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These foundational sessions will equip and inspire Catholics to fully embrace and understand the New Evangelization and learn how to effectively engage family, friends, and fellow parishioners in the exciting adventure of living the Catholic faith.
October 2018 – June 2019
Session 1, October 10, 2018: Evangelization – What It Is and How We Do It This session introduces the series with an overlook at evangelization as the proclamation of Good News. We examine the content of this Good News (the ‘kerygma’) and how it prepares us for growth in holiness. The principle here is that this proclamation leads to acceptance of the Gospel.
Session 2, November 14, 2018: Conversion – Fruit of the Kerygma The Gospel has been proclaimed; now it needs to be accepted. More to the point, Jesus as Lord needs to be accepted. Conversion is that acceptance. We will explore the various thresholds and characteristics of conversion, with an eye as to how this grace can be fostered and strengthened.
Session 3, January 9, 2019: The Church – Community of Faith Now that the Gospel has been preached, and had been accepted by the faithful; we turn to the topic of the Church, the ‘place’ where this faith is to be lived out. Here we look at the Church as the ‘Body of Christ’, that is His sacramental presence in the world. Because the Church is Christ’s Body, we will, in this topic, explore some basic Christology, the study and reflection on the person and nature of Christ. Because the Church is also ‘Bride of Christ’, here we will look to Mary and see in her the reflection of the perfection of the Church.
Session 4, February 13, 2019: The Sacraments – Fulfillment of the Promise In this section we explore how the Church, as the ‘sacrament of salvation’ lives her mission most profoundly in the celebration of the Sacraments. We will look at the Sacraments as grace filled occasions of encountering the Lord, and His empowering His people. We will also look at the liturgy, with a particular emphasis on the Mass.
Session 5, April 10, 2019: Scripture – Source & Sustenance “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” [2Tim3:16-17] The Word of God is at the center of all that the Church teaches and believes. Here we will look at the Bible as it has been handed down to us; where did it come from, what is its authority. We will look at this in the context of the whole of God’s revelation to His people.
Session 6, May 8, 2019: Community – How we Live “Church” The human person is not an isolated unity, we are made for one another, we are made for community. Here we will look at the indispensable role of the local community in fostering and developing and growing in faith, hope, and love. We will look at community from the family on up to the universal Church, with particular emphasis on forming and fostering intentional communities; organisms of fellowship and service that allow us to live out our vocation as the Body of Christ.
Session 7, June 12, 2019: Service – Passing on the Faith “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” [Jn15:12] The preeminent sign that we are on the path of integrating faith and life is our pattern of service. The early Church was known for the love they have for one another, this became one of the church’s greatest evangelistic signposts, our love for one another. Today, we are called, in this same love, to care for the least and the lost, as well as for one another. We will also reflect on sharing the Good News with others as the highest service of love.
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Thomas the Apostle, 60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield 07003
Cost per Session: $10.00
Full Course Discount (7 sessions): $50.00, online registration only.
Walk-ins are welcome but space is limited.
Refreshments and session materials provided.