Dear Friends –
Welcome back students! As we begin the Spring semester, we are looking forward to some exciting programming, especially with regards to Adult Faith Formation. I will be offering two short educational series in the next three months each will take place over three Thursday evening sessions. The first, called “YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO WHAT?”, which will take place on January 26, February 2, and February 9, will be a three-part examination of two social (moral) issues from the perspective of rights. The second, will take place on Feb. 16, Feb. 23, and March 2. It will be entitled “Jesus of the Gospels,” and will look at the portrait painted of Jesus using only the Gospels as a source.
Fr. Jacek will be offering two book studies, one for Undergrads and one for Grad/Young Adults beginning this week. The Undergrad reading group will meet on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM. That group will be reading Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Redeemer of Man.” The Grad group will meet on Mondays at 7:00 PM (beginning January 23). They will be reading Cardinal Ratzinger’s “Introduction to Christianity.”
The Social Justice Team has joined forces with the organization called Just Faith to bring a Justice Formation program called “J-Walking” to our Campus.
During the Lenten and Easter Seasons, we will offer a 10 part study series based on the excellent video series called “Catholicism” by Fr. Robert Barron.
For those who are interested, I will be offering a Bible study which I am calling “Coffee with St. Mark” every Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM. Everybody is welcome to join this read thru the Gospel of Mark. It begins this Wednesday morning. Each session will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
In addition to all of this, of course there is the ongoing Campus Renew, weekly faith-sharing scripture reflection groups for both undergrads and grad students.
The Confirmation prep program will begin early February. Watch the Bulletin and listen for announcements about these and other upcoming faith-formation opportunities.
I look forward to a fruitful semester of learning together.