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.
Sign-up For Bible Basics and Spirituality 101
An introduction in how to read the Bible and how to make sense of the Old Testament for absolute beginners. No prior knowledge of the Bible is required. Bring your Bible, a notebook, and a friend! Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-11:00am in the Education Center beginning May 2nd. Sign up here.
An introduction to personal prayer for beginners. We will answer questions like, "How do I hear God in my prayer?", "What to do with distractions in prayer?", "What does it look like to pray with the Bible and not just read it?" and many more. This course will help you put into practice the great advice regarding prayer we heard on our parish mission (although it's not required to have participated in our parish mission to join this course!). Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in the Education Center beginning April 26th. Sign up here.
Coming this fall, St. Joseph will begin a new program called Alpha which is aimed at a community encounter of God. Alpha consists of a free meal, a short video presentation, and time for conversation. If you don’t feel like you’ve ever had a personal encounter with God, Alpha is for you. If you have had a life changing encounter with God before, Alpha is still for you. This is the place that we as a community encounter (or re-encounter) the basic message of Jesus and experience the transforming power of God’s love.
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.
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.