Printable Faith Offerings Calendar:  Adult Faith Offerings 2017-18-calendarDec2017

All sessions are on Tuesday's unless otherwise specified in the bulletin.
12:45 - 2:15 P.M. and 7:30 - 9:00 P.M.
(attend the session that works for you)
Location:  Parish Center, Pat O'Keefe Room


Tuesday, September 12
Topic:  Called To Be Co-creators of Humanity
Goal:  to engage ourselves, guided by God’s Spirit, in shaping the minds and hearts of today rather than living as mere spectators of what is reported in the media.
Resources:  USCCB Commission on Racism; Pope Francis’ August 24 Message of the Liturgy; Cardinal Tobin’s Statement on the Ending of DACA

We know life seems too busy for one more meeting, however, stepping away from the world once a month for a 1.5 hour (shorter than a movie or a ball game) to put God’s perspective first, can make a big difference in what we and humanity are becoming. What we think, say and do is influencing our society for better or worse and what our society says and does is shaping us and the humanity of the present and the future.
Tuesday, October 10th
Topic: Bishop Robert Barron's Pivotal Players Series:  G.K. Chesterton -- "How Does One Engage a Culture that is Befuddled by Christ and Suspicious of the Church?"
Tuesday, November 14th
Topic: Bishop Robert Barron's Pivotal Players Series:  Michaelangelo -- the Artist
The master of sculpture and painting is not a saint but serves as the privileged representative of the creative potential engendered by the Catholic Faith. The Church professes that beauty is a route of access to God, and through humanity’s creative artistry we glimpse the power and glory of the Lord.
Tuesday, December 12
Topic:  Why is it so hard to follow Jesus with our money and our possessions?  Video:  Pastor Chip Eden's conversation with Scripture Scholar Walter Brueggemann.
Tuesday, January 9
Topic:  Moses vs. Pharaoh's narrative, Jesus vs. the Roman narrative, today's Christian vs. Today's narrative.  Video:  Walter Brueggemann:  Moses, Model for Confronting Today's Pharaohs


Tuesday, September 19
Topic:  The Church in the Middle Ages

Tuesday, October 17 & 24
Topic: Medieval Era:  The Development of the Universities and Scholasticism; Religious Orders: Reform and Innovation.
October 24 -- Topic: Crusades: Encountering "The Other"

Tuesday, November 21
Topic: Martin Luther

Tuesday, November 28
Topic: Luther's Doctrinal Viewpoint

Tuesday, December 19
Topic:  Protestant Pathways; Council of Trent

Last Year's Sessions

September 13, 2016 and October 11, 2016

Authentic Transformation (Video)

Authentic TransformationThe word “transformation” is used frequently today. But what does it actually mean to be transformed? And how does true transformation happen?
Richard Rohr suggests there are three key components to spiritual transformation-
  • The Necessity of a Foundational Conversion: An experience of the Absolute, a radical change of consciousness, an initiating experience, Twelve-Step work, or ego and shadow work.
  • The Sign of Spiritual Conversion: A never-failing movement toward the edge, the bottom, the suffering, and the simple.
  • A Practice for Staying Open: Some form of quieting, meditation, contemplation, solitude, and silence.
Fr. Richard explores how and why this sequence is necessary for our growth as spiritual human beings. At the end of the teaching he addresses thoughtful questions from the audience.
This talk was presented via live webcast in February 2016.

Bishop Barron's Newest DVD Seriespivotal-players

Beginning with the November Explorations in Faith and Spirituality session, we will explore Catholicism:  The Pivotal Players which is Bishop Robert Barron's most recently released Catholicism Series.  Each of the six sessions explores the life of a person of faith:

