Finding out more
“Evangelisation aims at a process of growth which entails taking seriously each person and God’s plan for his or her life. All of us need to grow in Christ…so that each of us can say wholeheartedly ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me’ (Gal. 2:20)” Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 160.
After first hearing about God’s offer of salvation in Christ, many people will be keen to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith, which is the Church’s attempt to understand and respond to God’s revelation. If you are investigating Catholic faith for the first time, and are perhaps even considering joining the Church, you might benefit from joining an RCIA programme.
Alternatively, you might be a Catholic who would like to develop your insight into the Church’s teachings. If so, you might wish to consider taking our Foundations in Faith course, which gives a broad introduction to the faith including an overview of God’s plan of salvation as revealed in the Old Testament and New Testament, our understand of Jesus’ identity and mission, the role of the Church and Sacraments, and the principles of Catholic ethics. Some specialist modules from Foundation in Faith are also offered as stand-alone short courses. Topics covered include the Liturgy, Catholic Social Teaching, Family Life Ministry, Youth Ministry and Catholic Religious Education.
The Diocese is currently looking into further ways in which we can offer ongoing formation and instruction in the faith to adults inspired to learn more. Many parishes will have prayer or reading groups that offer this opportunity at a parish level. Some parishes also offer courses to refresh one’s understanding of Catholic teaching, such as those produced by CAFÉ.
Of course, growth in the life of faith is about far more than merely understanding Church doctrine: without deepening one’s personal relationships with God and one another, such knowledge is useless (see 1 Cor 13:2; Jam 2:17). If you are looking to enter into a richer relationship with Christ, you may also wish to consider ways to serve God through parish ministry or social action (see Caritas Leeds).
For more information about opportunities to deepen knowledge of the faith, or if you are interested in offering such opportunities please contact Gregory Stacey (Diocesan Co-ordinator for Catechesis, Adult Formation).