Adult Education Ministries


This is a team of Pastoral Council members and others that discuss bible study and classes on a variety of topics to be offered throughout the year. Join our planning team to explore new topics of interest, promote the programs, recruit and train facilitators, and help the facilitators and groups throughout their sessions.

This group meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm at St. Anthony High School. Old Testament and New Testament DVD series are offered. These courses consist of round table discussions on the weekly readings and learning from the respected and knowledgeable theologian Jeff Cavins. Anyone is invited to attend.

St. Anthony Church will offer Bible Study on Thursdays at noon in the St. Anthony Parish Center. Bible Study will also be offered at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesdays, at 6:00pm. Please bring your bible. Everyone is welcome and no registration is necessary.

DeColores is a laity led Christian ministry with a mission to renew the faith of Christians and to encourage and equip them to serve Jesus Christ more effectively at home, at their church, and in their world. DeColores offers four spiritual retreat weekends each year, two in the spring and two in the fall. The first weekend each season is set aside for men followed by a weekend for women. The retreat weekend activities are designed to reinforce individual commitment to Christ through piety, study, and action. We invite parishioners to join DeColores weekend and spend time with fellow Christians.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony is one of the most important times of faith in a couple's life. In addition to meeting with a priest in preparation of their wedding, engaged couples have the opportunity to be mentored through a married couple of the parish. Married couples are invited to serve as mentors for those couples preparing for the sacrament of marriage. Mentor couples guide engaged couples through a marriage-preparation program and share the joys and challenges of marriage with the engaged. Mentor couples set the engaged couple on a blessed path to the Sacrament of Matrimony while enriching their own marriages and deepening their own faith.

The Men's Study Group meets in the Parish Center on Friday mornings at 6:30 AM for a free continental breakfast and socializing. They wrap up at 7:30 AM. With solid Catholic teaching from Scripture, the Catechism, the Saints and more, they show how to become the man Christ calls you to be and gives you the tools to make it happen.

Mom’s Ministry is a group for Catholic moms to meet for support in family life and grow in our Catholic faith. Our mission is prayer, education, and fellowship. All moms are welcome who still have children in their care. mandatory attendance is not required. We meet from 8:00-9:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday in the months of August, September, October, January, March & April at the High School Chapel and room 7:7.

PSR is open to all public school students entering grades Kindergarten through 8 for the school year. Volunteer instructors are needed annually to staff each grade or to assist. Through formal education and by their example, these catechists aid parents in bringing their children into a fuller understanding of our Catholic Faith.

If you are a married couple and enjoy living your faith, you can help engaged couples prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony. St. Anthony offers Pre-Cana class on the 1st Sunday in March each year. Our married couples share various aspects of their married life for the benefit of the engaged couples.

The right to life of every individual from conception to natural death is one of the primary tenets of our Catholic faith. This ministry is dedicated to raising the consciousness of our parish and community on the importance of maintaining that right. Join us in prayer and action as we live our Catholic faith in selfless service. Luminaries for Life and The 40 Day Prayer Campaign are seasonal events for our group.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process of study and prayer with Baptism or Profession of Faith, Confirmation, and First Eucharist taking place usually at the Easter Vigil. All RCIA classes are open to all parishioners. Parishioners are always welcome to attend and renew and deepen their understanding of the teaching and traditions of the Catholic Church while supporting RCIA candidates. Volunteers join the pastor, parochial vicars, and deacon to assist in the candidate preparation process, provide snacks, and act as sponsors for all candidates. No training is required, but be prepared to share your faith in a very practical manner.

Theology on Tap is a fresh new group of individuals from 21-40 years in age who want to learn more about their faith in a modern atmosphere. The vision for the group is to be an organization that taps into volunteer opportunities in our community, offers faith discussions, and gives young parishioners in the area a chance to meet new people with similar beliefs. Theology on Tap meets on the third Thursday of every month at Village Wine and Gifts on Banker Street, Downtown Effingham.