Adult Education

St Anne Catholic Church, Bristol, Virginia.

History: In March 2002, at the request of the Parish Pastoral Council, an Adult Faith Formation Committee (AFFC) was formed. Their mission was to assess the religious education needs of adults in our parish, to plan, and to implement opportunities for our adults to grow in faith and in knowledge of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

Current AFFC sponsored parish opportunities for Adults:

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Protecting Gods' Children

We are all created in Gods' image and likeness. There is a scared dignity that needs to be accorded to every individual regardless of age. One of the responsibilities of the adults in our communities is to provide an environment of love, respect, and care for all our children and youth.

The Virtus Protecting Gods' Children program is part of the Diocese of Richmond's Safe Environment program. This program outlines the process whereby each parish and the entire diocese have created and will maintain a safe environment for all our children.

Every employee of the Diocese of Richmond and all volunteers that work with children and youth must attend a Protecting Gods' Children awareness session. After the initial session there are monthly bulletins on the internet that are to be read. For those unable to obtain access to the internet there are copies of the monthly bulletins in the parish and school library.

Upcoming VIRTUS dates:


Please help us to protect our precious children from the horrors of sexual abuse and ensure our parish and school is a safe place for all!

Let the Word of God influence your busy life!

"Year of Faith" Scripture Study begins the week of October 1, 2012. Sign ups begin mid-September. Watch the bulletin for more details. Study groups will meet as follows:

  • Monday 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 6:15pm - 7:45pm
All groups will meet in the Brady Youth Center


Little Rock Scripture Study can lead you to a:

  • Fuller understanding of the Bible
  • Richer appreciation of the faith tradition of the Church
  • Deeper, more personal relationship with God
  • Stronger sense of family, faith, and prayer
  • Fuller experience of Christian community


This Scripture study program combines personal Bible reading and study, small-group faith sharing, lecture, and prayer in an informal setting. Come join us and learn to make the real connection between your faith and your everyday life.

Little Rock Scripture studies are offered at different times and on different days throughout the week. For more information please contact:

Brown Bag Scripture Study at noon most Tuesdays of the summer. Bring your "brown lunch bag" and join us as we study the scripture that will be proclaimed at Mass next Sunday.

Parish Family Nights will be held on the following dates

October 3 – Topic: “An Introduction to Vatican II” – Life in the Church on the Eve of the Council, Decision to call a council, Opening days, Outline of major events, Influential persons of the council , Previous councils and their major outcomes The Documents of Vatican II The Four Constitutions Dinner Menu: Turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, salad, bread and dessert.

November 7 – Topic: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) Dinner Menu: Braised beef, oven roasted potatoes, baby carrots, salad, bread and dessert

December 5 – NO PFN

January – NO PFN

February 6 - Topic: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) Dinner Menu: Baked Lasagna, meat balls, Italian green beans, salad, bread and dessert

March 6 - Topic: Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) Dinner Menu: Roasted pork loin, beef vegetable soup, warm german potato salad, garden salad, bread and dessert

April – NO PFN

May 1 – Topic: (Cardinal Rigali - his personal experience of attending Vatican II ) Dinner Menu: Chicken parmesan, pasta, green beans, salad, bread and dessert

June 5 - Topic: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) Dinner Menu: Baked ham, baked macaroni and cheese, buttered corn, salad, bread and dessert

Each year, beginning in 2003, the adults of St. Anne's Parish community gather in late October for an overnight retreat of prayer, reflection, and fellowship. The retreat is usually held at the Jubilee House Retreat Center and attendance is possible for those who are unable to stay overnight. For questions or to volunteer to help with planning the retreat, please contact Sydney Farnum at 276-669-8200 ext 32 or
For questions or to volunteer to help with planning the workshop, please contact Sydney Farnum at 276-669-8200 ext 32 or

LARCUM (Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics and United Methodists in Covenant)

For more information, contact Sydney Farnum at 276-669-8200 ext. 32 or

Tuesday Morning Book Discussion Group

The next Book Discussion will begin Tuesday, January 8 at 10:00am at the Brady Youth Center. The book we will be discussing this session is Rome, Sweet Home by Dr. Scott Hahn. Tuesday Morning Book Club begins on Tuesday, January 14th, 10am-11am in the St. Vincent dePaul Center and on Thursday Evening, January 16th, 6:00pm-7:00pm in the St. Vincent dePaul Center. For more information please contact Sydney Farnum at:

SMARE calendar COMING SOON. Hospitality begins at 9:45am and the presentation begins at 10:00am in the greatroom.

The Parish Library is open during regular church office hours (9:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri) and before and after each Mass.

A card catalog is provided in the library to assist you in finding a particular book, video or audio tape. Materials may be checked out by signing the library card found in the book, video or tape and leaving it in the basket provided. Please return materials within 30 days to the blue return box provided. We also have many reference materials which can be used in the library. Reference materials cannot be removed from the library.

Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for a while (Mark, 6:31)

Slow down. Turn off the TV. Grab a book, and spend some quality time with God! Nothing could be easier.

Catechist Education

PATHWAYS seeks to provide a guide for the formation of those called to serve the community as catechists.

PATHWAYS seeks to provide standards of excellence in teaching skills which each catechist is invited to master.

PATHWAYS seeks to provide support for catechists desiring enrichment of their own faith by recommending study of the teachings of the Catholic faith.

PATHWAYS seek to provide official diocesan recognition of catechists for their study and development through a diocesan certification.

The Diocese of Richmond Catechetical Norms, “Called to Be Disciples,” require that catechists of adults, youth, and children be certified through a common process – PATHWAYS Training for Catechists.

Any questions, contact Sydney Farnum at 276-669-8200 ext. 32 or


Educational Opportunities for Catechists and Adult Rel. Ed.
Pathways Training for Catechists
Online Theology Courses from the University of Dayton
Online Theology Courses from Notre Dame



“YAMS – Good for the Soul” (ages 18-29).

"A Slice of Theology" for young adults (ages 18-29) Upcoming Events:

St. Anne’s Young Adult Ministry


  • Young adulthood is a passage of life when new decisions are made, paths are taken and a place is established in one’s community.
  • Young adult ministry is for those in their late teens, twenties, and thirties (singles or young families), with varied professions and goals.
  • It provides an opportunity to share friendship, fellowship and faith with other Catholic Christians.
  • If you are ages 18 – 39, please join us in young adult ministry. Sign up at the religious education table in the commons to receive email advertisement of Young Adult Ministry Activities.
  • Any questions about Young Adult Ministry can be directed to any of the YAM Leadership Team Members: Laura Berry - Holly Vining - Mary Johnson - Anthony Farnum - Andrew Fleenor and staff advisor, Sydney Farnum

Pope John Paul II, in his Homily at Sunday Mass, World Youth Day 1993, spoke of the importance of Young Adults to the life of the Church: “The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your ideals, in order to make the Gospel of life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming people’s hearts and the structures of society in order to create a civilization of true justice and love.” St. Anne Parish and the surrounding community need you!

If you are ages 18 – 29, please consider joining our Young Adult Ministry Group. Sign-up at the religious education table in the commons to be on the YAM email list.


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