Adult Faith Formation

Various adult enrichment events and programs occur throughout the year at St. Mary’s. All are welcome!

Catechetical Institute

Journey through the Catechism as a story from blessing to blessing. Applications are now being accepted for the Class of St. Therese of Lisieux in the Catechetical Institute’s popular two-year Pillars Program. This will occur in the church building of St. Mary’s starting this fall and will be on Monday evenings – 7:00-9:00 PM. There are four different 11-week modules following the 4 pillars of the Catechism. Join over 3,000 graduates of this program! You can find more information and register here:

Small Groups/Bible Studies

St. Mary of the Lake encourages all parishioners to be ON MISSION—knowing, following, and sharing Jesus– by participating in the community life of the parish. Small groups and Bible studies are a helpful way to grow in faith and support each other on the discipleship journey. There are opportunities to join small groups or Bible studies throughout the liturgical year. Groups of 6 to 12 people meet weekly (or as defined by the group). Form your own group or reach out to Nathan Schuster at [email protected]  for assistance in joining another group!

Apps/Online Resources

FORMED: Enjoy a FREE subscription to FORMED – the “Catholic Netflix”. Entertaining movies, studies, talks, and popular eBooks—all in one place for your whole family! Goto on your browser or search for FORMED in your App Store on your phone. Search by parish for St. Mary of the Lake/White Bear Lake in order to register for free.

HALLOW: The Hallow App has some free content, as well as a premium subscription called “Hallow Plus” that includes the rest of the content library. You can receive a 3-month free trial of Hallow by going to this link (under the partnership of Catholic speaker Matt Fradd – If you are a healthcare worker, you can access Hallow free for an entire year by signing up on this link – Otherwise, Hallow Plus is $60/year or you can receive a Family Pass (up to 6 accounts) for $100/year. Go to or search for Hallow in your App Store.

AMEN: The Amen App is totally free! This app provides nourishing Catholic prayers, meditations, and Scriptures to draw your heart, body, and soul into a deeper resting place in God. Go to or search for Amen in your App Store.

Marriage in Christ Seminar

Asking God to send his Holy Spirit into your marriage is the centerpiece of the five-week Marriage in Christ seminar. Through five sessions, you can learn: how to make the Lord the center of your married life, practice habits of love that deepen your love and strengthen your marriage and friendship, start to recognize the action of the Holy Spirit in your marriage, and see how your marriage can be a witness of God’s love for the world.

It’s five great date nights! Check back soon for 2023-2024 MIC dates at St. Mary’s. The cost for registration is $100 per couple – financial assistance is available if needed.

Video – An Introduction to Marriage in Christ Seminar

To learn more about these seminars, please contact Nathan Schuster, Coordinator of Evangelization at [email protected]. (More information can also be found at

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Please contact Nathan Schuster, Coordinator of Evangelization at [email protected] if you have any questions about adult discipleship opportunities.

Sacramental Preparation

Preparation for the Sacraments is separate from our four Faith Formation programs. Learn more about the Sacraments Here.