FAITH FORMATION AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
We are now in the process of preparing for our upcoming year. Please check back here mid-summer. Thank you!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has been established by the Church as a process whereby those seeking to enter into the life of the Church, or those seeking to complete their initiation into Catholic life, may enter into a period of instruction, discernment, and companionship with others on a similar journey. Members of the parish who are willing to serve as mentors and sponsors join those discerning deeper involvement in Catholic life. Participants can enter into this year-round process at any point. Typically eight to nine months of participation is required for the completion of the catechumenate (preparation for Baptism) or candidacy for First Eucharist and/or Confirmation, but preparation may be extended to three years, depending on the individual s situation.
The program is Scripture-based, using the lectionary of readings for the Church s Sunday liturgies, and doctrinal, focusing on an adult understanding of Catholic teachings. The mode of discernment, which emphasizes response to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in one s life, pervades the RCIA process. Weekly meetings, ordinarily on Tuesday evenings, prepare participants for the various stages, or rites, by which the Church marks acceptance, election, initiation, full communion, and mystagogia (reflection on the Christian mysteries) which celebrate a person s entry into the life of the Church.
At present, each parish of the Diocese of Charleston is responsible for providing formation for its catechists. Those teaching in the parish religious education program are encouraged to participate in adult religious education opportunities, workshops and programs sponsored by CADRE (Coastal Association of Directors of Religious Education), and other training programs for Christian leaders and Catholic teachers of the faith. In January 2007, a Lowcountry deanery-led catechist formation program began with a cycle of topics planned. Every catechist and volunteer assistant is required to complete VIRTUS training, mandated by the Diocese of Charleston and many Catholic dioceses throughout the nation. This program focuses on awareness of the problem of child sexual abuse and abuse of the elderly and vulnerable.
Catholics Coming Home
Described as an open door for returning Catholics, this program is offered each year after Christmas and Easter, times when Catholics who have been away from the practice of the faith may be moved to take another look. Announcements at Masses, in special cards and flyers, and outreach from individual parishioners help prompt people to participate in this 6-week program of videos, presentations, and dialogue designed for those who were at one time active Catholics and now would like to consider coming back.
Saint Gregory the Great is proud to offer various Bible study opportunities during the academic year. They usually are eight weeks in duration and take place on Wednesdays, with both a morning and an evening session. All information pertaining to upcoming studies will be posted on the Parish website as well as published in our weekly Bulletin.
SATURDAY: Vigil 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm
SUNDAY: 7:15 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am,
12:45 pm (Spanish), and 5:00 pm
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Pre-K-1st Grade during 11 am Mass
Nursery: 1 year to 4 years during the
9:00 am, 11:00 am & 12:45 pm Masses
Monday-Friday 6:45 am (St Andrew Chapel)
Monday-Friday 8:30 am & 12:15 pm
Friday 7:00 pm (en Español)
Saturday 8:30 am (St Andrew Chapel)
Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church | 31 Saint Gregory Drive | Bluffton, South Carolina, 29909 | (843) 815-3100
Parish Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:15 am - 4:15 pm | Friday 9:15 am - 1:15 pm