Adult Formation Classes

Learning to live our lives in the world
as faithful disciples of Jesus!

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On-Site Classes for the Fall:

Father Joseph’s Study Sunday Scriptures –
EVERY Monday night in the Library from 6-7pm….Drop by anytime!


Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom
   Mondays 9:45AM-11:45AM        Room 5/7
Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom shows how Christ’s Kingdom on earth is empowered to carry out his work in the world. The book of Acts shows the Church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, teaching, preaching, healing, and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth.

Schedule for Acts  –
Session 1: September 11
Session 2: September 18
Session 3: September 25
Session 4: October 2
Session 5: October 9
Session 6: October 16
Session 7: October 23
Session 8: October 30
Session 9: November 6
Session 10: November 13
Session 11: November 20
Session 12: December 4
Session 13: December 11
Session 14: January 8
Session 15: January 15
Session 16 January 22
Session 17: January 29
Session 18: February 5
Session 19: February 12
Session 20: February 19th


Who Am I to Judge?
   Mondays 7:30PM-9:00PM      Room 5/7
How do we talk about morality in a world that no longer believes in truth? When we’re bombarded with messages of “Be tolerant!” “Don’t judge!” and “Coexist!” many good people feel afraid to say anything is right or wrong anymore. This study program gives us an important key to responding to relativism effectively—a Catholic moral worldview. Learn how Catholic morality is all about love, how making a judgment is not judging a person’s soul, and how, in the words of Pope Francis, “relativism wounds people” and is “the spiritual poverty of our times.”

Schedule for “Who Am I to Judge?”  –
Session 1: September 11

Session 2: September 25
Session 3: October 9
Session 4: October 23
Session 5: November 13
Session 6: November 27
Session 7: December 11


Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life
   Tuesdays 9:45AM-11:45AM    Room 5/7
     or
   Fridays 9:45AM-11:45AM        Room 5/7
Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church provide an abundance of wisdom, though it can often be challenging to apply it to our lives. In this study, Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith examine biblical wisdom as it relates to daily life. Drawing on the wisdom literature of the Bible—Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and Ecclesiastes—Wisdom will teach you how to actively seek out sound guidance and increase your sense of peace in navigating life. In everything from friendships to finances, from making decisions to attaining peace of mind, Scripture offers a vision for happiness and well-being. With this program, you will learn how to gather, gain, and grow in wisdom, and you will experience the joy it brings to your life.

Tuesday Schedule  for Wisdom-
Session 1: September 12
Session 2: September 19
Session 3: September 26
Session 4: October 3
Session 5: October 10
Session 6: October 17
Session 7: October 24
Session 8: October 31

Friday Schedule  for Wisdom-
Session 1: September 15

Session 2: September 22
Session 3: September 29
No class on October 6th

Session 4: October 13
Session 5: October 20
Session 6: October 27

Session 7: November 3
Session 8: November 10
Session 9: November 17


Subject: Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance
   Tuesdays 7:30PM-9:00PM      Room 5/7
     or
Thursdays 7:00PM-9:00PM    
Room 5/7
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reveals many remarkable gifts that we as Christians are given in the Church. This letter tells us about the nature of the Church – as a body, as a household, as a mystery, as a communion, as a bride, and as an army. It shows us the great inheritance that awaits us as sons and daughters, adopted fully into the family of God. It reveals how God’s great love for us can transform our daily lives if we allow it. Ephesians:Discover Your Inheritance is an 8-part Bible study that will enrich your faith, and show you how to live it out.

Thursday Schedule for Ephesians –           
Session 1:  Introduction                                                         September  7       
Session 2: To the Praise of His Glorious Grace                 September 14    
Session 3:  Saved by Grace Through Faith                        September 21     
Session 4:  The Mystery Revealed                                      September 28    
Session 5:  A Life Worthy of Your Calling                           October  5        
Session 6:  Be Imitators of God                                            October 12   
Session 7:  As Christ Loved the Church                              October 19    
Session 8:  Put on the Whole Armor of God                      October 26  

Tuesday Schedule for Ephesians –
Session 1: Introduction                                                         September 12
Session 2: To the Praise of His Glorious Grace                September 19
Session 3: Saved by Grace Through Faith                        September 26
Session 4: The Mystery Revealed                                     October 3
Session 5: A Life Worthy of Your Calling                          October 10
Session 6: Be Imitators of God                                          October 17
Session 7: As Christ Loved the Church                            October 24
No class                                                                                 October 31st
Session 8: Put on the Whole Armor of God                    November 7th 


