Adult Formation

As its first goal, faith formation helps adults “to acquire an attitude of conversion to the Lord.” This attitude fosters a baptismal spirituality for adults. It leads them to recognize and repent of sin in their hearts and lives, to seek reconciliation through the sacraments, and to embrace the invitation and challenge of an ever deepening faith in Jesus. It means putting on the mind of Christ, trusting in the Father’s love, obeying God’s will, seeking holiness of life, and growing in love for others. Deepening personal prayer is a significant means toward growth in holiness in daily life. – USCCB

Adult Faith Formation Activities
• Other programs and classes may be seasonal (i.e. Lenten preparation), may be part of a perennial series, or may be added as a continuous program.
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. A journey of faith through which a person prepares to be welcomed into the Catholic Church.
• Faith Sharing Groups
• Men of St. Joseph Group
• Lending Library – books, audio, video
• Guest speakers, experts in their fields, are invited to give talks at St. Joseph and area churches on matter of faith.  The speakers may be professional writers, lecturers, professors from area Catholic Universities, or from other resources.
• Retreats – These are sponsored by groups within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, area churches, and other ministries at St. Joseph such as the Prayer Group, Catholic Daughters, etc.
• Liturgy – Catechesis through the Sacraments and the homily at Mass.
• Sacramental preparation
• Family Religious Education

Gathering in Grace – New Women’s Ministry

To give women in the pastorate a place to gather in grace and friendship, grow in faith, to be encouraged and equipped to share the love of Our Lord with each other and everyone we encounter. For more information contact Sherri Gondeck at

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: St. Joseph – LaPointe Hall, 5843 Manor Woods Rd. Frederick, MD 21703


October 24 – Joy

November 28 – Advent

January 30 – Faithful Resolutions

Men’s Formation Feast

Once a month, join other men to feed your body and soul at a FORMATION FEAST! Come to be formed in your Catholic faith. Do it for your family. Do it for fraternity. Do it for yourself. Just once a month. For more information contact Fr. Matt at

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: St. John – Sr. Margaret Bauer Evangelization Center 114 E. Second St. Frederick, MD 21701


October 10 – The Dignity of Life

November 14 – Dignity in Death

December 12 – Adventus: Preparing for Christ’s Coming

January 9 – Beginning the New Year with Hope

Watch the bulletin for details on these and other programs or call 301-662-8495 for more information.