Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Once you receive your sacraments, you never stop learning about the Catholic faith. Jesus calls us to constantly draw to him and connect to the vine.
Holy Family offers several courses year-round to help adults continue to learn more about their faith, so they can grow in the faith and remain constant witness to that faith.
Current Studies for Adults
The Book of Isaiah
Time: Thursday evenings, 7:15-9 p.m. Continuing June 20, 27; July 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8, 22, 29; Sept. 5, 12; Nov. 7, 14, 21; Dec. 5, 12
Location: Upper Room B on June 20; PLC Room 4 on June 27; Upper Room A’s Fish Room starting July 18 (rooms for Nov/Dec TBA).
Facilitator: Dcn. Larry Brockman.
26-week study. St. Jerome likened the book of Isaiah as the gospel of the Old Testament because Isaiah prophesied more about the Messiah than any other book in the Old Testament. He also described in great detail the blessings of the future kingdom of the Messiah. His coming would be as a lion bringing the day of God’s wrath, but first He would come as a Savior who would die for the sins of the people. Isaiah focuses on the salvation that will come through the Messiah. Some examples include:
– Isaiah, chapter 9, where we’re told that the Messiah will one day rule in justice and righteousness;
– the 11th chapter states that during the reign of the Messiah there will be peace and safety for Israel;
– Isaiah 42:6 and 55:4, through the Messiah, Israel will be a beacon of light to all the nations.
The Messiah’s kingdom on earth (Isaiah chapter 65-66) is the goal towards which all of the Book of Isaiah points.
Join Dcn. Larry for this 26-week study. The book will be available in the Holy Family Gift and Book Store, but registration is required to get the book there. Click here to register and reserve your book.
Tuesdays with the Lord
Time/location: Tuesdays, 7:20-8:20 a.m., Sept. 3-June 2 / General Flynn Hall
Faciliator: Dcn. Spencer Silvers.
Dcn. Spencer will begin a 40-week Ignatian Prayer study using the book study “Forty Weeks: an Ignatian path to Christ with Sacred Story.” The book also has a companion “Forty Weeks Spiritual Record Book.” The study will help you learn the art of spiritual discernment, how to encounter the Lord of Mercy daily and fruitfully engage regular Sacramental Reconciliation.
For those not familiar with the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, they are divided into four Themed periods called “Weeks”. Each period for this course is 10 weeks:
– Period One will lead the participant to ponder and reflect on Creation and the fall, leading the participant to sacramental reconciliation.
– Period Two will lead the participant to reflect on the public life of Christ.
– Period Three guides the participant to contemplate and meditate on the Passion and death of Christ.
– Period Four compels the participant to contemplate the Resurrection of Christ.
If you are been challenged by experiencing that “the world is getting better and worse at the same time” and are aware that both the power of Christ’s resurrection and the handiwork of evil are developing side-by-side, and are seeking the gift of discernment, this retreat will help you in your spiritual journey. We are living in an age dulled by technology and consequent loss of a sense of the supernatural and the transcendent and are seeking fellow companions, in his name, the Lord of justice and peace, the Lord of life and love, our Savior Jesus Christ, then this an opportunity to begin a journey of awareness and awakening. For more information e mail Dcn. Spencer at email@example.com.
The two “Forty Weeks” books will be available in the Holy Family Gift and Book Store, but course registration is REQUIRED. Click here to register and pay for your book.
Time/location: 7-8:15 p.m.; Wednesdays, Nov. 20 through Jan. 29, / PLC Room 4
Faciliator: Dcn. Richard Dodd.
Dynamic Catholics ministry is hosting a Book Study on “The Art of Loving God” starting Wednesday, Nov. 20. in the Parish LIfe Center Room 4.
Dcn. Richard Dodd facilities the course, which journeys us through the book “The Art of Loving God.” Books are $10.95 when you register online here.
Discover the secrets to growing holier through simple things in life, work, play and rest. Learn to avoid the distractions that trouble and weary your soul, and you’ll soon be able to focus your energy simply on loving God..
Contact Brenda Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Times/location: Wednesdays, 8 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m./Upper Room B
Transmission, led by Fr. Benjamin Lehnertz, offers education for adults on Wednesdays. The group tackles current topics in the faith and how the Catholic Church handles each of them.
For more information, click here.
Future studies will be added when they are scheduled.