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

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Join our Book Club. Every Advent and Lent, we will recommend different books for parish-wide spiritual reading. The books will be selected from one or more of the following categories:

  1. Theological: More focused on the study of the faith
  2. Spiritual: A spiritual classic, or reading from, or about, the Lives of the Saints, more focused on the interior life
  3. Scripture: More specifically focused specifically on the Word; diving into the daily or weekly Mass readings for the season.

Click on “Join our Book Club” above, for information about the recommended reads, and click the button below for the Book Club Planner to help you decide which book to read, who you will invite to read it with you, and to plan when, where, and how often you’ll meet to discuss it!


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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 Nicole for options and recommendations.


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 sign up for free:

  1. Visit signup.formed.org
  2. Enter our parish name or zip code