Adult Faith Enrichment Series
******* JANUARY *******
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
January 14 to March 18: Mondays at 9am in the Ministry Center Hall.
This Consoling the Heart of Jesus Group Retreat continues where the 33 Days to Morning Glory Group Retreat left off: with the help of Mary, hearing the thirst of Jesus for our love and consoling Him with our love and trust. Continue your small group experience with this powerful retreat, inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This group is organized by Fred & Barb Goduti, and features Fr. Antony Lukka as spiritual advisor. Each week consists of a video teaching, followed by small group discussion. There will be short readings you can reflect on each day. Fee $15 book only OR $30 for participant packet. Please RSVP with Susan at 239-776-7898. Learn more here.
Ongoing Scripture Study - Acts of the Apostles
begins Monday, January 14 at 7:00pm, Ministry Center Hall. Facilitated by Michael Mahr, $20 book fee but cost should not keep you away- just ask. Please pre-register by calling Karin at 776-7896
This study has 10 sessions. The Study Set includes the Study Guide by fr. Dennis Hamm. Each week features a video lesson and small group discussion, with daily readings and reflection on your own. Click here for more info.
Dennis Hamm, SJ, PhD, since 1975 has taught Scripture at Creighton University. He is author of the various journal articles and reviews, as well as the three-volume Let the Scriptures Speak, published by Liturgical Press (1999, 2000, 2001).
Acts tells the story of the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the early church from its beginnings at Pentecost, following the ascension of Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers the preaching of Peter, Paul, and the other disciples to take the faith from Jerusalem, to Judea, throughout Samaria and ultimately to the ends of the earth. It records the conversion of Paul and the momentous decision of the early church to welcome Gentiles as well as Jews into the church. Acts is the second volume of the literary work begun in the Gospel According to Luke.
January 17 to February 28, Thursdays 11am to Noon in the Ministry Center Annex. No fee or registration required.
Join other parishioners in practicing this way of reading and reflecting on Sacred Scripture in a slow and meditative way. Facilitated by Tom and Kathy M. Find out more about the prayer practice in general by clicking here. For questions specific to this series, please call Kristi at the parish office.
January 23 to February 20, Wednesdays, 9:15 am to 10:45 am in the Ministry Center Hall.
Bishop Barron is back with a new series, focusing on the beauty and importance of the Mass. This study will walk through the order of the Mass to receive inspiration and insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord, Jesus Christ. See how the Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm, how it revolves around a call from God and a response from his people, the Church, and most importantly, how we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist. $5 suggested fee to participate, $25 for study guide. Please RSVP with Susan at 239-776-7898.
******* FEBRUARY *******
Church History: 2000 Years of Tradition and Innovation
February 5 - March 26, Tuesday 10:30am - 12 noon in Ministry Center Hall. No fee, but small donations for snack costs are appreciated..
This study series, taught by Dr.Christopher Bellitto, is produced by Now You Know Media. A small class format lends to discussion after viewing each episode. Facilitated in person by Dr. Evelyn Allen.
"The chronicle of Catholicism can seem daunting, full of names, dates, places, and phrases. To get ahold of such a rich and diverse history requires guidance and a skillful approach.. In this brilliant survey course, you’ll explore the interaction between traditions of belief and innovate ways to describe, share, and live that faith. With award-winning historian Dr. Christopher Bellitto as your guide, you’ll look at the major periods of Church history: early, medieval, reformation, and modern. As you take this journey, you’ll examine what remained the same and what made a particular period unique."
Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography
February 5 - February 26, Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 am in Ministry Center Room 8. Facilitated by parishioner Lisa Wroble. Please RSVP with Susan 239-776-7898, as seats are limited.
Writing a memoir is all the rage and an item on many people’s bucket list, but an even greater legacy is to create a spiritual autobiography. Whether a simple letter, audio recording, or full-length autobiography, sharing what being Catholic means to you, memories of milestones in your life such as First Communion or Confirmation can inspire the young people in your life to deepen their faith, or help you do the same!
In a series of workshops you’ll learn what an spiritual autobiography is, forms it can take with examples, and questions and topics to get you started. You’ll also learn a few simple techniques to help engage the reader. Participants will also have a chance to share excerpts for feedback (solely voluntary) so the group can hear further examples for transforming their own stories.
Empty Nest: Time for Letting Go
February 8- 22, Fridays from 11am - 1pm in Ministry Center. Facilitated by parishioner Vanessa Kurtz Jaszczerski, Psy.D. and Kristi Jenkins, MA Theology. $5 book fee.
Are your children preparing to leave for college? Are you ready? This 3 week Bible Study and Discussion group is for parents preparing for or experiencing new living arrangements after a loved one moves out of the home. These prayerful reflections include: the Joseph story, Jesus' birth, and the last discourse of Jesus. Let the Word of God help you adjust, let go, and love anew. Contact Kristi at the office for more details. Reservations encouraged.
******* MARCH *******
March 13 (Augustine) and March 20 (Benedict) , Wednesdays from 9:15 am - 10:45 am in Ministry Center.
This NEW installment in Bishop Robert Barron's best-selling Pivotal Players series focuses on two incredible saints from the fourth and fifth centuries: St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Benedict of Nursia. Join us on either or both days for a gripping video presentation on their lives and influence, followed by small group discussion on what we just learned. Click here for more info on the series.
Coming in April & May
More small group study series, including a beginner's bible study and a topical study relating to the laity's potential responses to the abuse crisis.