|Schedule - Basic Catechist Adult Formation-Eureka||Religious Education Congress - Santa Rosa|
|Adult Faith Formation &/or Certification||Religous Education Conference - Eureka|
Most adults are capable of a free and informed response of faith to God's initiative of love. They have experienced the joys and challenges of life and have the capacity to question the truth and meaning of life. The catechetical formation of adults is essential for the Church to carry out the commission given the apostles by Christ.
This formation needs to be addressed to adults at different stages in the development of their faith. Many Catholic adults practice their faith and desire to deepen it. The persons who have been baptized, but who have not received a comprehensive catechesis or who no longer practice their faith, need to be renewed through an enthusiastic preaching of the word and a vibrant re-evangelization. Still others, who are not baptized, may desire to be incorporated into the catechumenate, wherein they can gradually proceed through the stages of Christian initiation and be incorporated into the life of the Church.
Adult catechesis promotes mature adult faith: The faith of the disciple who has been saved by Christ's redemptive love and who is being continually converted to him. Adult catechesis fosters this discipleship by providing "a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice — a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life."
---From the National Directory for Catechesis
Sufficient support to enable adults to fulfill this privilege should be provided by the parish in the form of education, encouragement of active involvement in their adult catechesis and participation in the planning, preparation, and celebration of liturgies.
This specific preparation can be in the form of special classes provided in the parish setting or by instruction at home in cooperation with parish directives. For either approach, it is most important to provide individual faith support for every adult.