Adult Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation helps you learn about what your faith teaches. Our Adult Faith Formation program is a resource to help you enrich different areas of your life. Whether you want to learn more about scripture, historical facts or your family and prayer life, we can help and provide online resources for those times when you can't make it to an in-person presentation. A wonderful byproduct of adult faith formation is that it is a great way to build lasting friendships with the people who share your values and grow with you spiritually.
"Awakened and energized by the Spirit, let us strengthen our commitment and intensify our efforts to help the adults in our communities be touched and transformed by the life-giving message of Jesus, to explore its meaning, experience its power, and live in its light as faithful adult disciples today. Let us do our part with creativity and vigor, our hearts aflame with love to empower adults to know and live the message of Jesus. This is the Lord's work. In the power of the Spirit it will not fail but will bear lasting fruit for the life of the world." (USCCB pastoral plan for Adult Faith Formation, Our Hearts were Burning Within Us, 183)
Building Inclusive Communities by Understanding Differences - Continuing the Conversation
Sunday, February 23, 10:10am, Lower School, Big Room
Presenters Drs. Thea Bruhn and Roly Diaz will hold a follow-up session to address questions about how families can have conversations about respecting gender differences, cultural norms and non-traditional family structures. It is not necessary to have attended the first presentation. All are welcome.
This Lent, spend some time with Fr. Brian McDermott, SJ, from Georgetown University, who will present a two-part historical perspective for Lenten reflection to help you gain a better understand of the Eucharist.
The Eucharist and Its Background as a Jewish Meal
Sunday March 1 10:10am
Understanding the Jewish roots of the Eucharist is critical for appreciating what Jesus was, is and offers his friends: a new Passover, a new Manna, a new Bread of Presence.
The Eucharist: Theological Reflections
Sunday, March 8 10:10am
Appreciating the Eucharist as a memorial, a special kind of sacrifice and a foretaste of the New Creation.
All are welcome to come to one or both sessions; no registration is required.
Helping Our Worried Kids: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach
Sunday, March 29 10:10am
Can you recognize the signs of anxiety in your children? All are welcome at this month's Raising Faith-Filled Kids session, where Dr. Bonnie Zucker, a psychologist, will discuss stress and anxiety in children and what treatment entails.
Learn how to help your children and teens by teaching them methods for challenging their faulty thinking and how to systematically face their fears. She will offer strategies and techniques based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that can be used to help your child manage symptoms of stress and anxiety. Specifically, she will address the three parts of anxiety: physiological (body), cognitive (thoughts) and behavioral manifestations. Finally, she will give guidance about the role parents play in either supporting or challenging anxiety.
The Amazon Synod of Bishops: The Issues and The Politics
Sunday, April 19 10:10am and 4 pm Trinity Hall
For the Synod on the Amazon Region, Pope Francis called to Rome all of the bishops of the Amazon region of South America to discuss the issues that face the region and the church. The region is faced by two interrelated crises: the destruction of the Amazon environment and its indigenous peoples. The church also faces issues. How to adapt Catholicism to the local cultures and how to minister to the people of the region when there are so few priests.
Fr. Tom Reese, SJ, will discusses the issues facing the synod and how the synod responded to them. Fr. Reese is a Senior Analyst at Religion News Service. Previously he was a columnist at the National Catholic Reporter and an associate editor and editor in chief at America magazine. He was also a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University where he wrote Archbishop, A Flock of Shepherds and Inside the Vatican. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of California Berkeley. He entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1974 after receiving a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He has been a visiting celebrant at Holy Trinity since the late 1980s.