Christian Formation & Education

The Christian Initiation sessions for 2019-20 will begin soon.  The group meets weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Center, Room #1. The classes are open to anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. Even if you’re a life-long Catholic, you are most welcome to come and participate! The sessions will consist of a variety of topics, as well as Scripture reading and study. For more information, contact Deacon Bill Johnson at (618) 791-8521, or e-mail at  Here are a few more details:


  • Sessions are weekly on Sundays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Center (Parker Rd.), Room #1

  • Sessions are led by the CI team members (“catechists”)

  • Include prayer, presentation by catechist, group discussions, and Q & A

  • Materials include “Journey of Faith” series; “Catholicism” video presentations by Bishop Robert Barron

  • First 8 weeks (10/8 through 11/26) is the “Period of Inquiry”

  • Topics covered include basic beliefs of Catholics, how Catholics worship, the Bible, Mary and the Saints, organizational structure of the Catholic Church

  • After Period of Inquiry, you decide if you wish to continue in the program (meetings will continue on Sunday mornings, except during Christmas holidays)

  • There is NO CHARGE to attend the sessions

  • Regular attendance is important; make-up sessions can be arranged as needed

Topics for Upcoming Sessions