Adult Faith Formation

Faith is a gift destined to grow in the hearts of believers. Adhering to Jesus Christ, in fact, sets in motion a process of continuing conversion, which lasts for the whole of life.

—General Directory for Catechesis, 56

Learning and growing in our Catholic faith is something that begins in childhood, but it does not end there. It is a lifelong journey that requires prayer and study for us to grow ever closer to Jesus.

In order to assist the adults at St. Matthew in this endeavor, we offer a variety of Adult Faith Formation opportunities. Whether you want to delve deeper into study of the Bible through our Bible Studies, or have fellowship with other men and women through our Men's and Women's groups, there is something for everyone. And if there is any topic you would like to see explored in the future, contact Joe Taylor with your suggestions!

Here are our current studies:


Women’s Book Group

All women are invited the Women's Book Group to read & discuss Thomas à Kempis' spiritual classic, “The Imitation of Christ.” The first meeting is Monday, September 30th at 7:00 pm in the St. Luke room. You can get a copy of the book for $5 from the parish office or the book kiosk by the adoration chapel.

Bible Study — Tuesday Mornings & Evenings

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Book of Revelation, but never knew where to begin? This is the study for you!

Who: Anyone!

When: Tuesday mornings, 9:00–10:30am; Tuesday evenings, 6:30–8:00pm

11 sessions — Sep. 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10

Where: St. Mark Room

Cost: $30 [covers cost of included study guide and online access code]

Registration: Contact the parish office (217-359-4224) to register

If you miss an class, you can stay caught up with the videos online with your online access code!

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