Church & State: Adult Ed Resources – 25 May 2017

This week we change gears significantly and enter the final section of this series of Catholic adult faith formation titled, “The Church in the Modern World.

This final section of the class will focus on the relationship between the Church and the State. This week we will begin with the foundation of the relationship between Church and State. In the coming weeks we will address a series of specific topics.

This week’s readings can be found below. They come from the Catechism and Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical, Deus Caritas Est.

Reading Packet: Church and State

The paragraphs from the Catechism are as follows:

CCC 1880, 1883, 18971912, 2372, 2431, 2498-2499

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.

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.

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.

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 9, 2017 Presentation Slides – Faith & Reason

Last night my new Catholic adult education course, “The Church in the Modern World” gathered for a second time. This time the numbers grew significantly. There were over 60 people in attendance. Once again a good mixture of college students, working professionals and retirees.

With all the ballots in both on paper and on-line, next week we will start a new topic. Stay tuned until Monday for the new resources and topic announcement.

For now, I wanted to provide my PowerPoint slides from last night. There are essentially a highlighted selection from the magisterial texts previously provided here.

March 9, 2017 Presentation Slides

March 2, 2017 Presentation Slides – Introduction and Faith & Reason

Last night I was so grateful to see 40 people show up to the first session of my new Catholic adult education series. The best part for me was to see college students, adult professionals and retirees all sitting side by side, learning and sharing together.

Since it was the first night, I dedicated the first half to explaining my background in fundamental theology and what exactly I was hoping for everyone to get out of the class.

From there we started to talk about the first topic, Faith & Reason. We had a good discussion as a group, I was particularly impressed with some of the examples brought in from the different professional and scientific fields. The variety of ages and professional/education background should prove to be enriching for all.

Next week we will do a full treatment of sorts on the topic of Faith & Reason. This week we only talked about the issues without making our way to the magisterial texts.

If you couldn’t make it this week, you’re more than welcome in future weeks. Also be sure to vote on-line for future topics.

Lastly, here are the slides from last night’s presentation, given the introductory nature of the class, the slides are equally lacking in substance, but if anyone is interested, I wanted to make them available.

March 2, 2017 Presentation Slides

Adult Education Class Topics – Ballot

I will have physical ballots at the first two sessions of my new series or Catholic adult education class. However, I thought I’d also open up balloting on-line as well. I realize this means that people who might not attend the class can now vote. However, I presume on some level that the interests and desires of the general population will be similar to those of the actual attendees. As an additional measure, I plan on weighting the paper ballots coming from those in class. Paper ballots will be available for the first two sessions of class.

Furthermore, as I will explain in class tomorrow, the purpose of these ballots is for me to get an idea as the topics people want to hear about the most. I will composite the data and then make the final decision about the topics I will present and in which order etc. So in that vain, this on-line ballot only helps me to gather more information.

You can pick up to 5 topics. If there is another topic not on the list, please add it in the comments section of this post.

Please share this post with others as well.

Faith & Reason: Adult Ed Resources – 2 & 9 March 2017

Given that this is the first week of the class, the first part of the session will be dedicated towards setting the stage for the entire course. That is for me to gather information about what it is all of you want to learn and get out of the class, as well as time for me to share my expectations or vision.

However, I don’t want to leave anyone empty handed that first night. So I will spend some time with our first topic, Faith & Reason. That way everyone who comes the first night will at least get a little “taste” of what’s to come in future weeks.

We will continue with the same topic the second week in order to give it a more robust and proper treatment.

Every week 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. Though certainly, it will not be necessary at all. 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. All of them should be available in their entirety at the Vatican’s web site:

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)

In future weeks I may also post other videos or articles on this page as well.

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

See you on Thursday!

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