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.
AUGUST BOOK DISCUSSION
GOD’S HOTEL: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet will be the topic of discussion on MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Newman Room.
Victoria Sweet began as a new MD clinician and spent twenty years practicing medicine at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, one of the last free public hospitals for the chronically ill poor — “anyone who had fallen onto hard times and needed extended medical care.” She experienced a kind of “attentive” medicine at a time and place where individual patients were appreciated for their individuality and listened to in a way that helped their doctors learn what was needed for healing.
The contrast to the experience today of modern medical practice as a health care business due to the impact of profit motive, politics and increased dependence upon technology is startling, but evokes memories of an earlier, more personal practice of medical healing.
Not all participants will have read the current book under discussion, but please come to learn from the variety of perspectives of those who have. 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) 531-0933 or email@example.com.
DIVORCE AND BEYOND, a program of support for men and women who are divorced or have filed for divorce. 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.”
Upcoming 10 Week Program – Wednesdays, September 12, 2018 thru November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Newman Room.
To register, or for more information, contact Mary Kane Mauer (219) 531-0933, 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.
A Day of Reflection with Fr. Jerry Schweitzer
We’ll break open the Letter to the Hebrews. What does this early writing have to say about the identity of Jesus Christ? Is this the identity we have today?
Saturday, September 29th from 8:30am to 3:00pm in the Social Hall. Bring your Bible. Check-in at 8:30am. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
To register, contact Mary Kane Mauer at 219-531-0933 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Kane Mauer at 219-531-0933, email email@example.com for more information.