Adult Faith Formation

Welcome to Adult Faith Enrichment during Quarantine

All in person events have been cancelled until further notice.  Even though we are six feet apart physically, we can continue to stay connected socially and spiritually. 

The resources on this page are meant to help you deepen your faith by learning and praying as you shelter in place. We'll update events or additional resources below (with the date it's added).   We'll also explore new ways to connect as well:  online meetings and videos in email with "text chat" functions to talk with each other.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETINGS

October 2020 - "The Real Story: Understanding the Big Picture of the BIble" Book Study

From October 12 through November 23, this weekly book study involves reading 2-3 chapters a week and discussing it with other parishioners via zoom.  Great for anyone looking to see the bible as one epic saga of God's love for humanity, this study focuses on how God draws us closer through covenants, culminating in Jesus.  (Parishioners are also welcome to study on their own).  Sign up by calling the main office 261-4883.  You can pick up a book the main office for a $5 donation, or have one mailed to you by ordering from Dynamic Catholic (about $6) or from Amazon.  We don't get a commission for the online links.

 Jesus & Java: Virtually!  ( Next Deadline:  October 20 )    Click here for more information.

LETTERS FROM PRISON, PART 2:  Starting in January 2021, this 5 week bible study uses individual reading and reflection, a zoom discussion, and an online video teaching each week.   "Letters from Prison, Part 2" explores Colossians and Ephesians.   Find out more (and order a book) from the publishers site by clicking here.   Or you can order direct from Amazon here (we do not get a commission for either link).

 

Online Catholic Teaching relating to Racism 

In light of current events, we can educate our minds and hearts by looking toward the Church.  In 2018, the Catholic Bishops of the United States published a formal statement on racism:  "Open Wide our Hearts They also published a pastoral letter on racism in 1979 (Brothers and Sisters to Us).  You can find both these statements as well as practical resources on this specific USCCB page (click here).

RESOURCES FOR MASS-AT-HOME 

While public Masses are currently being held in-person with pandemic regulations, the dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in the Diocese of Venice through August 31.  If you are worshiping from home, here are two ways you can honor the Lord's day: 

First option:  "attend" virtually, a live or recorded Mass.  Note: The Diocesan TV Mass is on Sundays at 10:30 am on Fox4.  Our Parish livestreams from our Church on Sundays at 9am, and daily weekday Mass at 8am.  Click our homepage or subscribe on our YouTube page for those notifications.

+ An article on Prayerful Participation in an Online Mass can be found on this page from the University of Notre Dame.

Second option: Pray the Scriptures for weekday Mass at home. You can reflect on the readings, pray the Lord's prayer and have a spiritual, if not physical, communion. 

You can find Mass readings at one of the following:   

* The US Bishops Website - website only, included audio version of bible readings.  Always free.

* The Magnificat is offering free access to the Mass readings on their digital app or online.  Plus a $5 trial membership for 3 months if you prefer a printed book!

* Give Us This Day is offering free access to readings and reflections, either through their app or as a PDF file to read or print.  Normal subscription fees are currently waived. 

 

OTHER PRAYERS ONLINE 

LITURGY OF THE HOURS

Here is a way to connect with the Church in her worldwide prayers on Sunday.  A good step by step guide is found on Keep the Lord's Day Holy.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK

Also, you can click here for a PDF collection of at home prayers for Times of Healing, Illness, and Death

CENTERING PRAYER

Online "chapels" to pray with others at the same time (a variety of virtual chapels with different times are listed). Learn more about this general style of prayer.  The St. William group meets on Friday mornings for 20 minutes of silent prayer, followed by fellowship and learning.  Until we can gather physically, we're praying together online.  If you're interested in gathering with us via video conferencing, please email Kristi.

 

STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE PARISH

Sign up for our email list by clicking here.

Click here to visit and like our Facebook page.

ONLINE LEARNING  

FORMED website subscription: this Catholic website offers high quality movies, e-books, study series, and audio programs.  Since we are unable to gather in large groups, we thought this was a great year to buy a subscription for YOU.  Sign up and see what interests you!  Just go to https://formed.org/signup 

  1. Search “Saint William, Naples” 
  2. Click on our parish when it comes up.
  3. They should NOT ask for any money or fees, as the parish already bought an annual subscription for all our parishioners.
  4. Enjoy exploring and learning!

Word on Fire ENGAGE with Bishop Barron.  Saint William Catholic Church provides all our parishioners with a subscription to Bishop Barron's content online.  This comes through our email list on Flocknote.  We host 'mini-courses' of shorter videos on a particular topic:  you can watch those videos, comment or reply right there, and/or forward the email video to family or friends.  You can also, through the link provided in the email, get complete access to all of Bishop Barron's content online (both study courses and other speeches or productions). 

Pillars of the Church from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame.  Click here for the free, self guided class on the basic doctrines of the Church.  If you'd like to be paired up with other parishioners to talk about the course and go through it together, please contact Kristi.

Virtual Learning Community from the University of Dayton.  This long established institution offers a variety of college level courses for minimal fees.  Take one class or enough to earn a certificate.  Click here for their homepage

Crossroads from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  Click here for their homepage.  Look for the "course schedule" to see what classes being on their summer session (starting in July).  Or peruse the courses in general.  For a small fee, you can take just one class, or enough specific ones to earn a certificate. 

Franciscan at Home through the Diocese of Venice Institute for Catholic Studies and Franciscan University in Stubenville.  Click here to learn more about this newer offering.

 

 

SPIRITUAL HELPS  

Grateful Living: From videos to articles, this site is full of inspiration to help us appreciate God's gifts in the present moment.  Click here for more.

Peaceful Inspiration:  Free, one minute audio reflections on nonviolence can be found on the Sisters of St. Francis website.

NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ADULT FAITH

I am working from home during this time, but will be checking my voicemail weekly and my email daily.  I'd love to help you through these times, so please reach out and ask, whether it's a specific question about the faith, to help you find an at-home resource, or a technology question related to either. 

Just call my office 239.261.5831 or through email by clicking here.    Peace, Kristi.   PS- our parish office remains open for phone calls, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR (Winter 2021) - either zoom or in person: TBD

  • Bible Study:  Ongoing Scripture Study
  • Fr. Gaitley 6 week study:  Consecration to the Father
  • Sr. Janet Schaeffler:  Lenten Morning of Reflection
  • Fr. Ed Shellito, Maryknoll Father, for the Lenten Mission
  • Small Christian Communities - More information is here.
  • Lectio Divina