Catholicism – Episode 05

Episode 5
The Indispensable Men
Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure

Although there is much to be gained in simply viewing the video for the series and participating in the group discussion, you may want to take your learning to a deeper level by using the resources provided below.

 Below are a summary of the episode and links to a number of resources you may find helpful in preparing for this session and our group discussion.

EPISODE 5–The Indispensable Men–Peter, Paul, and the Missionary AdventureBishop Barron calls Peter and Paul “two indispensable men, the ones without whom the church never would have emerged and survived.” In telling each man’s story, Bishop Barron shows how the Holy Spirit worked through all the apostles and disciples to build the Church. Following the trail of these apostles as they took the Gospel to the ends of the earth, Bishop Barron presents the foundations of the apostolic faith, particularly the revelation of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
SCRIPTURE TO READ (Click on links below to read)
CATECHISM TO READ (Click on links below to read)

Peter’s Confession and the Transfiguration CCC 551-555
Peter and the Papacy CCC 816
Peter and Paul’s proclamation of Jesus CCC 442-443
Justification CCC 2019-2021

  1. Think about who Peter was: where he came from, his background, his weaknesses and strengths. What does Jesus’ call to Peter tell you about his call to you? To anyone? What does Jesus ask of those he invites to be his friends and disciples?
  2. Paul says that with faith in Jesus and his Resurrection, sin and death no longer have power over us. Think about how that happens in your life. What kinds of things have power over you? How could drawing closer to Jesus give those things less power?


If you would like to share your reflections, send them to Dick Marchessault ( and they will be posted. Please note if you want your shared reflection to be anonymous.