Adult Faith Formation
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NOTE: Check out the videos from some of our past programs below or on the parish YouTube channel.
Adult Faith Formation Fall 2018
Mark your calendar and plan now for our Fall 2018 Adult Faith Formation Opportunities:
The Art of Accompaniment
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 in Brioschi Hall
In his exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis notes that “the Church must look more closely and sympathetically at others whenever necessary. In our world, ordained ministers and other pastoral workers can make present the fragrance of Christ’s closeness and his personal gaze...The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this ‘art of accompaniment’ which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other” (The Joy of The Gospel, 169). Join us as Matt Reichert helps us explore what it might mean to truly live out Pope Francis’ call to listen and to lead others to an encounter with Christ.
Matt Reichert teaches at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. A frequent workshop leader, Matt has presented across the country, and at NPM and NCEA conferences, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the L.A. Religious Education Congress. Matt hosts NPM's "Ministry Monday" podcast and co-hosts the critically acclaimed "Open Your Hymnal" podcast. Matt also co-directs the One Call Institute, an organization dedicated to the formation of young people in the Church.
Women’s Retreat with Susan Stabile: Recognizing and Respecting the Giftedness of Women
Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-9:00 PM
Advent Evening of Reflection with Archbishop Bernard Hebda
Monday, December 17 from 6:30 PM
James: Put Your Faith to Work
6-week study begins week of October 8
The book of James insists that conversion to Christ changes the way we act. In James: Put Your Faith to Work, we learn how to apply Jesus’ teachings to our lives as members of God’s kingdom. Ultimately, we come to understand the book of James as our roadmap for the Christian journey.
July 22, from 7-8:30 PM in Brioschi Hall with Fr. Luke Hansen SJ and Connie Walsh
An evening of story-telling, prayer and discussion with Mary Magdalene and other prominent women in early Christian churches.
Fr. Luke Hansen, SJ, a Wisconsin native and a Jesuit priest, is a student at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a contributing editor for the international Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. Luke has a Master of Arts in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and he served as an associate editor of America magazine from 2012 to 2014. He worked on the Women Deacons Project of Future Church, spoke at an event in Rome for International Women’s Day, and has visited the places where Mary Magdalene, Phoebe, Priscilla and other early Christian women lived and worked.
Connie Walsh is a parishioner of the Church of St. Pascal Baylon. She is a certified community health worker, recently retired after 24 years as the manager of advocacy services at United Family Medicine in St. Paul, Minnesota. Connie served for eight years on the Commission of Women for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and for five years she taught a domestic violence curriculum at St. Paul Seminary for deacon couples. She has received formation as an Ignatian Associate, served on a parish council and on 23 Cursillo retreat teams, volunteered in Guatemala, and served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, fundraiser, and religious educator. She is a member of the school board for St. Pascal Baylon Catholic School.
How To Read The Bible As a Catholic
Rescheduled: Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 AM and again at 7:00 PM Brioschi Hall with Deacon Rich Moore
Catholics of the world were encouraged by the bishops at Vatican II to read the Bible. "The sacred synod also earnestly and especially urges all the Christian faithful...to learn by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures the ‘excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ’ (Phil. 3:8). For ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ." So how do we go about reading the Bible? What Bible should I get? Is the Bible myth or history? What books are in the Bible? Old Testament, New Testament? Why are there more books in a Catholic Bible? We will explore these questions and more along with methods the Catholic Church uses to understand and interpret the Holy Word of God.
December 12 10:00 AM - 12 Noon or 7:00 - 9:00 PM in Brioschi Hall
Christians claim that the Word of God, Jesus Christ, existed before time began (John 1). And yet we also claim that he was born of Mary in a specific moment in history, in Israel about 2,000 years ago (Luke 1). It raises an interesting question as to who, how, and where this Jesus-Christ-Word was in the meantime. As part of our Advent reflection, we will explore some of the ways that the Church has tried to come to grips with this deep Mystery, and how we have come to recognize him in some of the literature of the Hebrew Bible
Thursdays, September 28 and October 5 7-9pm Brioschi Hall
The Stories Jesus Left Behind: Parables in the Gospel of Luke
In the Gospels, Jesus is portrayed as the story teller of God. The stories he tells are known as parables. These are stories with meaning thrown alongside and deal with believers’ relationships to God and to one another. The largest number of parables are found in the Gospel of Luke. This program will look in detail at the Gospel of Luke’s parables on treating the poor and prayer as well as Luke’s two most famous parables, “The Prodigal Son” and “The Good Samaritan.” Participants are asked to please bring a Bible to each session. The parish will have some for use at each session as well. Books by Art will be available for purchase both evenings, ranging from $12-$15.
Art Zannoni is an award winning free-lance writer, scripture scholar, teacher, theologian, workshop leader and consultant in the area of biblical studies and Christian-Jewish relations. He taught on the faculty of the School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas from 1984-1991 and in its Murray Institute from 1991-1994.
6 Week Fall Bile Study, October 3-November 9 (All sessions meet in the Parish Conference Room)
Jonah and Ruth: Love Crosses Boundaries (Fee: $15 per person)
Two of the the most beloved Old Testament stories are the stories of Jonah and Ruth. In Jonah/Roth: Love Crosses Boundaries, you'll discover how God breaks down barriers between people as you see these Old Testament Stories through new eyes.
Thursday, November 9, 6:30-9pm in Brioschi Hall
St Pascal's Women’s Retreat “Food for the Soul: Wine” with Jackie Witter
In this retreat we will sample a variety of wines as we explore the spirituality of wine and consider its relationship to our experience of the Sacred. Appetizers and non-alchoholic beverages also provided.
FREE but reservations are required by Monday, November 6. Sign up online or call the parish office. For more information, check out the flyer.
September 19 7-9pm Brioschi Hall
Dr. Bernie Evans
Today millions of people are on the move as immigrants and refugees throughout the world. In search of a safer, better life many hope to enter the United States. Too often that hope runs into a growing anti-immigrant sentiment. What responsibilities does our nations have toward immigrants and refugees? What should a Catholic response to immigration look like?
Dr. Bernie Evans recently retired from the faculty of St. John’s University where he served as Associate Dean for Faculty in the School of Theology. Evans also occupied the Virgil Michel Ecumenical Char in Rural Social Ministries teaching courses on Christian social ethics, environmental theology, and ministry in rural communities.