This fall, St. Mary’s Parish will offer several adult enrichment programs to help you grow in your faith, three of which I'd like to highlight:
(1) Our Sunday Morning Program before and after the 9:30 AM Mass each week
(2) A series of talks on the spirituality of St. Paul
(3) A Welcome Back Program for those who have left the Church or feel alienated from it.
You'll find the details below.
Please join us and bring a friend!
Father Frank Matera
Sunday Morning Series
September: Month of the Mass
September 7 Social & Gathering
September 14 The Eucharist as the Center of our Lives (Deacon Art Miller)
September 21 Delving into the Liturgy of the Word (Fr. Matera)
September 28 Delving into the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Fr. Matera)
October: Month of the Family
October 5 Being A Teen Today (Round Table Discussion by four teens)
October 19 Family, Faith, and Motherhood (Round Table Discussion by four moms)
October 26 Juggling Family, Faith, and Work (Round Table Discussion by four dads)
November: Month of Issues Facing Every Family
November 2 Compassion and Planning: Caring for the Elderly (Linda Duff)
November 9 End of Life Issues/Living Will (Deacon Dennis R. Ferguson)
November 16 Planning a Funeral (Fr. Michael Santiago)
November 23 Taking the Stress out of the Holidays (TBA)
December: Month of Catholic Renewal
December 7 Pope Francis and the Renewal of Catholicism (Amy Ekeh)
December 14 The Gospel of Knowledge and Power in Commerce (Steve Selby)
December 21 What Catholics Believe about Mary (M. J. Horrell)
The Spirituality of Saint Paul
Thursday, September 11
Imitating Paul in Order to Follow Christ
Thursday, September 18
Dying and Rising with Christ
Thursday, September 25
Living by God’s Grace
Thursday, October 2
Living by God’s Spirit
Thursday, October 9
Being Transformed into the Likeness of Christ
Thursday, October 16
Discovering God’s Power in Weakness
A Series for Those Alienated from Catholicism
Thursday, November 6, 7:00 PM.
The Catholic Message: God in Christ, Christ in Us
The central message of Catholicism is grounded in the mystery of the Trinity and God’s redemptive work in Christ’s death and resurrection. Focusing on what is most important to Catholicism, this talk highlights the central mystery of our faith: How God has saved us Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 PM.
The Spirit of Catholicism: Faith, Hope, Love
While Catholicism is often thought of as a complex system of rules and regulations, the Spirit of Catholicism is found in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love. This talk focuses on our trusting faith in Jesus Christ, our hope for resurrection life, and the love we have for each other and God in Christ.
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 PM.
The World of Catholicism: Why the Church and Its Sacraments?
Catholicism is a world of grace. Those who live in the Catholic world are bathed in God’s saving grace. This talk explains how Catholics are bathed in God’s grace through the sacraments, which enable them to live a life of sanctity within the community of the Church.
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