As adult Catholic Christians, we have a distinct calling through our Baptism and Confirmation to grow in our faith, shepherd the faith of our families, and go forth to evangelize within our communities. We grow and deepen our faith in Christ through his Church when we cooperate with the initiatives of grace given by our God.
A key factor in this growth is gaining understanding of what constitutes our Catholic beliefs and participation in our parish community. Immaculate Conception Church offers a variety of formation opportunities such as Rosary prayer groups, Bible study, speakers, retreat opportunities, Stations of the Cross, Adoration of the Holy Eucharist, and avenues for service and discipleship. All is rooted in prayer and reception of the Holy Eucharist.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants “undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Classes meet weekly at Immaculate Conception Church on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm.
Catholic Scripture Study International
The Scripture Study group at Immaculate Conception Parish meets once a week. Presently there are two study groups that convene. One group meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00- 8:30 P.M., the other group meets on Thursday mornings from 9:15- 10:45 A.M. The study group utilizes the Catholic Scripture Study International program course of studies. Program offerings include works of Scripture from the Bible, Papal Encyclicals, and Vatican II. For more information on Catholic Scripture Study International please refer to the program’s website: CSSPROGRAM.NET. For further information regarding the program at Immaculate Conception please contact Susan Younker, program coordinator at (231) 590.6423 or e-mail [email protected].
Men of St. Joseph
Dedicated to being the spiritual leaders of their families by strengthening their faith, becoming “real world” examples of Christ and supporting one another in our efforts to become the best version of ourselves. At each meeting, the group reads the Gospel for Sunday and comments on how it affects their lives and what actions may be taken to become spiritual leaders. Men from all parishes are invited to attend. There are no dues, projects or requirements for weekly attendance.
Meetings are every Tuesday morning from 7 – 8 am in the Centennial Hall lounge.
For more information call Larry Skendzel at 946.9587 or [email protected]
TC Frassati- Young Adult Ministry
This diocesan-approved ministry, for young adult Catholics, is named for Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. He was a vibrant young man who lived to serve others and brought so many people to Christ. He, and we in his likeness, try to live as role models for those who look up to us. We support each other and build friendships together. Events include going on walks and sharing a meal together; more importantly, there are opportunities for studying and growing our faith. Each weekly meeting begins with an hour of silence before the Blessed Sacrament, whom we adore. We meet Tuesday evenings, 7-8PM Adoration at the St. Francis Chapel followed by fellowship/Bible study. If you would rather just come for fellowship, just meet us in the St. Francis Parking Lot at 8pm. Join our group on Facebook (Search T.C. Frassati) Or email us at: [email protected].
Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
This is a spiritual lay renewal retreat for adults within our five parish Catholic community. The weekend occurs twice a year for both men and women and seeks to provide opportunities to allow God to speak to your heart through witness talks, Scripture, fellowship, prayer time, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation and Mass. This free retreat includes all meals, snacks, and sleeping accomodations for one overnight.
Come and be served and find renewal in your faith life!
Contact [email protected] or contact Kammie Richardson for more information.
The Cursillo Movement began in our diocese in the mid-1990’s, but originated in Spain in the late 1940’s, which is the reason many of the terms used are in Spanish. The word Cursillo means “short course” and consists of three days filled with activities including daily Mass, Reconciliation, singing, praying, and a series of talks given by clergy and a team of laypeople. Making a Cursillo is a spiritual adventure that helps you grow closer to the Lord and is a wonderful way to celebrate your Catholic identity.
In addition, the power of genuine Christian community is experienced by people from around the Gaylord diocese. Both a Men’s Cursillo and a Women’s Cursillo are held once a year at the Augustine Center in Conway, and the monthly gatherings called “Ultreyas” are held downstairs in the Marian Center. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to call Mary and Ted Hooker at 947-0834 or Betsy and Jim Charron at 943-9881.
“Immaculata Rosary Group” presents on the First Friday of the month, a meditative rosary after 8:15 Holy Mass. A Short presentation and social time is offered following rosary from 9:30 to 10:30 concerning spiritual and/or corporal works of mercy that parishoners can become familiar with. All are welcome! If you are interested in helping (lead rosary, bring snack, or present a spiritual topic)