SAINT WILLIAM ADULT FAITH FORMATION
NEW PROGRAMS FOR 2014
ON-GOING SCRIPTURE STUDY: The Book of Isaiah
A 13-Week study from Little Rock Scripture Series
Mondays, Jan. 6 - March 31, 2014
7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
In the Bible, the primary role of the prophet is to speak for God, to see and hear as God
sees and hears, and then to pronounce words of correction and hope. In Isaiah, we
encounter God's accusations against Israel; the holiness of God; hope for a new Messiancic king;
oracles against foreign nation;prophecies of restoration; and challenges for exiles returning to their homeland.
` The book of Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Old Testament writing
other than the Psalms. This 13-- session study includestheStudy Guide by Clifford M. Yeary and Catherine
Upchurch, and the New Collegeville Bible Commentary,"Isaiah" by Leslie J. Hopppe (Liturgical Press).
Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM, is an adjunct professor at Catholic Theolgical Union. He has written several books
on biblical studies and archeaeology, including The Holy City: Jerusalem in the Theology of the Old Testament
(Liturgical Press, 2000). He is a former editor of The Bible Today and currently serves on its
Please call Sr, Christa to register 261-5831
CATHOLICS WELCOME HOME
Tuesdays, March 11th - April 15th, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Ministry Center - Room 7
Facilitator: Sr. Christa Cunningham and Team
This course is for Catholics who have been away from the Church for some time. For whatever reason you
have been away, and regardless of the length of time, we invite you to renew your relationship with the
Catholic Church. We will address any questions you may have and will, hopefully, help you feel at home
once again. for more information or to register, please call
Sr. Christa at 261-5831.
MAKING SENSE OUT OF SUFFERING
Thursday, March 6, 7:00 PM
Facilitator: Fr. George Ratzmann
Christians have a unique perspective on suffering. Although we do not seek out
suffering, as Christians we know that suffering can be salvific. We need look no
further than the cross to realize that. We also know that suffering arises out of
freedom to make choices, both good and bad, and freedom is necessary for us
to freely receive God's love and freely love God in return. As Christians, we
know that when we suffer, we never suffer along. The God of compassion
suffers with us.
FRIDAY LENTEN SOUP NIGHTS
March 7, March 14, March 28, April 4, and April 11
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
Friday, March 21
Stations of the Cross at 5:30PM.
After the Stations, all are welcome to join in on this simple meal of soup,
bread, and water as part of your Lenten Journey.
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
Wednesday, March 12 to April 16
9:00-11: 00 AM
Ministry Center Hall
Facilitator: Sr. Christa Cunningham, OP
From the moment of our creation and throughout biblical history, God has desired to enter into an intimate
communion with humanity. God, who loves us beyond comprehension, has chosen to give us His very Body, Blood,
Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist. It can truly be said that the Catholic Mass is the most amazing event on earth.
As Catholics, we know that the Mass is the center of our Faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses
and the gestures. But do we know what it all means. This five-part study provides a unique tour of the timeless Liturgy.
With the revised translation of the Mass, we will explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience
in Mass and will understand their profound significance.
We will come to know and understand the Mass like never before. We will see words and gestures of the Mass in a new light, leading us to a richer more fruitful worship experience.
There will be a $20.00 fee for the textbook and the workbook.
MEN’S RETREAT: BECOMING A MAN OF GOD
Saturday, March 15th
9:00am to 2:30pm
Presenters: Fr. George Ratzmann, Mike Mahr and Team
Men, have you felt a desire to do more to deepen your faith this Lent? Have you desired to
encounter the Lord in a more profound way together with other men who share your Christian values? This is an excellent opportunity to prepare to enter more deeply into Lent and to prepare yourself spiritually for the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus during Holy Week and the Easter season. Come and give God your time. This is your chance to come together
with other men who seek to do God’s will. A few hours on a Saturday can change your life!
Please call 261-5831 to register. Lunch will be provided for $10.00.
A Crime Against Humanity
Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Ministry Center Hall
Facilitator:Elizabeth M. Donovan
Recently, the Vatican hosted an international workshop entitled “Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery.” A
statement issued after the workshop announced that “Trafficking in human beings in all its forms, and in
particular trafficking for sexual exploitation and prostitution, must be declared a crime against humanity.”
The statement urged that all “have a moral and legal duty to eradicate this human rights violation.”
On Thursday evening, January 16, Professor Elizabeth Donovan, who directs the Human Trafficking Law Clinic
at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, will define human trafficking, explain its existence in Florida, the
United States, and the world, and share how each of us can combat this crime against humanity.
THE SACREDNESS OF MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:00pm in Ministry Center Hall
Presenter: Fr. George Ratzmann
So often, people think that church teaching is a long list of “No’s”. However, Catholic be-lief about marriage and sexuality is really about “Yes’s”. Yes to the dignity of the human person; Yes to the sacredness of the union between husband and wife; and Yes to sexuality as a reflection of physical, emotional and spiritual union. Catholics are not against sex, we just believe it is sacred, much too sacred to trivialize.
We hope you will be able to come to one or more of the programs.
Sister Christa Cunningham, OP
Director Adult Faith Formation
Sister Christa Cunningham