Subject: Psalms: The School of Prayer
   Thursdays 9:45AM-11:45AM    Room 5/7
An overview and explanation of the Psalms. the Psalms reveal Israel’s response to God’s covenant offer and serve as a model for our response to Him. Indeed, one could say that the historical books tell the “outside” of the story of Israel by giving an historical perspective, while the Psalms tell the “inside” story, which comes from the deeply personal perspective of one who is seeking God. Our communication with God is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the book of Psalms and of the individual psalms that reside in each of our hearts.

Schedule for Psalms –           
Session 1:    September  7       
Session 2:   September 14    
Session 3:   September 21     
Session 4:   September 28    
Session 5:   October  5        
Session 6:   October 12   
Session 7:   October 19    
Session 8:   October 26
Session 9:   November 2

Session 10: November 9
Session 11:  November 16


Hispanic Ministry: Symbolon, Conociendo la fe
Wednesdays 7:00PM-9:00PM   
Room 5/7
Muy a menudo tratamos de vivir una fe que no conocemos o entendemos. Algunos de nosotros batallamos con esto, haciendo las cosas por costumbre; otros simplemente se alejan. Es por eso que el tiempo es indicado para Symbolon: Conociendo la Fe. Presentado por los maestros más confiables y competentes, así como filmado alrededor del mundo con una cinematografía sorprendente, Symbolon: Conociendo la Fe explica lo más importante de la fe Católica en una forma en que enseña a nuestras mentes e inspira a nuestros corazones. 

Schedule  –           
Session 1:    September 13       
Session 2:   September 20   
Session 3:   September 27     
Session 4:   October 4    
Session 5:   October  11        
Session 6:   October 18   
Session 7:   October 25    
Session 8:   November 1
Session 9:   November 8

Session 10: November 15


Walking With Purpose
The study we are doing this year is Discovering Our Dignity. 

Discovering our Dignity gives us modern-day advice from women of the Bible.
Ancient wisdom, sage advice, sorrowful failures and woundedness…
In Discovering our Dignity, we learn that women of the Old and New Testament were sometimes as flawed and broken as we can be. Yet, the power of God worked in their lives.
Through their stories recorded in Scripture, they reach out to touch our “present” in a tender, honest and loving way – woman to woman.

 Wednesday mornings 10:00AM-12:00PM starting September 13th.  Questions about the study? Contact Jill at mikeandjill@mac.com.  


Women’s Spirituality Book Club –
Meet kindred book lovers in our very own Women’s Spirituality Book Club. Come to laugh, share stories, and make new friends while discussing spiritually directed books with messages we can apply to our own lives. We meet twice a month on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm in Room 9 (usually the 1st & 3rd Thursday) from Sept. to May. Please join us starting Sept. 7th and invite your friends too. The only cost is to purchase your own book. We will begin this Fall with “The Abbess of Andalusia” by well-known local author Lorraine Murray. This is Lorraine’s biography of the Spiritual Journey of Flannery O’Connor, a Catholic female writer whose independent spirit and tragically short life in Milledgeville, Georgia has inspired a generation of women.
New members are welcome!
For more information contact Judy Scherer (scherer2000@att.net) or Rosemarie Turner in the Faith Formation office. 

Schedule:
September 7, 21
October 5, 19
November 2, 16
December 7


Women of the Spirit –
Beginning in the 1990s, a group of women at St. Benedict’s decided to start meeting twice a month to discuss spiritual books which they have read. The group is fortunate to have Sister Barbara Young, a Cenacle sister who recently celebrated her 55th anniversary, as their guide and facilitator for many of these years. The friendship, support and love that this group embodies is very special and we would love to welcome other women to join us starting on Wednesday, Sept. 13th from 9:45 – 11:00 AM in Room 9. We will continue reading The Divine Dance by Fr. Richard Rohr.
A few of the other books we have read include “The God Who Won’t Let Go” by Fr. Peter Van Bremen, “Women of the Old and New Testament” by Pia Septien, and “Open the Door” by Joyce Rupp. For further information please contact Rosemarie Turner in the Faith Formation office.”


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