Adult Faith Enrichment Series

Welcome!  

Our SERIES Events are listed below.

To register for any program, please contact our assistant, Susan at 776-7898.  

For more information or questions about programs, please contact our director, Kristi, at 261-5831 or email by clicking here


WINTER 2020  

Bible Study

"Ongoing Scripture Study" - our classic Monday night returns for both regulars and new-comers!  Take this opportunity to read, study, and reflect on various aspects of the Bible.  In the Winter, we will examine St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  Romans is the longest of Paul's letters. It addresses the universal reality of sin in the world and the need for salvation in Jesus Christ. It explores both the strength and limits of the law of Moses. Paul examines the new life attained in the Holy Spirit as God's gift and proclaims the mystery of God's plan to save Israel. Romans also highlights the ethical demands of the gospel..

Join us Mondays January 13 through March 30 at 7 pm, in the Ministry Center Hall.   Book fee $20, or you can use the book from the Fall study on Galatians.   To ensure adequate resources, please call to register at 776-7898. 

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Books and Bagels 

Click here for the monthly dates and titles.  

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THE ONE THING IS THREE (Fr. Michael Gaitley)

"The One Thing is Three" - This Wisdom & Works of Mercy Group Study helps each participant advance in understanding the riches of the Catholic faith and how to concretely live it by doing works of mercy. As a group, participants delve into two books by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC: The ‘One Thing’ Is Three: How the Holy Trinity Explains Everything and ‘You Did It to Me’: A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action, which together provide a rich and robust formation, bringing the faith from head to heart to life. The Group Study is further enriched with the Study Companion (workbook), DVD talks, and group discussion.  This study is Stage Two of the Hearts Afire: Parish-based Programs.

With humor and ease, Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, deftly unlocks the "one thing," the key to the Church's wisdom, and the greatest mystery of the Catholic faith: the Most Holy Trinity. Far from being a scholarly or academic read, The "One Thing" Is Three makes deep theology accessible to every-day Catholics. What's more, it makes even what's familiar or forgotten appear in a way that's new, exciting, and relevant. Thus, The "One Thing" is Three brings its readers a unique and powerful experience of the faith. It's the perfect book for the Year of Faith.  Find a sample of the introductory video by clicking here.  

Join in this study on Tuesdays, January 14 to March 17, from 9am - 11am in the Ministry Center Hall.  To ensure adequate resources, please call to register at 776-7898.  

Materials fee varies:  $15 for just "The One Thing is Three" book, OR $40 for the complete participant packet, including both books and a study companion workbook among other gifts.

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Retrieving Women's Voices in the Christian Theological Tradition:  Four Doctors of the Church

This study includes DVD lectures by Dr. Elizabeth Dreyer of Fairfield University, and in person discussion facilitated by Dr. Evelyn Allen.  

Until 1970, the Vatican had never recognized a woman as a Doctor of the Church. Today there are four: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen. Despite living in different countries, centuries, and cultural contexts, the four women Doctors of the Church are boundless sources of wisdom and faith.  As you explore the historical context that gave rise to their ideas, you will learn how to retrieve aspects of their theological thought in a critical and relevant way today. In these DVD lectures, you will see how their unique voices illustrate models of holy, complex, intelligent, and passionate Christians.

In meeting these women, you will see how their wisdom integrates theology and spirituality; doctrine and mysticism; contemplation and action; head and heart; theory and everyday life. Including women’s perspectives in the Church helps us broaden what we understand by “theology” and reminds us that all Christians are invited to be theologians.

Join in this study on Mondays, February 3 to March 16, from 10:30 am - 12 Noon in the Ministry Center Hall.   No set fee, but donations accepted.  Please RSVP with Susan at 776-7898.

 

Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron)

Bishop Barron is on a journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. This NEW installment focuses on two incredible figures from the 20th century, Fulton Sheen and Flannery O'Connor.

  • Fulton Sheen on March 11, at 9:15 am and 6:30 pm in the Ministry Center Hall.    
At a time when most preachers spoke only from pulpits, Sheen used electronic media as a means to reach far beyond the parish walls.
His innovative radio and television programs, beamed out to believers and skeptics alike, reached upwards of 30 million people per week. Sheen had a gift for spreading the faith clearly and persuasively, and he paved the path for today's media evangelists.
  • Flannery O'Connor on April 8, at 9:15 am and 6:30 pm in the Ministry Center Hall.  Bonus:  A Showing of "Uncommon Grace" on June 3 (same times/place).
Flannery O'Connor's novels and short stories have been described as shocking, convoluted, funny, and violent, and they are filled with unforgettably strange characters.
But they are also, from beginning to end, haunted by Christ. O'Connor radically changes our idea of what religious fiction can be. Her startling prose awakens us to sin and, consequently, to the need for salvation.
  • No fees or RSVP required.  Workbooks from Word on Fire, that include both Fulton & Flannery, will be available to buy $16 each.

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Catholic Moms' Group 

For moms of kids from birth to teen, this group meets monthly for fellowship and discussion during the school year.  Each month includes a storytime and activity for the young ones, and coffee and fellowship for the moms.

2020 Monthly meetings will begin again later this year, including family events and moms night out. Call Kristi for details: 261.5831 or via email kristi (at) saintwilliam (dot) org

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ONGOING PROGRAMS 

  •  CENTERING PRAYER - a weekly prayer group that meets Fridays from 9 - 10:30 am - all year round!  Twenty minutes of silent, contemplative prayer, followed by fellowship and learning.  Learn more about this general style of prayer online here.

 

  • Lectio Divina  -November 14 through March 30.  Thursdays, 11 am, Ministry Center Room 8.  A group for beginners to learn what Lectio is all about.  An introductory explanation can be found here  or here with a short video as well, but also know that experiencing it is the best way to learn it.

 

  • SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES:  weekly gatherings to reflect on the upcoming Sunday Scripture at Mass.  A few groups meet year round, but most are seasonal for Lent or Advent.  More information is here.