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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 Fall 2014
Click HERE for Adult Faith Formation Schedule, Fall 2012



What Catholics Believe
2014-2015 Series

The Legacy of St. John XXIII
Stories and Reflections

When: Mon., Nov. 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Church
Presenter: Art Zannoni
Co-Sponsors: Adult Faith Formation and St. Odilia Council of Catholic Women
Cost: optional freewill offering
No registration needed

There is often the impression that Pope John XXIII was a simple peasant priest raised suddenly to the papacy without preparation. The impression continues, in the minds of some, that he was so naïve about church politics that he summoned an ecumenical council of the Church, unaware of what its outcomes might be. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just as the times called for a council, so also Pope John’s entire life prepared him to convene, organize and host it. This presentation will focus on the life of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, who was elected on October 28, 1958, at the age of 77 years, Pope John XXIII. Many thought he would be an interim pope who would not live long or do much, but through the work of the Holy Spirit, and to the surprise of many, in less than three years he inaugurated one of the most reforming and pastoral councils in the history of the Catholic Church. He was canonized, along with Pope John Paul II, by Pope Francis on April 27, 2014. Come and listen to stories about his life and learn more about his dreams, visions and hopes for the church that are still alive today.

About our presenter: Most of us know of Art Zannoni as a bible scholar. But, as you might guess from his name, he’s very, very Italian, and has a special love and devotion for his countryman, St. John XXIII. Art created this presentation in the hope that more Catholics could learn about this wise, warm, holy man, whose life story is so rich and varied. Art will bring not only words, but some great visuals from the life of “Good Pope John.”

For info, contact 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.
Living Your Strengths

I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
–John 17:4
What: a unique, faith-centered personal development course
When: Thursdays, 7-9 pm, Sept. 18-Oct. 23
Where: St. Odilia Courtyard
Presenters: Deb Peters and her team
Co-Sponsors: St. Odilia Faith Formation and Stewardship Ministry Area Councils

Are you a list maker? Do you yearn for that sense of accomplishment and that warm, fuzzy glow you get when you can check off a completed task? If so, perhaps you have the Achiever strength, one of the strengths identified by the Clifton Strengthsfinder in Living Your Strengths, by the Gallup Institute. If you are the type who prefers to “go with the flow”, and enjoys the fact that every day is different, then Adaptability is one of your strengths. Perhaps you are one who can be counted on to make sure that everyone you encounter is treated equitably. If so, Consistency is a dominant theme for you. These are just three of the 34 strengths identified in the Strengthsfinder Online Assessment. Whatever your top strengths are, each of us is unique and the strengths God has blessed you with can help you in your career, your relationships, and your faith journey.

We are now in the middle of this journey of discovery, led by our own Parish Leadership Council Chair, Deb Peters, who is a certified Living Your Strengths trainer. Watch this space for future developments.


New Bible Study Group
Join for

When: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: 3510 Vivian Av. – the Faith Formation office building
Start date: Sept. 24, but it's OK to join later.
Cost: $5.00 total for 8 week series

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. Our early fall bible study group, using Sunday by Sunday, a study guide for the Sunday readings each week, has been very successful, so we are continuing with the next series. The series will run for 8 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 Koffman, our study group convener, 651-485-3551, or Lucy Arimond, Director of Faith Formation, 651-415-3331,

Contemporary Spirituality Book Clubs
    New members are welcome, join existing Book Clubs.  
need more information; contact
Director of Faith Formation

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