Welcome to Adult Faith Enrichment: FALL 2021 Events
Enrichment or education events will be held in person whenever possible. Zoom or recording may be possible by request or necessity. We will setup our spaces for physical distancing, and in the conference room we will limit the number of people to 12. As of September 2021, masks are highly encouraged when gathering, regardless of vaccination status. We strive to help you deepen your faith by learning in different ways.
LIVE SPEAKERS IN THE CHURCH HALL
Monday, October 25 at 11:00 am: MEET A CARMELITE by Fr. Mark Schaffner, Parochial Vicar here at St. William Catholic Church.
- Join in welcoming our newest priest on staff, hear Fr. Mark's vocation story, and learn what makes the Carmelites different from diocesan priests. Bring your questions about the saints or spirituality of the Carmelite tradition!
Monday, November 3 at 9: 30 am: EASTERN RITE CHURCHES by Fr. Tom Boyer, "retired" priest who assists here at St. William Catholic Church.
- Catholic Churches East and West: Six plus Twenty three equals One. It makes a big family of faith. Fr. Tom will give us an overview of the various Catholic Churches, as well as speak of his own experience presiding at the Marionite Rite Liturgy.
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: a monthly book club
Our book club returns this year on the second Tuesday of most months! This month's pick is WHEN SAINT FRANCIS SAVED THE CHURCH. Pick up a copy at the main office for just a $5 donation, then read the book beforehand, and join us for a lively discussion- Click here for details.
THE CHOSEN mutli-episode series: Wednesdays 9:30 am in the Church Hall
Join us each Wednesday in September and October as we watch Season 1 of the new multi-season series about Jesus and his followers. Each episode is about an hour, and short small group discussions take place afterward.
To find out more abou the show, including how to watch on your own, click here.
THE SEARCH: Monday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Church Hall (starting Sept 13)
Join in for a seven night series, with beautiful videos and a variety of experts from various disciplines discussing the meaning of life. Each night will have a 30 minute video followed by a 30 minute discussion. Watch the trailer below, and join us in THE SEARCH. It's okay to miss an episode - join in when you can!
Centering Prayer (currently on Zoom calls, starting in person in October!)
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. Starting in October, we'll begin meeting in person in the conference room (near the gift shop) and link up with our zoom group. Contact Kristi for details on how to join.
Jesus & Java (an occasional Q&A series with Fr. George) - Next up in November.
Click below for more details on our scheduled events:
BIBLE STUDY (ON-GOING SCRIPTURE STUDY)
SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES
CATHOLICS WELCOME HOME
STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE PARISH
Franciscan at Home through the Diocese of Venice Institute for Catholic Studies and Franciscan University in Stubenville. Click here to learn more about this offering.
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.
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).