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Adult Faith Formation

Our parish offers a variety of programs throughout the year including Bible Studies, Faith Studies, Retreats and RCIA. Listen for pulpit announcements and watch this website, the bulletin and the St. Odilia Messenger for information about upcoming events.

Watch this space for Adult Faith Formation schedule for Winter 2015
Click HERE for Adult Faith Formation Schedule, Fall 2012



Registration is open now!
NEW Winter Bible Study!

What: “Praying with Jesus in the Gospels”
When: Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard
Presenter: Arthur E. Zannoni
Registration Fee: $15 per person, scholarships available.

Prayer is an integral part of our faith life as Christians. Prayer can be described as conversation with God. For Christians, Jesus is the model to whom we turn to learn how to pray. In all four Gospels Jesus prays either explicitly or implicitly. He is both seen and presented as a person of prayer. For Jesus of the Gospels, prayer is the act of petitioning, praising, giving thanks or confessing to God. Jesus in the Gospels is portrayed as the model instructor in prayer. Each Gospel presents its own unique focus on how to pray with and from Jesus. This adult Bible education program will explore the Synoptic Gospels’ (Matthew, Mark, Luke) portrayal of Jesus at prayer, and his parables on prayer. Special emphasis will be placed on the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus prays the most.

Participants are requested to bring a Bible to the presentation each evening.

Here’s a sneak preview of what we’ll be doing:
January 15 - Jesus and Prayer in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew
  1. A brief introduction to the Gospel of Mark
  2. Jesus at prayer in the Gospel of Mark
  3. Jesus’ teachings about prayer in the Gospel of Mark
  4. A brief Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew
  5. Jesus at prayer in the Gospel of Matthew
  6. Jesus’ teachings about prayer in the Gospel of Matthew
January 22 - Jesus and Prayer in the Gospel of Luke: Part 1
  1. A brief Introduction to the Gospel of Luke
  2. Jesus at prayer in the Gospel of Luke
January 29 - Jesus and Prayer in the Gospel of Luke: Part 2
  1. The parables of Jesus on Prayer in the Gospel of Luke
  2. The prayers of Mary, Zechariah and Simeon in the Gospel of Luke

To Register: Download & print the registration form, in the Files section at the bottom of this webpage, and mail or bring it in along with your check payable to St. Odilia. Also, paper forms are available in the parish office. For further information or to request a scholarship, contact Lucy Arimond, Director of Faith Formation,, 651-415-3331.


Living Your Strengths in the New Year
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. –1 Corinthians 2:12

When: Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, January 6-February 10
Where: Classroom 1302
Facilitation team: Deb Peters, Mavonne Prokop, Pat Keyes, Trish Brokman
Co-Sponsors: Faith Formation Department, Worship & Community Life and Stewardship Councils
Cost: $25 per individual, or $20 per person for registrations of two or more
Registration Deadline: Monday, December 29
Registration Form: In the Parish Office or download form on Adult Formation page
Questions: For information or to request a scholarship, email

This could change your life! And this could be a chance to give a gift to help another:
  • Discover, explore and develop your God-given talents in a positive and fun setting
  • Harness your talents for the betterment of yourself, your faith journey, family and community
  • Enhance couple and friend relationships through strengths
  • Help create a strongly “connected community” at St. Odilia
You’ll receive the Living Your Strengths book. You’ll complete the online Clifton Strengthsfinder which is a proven online assessment tool from the Gallup Institute. You’ll identify your top five strengths and reflect on scripture to determine how to best use your strengths. Invest six winter evenings to discover the unique strengths with which God has blessed you. Looking forward to a strengths-filled new year!


Tuesday Bible Study Group
Accepting New Members for Advent & Christmas

When: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: 3510 Vivian Av. – the Faith Formation office building
Dates: Nov. 25 – Dec. 30 – Ok to join at any time
Cost: $5.00 total covers 6 week series

Make time for the Word of God during the holiday season!
Enjoy the Sunday readings together!
Meet fellow parishioners!
Learn about the Bible and the Catholic faith!

Our Lent Bible Study groups loved the Sunday By Sunday study guides, published by the Sisters of St. Joseph, and a group of parishioners wanted more. So we created a Tuesday morning Bible Study program, which meets seasonally. We’re accepting new members for the Advent/Christmas series, which will run for 6 weeks, with the option to continue weekly for as long as you want after that. Small groups – about 10 people per group. Informal atmosphere, friendly, prayerful, relaxed. Take some time out for the Word of God, and enrich your understanding of the readings you’ll hear each Sunday at Mass.

For information or to register, contact Laura Koffmann, our study group convener, 651-485-3551, or Lucy Arimond, Director of Faith Formation, 651-415-3331,

Thursday Morning Scripture Study is Back!
Scripture Study starts Thursday, Sept. 18, 8:15-9:45 a.m. We'll be studying the "minor prophets," Amos, Hosea and Micah. The session will run for 10 weeks. All are welcome! Modest fee for the book and materials, which can be paid at the first class session. For information or to register in advance, call Margaret Trondson, 651-429-6702.
Contemporary Spirituality Book Clubs
    New members are welcome, join existing Book Clubs.  
need more information; contact
Director of Faith Formation

+ Arimond, Lucy
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