Mary Kane Mauer
Coordinator of Adult Education/Faith Formation
Recipient of the Mary Ann Kelley Award
Ministry of Adult Education and Faith Formation Members
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.
Saint Paul 2018 Lenten Series is set. Please view keynote speakers and topics to be discussed at the link below.
MARCH BOOK DISCUSSION
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard will be the topic of discussion on Monday, March 26, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Newman Room.
The River of Doubt is an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait of one of the most famous Americans who ever lived. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing, physical challenge he could find, the first exploration of the unmapped, rapids-choked Amazon River. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men including his son, Kermit, faced unbelievable hardships, losing canoes and supplies to rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.
Not all participants have read the book before the discussion, but come to learn from the various perspectives of those who have. Those who attend bring a dish to share at the pot-luck lunch served mid-way through the discussion.
Contact Mary Kane Mauer for further information at (219) 464-4831 or email@example.com.
DIVORCE AND BEYOND, a program of support for men and women who are divorced or have filed for divorce will begin on Thursday, April 5th at 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Newman Room. Each session will focus on a different topic over ten weeks: the process of divorce, self-image, stress, anger, blame & guilt, loneliness, forgiveness, happiness and pathways to growth. Led by experienced facilitators, participants experience hope and healing by working through this emotional ordeal with the help of others. A former participant commented, “I learned to forgive. It was healthy for me and my children. It was also a gift to me.”
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.
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