Adult Formation

What is God calling you to do?

Formation Opportunities

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.”  ~ Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel

Our adult formation offerings are intended to bring us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church; this is the basis of discipleship. How can we love someone we don’t know? Knowledge of the faith allows us to walk more intimately with the Lord and lovingly articulate the faith to others. We invite you to join us as we encounter the Lord and his Church through a variety of spiritual courses.

Science, Faith and Reason

“Religion is just blind faith.” “Christians don’t believe established science.” “Believing in God is the stuff of fairy tales.” These claims, and many like them, have become increasingly common in our world. Possibly in workplace discussions or among friends. Definitely within schools and on the internet. The question is, how can we respond to them, and how can we protect ourselves and our families against such forcefully presented ideas?  

The men of St. Jude’s parish are invited to attend a presentation and discussion pertaining to how the Catholic faith relates to science and the robust intellectual history the Church has in defending her beliefs, especially against secular worldviews. Some of the discussion will include such topics as the position of the Church on scientific theories such as evolution and Big Bang Cosmology, whether science shows that only matter exists, and whether or not science is the only true kind of knowledge.   

Men of all ages and professions are free to attend, although it is particularly encouraged that fathers of children in middle and high school show up, along with their sons, in order to be given resources and skills in discussing these topics with teens, who are perhaps most impacted by these secular voices. A light meal will be provided after the evening Mass.    

The Pillars Program

The two-year class will be held in person on Monday evenings,
7:00 pm -9:00 pm, at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Oakdale

Being in community is so very important in our Catholic Faith. As such, class at Transfiguration will be held in person, allowing the faithful to gather together to grow in our love for Christ and knowledge of His Church. In light of the Covid-19 virus, if for any reason you need to miss a lecture, you can always join via live stream or watch the recording.

The deadline for applying is August 15, 2021. Space is limited and classes fill quickly. All components of the application are due at this time and MUST be mailed in together.

  • Completed and Signed Application (for appropriate location)
  • Personal Statement
  • A Letter of Recommendation from your pastor
  • $20 Non-refundable application fee 

Application for registration for Monday evenings at Transfiguration: 2021-2023 CI Application 

Learn more about the CI: Pillars Program—> Program Info

Completed Registration packets must be sent to:

Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute

Registration Department

The Saint Paul Seminary

2260 Summit Avenue

St. Paul, MN  55105 

The cost is $300 per module. There are four modules over the two-year period. The $300 tuition is paid prior to the beginning of each module. (Tuition adjusted for satellite sites noted on application.)

Questions about the application process or scholarships can be directed to Teresa Gockowski at

2021 Fall Schedule 

Opening Mass: Monday, Sept. 13 (Location To Be Determined) 

Mondays, Sept. 20 – Dec. 13 (Transfiguration, Oakdale —7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Formative Sessions, Saturdays, Oct. 16 & Nov. 13 (8:00 am – 11:00 am)

The fathers of St. Joseph is a confraternity of men who follow the timeless wisdom and example of the man who was father to the Son and son of the Father. With St. Joseph as our leader, each father strives to become as he became – an icon of God the Father. As God the Father entrusted His Son to St. Joseph’s care, we also strive to entrust ourselves as children, who are fathers, to this father who will teach us to father, and lead us to the Father. This way of fatherhood is called Joseph’s Way – The Call to Fatherly Greatness. Join us on this journey to discover the power of authentic fatherhood.

Join us on this journey every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am in the church, beginning January 16th. All men welcome!

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Regularly Scheduled Prayer & Adoration

Rosary before daily Mass, 8:40 – 9:00 am | Divine Mercy Chaplet following daily Mass

1st Friday of the Month, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Every Friday during Advent
Every Friday during Lent

Fridays, 7:45 – 8:45 am

Saturdays weekly 3:30 – 4:30 pm, or by appointment

First Saturday Devotion
Our Lady of Fatima
1st Saturday of the month
3:00 pm Rosary | 3:30 – 4:30 Reconciliation | 5:00 pm Mass
Click here to download “First Saturday Devotion”
You can also pick up a booklet in the Gather Space.
Contact: Lorie King

Rosary on the front steps of the church every Friday at 5:30 pm. We pray for peace in our world.


Divine Mercy Novena & Chaplet
Friday, April 15th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 16th, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday, April 17th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 18th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 19th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 20th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday, April 21st, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 22nd, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Holy Spirit Novena

May 15 – May 23rd

Divine Mercy Novena

April 10th – 18th

St. Jude Novena

October 19th – 27th

To receive the special novena via email sign up here.

Thinking about becoming Catholic or just want to learn about Catholicism? We warmly welcome you on this journey of exploration and discernment. Click here or contact Frank Pavlick.