Journey of Faith

Do you have questions about life?

Do you ever wonder why we do what we do as Catholics?

Have you ever wanted to explore our faith in a little more depth?

Now you can!

Journey of Faith Presentations will cover a variety of topics and be presented by various people. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these presentations throughout the year on Wednesday nights from 6- 7 pm in the lower level meeting room of the parish center.

 Bring a friend!

 

Prayer: Uniting Our Hearts with God

Presented by:  Nancy Davis

September 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

What is prayer and how are we supposed to do it? What happens when we pray? Prayer is essential to faith. This session will help you understand different types of prayer, unique ways to pray and how to recognize and overcome the challenges to pray.

 

   

 

 Human Desire and Divine Revelation

Presented by: Elizabeth Hansen

September 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

 How do we know that God is real? How does God reveal himself to us? How can we be more aware and responsive to God’s initiative? God longs to be in relationship with us. Discover what God has done to make himself known and how he wants us to respond to what He has revealed.

   

 

The Creed and The Church

Presented by:

October 2,2019 @ 6:00 pm

What is the difference between the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed? What does it mean when we profess that we are “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church? This session will answer those questions and why Christ established the church.

 

 

The Trinity

Presented by: Sr. Anita Henning

October 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

If someone asked you, how would you describe the concept of the Trinity? As Catholics, we do all things in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  What does it mean when we make the Sign of the Cross? This session will explore the mystery of the Trinity.

 

Who is Mary?/Rosary

Presented by: Janet Griffin

October 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm   Rosary in the church @ 6:30 pm

Do Catholics really worship Mary? What are Marian devotions and what do they really mean? This session will define the four essential beliefs about Mary and will give participants the opportunity to pray the Rosary by candlelight.

            Bring your Rosary! There will also be Rosaries available for those who need them

 

The Saints

Presented by: Brenda Collins

October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

 What are saints and how do we become one? What does it mean to be “holy” and how are we called to greatness? What’s with Catholics praying to St. Anthony for lost items or to St. Christopher when driving? This session will explain holiness, saints and their role in our lives, the canonization process and introduce you to a few saints.

  Holy cards will be available for the taking.

 

 

Who is Jesus?

Presented by:

November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

What do you think of when you hear the name “Jesus”?  How do we know Jesus actually existed? Did he really rise from the dead? Is Jesus a liar, a lunatic or Lord? This session will explain who Jesus is, what his ministry looked like and why he came to us.

 

 

 The Holy Spirit

Presented by: Nancy Davis

November 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Is the Holy Spirit a dove?.. wind?... a ghost? Who/ what exactly is this third person of the trinity and what are the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit? This session will answer those questions and how to recognize the Holy Spirit working in your life.

 

 

Liturgical Year & Sacramentals

Presented by: Deacon Steve and Claire Letourneaux

November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

When does the new year begin and what are all the seasons, symbols, colors and feasts during each liturgical year. What are sacramentals and how do they help us draw our attention to God? This session will explore all of that with visuals of Liturgical Calendar, icons, statues, crucifixes and other sacred images.

 

 

Commandments, Beatitudes, and Virtues

Presented by: Tom Drury

December 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Why are there different versions of the 10 commandments? What are the Beatitude and virtues?

This session will explore the difference between “not breaking the commandments” and living the commandments. We will see how Jesus gives us the Beatitudes to help us live according to the Law of Love.

 

 

Sacred Tradition

Presented by: Deacon Steve and Claire Letourneaux

December 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

What exactly is this book called the “Catechism” and what does it have to do with our faith? Ever wonder what the foundation of our faith is? What is the Magisterium? This session will identify and explain the four pillars of our faith and what they mean for our way of life.

 

 

Sacred Scriptures

Presented by: Sr. Anita Henning

December 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Where did we get the Bible? Who wrote it? Why are there so many different bibles? What are some ways to read and pray the Scriptures? This session will provide basic information on how to use this wonderful book to learn and grow in your relationship with God.

A variety of Bibles will be available to view.

 

 

Introduction to the Sacraments

Presented by: Dave Jones

January 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What is a sacrament and how many are there? What is grace and how does God give it to us? Where can we find these sacraments in the Bible? This session will show us the power and purpose of the sacraments and how Jesus instituted the sacraments so that we can encounter Him in a tangible way.

