The purpose of our body is to glorify God who created us in His image and likeness. Our Church has a rich tradition of understanding how our entire being is created good and we need to treat our bodies with great respect. Coming out of the teachings of St. Pope John Paul II, this study makes it accessible to all. If you desire to discover and live out the fullest meaning and purpose of your life, then this study is for you! We will have DVD presentations, discussion questions, and commentary to enrich the dialogue. All are welcome! Sessions are held between Sunday morning Masses, except on K of C Breakfast weekends.
The presence of the Catholic Church in the United States reaches back to the founding days of our country through the leadership of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States. His story, like other stories at the start of the chapters in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, gives us a glimpse into the lives of Catholics who lived out their faith throughout our country's history. Each chapter in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults includes stories, doctrine, reflections, quotations, discussion questions, and prayers to lead the reader to a deepening faith. We will have DVD presentations, questions for discussion, and group sharing. Please join us on Mondays in the Zimmerman Conference Room.
Peace Lutheran Church and St Thomas More are happy to present this book study on the many areas of conversation between the two traditions. Pastor Michael Ide and Deacon Wayne Talbot will facilitate questions and discussion on the current status of the dialogue and how we can continue to move forward. There are many ways the traditions agree and yet there still remains some division. The group resumes at Peace Lutheran on January 11 and then switches between the two locations. Please join us for this lively study.
If you would like to have a deeper relationship with God, a better understanding of your faith, and fellowship with other men of faith, you are invited to join Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible. It is a great way to get the big picture of the Bible and see how our Catholic faith is rooted in Scripture. You'll see how the Bible reveals God's loving plan for your life, and you will learn helpful ways to put your faith into practice. The study includes a series of eight informative and engaging half-hour videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video presentation will be followed by a lively group discussion. All men are welcome!
NEW! Catholic’s DIVORCE HEALING Program - St Thomas More is pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting, new DVD ministry to men and women who have suffered from divorce: The Catholic’s DIVORCE SURVIVAL Guide. This program features 30-minute DVD shows each week that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more. Whether you got divorced ten days ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone. We will begin Apr 18.
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A study of the nature of the church as it has been understood through the centuries. The course begins will the New Testament, progresses through the Fathers of the Church, examines the ecclesiology of Vatican II and concludes with a study of post-Vatican II. Sessions are held Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 18, 25.
The class focuses on basic precepts of celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy within the parish including principles for liturgical preparation and music selection. Attention is given to the Liturgical Documents that guide liturgical ministries, preparation that invites participation of assembly/congregation, and spirituality for liturgical musicians and ministers. Sessions are held Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on January 25, February 1, 8, 15.
Pope's Prayer Intention for February: Comfort for the Afflicted
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
www.flocknote.com/catechism - a website for a daily reading from the Catechism. Great way to help you digest this document in easy-to-read bytes. Check it out!
www.flocknote.com/gospels - provides daily readings and commentary about the Gospel for the current year.
Year of Faith- It is important that we understand what our faith teaches. Our US Bishops have a couple resources that you can tap for catechesis. The US Catholic Catechism for Adults is a companion to the larger document that was published several years ago. There are several videos you can view on the website.
Disciples Called to Witness - Another important avenue is the emphasis on personal witness. We need to tell others and witness to others what being a Catholic is all about. The Bishops have a document called "Disciples Called to Witness".
Lighthouse Catholic Media CDs are available in the gathering space of our church. These CDs provide a great way to inspire your faith at your own convenience. Speakers include Matthew Kelly, Scott Hahn, and other vibrant people. Topics range from the Sacrament of Reconciliation to personal stories of conversion. Pick one up today for a suggested donation of $3.
OnDemand Catholic Update - If you like "Catholic Update," there is an online access to Catholic videos for catechists and parishioners. It comes from Franciscan media.
The Pope's prayer intention for January-- "Christian Unity.
That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.