Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation - 2023/2024

Adult Faith Formation Team

The OLOW Adult Faith Formation Team consists of Pat Butler, Fr. Bob Johnson, SVD, Cynthia Keleman, Thom Shanaver, and Claudette Wagner.


Adult Faith Formation centers around THREE FAITH SURGE MOMENTS on our parish calendar within the academic year of 2023-2024.


Faith Surge One Faith Surge Two Faith Surge Three
September - December January - March April - June

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2022-2023 Theme


Why should I come? I am grown and already formed!

Pope Francis remarks:
"Faith always leads you out of yourself," Francis said. "Go out. The transmission of faith; faith must be transmitted, it must be offered, especially with testimony: Go, let people see how you live."
We are all called to continue to grow in our faith… if we do not, IT BECOMES STAGNANT. 

Faith Surge One Programs Faith Surge Two Programs Faith Surge Three Programs

#1 RCIA CLASSES- Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm in The Chapel in the Woods attached to the main church. All are welcome! Come renew your faith with those learning more about it! Contact Mrs. Pat Butler, RCIA Coordinator at [email protected] or 734-671-5101, ext. 108 and join the various sessions with our catechumens and/or candidates.


The RCIA schedule is spread throughout the parish academic year, but parishioners are invited to come and participate with the catechumens.  Look for the invitation on the adult faith formation page in the bulletin.

For those interested in becoming Catholic, or completing their Catholic formation.  Other parishioners are invited because the topics help us re-enforce our faith, and come to a better understanding of what God calls us to be, and how we develop as a member of the Body of Christ in our parish.


#2 ”Lectio: Eucharist – Discovering the Mass in the Bible” -Ms. Claudette Wagner

#2a ___ Tuesday Mornings 10:30 – 12 noon – October 3rd – December 19th ZOOM

#2b ___ Wednesday Evenings 6:30 – 8 pm – September 27th – December 20th

No Sessions November 1st, 20th and 21st, 2023

This course “digs down” to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events in the Old Testament, the Gospels and Apostolic teaching.

“The Lamb of God, “the Bread of the Life”, “the Body and the Blood of Christ”… these are phrase we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching? We will discover firsthand how Christ’s Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God’s plan for our salvation.



#3 “THE TWO PILLARS – The Holy Eucharist and Mary” on Friday, October 20th after the 9 am Mass (from 9:45 am until 10:30 am). Led by Fr. Bob in church this session will help us consider “What is the Relationship Between Mary and The Eucharist.”



#4 “TOUR OF THE CHURCH - HIDDEN TREASURES!”  with Pat Butler, Wednesday, November 1. Tour of church after both the 9 am and 11 am Masses.



#5 “REAL PRESENCE IN THE EUCHARIST” with Fr. Bob Johnson, SVD, Thursday, December 7th after the 9 am Mass until 10:30 am.

#6 “AMAZING EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES” Sunday, January 28th, 2024, 6 until 8:30 pm in the Church,  with Tim Francis, a nationally-known Catholic speaker who travels around the country in an effort to help Catholics gain a deeper understanding of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist will be at Our Lady of the Woods Parish. Tim will present some amazing Eucharistic miracles from throughout the world where visible qualities of the Eucharist changed into flesh and blood. These Eucharistic miracles have been studied by scientists and shown to be authentic and are true signs from God that confirm what we receive at every Mass is actually the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Led by Thom Shanaver and the Evangelization Team


#7 “Jesus in the Eucharist” Our Lady of the Woods will begin this seven-week series created by the National Eucharistic Congress Executive Team in conjunction with Augustine Institute. The series is designed to be a clear explication of the central doctrine of our faith, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, in a way that you will be able to articulate the source and summit of our faith. Led by Thom Shanaver and Evangelization Team.

#7a ____ Tuesday mornings 10 am until 12 noon, January 30th through March 19th,  

#7b _____Wednesday evenings 6 to 9 pm starting on January 31st through March 20th,


#8 “LECTIO: GOD” Led by Ms. Claudette Wagner

What do we mean when we say “God”?

Misconceptions about God abound, even among Christians, and these misconceptions can become obstacles in our relationship with God. Join Augustine Institute Assistant Professor Dr. Elizabeth Klein for a careful study of Scripture that will lead you to a deeper and clearer awareness of who God is, equipping you to share this truth with others.

#8a ____   Tuesday mornings 10:30 – 12 noon, January 9th – March 22nd ZOOM

#8b ____   Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 8 pm, January 10th – March 23rd, ONSITE


#9 “A PRIVILEGED ENCOUNTER” (Bishop Barron’s THE MASS series) led by Fr.  Bob Johnson, SVD. January 18th, 2024, after the 9 am Mass.       


#10  “Vatican Council II - What difference did it make in the Catholic Church?” with Pat Butler. Monday, February 5 at 6:30 pm or Wednesday, February 7 at 10:00 am.


#11 “CALLED OUT OF THE WORLD” (Bishop Barron’s THE MASS series) led by Fr. Bob Johnson, SVD, February 15th after the 9 am Mass.



#12 “God Speaks Our Story” (Bishop Barron’s THE MASS series) led by Fr. Bob Johnson, SVD, March 7th after the 9 am Mass.












#13 “Responding To God” (Bishop Barron’s THE MASS series) led by Fr. Bob Johnson, SVD, April 4th after the 9 am Mass.



#14 “PREPARING FOR SACRIFICE” (Bishop Barron’s THE MASS series) led by Fr. Bob Johnson, SVD, May 2nd, after the 9 am Mass.