Adult Faith Formation

Welcome to Adult Faith Enrichment for Winter 2021

All events will be held online. We  are striving to stay connected socially and spiritually. The resources on this page are either hosted by St. William or from trusted Catholic organizatinos, and are provided to help you deepen your faith by learning and praying in different ways.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETINGS

 Jesus & Java: Virtually (an ongoing, occasional Q&A series)      Click here for more information.

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What can we learn from a man in prison?  

Find out by joining in this 5 week online study of the letters of Colossians and Ephesians, written when Paul was in prison.  Starting Monday, January 11, zoom meetings at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm.  Just a book cost– $15 books available at the choir room office or find it online:  Letters from Prison, Part II” by Vincent Smiles, published by Little Rock Scripture Study.  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).

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WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD IN YOUR LIFE?  Reflect on your life with guided questions and exercises to discover when, where and how God has been acting in your life with this class on “Writing your Spiritual Autobiography.”  Tuesdays, January 26—February 16, on Zoom at 1:30 pm. Fee based. Series led by Lisa Wroble, local Catholic, past presenter, current editor & published author.   

To register online, click here.   To register with a live person, contact Susan in the Ministry Offices (Choir Room).

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LENTEN REFLECTION: LOSING THE WEIGHT OF THIS WORLD

WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN!  How has your faith been impacted?  Come reflect with a Dominican nun, who is known nationally for leading adults in the Catholic faith.    Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP, national speaker and author on adult faith, will present to men and women who want to get ready for Easter.  We’ll look at what worldly fears weigh us down, and Sr. Janet will help us see our lives with the eyes of God.  March 25, Wednesday, from 1– 2:30 pm on Zoom.

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WHAT IS MYSTICISM?   Come “practice” Centering Prayer and discover what the leaders of Catholic Mysticism have to say about making room for God in our minds and hearts.  Friday mornings on zoom: 20 minutes of shared silent prayer, followed by a video presentation and group discussion. Free.

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“Reads Well With Others” Our book club returns after Easter!  Each month we will read and discuss one book that is connected to our faith (sometimes creatively!). 

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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 a trial free access to the Mass readings on their digital app or online. 

* Give Us This Day is offering a trial free access to readings and reflections, either through their app or as a PDF file to read or print.  

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.

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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!

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.