4633 Shiloh Road Cumming, GA 30040 Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm (in Spanish); Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:40 am, 12:20 p.m., 1:40 pm (in Spanish), 5:00 pm

Adult Faith Formation


Hello, my name is Don Conklin. I am the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Brendan’s. Welcome to the lifelong process of enriching and developing our faith through ongoing efforts to get closer to our Lord and His Church.

We will show you a wide variety of opportunities to help you grow in your Catholic faith. We believe in educating the whole person: intellectually, spiritually, humanly and apostolically. Our goal is to equip you to participate fully in our Church’s mission: Go, Baptize and Teach!

Contact me at DConklin@stbrendansatl.com or at 214-563-0634 for more information on all of our offerings for 2015-16. Below is a chronological list with descriptions etc.

Table of Contents

  1. Adult Faith Formation
    • Thursday Evening Faith Study
    • Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy
  2. Women’s Faith Formation
    • Living in Faith Together (LIFT)
    • Walking with Purpose (Evenings)
    • Walking with Purpose (Mornings)
    • Voyagers Book Club
    • Mom Time
  • Men’s Faith Formation
    • Dig Get Grounded (Men’s Night)
    • Men’s Prayer Group
    • That Man is YOU
  1. College Students
    • College Break Club
  2. Introduction to the Catholic Faith & Sacramental Preparation
    • RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation
    • Returning to the Church
    • Baptism Preparation
  3. Marriage Enrichment Programs
    • Marriage Workshops l, ll, & lll
  • Divorced Catholics
    • Journey of Hope
  • Building Catholic Traditions
    • Advent Mission Nights
    • Valentine’s Date Night
    • Valentine’s Dinner Dance
    • Advent Reconciliation Service
    • Lenten Parish Mission – Science Tests Faith
    • St. Brendan’s Family Missions
  1. Home Based Small Groups
    • Start your own Small Group
    • Existing Home Groups
  2. Just for Fun
    • Breaking Bread
    • St. Brendan’s Scripture Theater

Marriage Enrichment Event
With all that is happening with marriage and families in today’s society, married couples need ideas and concepts that will help keep the spark and romance alive in their relationship by focusing on better ways to communicate with one another and to better understand the differences that exist between husband and wife. Improving communication leading to better teamwork, lightheartedness, fun and intimacy in their relationship.  Childcare RSVP with link below: http://www.jotformpro.com/stbrendan/Childcare Sunday , August 30 2-5 pm in the FFC Contact:  Eric & Denise Hoell at 678-820-8851 or at deniseanderic@thehoells.com

Men’s Prayer Group
This group provides a forum for men of the parish to gather together to share their faith and discuss their thoughts about daily life as Catholics. Learn to integrate faith and life while meeting with others for great fellowship and prayerful reflection
Fridays 7:00-8:00 am
Location Spiritual Life Center Sun Room
Contact: Joe Fenton-  joseph_finnachta@mac.com

Voyagers Book Club
A women’s spirituality group that helps women to learn about their faith, come into a fuller realization of God’s presence in their everyday experiences, and grow in relationship with God and each other.   We choose current books to read and reflect on God’s love.
Fridays 9:30-11:00 Location: Spiritual Life Center Sun Room
Contact: Pat Jodry – tishajodry@comcast.net

St. Brendan’s Scripture Theater
For more information or to help with this program-
Contact: Sara Martinez smartinez@stbrendansatl.com

Thursday Evening Faith Study
An in-depth study – Psalms for All Seasons—using the Little Rock Scripture Series for the basis of the study will have everyone exploring 55 of the most beautiful psalms in the Bible.  Through examination of the structure, vocabulary, and themes of these psalms the author engages each example as a stunning prayer for the twenty-first century.  The cost of the series is $25 which includes the Commentary Book and two Study Guides—Psalms I and Psalms II.
Thursdays – August 27th – Dec. 10   7:00- 8:30 pm
Location:  Faith Formation Center Great Room
Contact: Lynne Sterritt – Lsterritt@stbrendansatl.com 770-205-7969 ex 23

Women’s Evenings-(LIFT!)  Living In Faith Together
Gather with the women of St. Brendan’s and guests for a good meal (that you don’t cook), an upLIFTing talk and some great discussion on relevant topics of faith for women today in a relaxing setting.  This will be an opportunity to build friendships, engage with others while sharing your faith and leave with a nugget of truth that may challenge you and provide a real faith-LIFT! 6:00 Optional Mass
First Tuesdays 6:30 -8:30 PM
Upcoming Dates: 2-2, 3-1, 4-4, 5-3
Contact: Nancy Palmer – NancyPalmer@gmail.com

Walking with Purpose
Walking with Purpose is for women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture-based program that is fresh, relevant and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. Personal study and small group discussions will link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. All ages and stages of life are welcome – come as you are today! Registration for participation in weekly small study groups with study guide.

