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)
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: 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.
Nurturing Environmental Stewardship in Our Children and Families
Sunday, April 26 10:10am Trinity Hall
The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic social teaching, calling us to care for creation. Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, provides us with guidance for protecting our common home: Earth.
Learn how families can more meaningfully engage in actions that protect the environment and ways to encourage a love of and respect for nature in our children.
Our presenter will be Laura Anderko, Ph.D. RN, a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. A scholar and educator in the fields of public health and environmental health, she has studied a variety of environmental health topics including climate change and its impact on children.
Care for God's Creation (a reflection)