Adult Faith Enrichment

ADULT BIBLE STUDY –

THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS: In 2,000 years, the Church has yielded countless saints, artists, mystics, and scholars. Among them are men and women who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. This study will draw you into their lives and provide inspiring examples of disciples who embraced their gifts, opened their lives to grace, and formed a close relationship with Jesus that transformed every area of their lives, and the lives of countless others. The pivotal players are St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, Michelangelo, Bartolome de las Casas, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. John Henry Neuman, G.K. Chesterton, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, and Flannery O’Connor. In this study we will connect their lives with the Scriptures and Catholic doctrine, share our faith with each other, and consider how we too are pivotal players who can take our discipleship to new levels as the salt and light of the world.

Your registration helps us to prepare the resources we need for the study. Space will be limited!

Sign up and learn more at: https://tinyurl.com/SMS-PP-Reg

Invite family and friends to sign up with you in what just may be a life-changing experience.

You can participate in the study in one of the three options listed below

  1. LISTEN & LEARN – Totally free. Nothing to buy. No homework. Attend when you can.
  2. KNOWLEDGE – A bit of homework. Bible + Catechism + Preparation Guide
  3. UNDERSTANDING – Walking with Jesus. Bible + Catechism + Preparation Guide + Book 0 PIVOTAL PLAYERS BOOK ($29.95 – https://tinyurl.com/SMS-PP-B00k)

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES:

o BIBLE: https://tinyurl.com/TheRSVBible
o CATECHISM: htt s: tin url.com TheCatechism
O PREPARATION GUIDE: https://tinyurl.com/SMS-PP-PREPARE (Online or hard copy)

QUESTIONS: Dick Marchessault (221-0046 [voice or text]) or Catholic Education Office (688-0599)

If you select option “3. Understanding” above, then the Pivotal Players book used for alt classes is the only resource that needs to be purchased before the study begins. Although not required for options 1 and 2, this book is a treasure of faith that all may want to purchase.

 

 

A BIBLICAL WALK THROUGH THE MASS: The Mass is nothing short of amazing. Through it, we encounter God in the most intimate way possible as we hear him speak to us in the Liturgy of the Word and as we receive him Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. Check out this teaser video to see what’s in store!

Join Deacon Rick in the School Library (Room 204) on Thursday mornings or Thursday evenings beginning on January 13th as he guides us through this 5 week course. Register online here OR by contacting the Catholic Education Office – familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org,  (716) 688-0599

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – STARTS MAY 9TH

THE BIBLE AND THE CHURCH FATHERS: As Catholics, we should want to know our family tree, our history, who has gone before, where they came from, and what they believed. This study program from the St. Paul Center with Scott Hahn will teach you everything you need to know about how the Bible took form, and its powerful effect on the Church Fathers. Join us live on Sunday mornings, or zoom on Monday evenings. Discover how the lives of the Church Fathers was transformed, and the power they have to transform your life. Twelve 90-minute sessions scheduled from May 9 to August 9. Check out https://tinyurl.com/SMS-CF-Register for a trailer video, study options, resources, schedule, registration, etc.
Questions: Dick Marchessault (221-0046 [voice or text])

JOIN US FOR DAILY PRAYER!
When the Pandemic struck and the church was closed, we began a prayer experience using Zoom. We chat, begin with intercessory prayer, read and reflect on the Psalm of the day, and close with prayer. Starts every day at 8 AM and lasts about 15-20 min. It’s all good. Come and see. Come when it fits your schedule. Come when you need prayers. Come! Use this address with your online device to join us: https://tinyurl.com/SMSPrayAM
Questions? Text or call Dick M at 221-0046

St. Mary’s Virtual Rosary Prayer Room

 

Join us Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m  to pray the Rosary.

Led by parishioners, this beautiful “virtual” Rosary guides you through the Mysteries of each day with a Powerpoint to help you follow along. Perfect for anyone who has been praying the Rosary for years, or someone who wants to learn.  A call in phone number is available to those who do not have internet access.

Contact: dlesinski@stmaryswormville.org with your email to get the daily invitations.

 

Celebrating the Mass

 

Elements of the Catholic Mass is an online video program designed to help you better appreciate the beauty of the Mass. Featuring experts from the Liturgical Institute, the program consists of short videos, study guides, and resources provided for you by St. Mary’s to use for individual study or in a class at the parish. 

 

The Best Dad Ever

 

“Best Dad Ever is the story, made up of a bunch of shorter stories, of how my kids introduced me to God the Father. Each chapter focuses on a lesson I’ve learned about the Father’s love through my own imperfect and broken attempts to love and provide for my kids. It’s not a manual for parenting or a list of my credentials. It’s just example after example of an incredibly undeserving dad experiencing glimpses of God the Father’s perfect love as I try to figure out how to keep my kids alive.”

 

– Author, Brian Kissinger

 

PODCAST & PDF available.