Adult Formation – Classes

Classes & Online Formation

Couple Prayer Series

The Couple Prayer Series was created to help married couples pray together as husband and wife. No matter what you’ve been through, or what nervousness you still may carry, please, give God a chance to bless you as you pray together.  Couple Prayer really does change everything!


Couple Prayer Series will be on Monday Evenings from April 8, 2024 – May 13, 2024 for 6 Weeks total. 

Couple Prayer Series Registration

Discernment of Spirits

How do we know what God wants us to do in life? That’s the question for people in discernment, isn’t it? We know that God wants all of us to be united with God, serve God, and share our gifts in service. But how? For each of us that’s different.


To “discern” means to try to figure out what God wants us to do. How do we know? How do we find out? It’s not easy. Fortunately, St. Ignatius of Loyola offers time-tested guidelines for the discernment of spirits to help us discover what God is calling us to do in the big and small decisions of our lives. He explains important rules and concepts that have proven to be essential for our spiritual growth — rules that can be applied to our daily lives to help us move closer to God, towards a better understanding of the movements of our hearts, and to deepen our spiritual lives.


Discernment of Spirits will be Mondays, starting on October 2nd from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Music Room, located directly behind Sheltz Fellowship Hall.


Participants may wish to purchase “The Examen Prayer” by Timothy Gallagher.

Discernment of Spirits Registration

Fatima - First Saturday Study

Join with others to understand the Fatima message as well as the unique importance of the First Saturdays within the context of the entire Fatima Message.


Discussion content is from the book, Fatima and the First Saturdays (Paperback, 2nd edition). The Study Group covers: The apparitions of the Angel of Peace, Our Lady’s six appearances at Fatima, the three important appearances after Fatima, and crucial information related to the First Saturdays found in Sr. Lucia’s letters and locutions up to 1945.


Visit Communal First Saturday’s website for more information and to REGISTER FOR THE STUDY GROUP


For information about the Communal First Saturday Monthly Devotion on the First Saturday of every month. CLICK HERE.

Fatima - First Saturday Study Registration

Lord Teach Me to Pray

Lord Teach Me To Pray (LTMTP) is a three-part Ignatian prayer series developed as an outreach program in 2001 to meet the desire for men and women for on-going spiritual growth as they respond to the call to holiness, to a deeper commitment to Jesus Christ, and participation in the New Evangelization. Through facilitated faith-sharing communities, it endeavors to bring the Holy Spirit into our daily lives in facilitated faith-sharing prayer communities, where, the Lord, Himself, teaches them to pray.

Note: At this time LTMTP is offered only to women. Only women facilitators facilitate groups for women. 

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Marriage + Family Series

The Marriage and Family Ministry hosts various events throughout the year. On Saturday’s there will be a new speaker and topic. See below for the schedule:

  • September 30, 2023 – 8:30 AM – 12PM
    One in the Lord Seminar hosted by Dcn. Tom Vicknair.
  • October 14 & 28, 2023 – 8:30 AM – 12 PM
    Love & Respect Seminar. Childcare will be available.
  • November 11, 2023 – 8:30 AM – 12 PM
    Dcn Rick & Elaine Vogel will speak on Couple Prayer. Childcare will be available.
  • December 2, 2023 – 8:30 AM – 12 PM
    Joan Sabino will speak on Care Giving & Alzheimer’s. Childcare will be available.
  • January 20, 2024 – 8:30 AM – 12 PM
    Dcn Mitch & Karen Vicknair will speak on Raising Kids God’s Way. Childcare will be available.
  • February 17, 2024 – 8:30 AM – 12 PM
    Five Love Languages hosted by Jose & Gina Ferreira. Childcare will be available.
Register for Marriage & Family Series

Theology of the Body for Women

To understand God’s plan for love and marriage, we must follow the words of Jesus Christ and look back ‘to the beginning’ before sin entered our story to see marriage and family God’s way. Saint John Paul II would spend the first five years of his pontificate explaining to Catholics the powerful and beautiful truths about human love in the divine plan. It is known as the Theology of the Body and its teachings are needed now more than ever.


This course will meet at 10:00 am on the first Thursday of the month beginning September 7, 2023 through April 30, 2024 in the St Teresa Center room 120. The cost is $120 and includes all 7 Sessions. Scholarships may be available.

Theology of the Body Registration

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Safe Environment Program

Safe Environment Training


From the Office of Child and Youth Protection:

After reviewing the evaluation and in an ongoing effort to better meet the needs of parishes, the Presbyteral Council recommended that we move forward with a new on-line training program called The CMG Connect Safe Environment Program.  This program provides informed quality training and content, current best practices, advanced compliance technology, and is user friendly.  Beginning January 1, 2019, The CMG Connect Safe Environment program will be used by all clergy, religious, deacons, employees, volunteers, and groups in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.  



The Archdiocese of Galveston Houston has replaced VIRTUS with The CMG Safe Haven online training program. This training consists of 3 vignette style training videos that is approximately 90 minutes and will include a criminal background check that must be completed. These trainings are available in English and Spanish. The Diocese will no longer offer live trainings, all Safe Environment trainings will only be available online.


Who should be trained?

All clergy, employees, contracted school personnel, and volunteers over the age of 18, who work in any capacity with or around children, the elderly, adults with special needs, vulnerable adults, or adults “in a vulnerable position” are required to complete the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training. A criminal background check must be submitted and reviewed before they may begin employment or volunteer at schools or with ministries, groups, movements, and organizations. In addition, the mandatory renewal training must be completed every 5 years and a new background check submitted. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Safe Environment compliance training and renewal training is a condition of employment and for volunteer ministry in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.


St. Anthony of Padua requires all adults volunteering with our parish be in compliance with the Safe Environment qualifications.

How do I access the training modules?

• If you have a VIRTUS account: Log into with your previous personal VIRTUS user id and 1234 as the password. Once logged in you will have the ability to change your password. This is recommended.
• If you do not have a VIRTUS account: Log into, and follow the instructions. Note: Your legal name (on your driver’s license/passport) is the name that one needs to use when registering. Not doing so may prohibit your information from being processed.


How often do I need to take the training?


If you have been VIRTUS trained in the past your information has been imported to CMGConnect. Please log in to using the instructions above to verify that all your information is accurate, and you are up to date in your trainings.
• If you are not in compliance the program will direct you to the training sessions you are required to take.


You will be required to take the training every 5 years. Please make sure your email address stays up to date at the CMGConnect website since this is how training notifications will be sent. Any questions can be directed to your staff ministry lead. If you are having a problem accessing your account information you can contact our Safe Environment Coordinators.

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