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: SEP 10 through the Lenten season (Friday mornings, 9:00 AM)
LOCATION: Due to present-day COVID conditions, we will resume 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).
RESOURCES: Participants will purchase their own book directly from Little Rock Scripture Study for $24.95 using the link below. The YEAR B text is used now, and YEAR C will be used later when the liturgical cycle changes at the beginning of Advent (NOV 28).
Pope Francis has declared 2021 the Year of St. Joseph. Join us this fall for a five-week study as we learn about St. Joseph and prepare for total consecration to him.
What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? It essentially means you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God. The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. Saint Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection, and guidance. (Source: www.consecrationtostjoseph.org)
DATES: SEP 28 - Oct 26 (Tuesday mornings, 9:00 AM), NOV 1 (Consecration)
LOCATION: This study will meet in the Parish Center or one of the classrooms.
RESOURCES: To prepare ourselves for consecration to St. Joseph we will be using the book Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway. Participants will purchase their own book directly from Shop Mercy for $14.95 using the link below:
To learn more, please contact Chris Stier at 937-557-1711, ext. 102 or [email protected].