 

 

The Sacraments of Initiation

Presented by:

January 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What are the three sacraments of initiation? What do these sacraments do for us and why are they important? This session will explore the symbols, effects and significance of the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.

 

The Sacrament of the Eucharist

Presented by: Brenda Collins

January 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Why do they call this sacrament the “source and summit”? What really happens to the bread and wine and how do we know Jesus is truly present? What are Eucharistic devotions? This session will give us a deeper appreciation for the Eucharist that gives us nourishment to sustain us.

 

The Mass

Presented by: Fr. Gary

February 5,2020 @ 6:00 pm

How did we get the Mass? What are the parts of the Mass and what does it all mean? Why are we obliged to go every week? This session will answer those questions and help us understand the beauty and richness of the Mass.

We will meet in the church for this session.

 

 

Introduction to Morality

   Presented by:

February 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What is sin, conscience, mercy and morality? What are the “Seven Deadly Sins”

This session will convey the reality of sin and how Catholic morality guides us to show care and respect in all our interactions with others.

 

 

 

Sacraments of Healing

Presented by: Tom Drury

March 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world… and where is God in the midst of all of it? Who and when can one receive the Sacrament of Anointing? Do we still call it “Last Rites”? Why should we confess our sins to a priest? Can’t we just pray to God? This session will take a closer look at understanding pain and suffering in our lives and the healing power in the Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick.



 

Signs and Symbols

Presented by:

March 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What’s with Catholics and all this up/down/kneel/hold hands/shake hands?? What does all of that mean? What exactly are we bowing and genuflecting to? What are all those fancy objects in church and what are they used for? This session will include a tour of the church and an explanation of all the items found there. Gestures that are used during Mass will also be demonstrated and explained.

We will meet in the church for this session.

 

 

Q&A with Father Gary

            Present ed by: Father Gary

April 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What questions do you have about faith or about Catholic Church teachings? This session will give you the opportunity to ask Father Gary any burning questions you have on your mind.

 

Stewardship/Membership

Presented by: Brenda Collins & Lisa Clemmons

May 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What exactly is Stewardship? What does it mean to belong to the church and why is it important to register? What are all the ministry options available in the church and how can you give back?

Stewardship is the sharing of our time, talent and treasure with the faith community. Participants will take a Spiritual Gifts Assessment to learn how they can best serve the faith community with their particular strengths and gifts.

A tour of the campus will also be available after this session for anyone that is interested.

 

 

Human Life Issues

Presented by: Tyler Whatley    

May 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm   

 Every life is a gift from God and is sacred. -  But what about those extraordinary circumstances?

This session will explore abortion, genetic engineering, euthanasia, death penalty, war and suicide.

 

Sex and the Catholic Church

            Presented by: Fr. Gary

June 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What is the Church’s viewpoint on sex and sexual morality? What are sexual sins? This session will explain how the Church’s teachings safeguard and protect us.

 

Eternity

Presented by:

June 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Where am I going when I die? What’s all this talk about the “end times”?  What should I say when my Protestant friends ask if I’m “saved”?  This session will explore Catholic teachings on heaven, hell, purgatory, “doomsday” and salvation.

 

 

Catholic Prayers

Presented by:

July 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Where did we get the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary? What exactly are we praying for when we recite these prayers? What are some other Catholic Prayers?

 This session will identify traditional Catholic Prayers and explore the origin and meaning of a few of the more popular prayers.

 

 

 

Vocations

Presented by: Panel 

July 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

What can’t Priests get married? Why can’t women be priests? What is some great advice for a good marriage? What is the difference between nuns and sisters? What are deacons? This session will answer these questions and what Vocational discernment is.

 

 

Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching

Presented by: Tom Drury

August 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Does the Catholic Church really teach that we need to do good works in order to earn grace? This session will identify the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and the traditions of the 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

 

 

Creation, Angels and the Fall of Adam and Eve

Presented by: Dave Jones

August 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Why are there two different creation stories? What are angles and demons? What exactly is original sin and what does it mean for us? This session explores the creation stories, the creation and fall of angels and the fall of Adam and Eve.