  1. St. Francis of Assisi - the Reformer.  Rebuild my Church! That’s the mission Christ gave to St. Francis and it’s the perennial task of the Church in every age of its life. But how is the reform and renewal of the Church to be accomplished? The life of St. Francis demonstrates that Christ intends the foundations of true and lasting reform to be built on the solid rock that is the radical witness of the saints.
  2. St. Thomas Aquinas - the Theologian.  The relationship of faith and reason is under intense scrutiny in an age beholden to the competing claims of fundamentalism and secularism. So called “new atheists” insist that the claims of religion amount to mere superstition, a retrograde holdover from a time long ago. Others insist that the life of faith is a retreat into emotions and subjectivism. St. Thomas Aquinas anticipated these objections and trends and demonstrated that to believe is to think and that the life of the mind is integral to life in Christ.
  3. St. Catherine of Siena - the Mystic.  Is the physical world all there is? Is science the only path to ascertaining truth? St. Catherine of Siena witnesses to a higher world beyond the material. Though the fourteenth century mystic never studied theology, and never learned how to read or write, her life constitutes a powerful challenge to the flattened-out secularism of our time.
  4. Bl. John Henry Newman - the Convert.  Is there any truth in matters of religion? Should the Church simply retreat in the face of the challenges of culture? John Henry Newman came into the Church as a convert and used his prodigious intellectual gifts to help the Church better understand its identity and mission and engage the challenges of a secular age.
  5. G.K. Chesterton - the Evangelist.  How does one engage a culture that is befuddled by Christ and suspicious of the Church? The life and witness of this nineteenth century literary convert shows that the fundamental disposition of effective evangelization is joy, and life in Christ is a day-to-day encounter with an abundant and surprising offer of grace.
  6. Michelangelo - the Artist.  The master of sculpture and painting is not a saint but serves as the privileged representative of the creative potential engendered by the Catholic Faith. The Church professes that beauty is a route of access to God, and through humanity’s creative artistry we glimpse the power and glory of the Lord.

March 21

The ShackThe Divine Dance (Trinity and Creation)  - Fr. Richard Rohr OFM and William Paul Young, Author of the novel, The Shack (Video)

View and discuss the Center for Contemplation's 2016 Divine Dance webcast where Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, and William Paul Young, author of The Shack, discuss the meaning of the novel The Shack and our concepts of God and Trinity and all of creation, particularly, humankind.

See the Bulletin for current schedule and next topic.

These Parishioners recently gathered to for weekly Lenten Reflections.

These Parishioners gathered for a Reflection Series.






The Gospel According to John - Yale Divinity School

These are good videos and Study Guide for the Gospel of John.  We recommend this, especially for Holy Week.

The Gospel of John Videos

The Prologue, Chapter 1:1-18, Study Guide (pdf) | Video

Nicodemus, Chapter 3, Study Guide (pdf) | Video

The Woman at the Well, Chapter 4, Study Guide (pdf) | Video

The Bread of Life, Chapter 6:22-59, Study Guide (pdf) | Video

The Man Born Blind, Chapter 9, Study Guide (pdf) | Video

The Death of Lazarus, Chapter 11:1-44, Study Guide (pdf) | Video

The Last Supper, Chapters 13-17, Study Guide (pdf) | Video

The Resurrection, Chapters 20-21, Study Guide (pdf) | Video


Periodic Bible Study Offerings
Introduction to the New Testament

Dale MartinWe continue with the Yale University Open Online Course, Introduction to the New Testament by Dale Martin, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies.

These session are held twice monthly, usually on Tuesdays.  There are two sessions, 12:45 PM-2:15 PM and 7:30 PM-9:00 PM.  Attend either session. Consult the weekly bulletin, the parish's weekly email or contact the Parish Center for times and location.


This course provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. Although theological themes will occupy much of our attention, the course does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture. Rather, the importance of the New Testament and other early Christian documents as ancient literature and as sources for historical study will be emphasized. A central organizing theme of the course will focus on the differences within early Christianity (-ies).

Lecture 18          Arguing with Paul?

Lecture 19          The "Household" Paul: the Pastorals

Lecture 21          Interpreting Scripture: Hebrews

Lecture 22          Interpreting Scripture: Medieval Interpretations

Lecture 23          Apocalyptic and Resistance

Lecture 24          Apocalyptic and Accommodation

Lecture 25          Ecclesiastical Institutions: Unity, Martyrs, and Bishops

Lecture 26          The "Afterlife" of the New Testament and Postmodern Interpretation


Starting in January 2017, our Bible Study Tuesdays will be used for a study of Church History using the Now You Know video lecture series,

The History of the Catholic Church:  Tradition and Innovation by Kean University History History of the ChurchProfessor Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D.  The series probably will span twelve sessions and cover these years and themes:

  1. Early Church: From Jesus to Charlemagne: ca. 30-800AD
    • -- Outcasts to insiders to major players in running European society
  2. Medieval Church: From Charlemagne to Luther: ca. 800-1517
    • -- Central institution and force in society, politics, and culture along with religion
    • -- Dominance (and diversity) but fault lines, too
  3. Reformation and Modern Church: From Luther to Vatican II: ca. 1517-today
    • -- Roman Catholicism to multiple expressions of Christianity
    • -- Challenges of modernity: Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, democratic republics/constitutionalism
    • -- A truly global church