Adult Faith Formation
Director: Diane Luceri
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“The Year of Faith”
Pope Benedict XVI has declared the upcoming year [beginning fall, 2012] as the “Year of Faith” for the New Evangelization. Often when we think of “evangelization,” we think of disciples going out to bring the “Good News” to areas that have not yet heard the Gospel message. With the New Evangelization, all Catholics are invited to renew their own faith! The need is evident with the society we live in today which excludes God and sends messages that conflict with the values of our Christian faith. According to Pope Benedict, all of this has led to a “deep poverty”—lives full of business but without meaning, tedious routines and an inability to have joy.
Jesus said, “I came that they might have life,
and have it more abundantly.” [Jn 10:10]
God is waiting to fill us with meaning and hope. This is the purpose of the New Evangelization. During this “Year of Faith,” all members of the Catholic Church are called to a “renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus” and to the “rediscovery of faith so that we will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the Lord.”
Each of us is called to this renewal and rediscovery of faith, and we offer many opportunities for you to do so through our Adult Faith Formation programs at SEAS! Following is a listing of the kinds of AFF programs at SEAS. Check the sidebar on the website under AFF or the bulletin for a current schedule of our programs. For more information or to sign up for a study, please contact Diane Luceri.
One of the best ways to come to know God is by reading and studying His Word! It is through Scripture that God reveals himself to us! At SEAS we offer a variety of Bible study programs throughout the year (even in the summer!) Our studies appeal to a wide range of people, from those who have never studied the Bible to those who are the more “seasoned” students. Time at home is required to prepare for a session, consisting of reading the Bible and answering questions. Bible study sessions include group discussion led by trained facilitators followed by teaching via DVD presentations. Most studies require the New American Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and a study guide. Registration is required in order to be placed in a group and to order study materials.
Echoes of Faith Plus
Learn the basics of our Catholic Faith and how to live your faith in today’s world! Sessions include prayer, DVD presentations and group discussion. Topics include The Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Catholic Morality, Prayer & Spirituality, and The Scriptures. Each topic stands on its own, so come to whichever topic interests you. There is no cost and no home study is required. Open to all adults, these sessions also count towards basic certification for catechists. No materials are necessary. Pre-registration is NOT required. Check the sidebar for the current schedule.
DVD series by Fr. Robert Barron which presents the basic teachings of the Catholic Church in a dramatic way by immersing you in the art, architecture, literature, music and all the traditions of the Catholic Church. No home study or materials are required. Each session stands alone, so come to whichever interests you or fits your schedule. Check the sidebar for topics and dates.
Lighthouse Catholic Media CDs
For those whose schedules do not allow them to attend sessions at the church or for those who want additional opportunities to learn about their faith, Inspirational Catholic CDs and books offer the opportunity to learn about the Catholic Faith from your home. Check the kiosk in the hallway outside the narthex of the church or in the foyer outside the parish hall for a variety of topics and speakers. Suggested price: $3 for a CD, $4 for a book. For our current listing of titles, see the sidebar on the website.