Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation (AFF) at St. Mark’s fosters an environment to grow consciously in the life of Christ through our experiences, reflection, prayer, study and ministries. This ministry includes:

  • Studying the Scriptures with group reflection and prayer
  • Reaching out to inquirers and inactive Catholics
  • Welcoming women and men into full membership in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Forming small Christian communities
  • Assisting parish visitors to the homebound
  • Assisting with ongoing usher formation
  • Special Offerings during Advent and Lent
  • Follow-up on past members of programs
  • Sponsoring a parish retreat
  • Preparing Adults for Confirmation
  • Bulletin Notices about upcoming programs, workshops, retreats

Adult Faith Formation programs are canceled when the Prince George’s public schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather. For additional Information concerning any of the AFF events, especially those listed below, contact its Coordinator, Stewart Benalcazar, SND, at (301) 422 - 7822.

Scripture Study: Scripture study participants meet for 90 minute sessions on Tuesdays starting at 2:00 pm and at 6:45 pm in the Msgr. Albert Room. Participants may attend either of the two identical Tuesday sessions. Non-parishioners, as well as parishioners, are welcome! For topics and dates, contact Stewart at (301) 422 - 7822.

Process to Become a Catholic or to Complete One’s Sacraments after Baptism or to Learn More About One’s Faith: Adults who are interested in knowing more about the Roman Catholic Church, desire to become Catholics, or who are Catholics who have not received their First Eucharist nor confirmation are invited to investigate or to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The group meets on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:45 pm in the Msgr. Albert Room. Contact Sr. Stewart at (301) 422 - 7822 for futher information. If interested in Spanish sessions, contact Deacon Renato Molina at 301-434-6078.

Homebound Ministers: Homebound ministers visit parishioners who are unable to attend church services, either on a long term or short term basis. These ministers share parish news with the homebound, pray with them, and, if desired, bring them the Eucharist. Homebound ministers usually meet several times a year to assist each other in this ministry. Those interested in becoming Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the homebound are required to attend a one-day archdiocesan workshop. Contact Stewart for the dates of these workshops.

Small Faith Communities: Parishioners who wish to reflect more deeply with others are invited to join a Small Faith Community. These groups usually meet every two weeks in parishioners’ homes. Each group decides on what it will study for the year. If interested in forming a Small Faith Community or joining one that exists, phone Stewart, the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation. Assistance in choosing a topic to use or to study can also be secured through her.

Adult Confirmation This Year: Baptized Catholic Adults who have received their First Eucharist and desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year are to contact Stewart no later than March 1, 2016 (301-585-6668). The meetings for the program are calendared by the participants’ schedules. The Confirmation for all Adults in the Archdiocese of Washington, by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, will take place on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.