WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF ADULT FORMATION
FOR THE PARISHES OF
ST. JEROME AND S.S. PETER AND PAUL
Kristin Osenbach, BSW, FCP, Director of Adult Formation
National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
July 22 begins National Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week. The HHS Mandate is an issue of religious freedom, not contraception. However, the Mandate has brought to the forefront the topic of Contraception, one that often gets pushed under the rug and yet affects so many on a daily basis. Why is the Catholic Church against contraception and sterilization anyway? I have attempted to shed some light on this subject with this week’s bulletin insert. Please click on the link below for the insert:
"The Contraception Question"
NFP (Natural Family Planning) Myth Busters
MYTH: The Catholic Church wants married couples to have as many babies as possible.
REALITY: The Church calls couples to have responsible stewardship over their fertility. Couples may decide to generously have a large family or they may, for serious reasons, choose not to have more children for an indefinite period of time. The Church approves of Natural Family Planning.
MYTH: NFP is not a reliable means for avoiding pregnancy.
REALITY: Modern methods of NFP are based on extensive scientific research and are all between 98% and 99% effective in avoiding a pregnancy. This is equal to oral contraceptives and better than any other drug or device on the market.
MYTH: Couples who use NFP to avoid pregnancy have to abstain all the time.
REALITY: If couples who practice NFP were to engage in the marital act on all the days when abstinence is not required for spacing births, they would be doing so at almost twice the national average!
MYTH: Sometimes the Birth Control Pill is necessary for medical reasons.
REALITY: The Birth Control Pill is no longer needed for medical reasons. The science of NaProTechnology allows for women to Monitor and Maintain, Evaluate, and Treat the many health problems women face including Infertility, Miscarriage, Maintaining Pregnancy, Postpartum Depression, Hormone Problems, PMS, Ovarian Cysts, Unusual bleeding, Irregular cycles, and more.
For more information, click on the link below:
Lenten Simple Soup Suppers with Holy Hour & Stations of the Cross
Parish Divine Mercy Novena
Jesus promised on the Feast of Divine Mercy,
“Whoever will go to Confession and Holy Communion on that day will receive complete forgiveness of sin and punishment.”
The Feast is meant to be preceeded by The Divine Mercy Novena.
The Divine Mercy Novena Begins on Good Friday, March 29, and ends with The Feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday, April 7.
The Parish Community is being asked to consider praying this short Novena at home for the listed intentions and
for Our Parish Intention:
“For the continued growth and development of our parish community and for the ability to secure the funding for needed structural repairs”.
To conclude the Novena and celebrate The Feast of Divine Mercy, additional Confessions will be offered after the 11:00 am Sunday Masses on The Feast of Divine Mercy, April 7.
The 11:00 am Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 pm.
A short concluding prayer service at 3:00 pm will include the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction.
For More Information about this Devotion and how to pray the Novena, click on the links below:
1. A Power Point Presentation Explaining More on the
Devotion to Divine Mercy
2. How to Say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (Novena
3. The Divine Mercy Novena Daily Intention Prayers
THE THIRD EDITION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL
Click on the title to view The Powerpoint Presentations from the Weekend Masses
Week 1: Introduction to the Third Edition of the Roman Missal & Introductory Rite
Week 2: Penitential Act & Gloria
Week 3: The Nicene Creed
Week 4: The Sanctus & Memorial Acclamation
Week 5: Communion and Dismissal Rite
Week 6: Review and Gestures
Powerpoint Presentations created by Kristin Osenbach, Director of Adult Formation as a tool for the parishioners of St. Jerome and S.S. Peter and Paul Parishes in Tamaqua, PA. Please do not reproduce or copy material without permission from the Office of Adult Formation. Thank you.
Have additional questions on the 3rd Edition of the
Please feel free to contact the Office of Adult Formation
I will find an answer to your question!
Led by the Holy Spirit, Adult Formation will create opportunities for adult parishioners to grow closer to God, feel an increased sense of community, and foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Roman Catholic Beliefs.
A. Provide adults the opportunity to learn more about their Catholic Faith at the parish level.
B. Educate parishioners regarding the existence of this program as a resource.
C. Create an increased sense of community and foster dedication to family values.
GENERAL FORMAT FOR EDUCATION SESSIONS
Sessions will be held in St. Jerome's Alumni Room located in the basement of the Church (handicap accessible) :
> Sunday mornings, monthly
> While CCD is in session (September - May)
(PLEASE NOTE: If CCD is canceled due to inclement weather, Adult Formation will be canceled.)
Coffee / Donuts (20 minutes)
Topic Presentation (25 minutes)
Discussion (10 minutes)
May God bless our Catholic Community!