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 OR EVENTS
Jesus & Java: Virtually! Questions due by July 17, new video uploaded by the end of July. Click here for more information.
Gratefulness - a weekly online course for summer: This online course is ongoing and closed. If you're interested in other options for discussions with other parishioners via email, phone, or video chat, please contact Kristi to discuss. if you're interested in auditing adult theology classes online, scroll below for some options.
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
Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Pennsylvania is doing "call in" prayers on Monday nights at 7pm. Just dial Toll Free: 877-309-2073 and use the Access Code: 203-179-085.
Also, you can click here for a PDF collection of at home prayers for Times of Healing, Illness, and Death
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.
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). Sign up for our email list by clicking here.
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.
Franciscan at Home through the Diocese
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.
UPCOMING "in person" EVENTS (tentative based on both civil and diocesan guidelines)
Bible Study on Paul's Letter from Prison: (tbd)- Mondays, 9:30 am.
"Talking about God" study series: (tbd) - Wednesdays, at 9:30 am.
What study would you like to attend?
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)
- 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