Spiritual Seasons of Adult Faith Formation 2017-08-01T14:50:33+00:00

SPIRITUAL SEASONS

Click on the tabs below to see faith-building resources for 4 generations of adults plus a “niche” group that is ever-changing.  Resources are refreshed monthly.

Young Adults

(Ages 18-34 a.k.a. Millenials)

This group has grown up with technology and are engaged with it for 12 hours/day on average.  Millenials value relationships with others more than institutions, which is why they may not be crossing the threshold of your parish as often as other groups.  They do, however, crave authenticity and respond to ideas that involve active learning. Millenials are not afraid to ask the big questions and are always seeking the truth.

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    Catholic Education Resource Center
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    A multitude of topics covered all in one place!  Includes articles about culture, education, health, marriage & family, science and more.

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    The Voice of the Martyrs
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    Be inspired by the stories of Christians around the world standing up for their faith and what the Church is doing to help them.

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Midlife Adults

(Ages 35-54 a.k.a. Generation X)

Generation X is actively involved in the community and values stable commitments.  Many are juggling the raising of their own children while starting to care for their parents.  Traditions, family, and mentoring are prominent in their lives.  Members of this group are always seeking deeper meanings and crave authentic religious experiences.

Mature Adults

(Ages 55-70 a.k.a. Baby Boomers)

The Baby Boomer generation has experienced great transitions in their lives including the switch from analog to digital technology.  Most have grandchildren and at least 1 living parent.  They are vary curious, willing to be vulnerable, and have a great sense of empathy.  They look to religion for a place to belong and tell their story.  They gravitate towards contemporary worship with a focus on spirituality.

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    Educational Resources from the Catholic Theological Union
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    Video, audio, articles and more from the Chicago-based institution.  They offer various programs for those who want to learn more about their faith.

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    The Story and You
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    Weekly reflections on the Sunday scripture readings.  Great addition to anyone’s prayer life!

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Older Adults

(Ages 71+ a.k.a. “The Greatest Generation” or “The Silent Generation”)

Today’s older adults are facing many transitions including retirement and reduced income.  This group grew up without many technological advances we take for granted today and was raised to work hard.  They put their confidence in authority and institutions, trusting that those institutions will help them.  They prefer lecture-style learning and traditional worship experiences.  They also value agreement and harmony over being “right.”

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    Providing Activities for Senior Parishioners
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    An article from the Catholic Star Herald, South Jersey’s Catholic newsletter, about how to minister to older parishioners by providing activities for them.  Great for anyone who works in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or parish ministry.

     

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    Strong Was Her Faith by J. Ellsworth Kalas
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    Attention ladies!  Its a book about the women of the New Testament and their experiences of faith.  Walk in the shoes of 11 women from the gospels in this text by J. Kalas.

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Niche Group

August’s niche group: college-bound students.

Next month’s niche group: those questioning their faith.

Each month we will feature resources pertaining to those having a common experience.  Niche groups will include those suffering the loss of a loved one, those discerning a vocation, those battling depression, the unemployed, college-bound students, and more.

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    Students, Faith, Catholic Colleges
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    An article from insidehighered.com about the worries parents may have concerning sending their child to a Catholic college.  Includes statistics and figures about how many students stay faithful as a result of attending a Catholic institution of higher learning.

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    Being and Staying Catholic in the Modern World
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    “An address delivered June 7, 2014 to the graduating class of St. Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.”  The address concerns the responsibility of the next generation to carry on the faith so that it will continue long after today’s generations are gone.

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