SAINT WILLIAM ADULT FAITH FORMATION
NEW PROGRAMS FOR 2014
Let’s Celebrate the Canonization of
Two of the Churches Greatest Heroes
Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
Presenter: Cheryl A. Geary
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:15—11:00am or
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:00-8:30pm
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014, Catholics all over the world will be gathering for this profound spiritual
moment as we celebrate two popes who brought about the most compelling changes and advancements of Church in our
Pope John XXII: He is most remembered for unexpectedly calling forth the Second Vatican Council, for his unforgettable
phrase "Open the Windows of the Church" and for his contagious joy and love of the Holy Spirit. Few, however,
are intimately familiar with his personal life, spiritual journey, and the building blocks of his development leading up
the his papacy. Thus, considerable time will be spent this evening reflecting on his very own diary entitled: Journal of
Pope John Paul II: Loved and acclaimed throughout the world by Catholic and non-Catholic alike, he is best remembered
as "John Paul the Great." The first non-Italian Pope in 455 years, he changed the course of world history by his
love of God, friend and enemy, and by faithfulness to his Catholic and Polish roots. His work with President Reagan
and Lady Margaret Thatcher succeeded in bringing down the Berlin Wall and liberating Europe from the reign of communism.
Many are familiar with his personal journey through numerous books and documentaries. Yet, more can be
learned about his undying hope in the face of suffering and evil itself. One of his encyclicals that best exemplifies this
is entitled: On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering.
Our speaker, Cheryl A. Geary, holds a master's degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in
Cromwell, CT, where she served as graduate Professor of Theology. She and her husband John joined St. William Parish
in August 2013.
Monday, April 28, 7:00—9:00 PM
Ministry Center Hall
Presenter: Fr. Murchadth O’Madagain
In our increasingly busy and noisy world how are we expected to listen to the Lord
in prayer? In this talk on Centering Prayer Fr. Murchadh O’Madagain will introduce us to the practice of silent prayer, how it is done
and what it means to ‘be still’ in God’s presence. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive
the gift of contemplative prayer, in which we experienceGod's presence within us. Centering
Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with Godand as a movement beyond conver-sation with Christ to communion with Him.
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.
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.
cHECK BACK SOON FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS!
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