Have you ever found yourself during Mass wondering what something means as you listen to the Scriptures? Perhaps something the priest mentioned in a homily was unclear? Maybe you know you’re Catholic but you’re not sure why the Church teaches what she does on a number of pressing and important issues? Perhaps you want to be better able to explain to your friends what you and the Church believe? Or maybe you’re just curious.

Thankfully there is a solution arriving here in Columbia, Mo. Beginning on March 2, 2017, every Thursday night from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. I will be offering an adult education, faith formation, catechesis, class, seminar, whatever you want to call it, and you are most welcome to attend. The class will be held in the Activity Building of Sacred Heart Church.

The course will be geared towards adults, that is anyone 18 & older. I hope that we will have both a mixture of college students as well as resident parishioners.

I am titling the course, “The Church in the Modern World.” That is both a reference to Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes, as well as something broad enough for us to cover a wide variety of topics.

It will not be a linear course in the sense it will not be necessary to attend every week, you can come and go as you please. The topics will be announced in advance. I will also post readings and resources on this web site, though it will not be necessary to review them beforehand. Even if you can’t make it a given week, you’ll still have access to all of the resources found at this hub.

As for the topics, I have a working list of options found here. I am open to other topics as well, the first night I hope to have some form of balloting so as to see which topics people want covered first.

I look forward to seeing you on March 2nd, let me know if you have any questions. Please help me spread the word.

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