Fall 2016 Program:
The first session is tentatively on September 4
Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people.
You'll discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned, and wrote. Visit the countryside where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the Church. See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed. Trek through England to where Bl. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark and sparked an English Catholic revival. And through unprecedented HD footage, marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pietà at St. Peter's, to the Sistine Chapel.
Sometimes hand outs will passed out. Sometimes other resources that are not free will be suggested and arrangements will be made to purchase them in bulk to save costs. No one is required to buy these suggested resources.
We provide an environment that promotes adult learning by seeking cooperation, mutual understanding and friendliness. To that end, we sit at small round tables that seat 5-6 people. We cover them with tablecloths and decorate them with flowers or seasonally appropriate decorations. Participants volunteer to provide snack foods and we have coffee, tea and bottled water available so that the atmosphere is more like a coffee house than a classroom.
We try to vary the religious topics we study. We seek participants’ input to determine what programs we offer. Most programs include a video presentation with time allotted for discussion and questions.
Prayer—We begin each session with a short prayer.
Video—We show the video presentations which vary greatly in length. Some times the videos are broken up into segments
Questions—If the video presentation raised questions, the moderator will try to answer them or will seek answers and report back the following week. Participants are also encouraged to give their answers to the questions.
Discussion— Each table creates a discussion group that will review and discuss topics brought up in the video, the questions, the handout, and by participants. Following time for small group discussion, the moderator will invite the groups to offer up some of the most salient points in their small group for everyone present.
Prayer—We end each session with a short prayer.
We communicate most of the information about the Sunday Adult Faith Formation program in the church bulletin. Regular participants will be notified by email when there are changes to the published information. Be sure to get your name on the email list.