FAITH FORMATION and EDUCATION
Adult Faith Formation - A variety of renewal programs, sessions, missions, retreats, etc. are offered during the year designed to foster one’s personal spiritual growth, enrich the faith of adults, to help adults grow in their appreciation of the sacraments and to learn how to share their faith with their children. The programs help adults more fully understand and live their Catholic faith.
All God’s Children - a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program for children of the parish who are three to six years of age. While parents are attending the 9:45 AM Mass, their children participate in activities designed to foster understanding of God, creation and basic Catholic values. The program is based on the Scripture of the week. The program director depends on the cooperation and volunteer efforts of the parents whose children are registered in the program. Please call the Parish Office if you are interested in forming or helping with this committee.
Baptism Preparation - Before the Baptism of a child, both parents are required to attend a preparation session. Sessions are held every other Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. This time of preparation helps parents to focus on Baptism as the sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Faith. Registration is necessary. We encourage parents who are expecting a baby or whose child has not been baptized to call the parish office.
Hispanic Community - Saint Rose of Lima Parish includes a large community of people of various Spanish-speaking cultures. Under the direction of the Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Trenton, the Hispanic Community has been active in St. Rose Parish since 1977. This community has active ministries that provide for the liturgical, spiritual, social and material life of the community. They identify and assess the community’s needs, organize and plan, develop leadership, and identify resources for parish based services. Activities include the celebration of Three Kings Day (Epiphany), baptismal and marriage preparation, religious instruction, choirs, lecturing, altar servers, hospital and prison visitations, youth groups and retreats. Masses are celebrated in Spanish Monday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM in Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in the Parish Center and in the Church on Saturday at 7:00 PM and on Sunday at 11:15 AM with Confessions following the Monday, Friday and Saturday Masses.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Teens is designed to welcome and educate persons seeking full membership in the Catholic Faith. This includes the unbaptized, those baptized in other faiths, and baptized Catholics who desire to receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, R.C.I.A. for short, is the process by which adults or young adults prepare together in a friendly supportive atmosphere for full membership in the Catholic Church. It is a journey of faith, embarked on by adults of various faith experiences, various ages and stages of life, who share a common curiosity and interest in membership in the Catholic Church. Many who have gone through the R.C.I.A. process here at St. Rose have found it to be a very rewarding experience, have developed lasting friendships, and have reaped the benefits of full membership in the sacramental life of the Church. Team leaders, catechists and sponsors accompany and support catechumens and candidates on their journey to full communion with the Catholic Church. The adults one-year program and the teen’s two-year program runs from September to May and members are fully initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. We welcome all inquiries about membership in our faith community or participation on our R.C.I.A. Team. For more information, please call the R.C.I.A. coordinators or the Parish Office.
Vietnamese Community - This ministry, under the Diocese of Trenton provides spiritual, educational and social services, resources and functions for the Vietnamese Community. Masses are held every Sunday at 5:00 PM in the Church. The community promotes spiritual and liturgical adaptations to Catholic worship that is synonymous with and culturally akin to the Vietnamese people. Time is offered for sacramental prep and for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They hold weekly religious education classes for children and adults and also ESL classes. Gatherings to foster community and unity are held periodically.