Understanding Mary Today: Foundations of Faith Resources

Incredible that this quick course is already coming to an end. Thank you to all who have attended even just one session. I hope that everyone has learned at least something about their Catholic faith.

For this last session, my new class coincides with an older IC parish tradition, the Advent Soup Supper. So while the format of the class in terms of discussion and lecture will remain about the same to previous weeks, this week there will be soup! Many thanks to the education commission for their hard work providing drinks for all the sessions and organizing the soups for tomorrow night.

As for the topic, “Understanding Mary Today,” it is chosen because prior to the session, we will celebrate the parish’s patronal feast, that of the Immaculate Conception.

As such, I have put together a packet of readings spanning from 374 A.D. up to Vatican II of texts pertaining to some of the key teachings of the Church regarding Mary, in particular her Immaculate Conception. Through these readings, and the class, we will see the beautiful interconnectedness of different teachings of the Church about Mary and how she lived them out in her life.

Understanding Mary Today: Reading Packet (Click the link to download the .pdf packet)

See you all tomorrow night! Mass is at 5:30 in Church, and the class immediately following.

Understanding Jesus Today: Foundations of Faith Resources

Having completed weeks on Faith and Reason, and various topics associated with Revelation, the class enters it’s final phase and week.

In the next week there will be two sessions. The first on Monday December 3rd will look at “Understanding Jesus Today.” The later session will be a follow up of sorts on “Understanding Mary Today.”

As for the readings for this session on Understanding Jesus Today, they come from one document. This document is not magisterial text of the Church, but rather was put together by a group of theologians who consult the Vatican, known as the International Theological Commission.

The document is titled, “The Consciousness of Christ Concerning Himself and His Mission.” The document was written in 1985, which gets us fairly close to the “Today” portion of the session title. To read the entire document click here. I have cut out the introduction and methodological sections to just give you all the meat. This looks at four questions, which we will examine on Monday.

  1. Jesus’ understanding of being the Son of God the Father
  2. Jesus’ understanding of his mission
  3. Jesus’ understanding of his founding the Church
  4. Jesus’ understanding of his love for all

The text is full of citations from Sacred Scripture, so I highly recommend having a Bible in hand when you sit down to read the text.

Reading Packet: Understanding Jesus Today (Click link to download the .pdf)

See you all Monday evening!

Scripture & Tradition: Foundations of Faith Resources

After a two week break, last week we picked up the class again with a session on, “Origins of Sacred Scripture.” I thought the conversation and dialogue was some of the best yet.

This week we conclude the three week sub-unit on Revelation, as we carry the conversation from Sacred Scripture to now discuss Scripture & Tradition.

This week the readings come from Vatican II, the Council of Trent, and the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Scripture and Tradition (Click on link to download the .pdf)

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! See you all Monday in Kertz Hall at 6:30 PM.

Also, for a little bit of a preview of this week’s discussion, you can listen to a homily I gave last week:

UPDATED Foundations of Faith Class Schedule

Due to the snow, subsequent closure of school, and therefore cancelation of my class on Monday night, I have decided to make the following revisions to the upcoming schedule of classes. I wanted to communicate this information as soon as possible.

To see material already covered this session on, “Foundations of Faith.” Visit this hub.

Upcoming Dates & Topics: 

All classes are held from 6:30-8:00 PM in Kertz Hall at Immaculate Conception in Jefferson City

  • November 19, 2018 – Origins of Sacred Scripture (Click here for the readings)
  • November 26, 2018 – Scripture & Tradition
  • December 3, 2018  – Understanding Jesus Today
  • December 7, 2018 – Understanding Mary Today

The last session will be on a Friday night after the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will also be the Advent “Soup Supper,” for the parish.