Evening sessions
Sept. 8 – April 12 6:30- 8:30
Location: Learning Center
Contact: Marianna McGinn mcginnmw@gmail.com

Morning Sessions
Tuesdays 9:30 am-11:30 am,  October 6 –April 12, (follow school holiday schedule)
Connect Coffee Talks open to ALL women on: Feb. 9, Mar. 8, Apr 12
Location: Spiritual Life Center – Childcare available.
Contact: Charlene Dougal chardougal@gmail.com

MOM Time!
Calling all Moms! Take a short break after dropping the kids off at school and enjoy some fellowship with other moms in the trenches. It is very therapeutic to hear that you are not alone in your daily struggles, and this group provides a great forum to exchange field tested Catholic based parenting methods and ideas. Feel free to bring little ones, but no separate childcare will be available.
Wednesdays  9:15-10:30 September 9 -April
Location: FFC Sunroom
Contact: Sara Sullivan – ssull925@gmail.com; 404-519-3356

RCIA- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
This program is designed for adults who wish to enter the Catholic Church for the first time or who need to complete the sacrament of confirmation.  It is also a great way to refresh and boost your faith– no matter how long you have been Catholic!  You may also want to serve as a sponsor to one of our incoming Catholics.
Inquiry sessions on Sunday 8-23 and 8-30 at 9:15
RCIA- Sundays 8:30-10:45am September 13- Easter
Location: Spiritual Life Center Great  Room
Contact: Don Conklin – dconklin@stbrendansatl.com

DIG- “Get Grounded” Men’s Nights
Please join other men of the parish for an enjoyable night of great food followed by motivating, thought provoking conversations about values and other important things that influence the everyday life of a man. Try it…you will like it….. Satisfaction Guaranteed! No reservations required and guests are always warmly welcomed. Tuesdays 6:30 till 9:00 PM Optional Mass at 6:00
Upcoming dates: 2-9, 3-8, 4-19, 5-10
Location: Social Hall
$10 suggested donation Contact: Don Conklin dconklin@stbrendansatl.com

Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy
This monthly prayer group focuses on Saint Faustina’s Diary and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Come and pray with us to experience the depth of this friendly group.
Saturdays: September 19th, October 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 Location: FFC Great Room Contact: Rose Etta Quinn – rquinn@tsresort.com; 727-946-4177

That Man Is YOU!
“That Man is You” honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers.  The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive.
Come to one session or as many as you can!
2nd Session  Meets Saturday 7:30-9:00 AM January 9- April
Location: FFC Great Room
Contact: Mike Quercia – QuerciaM@Comcast.net

Family Missions    holy_12371c
Holy Week Missions March 24th – 26th Bring the good wishes of St. Brendan’s and invite those you visit to a special event. Live our mission statement: “Go, Baptize and Teach
Contact: Dan Henkel stbrendansfamilymissions@gmail.com;  404-606-8326
Location: Start at the Faith Formation Center


Valentine’s Date Night
Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with the one you love by treating them to this special date night.  Mass begins at 5:00 and includes a renewal of vows– followed by a talk and romantic dinner in the Social Hall.  This sells out quickly so do not delay in reserving your spot by contacting Don!
Sunday, February 14, 2015-  5:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Church and Social Hall
Contact: Don Conklin- dconklin@stbrendansatl.com
Church Childcare will be available for a reasonable fee. Please RSVP for Childcare with the following link: http://www.jotformpro.com/stbrendan/Childcare


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Science TESTS Faith Lenten Parish Mission Invite everyone you know to hear nationally known speaker, and head of You Shall Believe- Tim Francis, presents this awe inspiring Mission. Increase your belief in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and become motivated to a closer relationship with Jesus this Lent.  Sun. 2/28/16  & Mon. 2/29/16-6:30-9:00  Location: Church and Narthex
Contact: Don Conklin – dconklin@stbrendansatl.com; 214-563-0634

Home Based Small Faith Groups   group_13695ac

Start a small “Faith Group” in your home. Below are three samples of “Home Faith” group studies you could start:

The 4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic— by Matthew Kelly
Discover what it means to be a “Dynamic Catholic” and learn the simple steps to become one.

Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission— by John Wood
5 Steps To Winning the War Within.  Learn how to know yourself and make godly decisions.

Catholicism DVD Series— by Father Robert Barron
This is an engaging and interesting formational program which uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church

Do you have another home-based faith group suggestion?  Please let us know!
Contact: Don Conklin – dconklin@stbrendansatl.com

Home Rosary Group (bilingual- English/Malayalam)
Fridays- 7:00 P.M.
Contact: Jimmy Koyan – jimmy.koyan@gmail.com; 706-877-4294

College Break Club college_10097c
Get together over the summer with HS graduates and students on college break to have fun and hear some great wisdom from Fr. Matthew.
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St. Brendan’s Breaking Bread  lk2435c
Enjoy fellowship, prayer and a meal with other parishioners.  This is a great way to meet others and become involved in your parish community.
Contact: Mark and Tina Gannon – markandtina.gannon@gmail.com; 706- 531-8285
Coming Soon