Adult Faith Formation
Continuing to study the Bible and our faith as an adult is a vital part of Christian formation. Many times, Catholics are asked specific questions about our faith and are unable to answer because they have forgotten what they learned, never had the opportunity to learn our beliefs, or are unfamiliar with the current teachings of the Church. We encourage you to participate in our growing adult faith formation program.
Throughout the year, we offer various Bible and faith study programs. We try to offer evening and daytime options to fit the schedules of as many parishioners as possible, but we know that many parishioners are unable to join in weekly "on-site" studies due to conflicts with their work or family schedules. With that in mind, we also offer the same studies to parishioners through our Digital Small Group Program where short videos are emailed to parishioners through Flocknote and discussions happen in the comment section.
We also try to have speakers and presentations throughout the year, and we host a Parish Mission each Lent.
Andrew McGown, our Director of Evangelization, organizes our Adult Faith Formation Program. While he often leads the study groups, we also have dedicated parishioners who lead and assist as well. If you are interested in serving the Parish through Adult Faith Formation or have questions about programming, please reach out to Andrew.
New Fall Courses coming soon!
Denver Catholic Biblical School
A four year program, Denver Catholic Biblical School was founded in response to Vatican II’s call for a renewed study of Sacred Scripture. During the program students cover the entire Bible. The school year runs September to May. Tuition is $610/year* which includes the cost of the workbook. Students 65 and older are offered a discounted tuition of $550/year*. Textbooks are an additional charge.
Classes are held at various parishes including St. Joseph’s in Golden for the class that started September 2015 (Thursday evenings) and September 2018 (Monday mornings).
*While we try to keep our information up to date, please check with the Catechetical School for exact tuition costs.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA is for anyone thinking about becoming Catholic, for Catholics who were Baptized and now wish to prepare to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, and for Catholics who wish to return to the Church. We want you to know, no matter where you are in your faith journey, that you are welcome at St. Joseph. We are deeply committed to helping you recognize God’s voice in your life and follow wherever He is leading you (whether or not it leads you into full communion with the Catholic Church at this time or not).
Encountering God in Your Life
If you are just starting your journey of faith or would like some help recognizing God’s voice in your life through prayer, please also click here to visit our page on how to experience/hear God in your life.
Encountering God At St. Joseph
At St. Joseph, we experience God as a community continually each Sunday during the liturgy (Mass), but we also have special times set aside that are focused intentionally on encountering God as a community. Please click here to learn.