. in the school. Student Registration packages are available in the Parish Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m as well as at the Information Station at the Narthex in the Church. Completed registration forms may be mailed to or dropped off at the Parish Office.
Vacation Bible School
We invite children from 4 years of age through 4th grade to attend this one week program held each year in June from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Each day the children take part in fun, scripture-themed activities that help them connect their faith to their life. The décor, songs, and activities revolve around a different theme each year. High school students and adults are needed as volunteers, and must be fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orlando.
For information on any of the above contact Mary Frances Coburn at 321-452-5955, or email@example.com.
The Youth Ministry strives to connect with our young people in a way that fuels their passion for God, empowers them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, draws them to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic church, and fosters the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. EDGE is open to all teens in grades 7th and 8th. LIFETEEN is open to all teens in grades 9th – 12th. For information contact Gayle Little at 321-452-5955.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The adult Catechumenate, also referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), is a process to nurture and guide adults who are seeking information and ultimately initiation into the Catholic faith. The process is marked by numerous rites (ceremonies and celebrations) which take place during mass with the parish community.
The length of time to complete the process depends on each participant’s individual needs; however, conversion and initiation usually revolve around the liturgical calendar. The Easter season is the traditional time when adults are initiated into the faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. After adults have been accepted into the Catechumenate, they are required to gather with the RCIA team weekly for instruction and spiritual formation, and to join together for communal prayer and reflection on the scriptures at Sunday Mass. Participants include catechumens (those who are unbaptized) and candidates (those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition or may have been baptized as Catholics but never practiced the Catholic faith).
RCIA does more than simply impart knowledge about the church. It seeks to welcome new members into the parish community. We share our experiences of living out our faith in the world.
For more information contact Mary Frances Coburn at 321-452-5955, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the time of Jesus, who gathered a small band of twelve, small communities have been an important dimension of church life. Just as the early church kept the faith alive, we gather to pray, share faith, support one another, continue to learn, and reach out to others through Small Christian Communities.
At Divine Mercy we have small groups that assemble to explore several areas of our Catholic faith in addition to “The Great Adventure Bible Study” for larger group study held in the Dome on Monday evenings. If you have questions please contact Richard Herrick at 321-455-9401.