Our spiritual journey at St. Teresa of Avila begins with the Gospel, as we as a Catholic Christian community have received it, understand it, celebrate it, live it, and communicate it. Faith Formation entails knowing who Jesus Christ is -- His life and ministry -- and presenting the Christian faith as the following of His person. This process is carried out in five programs.

Baptismal Preparation
The purpose of this program is to share the meaning and the necessity of Baptism for the child, the parents, the godparents, and the community. Baptismal Preparation will explain the rite itself and will encourage parents and godparents to participate as fully as possible. For information, contact Deacon Ralph.

Brothers In Faith
Brothers in Faith comprises a group of men who meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Parish Office on Saturday to reflect and share on the Sunday readings. For information, contact Wes Wensek.

Liturgy Of The Word For Children
Liturgy of the Word for Children enables Pre-K students through 4th grade to hear and discuss the Sunday Readings on their own developmental levels. This runs from mid-September till the beginning of June at the 11:30 AM Sunday Mass.

RCIA Core Team

Do you feel drawn to the Catholic Church? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is led by a dedicated team of parishioners willing to share their faith in order to provide an opportunity for those who are called to learn more about the teachings and benefits of the Catholic Church. For information, contact Sister Marilyn.

Religious Education
Catechist teachers in our Religious Education Program and persons who assist the catechist in their role as teachers pass on the beliefs of our faith to the children of our parish. For information, contact Carol Moriarty.
Women in Faith
Led by the Holy Spirit, the mission of Women of Faith is to foster in women a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Women in Faith seeks to strengthen, through prayer and the study of His word, the Christian community. For information, contact Wanda Tiernan.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature.

For a Christian, believing in God cannot be separated from believing in the One he sent, his "beloved Son," in whom the Father is "well pleased"; God tells us to listen to him. The Lord himself said to his disciples: "Believe in God, believe also in me." We can believe in Jesus Christ because he is himself God, the Word made flesh: "No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known." Because he "has seen the Father," Jesus Christ is the only one who knows him and can reveal him.

One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is. For "no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit," who "searches everything, even the depths of God...No one comprehends the thoughts of God, except the Spirit of God." Only God knows God completely: we believe in the Holy Spirit because he is God.


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