Adult Faith Formation
Mathetes, the Greek word for disciple, is a "disciplined learner who has discovered the need for disciplined study balanced with disciplined prayer and a social concord with others who are following the truth and discovering the light of the world." -Scott Hahn
Ponder is a Bible study that explores the Sunday readings in the Roman Catholic Lectionary cycle. It is a contemplative study, which means the goal of Ponder is to unite the heart and mind.
Ponder is designed to help individuals and groups pray with the readings first, to absorb and ground the Sunday readings in the heart or personal experience. Participants learn the process of lectio divina and Ignatian contemplation as tools for praying with Scripture. Brief commentary is provided by the study author to help participants fully understand each passage. Each Sunday includes two reflection points for ongoing contemplation (or pondering).
DATES: NOV 20 through the Lenten season (Friday mornings, 9:00 AM)
LOCATION: Due to present-day COVID-19 conditions, we will launch this study using an online format.* A meeting link will be provided to registered attendees.
*This study may switch to an in-person format in the future, in which case we will meet in the Parish Center (church undercroft). A face covering is required and physical distancing will be observed.
RESOURCES: Participants will order their own book directly from Little Rock Scripture Study for $24.95 (link below). Free shipping is available NOV 10 - DEC 4 with code ADVENTLR. No books will be available at the church.
Will You Follow Jesus to Calvary?
Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides us through the last hours of Christ’s life. We will walk step-by-step with Jesus from the garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary. Every step of the way, Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death. Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love for us—grow closer to Jesus than you ever have before.
Authored and presented by Edward Sri, No Greater Love also features Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, Jennifer Fulwiler, Curtis Martin, Teresa Tomeo, Fr. Josh Johnson, and Elizabeth Sri.
DATES: Feb 25 through Mar 25 (all Thursday evenings starting at 6:30 PM)
RESOURCES: Participants will order their own Study Set directly from Ascension Press for $24.95 (link below).
><> BONUS ><> Dr. Edward Sri will guide participants deeper with No Greater Love LIVE on Facebook and on www.ascensionpress.com, starting Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00 PM. Every week for five weeks, Dr. Sri will present a summary of each session, provide additional commentary, and offer an opportunity for Q&A. These sessions are optional to help you get the most out of the study. To participate, sign up for email reminders when you purchase your study set.
Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a 10-week video study program and book. Anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, what he did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today.
Presented by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Edward Sri, this study was filmed in the Holy Land so Catholics can experience the extraordinary world in which Jesus lived and taught—the historical context, the politics, the clashing cultures, the history, and the ancient land—and see where the most significant events of his life took place, from his infancy to his ascension.
DATES: Sep 17 through Nov 19 (all Thursday evenings starting at 6:30 PM)
LOCATION: We will meet in the Parish Center (church undercroft). A face covering is required and physical distancing will be observed. SEATING IS LIMITED.
A virtual (online) small group option will be considered PENDING enough interest and available facilitators. Please indicate your preference on the registration form. You may choose to delay ordering resources until this option has been confirmed.
RESOURCES (NEW this fall): Participants will order their own Study Set directly from Ascension Press for $29.95 (link below). No books will be available at the church.
RCIA Companion Study* - Based on the revised translation of the Mass, this five-part program takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance.
DATES: Oct 6 - Nov 3 (Tuesday evenings, 7:15 - 8:30 PM)
Order your own student materials (study set)
*In the current Catechumenate cycle for RCIA participants, we will be completing A Biblical Walk Through The Mass study. Parish disciples are encouraged to journey with our catechumens!
33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration
RCIA Companion Study* - An extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II.
DATES: Sep 1 - Oct 6 (Tuesday evenings, 7:15 - 8:30 PM), Oct 7 - (Consecration Mass, 7:00 PM)
*In the current Catechumenate cycle for RCIA participants, we will be completing the 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat. Parish disciples are encouraged to journey with our catechumens!
To learn more, please contact Chris Stier at 937-557-1711, ext. 102 or [email protected].