Rediscovering the Faith
Welcome! Have you been away from the Church? Are you thinking about coming back? Do you know someone who wants to come home to the Catholic Church, but is struggling with their faith? Maybe you or someone you know has experienced one of these thoughts:
I grew up Catholic, but for some reason I just sort of stopped going to Church…
I just moved to a new city, I tried going to a couple different parishes, but I never really felt welcomed...
After my marriage ended, I felt uncomfortable around my family, friends and parish…
I just don't understand why the Church teaches what it does! Some teachings seem so outdated…
I tried to contact my parish about getting married but no one got back to me…
If you have experienced one of these situations or thoughts you are not alone. The Church wants you to know that you are a child of God, called by name, precious in his eyes and loved by him (Is. 43:1,4). The Church also wants you to know that you are missed. When one member of the Body of Christ suffers, the entire Body of the Church suffers. Whatever your reason for being away, we have missed you and celebrate your desire to take another look.
There are many excellent resources to help you share the truths of Catholicism and we have listed a few sites for sharing, proclaiming, and defending the Faith:
- Check out the web site on evangelization from the U.S. Bishops
- New Advent Catholic Supersite
- The Fellowship of Catholic University Students
- EWTN: great materials, including audio and video tools
- Catholic Answers: free resources on how to explain and defend the Faith
- Catholics United for the Faith: excellent materials on apologetics
- Catholics Come Home
To speak with someone about faith formation for adults at this parish, contact Roni Cook or to speak to a member of the clergy, please call the church office (512) 259-3126.
Not Fully Initiated? Are you a baptized Catholic age 16 or older, but have not celebrated the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion or Confirmation? Would you like to learn what’s involved in order for you to celebrate these Sacraments?
Christian initiation is accomplished by the reception of the three sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. It is designed for adults who after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.
There are several steps to the initiation process:
First period is inquiry and ends with the celebration of the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of the Catechumenate.
Second period begins with instruction in the Catholic faith and ends with the Rite of Election.
Third period is a time for enlightenment and purification and the celebration of the sacraments of initiation.
Fourth period extends through the whole of Easter season and is a time of deepening the Christian experience and for spiritual growth.
Weekly RCIA sessions are held from late August through Easter on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00. Everyone is welcome to participate - adults wishing to become members of our faith as well as those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. For Information in English, please contact: Steve Ruf at [email protected].
Para información en Español por favor comuniquese con Eunice Tanco a [email protected].
These studies are aimed to help get started in Bible study. The focus is to learn more about Scripture from each other and through books, videos and audio recordings. Various studies and discussions are organized throughout the year. All adults either from our parish or friends from other parishes are welcome. Any high school student who has completed confirmation is also invited to attend with or without parents. We have had all levels of background in Bible study and the group has benefited from a diversity of backgrounds and knowledge.
Check out our Lighthouse Catholic Media (LCM) racks in the church Narthex for books and other media that can help you deepen your understanding and love for our Catholic faith.
The display is stocked with a variety of media in English and Spanish, offering a wide range of topics related to our lives and our Catholic faith. They feature some of the most inspiring Catholic teachers and speakers--bishops, priests, deacons and eminent Catholic lay men and women. We ask for a donation of $5 for books, $4 for cds and dvds, $3 for children's books, $2 for booklets and $.50 for folded pamphlets. The donation requested is kept as low as possible just to cover cost and keep this ministry funded.
Saint Margaret Mary has also paid for a subscription to Formed.org. This amazing site includes various programs, movies, audio and e-books for all ages in both English and Spanish. The site is free to all parishioners. Sign up for the FREE subscription to FORMED simply by visiting our new custom signup page at stmargaretmary.formed.org and creating your own login and password. The preferred browsers are Google Chrome and Firefox. Once you have done that, you will have unlimited access to the ever growing list of Catholic materials.
Belinda and Brian Lehmkuhle - (512) 986-4273
Nancy Solano - (512) 748-9874
Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy
The Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM) is a prayer, study, faith-sharing and service ministry, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. Our mission is to promote and teach the message of and devotion to The Divine Mercy, as well as live and encourage others to live the message of mercy in their daily lives. There are currently sixteen of these small faith-sharing groups called cenacles, 9 English and 7 Spanish, which meet two times a month either in the morning or evening. EADM 9 and Sp. EADM 6 and 7 are currently open to new members. Meeting agenda includes:
“Come Holy Spirit” prayer,
prayers of gratitude,
a formation lesson using the Diary of St. Faustina, the Bible, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
prayers of petition and
The Divine Mercy Chaplet.
The cenacles provide a place to learn and grow spiritually in community. For more information, contact
Maritza Haralson-Perez - (512) 944-8384 (Spanish EADM)