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Adult Faith Formation

FALL 2018

  • Is something missing from your faith life?

  • Does your spiritual life feel disconnected from the Mass or the Church's teachings? 

  • Do you have a desire to grow in your understanding of who God is and how he is a part of your daily life?

ADULT FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR

 


Thursday Mornings - August 16 - 30

10:00 a.m. - Noon

Saint Bede Ministry Level

In his recent exhortation on the Call to Holiness, Pope Francis placed the Beatitudes at the heart of his document.  Though phrased in simple words, these brief statements of Jesus carry profound meanings.  What do they have to do with holiness?  How do we resolve their seeming contradictions?  Why do Matthew and Luke offer different versions?  What do the words themselves actually mean?  How can we pray with them so that they bear fruit in our lives?  This course will examine these questions!

Cost: Free!

 

Register here.

 

 

Tuesdays, September 11 – 25

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saint Bede Ministry Level

We are pleased to welcome guest lecturer Bob DelCorso, the chief departmental advisor for Old Dominion University and senior lecturer of history there, specializing in Church History.

  • 11 September: First course: The first four general councils of the church and their importance in developing the understanding of Christology and the Trinity. We will discover the background of the Nicene Creed recited each Sunday at Holy Mass.
  • 18 September: Second course: The Reformation, discussing the remote, intermediate, and immediate causes. Then we will look at Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Henry VIII. We will then look at the Council of Trent.
  • 25 September: Third Course: We will look at the modern challenges to belief. We will briefly look at the heritage of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment and then discuss key individuals of the 19th and 20th centuries: Marx, Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, and Singer.

Cost: Free!

 

Register here.

 

 

Tuesdays, September 11 – March 26

10:00 a.m. – Noon  &  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saint Bede Ministry Level

This 24-week course is a foundational study to help learn to read and understand the Bible. The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation is a study that takes participants on a journey through the entire Bible. Guided by video presentations, participants will use home study and group discussion to learn how the major people, places, and events of the Bible come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith. For more information, and to view a clip of Jeff Cavins’ presentation, please go to:

https://shop.ascensionpress.com/collections/the-bible-timeline-the-story-of-salvation

Course materials: $35

 

Morning Session: Register here.

Evening Session: Register here.

 

 

Wednesdays, September 26 – November 7

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Saint Bede Ministry Level

Our ultimate goal is to be a saint. It is our greatest calling and what is desired for us by our Creator. In this DVD series, Bishop Robert Barron paints a beautiful and mysterious image of what it takes to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He lays out three intriguing paths to holiness:

  1. Finding the Center
  2. Knowing You’re a Sinner and
  3. Realizing Your Life is Not About You 

He also shares practical approaches to enhance the journey along these three paths.

Cost: Free!

 

Register here.

 

 

Mondays, September 10 - November 26

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saint Bede Ministry Level

Christ’s Kingdom on earth is empowered to carry out his work in the world. The book of Acts shows the Church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, preaching, healing and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth. Paul’s letters come alive in a new way when we read within the context of the Acts narrative.

Course Book: $30

 

Register here.

 

 

Thursdays, October 4 & 11

10:00 a.m. – Noon  &  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saint Bede Ministry Level

In his third apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis presents the universal call to live holy lives with a new, fresh approach.  We are encouraged to strive for—and achieve—holiness in our everyday lives.  As we actively live out holiness day by day, we not only draw closer to the Lord ourselves, but we become participants in bringing others to Christ.

Cost: Free!

 

Morning Session: Register here.

Evening Session: Register here.

 

 

Thursdays, October 18 - November 1

10:00 a.m. – Noon  &  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saint Bede Ministry Level

Week 1:  Personal Spiritual Growth Plans, including relationships and attitudes

Week 2:  The Twelve Signs of Spiritual Progress

Week 3:  The Examen, checking on whether you are close to or distant from God

Cost: Free!

 

Morning Session: Register here.

Evening Session: Register here.

 

 

Contact aff@bedeva.org for more information about small groups.

 

Online Courses available for FREE through our Formed.org subscription!

Enter parish code GRAC2J.

 


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