What do we really mean by “God"? Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people thanks to bestselling books such as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great. How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God? In this new six-part film series and study program, Bishop Robert Barron reaches into our rich intellectual tradition to teach us how. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI, he uncovers a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God". Who is God? And why does he matter? Watch this series and you'll not only learn the answers yourself, but you'll discover how to share them with others - especially those who no longer believe. There will be video presentations and time for sharing. Sessions are held between Sunday morning Masses, except on K of C Breakfast weekends. All are welcome!
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. Breaks from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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 The Bible Study Timeline. 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 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! Breaks from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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This course offers a foundational theology of ministry rooted in Baptism. Particular focus will be given to the role of the laity in ministry and various types of ministry will be explored. This course provides experience and formation to enable the student to learn a variety of ministerial skills. Sessions are held Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3.
A liturgical environment that celebrates the awe of God’s presence and saving deeds cannot be satisfied with anything less than beautiful. The beauty is related to the holy. This course gives all involved with Liturgy knowledge of the Sacraments, the Catholic rites, the Liturgical year, and the faithful’s devotional life in order to equip them to create a sacred environment in which the divine-human encounter can most readily occur. The goal is to care for all the elements of worship, ensuring that the total environment is clean, appropriate, authentic, beautiful, and accessible. The course will present the Liturgical documents as they pertain to sacraments and other rites, environment, liturgical space, church appointments, and the sacristy. This course is required to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry. Sessions are held Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on September 5, 12, 19, October 10.
Pope's Prayer Intention: Lapsed Christians
That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.
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.