Abortion & Life Issues: Social Justice Series Resources

Thanks to the 112 folks who braved the cold temperatures to attend the first session on Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Having reviewed the foundational philosophical principles, we now begin the hard work of applying those principles to specific current issues.

This week we will focus on abortion and other life issues, specifically euthanasia and the death penalty.

The documents come from a wide variety of sources spanning from the first century to just this past year.

Click the link below for the reading packet, I look forward to the discussion on Monday evening.

Abortion & Life Issues: Reading Packet (<– Click the link to download the .pdf file.)

 

Faith & Science: Presentation Slides

I am so grateful for the amazing turnout we’ve had for both sessions of my new class, “Foundations of Faith,” there were after 97 the first night, we had 106 the second week. Of course even better than the numbers is the quality of questions and discussions I’m hearing from everyone attending.

For those that weren’t able to make it, or those who want to review, here are the PowerPoint presentation slides on “Faith & Science.” The readings can be found on this page. As the weeks go on, all resources (readings and slides) will be found at this hub.

Faith & Science: Presentation Slides

Faith & Science: Foundations of Faith Resources

After a great turnout Monday night for the first session of “Foundations of Faith,” it is now time to turn attention to next week.

While this week we covered Faith and Reason, next week we extend that philosophical conversation to a more practical conversation regarding the relationship between faith and science.

For this week, instead of a collection of excerpts, I have selected a single letter composed by St. John Paul II in 1988 to the then director of the Vatican Observatory.

Faith & Science: Reading Packet

I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday night, feel free to invite a friend!

If you missed the reading packet or slides from any week, all resources can be found at this hub.

Faith & Reason: Presentation Slides

I am so grateful for the amazing turnout for the first session of my new class, “Foundations of Faith,” there were 97 in attendance on Monday night.

For those that weren’t able to make here are the PowerPoint presentation slides. The readings can be found on this page. As the weeks go on, all resources (readings and slides) will be found at this hub.

Faith & Reason: PowerPoint Slides

Faith & Reason: Foundations of Faith Resources

Starting next Monday I will be beginning an adult education course “The Church in the Modern World.” This particular seven session series is titled, “Foundations of Faith.

The first class is Monday October 15, at 6:30 P.M. in Kertz hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jefferson City. The class is open to all adults.

 

The first week’s topic: Faith & Reason

Every week on Wednesday (this time on Monday) I hope to write a short post such as this introducing the topic and providing a .pdf with some readings to look at in advance if you are so inclined. It is by no means necessary to read the packet before the class. If you do have a chance to read it, please come ready with questions. If you can’t make it a given week, or you want to browse through other topics they all we available at this hub.

Faith & Reason: Reading Packet

Each of these packets will contain excerpts from various Church documents. Most of them should be available in their entirety at the Vatican’s web site: www.vatican.va

This week’s excerpts come from the following documents:

  • Sacred Scripture (the Bible)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Vatican I, Dei Filius (1870)
  • Vatican II, Dei Verbum (1965)
  • St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio (1998)
  • Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei (2013)

Lastly a few quick housekeeping notes as they are questions I’ve been asked a lot:

  1. The class is FREE
  2. You DO NOT need to register (though there will be chance to sign up for e-mails)
  3. Catholic teachers of any Catholic school in the Diocese of Jefferson City who are Level III Catechists can count these hours towards their ongoing formation. (There will be a special sign-in form for you to sign)
  4. Permanent deacons of the diocese can likewise count these towards ongoing formation.

See you on Monday!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

Contraception & NFP: Adult Ed Resources – 4 May 2017

After discussing the broad principles of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in our last class, this week we begin to focus on one specific application of that teaching.

This week we will discuss both the Church’s stance on artificial contraceptives and conversely, Natural Family Planning. Here are the readings for this week:

Reading Packet: Contraception & NFP

The bulk come from Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae.

Furthermore there are two other documents from John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio and Gratissimam Sane.  I highly recommend reading all of these documents in their entirety, for the sake of brevity, I have selected a few passages from each to compose the reading packet.

See you on May 4th at 7:00 PM at the Activity Building at Sacred Heart in Columbia.

For past topics, click here.

Daily Reflection: 3 May 2017

Today’s readings can be found here.

Reflection:

Today the Church celebrates the feast day of two Apostles, Saints Philip and James. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus poses a question to Philip, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?” How true that question is for all of us. For no matter how much we study, how much time we spend in prayer, Lectio Divina, how many times we receive the sacraments, we will still have so much more to learn about Jesus.

So if you think you still have so much more to learn about Jesus, the Scriptures or the Catholic Church, fear not! We all are in the same boat together. Let us not be inhibited by or fears or perceived inadequacies, rather, may we be inspired by the example of Sts. Phillip and James to continue everyday to grow in our knowledge and love of God.

April 20, 2017 Presentation Slides – Theology of the Body

Many thanks to all who came out last week to hear about Theology of the Body. I hope it was a fruitful discussion and presentation.

As always, I wanted to post my presentation slides and other materials for those who were unable to attend or who are interested.

For those that missed them last week, here are the resources I provided on Theology of the Body:

Theology of the Body Resources

Here are the presentation slides:

April 20, 2017 Presentation

Also, if you are looking for more resources on Theology of the Body, the best list of resources can be found here, on the web site of Sr. Helena Burns, FSP.

The Eucharist: Adult Ed Resources – 10 April 2017

Since next week is Holy Week, I had to make some adjustments to the class schedule. In my conversations with those attending the class, also because it is Holy Week, we decided it would be appropriate to spend the class speaking about the Mass and the Eucharist.

Therefore the class on the Eucharist will be: Monday April 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Sacred Heart Activity Building.

In past weeks I’ve compiled various texts from throughout the history of the Church on the various topics. Thankfully, the Church has also done this in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. If you read the Catechism carefully, you will note that the majority of it is not original material, but rather a compilation of many sources from the earliest days of the Church all the way through Vatican II and beyond. I do not believe that I can do this any better than the Church has already done. Therefore this week the readings all come from the Catechism. The Catechism dedicates paragraphs 1322-1419 to the Eucharist. I have selected the paragraphs listed below to focus on for our class:

If you own your own copy of the Catechism, then you can look the paragraphs up yourselves. If you don’t own a copy, then you can click on the links above to navigate directly to the relevant paragraphs as published on the Vatican web site.

The reason I did not compile the texts into a .pdf has to do with the formatting of all the sources and the amount of time this would take.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday evening.

Reminder there is NO CLASS this Thursday, April 6, 2017, due to the Chrism Mass, which of course you are all invited to attend.

Lastly, if you want a little preview of Monday’s class, here’s a homily I gave on the topic a few years ago.

March 30, 2017 Presentation Slides – Priesthood

Smaller crowd last night with the college students off on spring break, but still a quality discussion nonetheless. The topic was about the Priesthood, we also talked about married and women priests as well. For those that couldn’t make it, the readings can be found here. The presentation slides are below.

March 30, 2017 Presentation Slides

There will be no class next week due to the Chrism Mass. Our next class will be on Monday, April 10, 2017.