Porta Fidei - Adult Faith Formation

Porta Fidei was the title of Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Letter at the beginning of the Year of Faith in 2011 and finding its origin in Acts of the Apostles 14:27: “And when they arrived, they gathered the Church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.”

In reference to the “door of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI says,

It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory. (cf. Jn 17:22)

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The Porta Fidei program here at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church will answer the call by Pope Benedict XVI and our current Holy Father, Pope Francis, to evangelize and catechize the adults of our parish to help adults enter more fully through the “door of faith.”

Through a variety of programs, it is our goal to help our adult parishioners grow in their faith so that they may be missionaries to the world they encounter each day of their lives, which primarily includes their family, the “domestic church” (Lumen Gentium 11; Catechism of the Catholic Church 2204).

Opportunities for Continuing Faith Formation

Listen to the podcasts of past events now!

Summer Bible Study: Acts & The Birth of the Church

Add Wed, Jun 29 (weekly)

Morning Session 9:00am-10:30am OR Evening Session 6:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays, Jun 8 - Jul 6 in the Church

Bring your Bible and a notebook.

Summer Discipleship Night: Discover Your Personal Apostolate

Add Thu, Jun 30 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Lay people are called by God to be salt and light right where they are—in families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. But what does this look like?

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Summer Bible Study: Acts & The Birth of the Church

Add Wed, Jul 6 (weekly)

Morning Session 9:00am-10:30am OR Evening Session 6:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays, Jun 8 - Jul 6 in the Church

Bring your Bible and a notebook.

Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Library

We have a wide variety of theological and spiritual books, Bible commentaries, and lives of the saints, as well as DVD and book studies that can be rented out for group use at the parish or in homes. Please contact Lita for options and recommendations.

FORMED.org

FORMED is a multi-media platform offering countless ways to continue growing in your faith by watching or listening to content at home, during workouts, or during your commute! Our parish subscription gives you free access to Bible Studies, Studies on other faith-based topics, prayer resources, daily and weekly reflections to help you establish a more consistent prayer life, audio books, talks, films, shows for kids, and more!

To access FORMED content, please follow these instructions:

  • Go to FORMED.org on your computer
  • Click on the big white "sign up" button
  • Click on the button that says "I belong to a parish or organization", and then type "St. Mary Magdalene Gilbert" into the search bar and click on our parish name when it comes up (it will show the parish address as well)
  • Type in your name and email address then click the blue "sign up" button
  • They will send you an email shortly after then. Open the email and it will have a link for you to click on to enter FORMED
  • Once you're in FORMED, you can browse or use their search box to find specific content