Come and see! Come and encounter the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith, as Fr. James Martin invites you into the Gospel narratives to learn more about the person at the center of our lives. Fr. Martin, author of “Jesus: A Pilgrimage,” will use historical details, spiritual insights and biblical exegesis to deepen your appreciation of the fully human, fully divine Son of God.Fr. James Martin..
In this workshop, we will explore the notion of persons with special needs moving past being simply “recipients” of the faith, toward being agents of the Gospel message. Ways for including persons with disabilities and special needs in the life of the parish, across that person’s life span, will also be discussed. As the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities state..
Whether personal or communal, the encounter with Christ and others touches our hearts and moves us to share the Good News. Such encounters provide insight and help us to integrate faith-knowledge with faith-action. Small parish communities provide the optimum environment, motivating members to become missionary disciples and evangelizers. This session provides practical ways to launch and grow par..
An ever-growing number of our parishes celebrate liturgy and provide ministries in two or more languages or cultural contexts, but not without challenges. Jesus prayed that we “may all be one,” and our pastoral efforts continue to reflect that prayer. We will dialogue about what it takes to develop a plan for achieving communion from diversity. We’ll take a look at our community’s life of prayer a..
A new wave of assisted-suicide legislation and initiatives has been sweeping the country. California is the latest state to have approved such legislation. Many Catholics have asked why the Church is taking an active position in a question of seemingly private choice in civil society. Fr. Robert Spitzer will discuss why assisted suicide is a fundamental justice issue – giving freedoms to one group..
Pope Francis asks us to form and send out “missionary disciples” from our ministries. What does this mean? In our parishes, we often meet adults at the most joyful and hope-filled moments of their life – when they get engaged, are married, at baptism and when they seek out faith formation for their children. We also encounter parishioners at moments of intense struggle and pain – through death, br..
In this workshop, we will focus on identifying the possibility of the social networks, realizing their potential to be places of dialogue and authentic human growth. In particular, Msgr. Paul Tighe will seek to clarify how Christian believers, together with others of goodwill, can work to ensure that the social networks promote a greater sense of unity within the human family.Msgr. Paul TigheMsgr...
Augustine is the most influential writer/thinker in the Latin Church, after St. Paul and before Thomas Aquinas. For 900 years he was the voice of orthodoxy and reason. He lived in a time of chaos, conflict, rebellion and barbarian invasions. Manichaeism, Pelagianism and Donatism were heresies that were destroying the Christian community. In this session, Fr. Thomas Weston will present the conflict..
Our experience of authentic happiness in married life corresponds to the level of unity that we live as spouses. Unity is a gift from God that requires our daily commitment to a Trinitarian lifestyle. In this presentation, Dr. John Yzaguirre integrates psychological and spiritual approaches necessary for a Trinitarian lifestyle, where we welcome each other with compassionate acceptance, practice u..
Trong xã hội, khi con người dửng dưng với Thượng Đế, thì họ cũng dửng dưng với nhau, ngay cả trong hững mối liên hệ thân thiết. Tình trạng xã hội bất ổn do chiến tranh, bạo lực, đói khát, tệ nạn xã hội là nguyên nhân của việc loại trừ Thiên Chúa khỏi cuộc sống hằng ngày. Mỗi tín hữu hãy là những người quảng diễn lòng thương xót của Chúa qua việc sống có trách nhiệm, quan tâm đến nhau và tôn trọng ..
During this Year of Mercy, we focus not only on God, the source of Boundless Mercy, but also on the recipients of that mercy. We are aware of our failings and wounded natures – and our need for the One who created us. This need is expressed in prayer, in literature, in music. One song in particular will be the focus of this presentation, “Need You Now,” by Plumb. The song claims: “Everybody’s got ..
Catechists cannot substitute for parents. For faith formation to last a lifetime, parents must be involved in the process. Parents want this, but often feel intimidated and don’t know where to start. This challenge is the very heart of evangelization and precisely the point at which we can show them the mercy of the church as we welcome and assist them. This workshop will present: 1) the role of p..
Starting and leading a weekly parish youth liturgy is challenging, but fun. This workshop explores effective ways to make liturgies more engaging to young people, led by young people. You don’t have to sacrifice rubrics or richness!Craig ColsonCraig Colson is a published composer with World Library Publications. He has directed music since 1993 in the Phoenix area and is currently Music and Liturg..
We all have a list of our favorites, from books and movies, athletic events, places we have visited, songs, and historical and political heroes. We can say the same about our favorite Gospel stories. Let’s revisit some of them (the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, the Adulterous Woman, the Nativity, Jesus and Peter, the Death of Christ, and a few more if time permits). If we deepen our understand..
Sharing a meal with someone is one of the most personal and universal experiences of life. When Robin Davis, author of “Recipe For Joy,” married a widower with three young children, she felt wholly unequipped to take on full-time motherhood. But she did know how to cook (she had made a career out of it). Robin will share her story of how she used the dinner table as a way to bond with her new fami..