Adult Discipleship

3 Thoughts About Discipleship | Worldly Saints“Every disciple of the Lord Jesus shares in this mission [of the Church].  To do their part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well equipped to share the Gospel, promoting it in every family circle, in every church gathering, in every place of work, and in every public forum.  They must be women and men of prayer whose faith is alive and vital, grounded in a deep commitment to the person and message of Jesus” (USCCB, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation, #2).

Our adult faith formation encounters for Fall 2022:

Rembrandt, Emmaus
Rembrandt, Supper at Emmaus

In order to form our parishioners as missionary disciples, we also offer:

  • Light of the World Parish Retreat
    Twice each year, our parishioners are invited to engage in this life-changing retreat.  It is developed by parishioners, for parishioners.
  • Small Church Discipleship Communities
    After the Light of the World Retreat, parishioners have the opportunity to continue gathering with others who are on the journey of faith.
  • The Well Women’s Ministry
    A gathering of women for fellowship, prayer, & discipleship formation (at least twice each month)
  • St. Sebastian Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
    A weekly gathering of men for fellowship, prayer, & study
  • The Hearts Afire Parish Retreat programs, such as 33 Days to Morning Glory
  • Adult Sunday School series throughout the duration of the school year
  • Bible studies throughout the year, facilitated by clergy & laity
  • The Called & Gifted Workshop for the discernment of spiritual gifts (charisms)
  • Special events, such as Chris Stefanick’s Reboot! LIVE!

We also have access for our parish to the BEST CATHOLIC FAITH FORMATION available online.  We have a parish subscription to that allows adults, teens, & children to learn more about living their Catholic faith, from ANYWHERE.  If you haven’t registered, do it today!

Follow these steps to get registered for FORMED:

  1. Visit
  2. Click “Sign Up” in the middle of the page
  3. Click “Sign up as a parishioner”
  4. Enter our parish zip code (38305)
  5. Click the option for our parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  6. Click “Next” & follow the rest of the prompts in your email inbox.

Within a few moments, you’ll be ready to browse the website that’s like Netflix & Amazon all rolled into one for Catholics! ENJOY!


For more information about any of our adult faith formation opportunities, contact Jonathan Patel, Director of Evangelization & Discipleship: or