Adult Faith Formation

"Faith seeks understanding":it is intrinsic to faith that a believer desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith, and to understand better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn call forth a greater faith, increasingly set afire by love. the grace of faith opens "the eyes of your hearts" to a lively understanding of the contents of Revelation: that is, of the totality of God's plan and the mysteries of faith, of their connection with each other and with Christ, the center of the revealed mystery. "The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by his gifts, so that Revelation may be more and more profoundly understood." In the words of St. Augustine, "I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #158)

Adult Faith Formation at St. Clare's Parish has two goals:
  1. To form a parish that is vitally alive in faith. We seek to provide a parish climate and an array of activities and resources designed to help adults more fully understand and live their faith.

  2. To form adults who actively cultivate a lively baptismal and eucharistic spirituality with a powerful sense of mission and apostolate. Nourished by word, sacrament, and communal life, they will witness and share the Gospel in their homes, neighborhoods, places of work and centers of culture.

In short, the aim of this program is to do everything we can to support and encourage each member of this parish on his or her spiritual journey with Jesus Christ.

Adult Faith Formation Events and Information

Single Together is a social group for men and women ages 50 and over who are single for any reason. Meetings are usually held on the last Sunday of the month from 4 to 6 pm in the Murphy Faith Formation Center located below the Lady Chapel. Check the Sunday bulletin for more details. All are welcome. 




Wednesday, September 4 – 6:00PM:  International Food Night @ Jac Mao, 1771 Hylan Blvd.  A party menu will be available at approximately $33.00.  (The final cost represents the base cost of $24.95 plus 8.875% NY sales tax & 20% gratuity).  Call Bob @ 718-356-6361 for your reservation.


Saturday, September 7 – 12:00PM:  Walk on the Boardwalk in Midland Beach (weather permitting).  Meet in the parking lot by the fishing pier on Father Capodanno Blvd, half block from Seaview Ave  If you are interested in participating, please call Maureen Rachlin @ 347-733-7507.


Sunday, September 8 – 12:00PM:  Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet @ The Historic Old Bermuda Inn, 2512 Arthur Kill Road.  Brunch will consist of assorted fresh baked breads, a pancake station, omelet station, carving station, fruit and salad bar, plus a variety of entrees, and a dessert table.  A Bloody Mary or Mimosa is included, along with unlimited coffee and tea.  The cost will beapproximately $40.00.  (The final cost represents the base cost of $31.00 plus8.875% NY sales tax and 20% gratuity.)  Please call Maureen Rachlin @ 347-733-7507 to make your reservation.


Tuesday, September 10 – 9:00AM:  Atlantic City Bus Trip to Resorts Casino Hotel – Assemble for the bus in front of Greenridge Cards, Greenridge Plaza, Arthur Kill Road & Richmond Avenue.  PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $45.00 DUE BOB BY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5.  You will be receiving a $35.00 credit in slot play to gamble at Resorts.  Call Bob @ 718-356-6361 to reserve your seat.

Thursday, September 12 – 10:45AM:  Meet at the Eltingville Transit Center (Arthur Kill Road & Richmond Avenue) for our trip to the Feast of San Gennaroin Little Italy, New York City via Express Bus.  Please give yourself enough time if you need to buy or replenish a Metrocard!  If you don’t live in the vicinity of the Eltingville Transit Center and wish to join us along the route of the SIM 1c Express Bus, please make arrangements with Bob.  Also, it is important that we have your cell phone number in case of any trip changes.  Remember to keep it turned on.  While in Manhattan, we will enjoy checking out Little Italy’s best restaurants, colorful parades and free concerts.  (This event will be weather permitting.)  Call Bob @ 718-356-6361 for additional information and to advise him if you are interested in attending.

Wednesday, September 18 – 12:45PM:  Lunch @ La Strada, 139 New Dorp Lane.  A party menu will be available at approximately $27.00.  (The final cost represents the base cost of $21.00 plus 8.875% NY sales tax & 20% gratuity). Call Bob @ 718-356-6361 for your reservation.

Thursday, September 19 – 3:30PM:  Join us for a fun afternoon of plaster painting @ Plasterland, 29 Giffords Lane.  You will have a wide selection of pieces to choose from with prices ranging from $13 - $25.  Please call Maureen Rachlin @ 347-733-7507 if you wish to attend.

Wednesday, September 25 – 6:00PM:  Monthly Dinner @ Marina Café, 154 Mansion Avenue.  A prix fixe menu will be available at approximately $34.00.  (The final cost represents the base cost of $26.00 plus 8.875% NY sales tax & 20% gratuity).  Call Bob @ 718-356-6361 to make your reservation.


Sunday, September 29 – 4:00-6:00PM:  Singles Together Monthly Meeting @ St. Clare Murphy Faith Formation Center, 110 Nelson Avenue.  Our Guest Speaker will be Melissa Lanza, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner.  She will be discussing stress reduction and dealing with adversity.




Sunday, October 6 – 2:00PM:  “Evita” @ Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd.  Ticket cost is approximately $28.00 and in order to secure your ticket, Bob must receive your payment NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12.  As there will not be an August monthly meeting, please call Bob @ 718-356-6361 to make ticket payment arrangements.  Dinner will follow @ 5:30PM @ Blue Restaurant, 1115 Richmond Terrace.  Cost will be per menu plus 8.875% NY sales tax and 20% gratuity.

Sunday, November 17 – 2:00PM:  “She Loves Me” @ Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd.  Ticket cost is approximately $28.00.  Information on ticket payment date and post-theatre dinner location will be available at a later date.  Call Bob @ 718-356-6361 for additional information.

Saturday, December 7 – 8:00PM:  “A Holiday Doo Wop Spectacular 2019” @ St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street, starring Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Vogues, The Crystals, Eddie Holman, The Classics, The Elegants, The Fireflies and Bobby Brooks Wilson with a tribute to his father, Jackie Wilson.  The balcony ticket cost is $49.00.   If you are interested in attending, Bob will coordinate ticket payment.  Payment due date will be advised.  Please contact Bob @ 718-356-6361 for additional information.




Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue:  “The 40th Annual Richmond County Fair”, Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 12:00-6:00PM.  Adults - $10 * Seniors/Students $8 * Children $5.  As Staten Island’s only County Fair, the grounds of Historic Richmond Town will host one of the biggest, longest running and well-attended festivals in the county – all while supporting local businesses and authentic Staten Island staples!  Ticket purchase information is available at


Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee Street:

Saturday, September 7, 11:00AM-4:00PM  “1776 Peace Conference Celebration”.    A live reenactment of the September 11, 1776 Peace Conference, with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge meeting with Lord Admiral Howe.  There will be colonial music and dancing, 18th-century crafts, and historic house tours.  Cost:  $5.00 Adults; $3.00 Seniors; $3.00 Children under 12.  Contact # 718-984-6046.






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Meeting Christ in Everyday Life is  a program of prayer, music, scripture reading and reflection based on Ignatian spirituality.

It is led by Manresa companions Bob Giugliano, Ph.D. and Rick D’Aversa. Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month at 10 am in the chapel in the Presentation Center. Mass is celebrated at 9 am in the Lady Chapel for those who wish to attend.

All are welcome.

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Committee Members

Marcy Dabbene

Lianne Ericsson

Bernice Fisher

Michael Hillers

Maureen Italiano

Gale LaForge

Mary Mahoney

Marilyn Marotti

Ginger Miller

Maureen Rachlin

Jo N. Rossicone

Claire Smith

Tom Tuminello

Valerie Winslow