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 OR EVENTS 

Jesus & Java: Virtually!  Questions due on Wednesdays, new session video uploaded on Saturdays.  Click here for more information.

 

RESOURCES FOR MASS-AT-HOME 

Public Masses are temporarily cancelled.  Our obligation to attend in-person is lifted, but we still need to honor the Lord's Day, for our own spiritual wellness!  There are two ways you can do that. 

First option:  "attend" virtually, a live or recorded Mass.  Participate as you usually would:  responding to the prayers, listening attentively, standing or sitting when appropriate.  You may want to dress in your Sunday best!  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.

(FROM THE 4-30 BULLETIN)  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.  Free through May. 

However you attend, Here is a "Prayer for Spiritual Communion"

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were physically there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

OTHER PRAYERS ONLINE 

LITURGY OF THE HOURS

Here is a different way we can connect with the Church in her worldwide prayers.  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

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.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

To READ:  The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has a few versions to read or listen (audio only).

to WATCH anytime: from the Catholic publisher Ascension Press is on Youtube.

 

ONLINE LEARNING  

FORMED,  "the Catholic Netflix"

Because we want to encourage you to explore your Catholic faith at home, our diocese is pleased to partner with our friends at the Augustine Institute to give you a FREE 40 Day Subscription to FORMED – the online platform that provides the best Catholic movies, programs, audio books and talks, all at your fingertips, on your Roku, Apple TV, web browser, or FORMED iOS and Android apps.  FORMED is a great way to help you and your entire family understand, live and share the Catholic faith.  Just visit https://formed.org/signup and enter Faith at Home Venice for instant access to faith-fueling, inspiring and informative stories, teaching and more. Feel free to share this link and information with your friends and family!  

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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.

 

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.

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