Ministry of Adult Education and Faith Formation
Faith formation enables us to apply our religious education to making a difference in how we live our lives, raise our children, spend our money and engage in the political dynamics of our community. It is about providing opportunities within a faith context for adults to talk with other adults about things that matter. It is about enriching the faith life of the participants and strengthening the parish community. It is about becoming articulate about our faith and being signs of the work of God in our midst to each other, to those who have left, to those who have no church to call home. To that end adults are invited to participate in a variety of programs: bible studies, “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life”, “Divorce and Beyond” (a program of recovery and healing), presentations on respect for life, reconciliation, Eucharist, etc. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, advertising, hospitality, and childcare. All are welcome.
Lenten Video Presentations 2014
1. Fr. Kenneth Grabner, Notre Dame, On Giving & Receiving Love
2. Fr. Kenneth Grabner, Notre Dame, Responding to God’s Love
3. Fr. Kenneth Grabner, Notre Dame, Our Future
4. Prof. Lawrence Cunningham, Notre Dame: Christian Mysticism
5. Fr. Brian E. Daley, Notre Dame: Ignatian Spiritual Practices
Lenten Video Presentations 2013
NOVEMBER BOOK DISCUSSION
Departing from the usual pattern, participants have elected to watch A QUIET PASSION, the movie starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson on Monday, November 27, Newman Room, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (note change of time). An American poet, Emily Dickinson lived during the Civil War with a successful family with strong community ties. Despite a mostly reclusive life restricted by the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time, her poetry reveals a unique woman of biting wit and superb intellect who would not be recognized until after her death.
The usual pot-luck lunch will be served. Contact Mary Mauer for information (219) 464-4831 or email@example.com.
Also, bring a suggestion about a book you have enjoyed which could be read before the book discussion on Monday, January 29th.
DIVORCE AND BEYOND, a program of support for men and women who are divorced. The session discusses: the process of divorce, self-image, stress, anger, blame & guilt, loneliness, forgiveness, happiness and pathways to growth. Led by experienced facilitators who have moved beyond the cycle of anger and grief to discover “new life”, participants will experience hope and healing through listening and sharing with others.
As a former participant commented, “Divorce is hard, but with God walking with us and leading us in the direction to go, we find strength through His presence and each other.”
To register, or for more information, contact Mary Kane Mauer (219) 464-4831, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.saintpaulvalpo.org.
Did you know?
Divorced Catholics are not ex-communicated.
Divorced Catholics may receive Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Divorced Catholics are full members of the Church and can participate fully in the life of the Church.
Before a divorced Catholic can remarry in the Church, an annulment must be granted on the previous marriage. Children will not be illegitimate if a divorced Catholic is granted an annulment.
Additional websites: rainbows.org, familyministires.org, retrouvaillenoil.org/nwi.php, OnceCatholic.org, Divorced Catholic.org.
FULL OF GRACE
Women, find your purpose and feed your soul in a study designed for you! Come to this inspiration program. Join the facilitators for nine consecutive weeks in prayer and reflection using Sacred Scripture, documents, Catechism, the lives of women saints and the example of Mary, our Spiritual Mother.
Contact Terri Collins at 773-343-1332, email email@example.com or Mary Kane Mauer at 219-464-4831, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.