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Adult Education

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In the digital age, opportunities abound for learning more about our Catholic faith for access to your Catholic Faith on line check out Formed.org, click “Sign Up”, then “Sign up as a Parishioner”, then enter “St. Joseph Cottleville” to find our church..

The website for the Archdiocese of St. Louis has many resources and links.

The St. Louis Review offers great inspirational and informational reading as well as online content.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides important pastoral messages and programs on topics from Life Issues to the Defense of Marriage to the new Roman Missal (Mass Prayers) to be introduced later this year.

You can go directly to the Vatican website and hear Pope Francis ‘s weekly address at St. Peter’s.

If you wish to pursue an academic course of study, the Catechetical Formation Program is open to all with special scholarships for our teachers, programs in the winter and spring .

If you would like to learn more about your faith, or if you are looking to become Catholic,  visit our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) page .

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

A journey of Faith and an investigation into the truths of the Catholic Christian tradition. The RCIA RCIC is designed for those persons interested in joining the Church and those wanting to find out more about the Church, those who have never been baptized and seek initiation into the Catholic Church, and those who have been previously baptized into other Christian denominational churches and wish to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church through Confirmation and First Eucharist. Sessions include prayer, reflection on Scripture, and instruction on topics of belief: sacraments, morality, prayer, church history and others. For additional information

For additional information, contact

Rev. Clark Maes
Associate Pastor
441-0055 Ext. 109

Catechetical Formation Program

The Archdiocese of St. Louis offers an excellent resource for learning about all aspects of the Church. The Catechetical Formation Program provides college-level continuing education and formation in Catholic doctrine, Sacred Scripture, liturgy, morality, spirituality, pastoral theology and catechetical methodology for adults. Classes are offered live or online. Each class is 2 credit hours and lasts 10 weeks. There are three sessions each year: spring, summer, and fall. Sign up early to ensure you get into the class of your choice.

Parishioners of St. Joseph Cottleville can take these classes FREE OF CHARGE. Here is what some parishioners who have already taken advantage of this opportunity have to say about the classes:

“This has been life changing for me. My understanding and knowledge of the Catholic Faith deepened.”

“I loved the online part; it made it so convenient. The videos made me feel like I was back in school again. After graduating from college 22 years ago, it was exhilarating to be taking a 2 credit college course paid for by the church. My mind and soul are renewed. And interacting with many other students on line helps to really feel like you aren’t alone in the journey. As well as a teacher who is so knowledgeable and yet gentle in his explanations. It took some time and effort but it was so worth it.”

“My faith has grown tremendously from the Catechism classes I have taken.
I understand so much more about what the Church teaches and why.”

To find out more about the classes available or to register, visit the Archdiocese website, or call 314-792-7060. When registering, please choose “Bill to Parish” and indicate St. Joseph Cottleville #0316 in order to have the registration fee waived.