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.

LGBT Response: Adult Ed Resources – 11 May 2017

Due to the sensitivity of this week’s topic, I wanted to take a little bit more time in selecting the texts, it was indeed a very difficult task. This is because one one hand, the Church has said quite a bit on these topics, and there’s lots of material to scour, and on the other hand, how to distill them down in a way which still manages to touch on the many aspects of these complex issues.

With that being said here is my introductory reading packet on this topic:

Reading Packet: LGBT Response

You will note the readings come from a variety of Popes, as well as the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and more locally, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

I highly recommend taking the time to read the entirety of the two documents from the CDF and USCCB. Direct links can be found here:

I also highly recommend reviewing the foundational material from Theology of the Body.

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.

Theology of the Body: Adult Ed Resources – 20 April 2017

This week in our adult education course, “The Church in the Modern World.”I will provide an introduction to the Church’s teachings on sexuality, known as the Theology of the Body.

Honestly, I could lead an entire semester course for college students on this very important topic, but unfortunately I only arrived in February. That being said, for this week I hope to provide a little introduction or taste of what the Church has to teach on these matters.

This week will be foundational, in future weeks we will tackle some specific issues.

This week’s readings can be found here:

Theology of the Body: Reading Packet

You will note that these readings are four talks given by St. John Paul II. From 1979 to 1984, he dedicated over 130 Wednesday Audiences to the Theology of the Body. Given the limitations of our time, I’ve selected just four of the earlier talks from 1979 and 1980.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday April, 20th at 7:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart in Columbia.

Priesthood: Adult Ed Resources – 30 March 2017

Due to various scheduling issues, especially spring break for the college students, this week we will be shifting gears from talking about faith & science, and we will talk about the priesthood. On the balloting, I listed two different topics; the priesthood, and “married/women priests.” This week I will combine both into the one session.

Here are the readings for this week, you will note that I have listed the paragraph numbers in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The reason for only listing them instead of adding them here has to do with the formatting and citations. Frankly, it would take me quite a bit of time. So if you have a hard copy of the Catechism you can crack it open, or you can go to this link on the Vatican web site.

Priesthood: Reading Packet

The readings this week come from:

  • The Council of Nicaea I (325)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992)
  • Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994)
  • Homily of Pope Francis (2013)

For past week’s topics and resources visit the main class page.

For any questions, comments or concerns, contact me.

March 23, 2017 Presentation Slides – Faith & Science

Another night and another great conversation about our Catholic faith and how we as a Church need to understand our philosophical foundations and then apply them as we engage with the world.

The key to last night’s conversation between can be summed up by one of the attendees in the struggle between perceived and real differences. That is to say that we must work to break down and get past perceived differences while also at the same time finding a way to not deny the real differences and seek a way to work together for the benefit of theology, science and the entire world.

Here are the presentation slides from last night:

March 23, 2017 Presentation Slides

For the readings provided for this week’s class click here.

All resources for previous weeks and topics can be found here.

Faith & Science: Adult Ed Resources – 23 March 2017

After treating Faith & Reason in the first weeks and then Revelation last week, we now turn towards the relationship between faith and science. As in the past weeks, this will continue to be more of a foundational topic, albeit more concrete than the previous weeks.

We will continue a foundational approach as it should be fairly obvious that any discussion on faith and science could lead to a discussion on a wide variety of concrete issues. Certainly we will discuss some of those applications in class on Thursday, though the aim will be more philosophical.

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.

To review the letter before class on Thursday, click the link below.

Faith & Science: Reading Packet

To view previous week’s resources click here.