Last week was a busy one for Adult Faith Formation at St. Brendan’s! The week began with the new YEAR OF FAITH DVDs series, which met on Sunday morning at 8:45 in the parish social hall, hosted by parishioner Lynn Martiny. We are now showing Fr. Robert Barron’s wonderful ten-episode series called CATHOLICISM, which originally appeared on PBS TV.
If you have children attending faith formation classes during the 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. period, and you’re looking for something to do during that time, be sure to check out this DVD series while you wait. Donuts and coffee will also be available. Please come — it’s a visual treat!
Our Bible study of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT JOHN kicked off Tuesday evening, with more than forty in attendance. We’re meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the parish social hall. No registration necessary; just show up and bring a Bible! Those who come are welcome to arrive a little early (6:45) and bring some potluck light refreshments to share before the study begins. Better yet, come to the 6 p.m. Mass and then head downstairs right after for food, fellowship, and reflection on God’s Word. Please pray for me as I prepare for each week’s study. See you there!
Thursday evening, we hosted Catholic author and businessman Randy Hain to talk about practicing our faith in the workplace, with a presentation entitled FROM THE SPIRITUAL WILDERNESS TO THE INTEGRATED CATHOLIC LIFE. Randy’s talk was inspiring and extremely practical, and it was followed by excellent questions and comments from those who attended, We enjoyed some fine hors d’oeuvres from our tireless Director of Parish Life, Kelle Russo, and Two Hearts Gifts & Books provided a book table with Randy’s titles for purchase, plus lots of other great spiritual reading.
If you missed being with us that fine evening, you can check out our AFF PODCASTS. Randy’s talk will be posted there soon, along with the Gospel of John Bible study presentations and past AFF talks at St. Brendan’s that have been recorded, edited, and posted by our good friend Jason Morrow. Thanks, Jason!
Meanwhile, other faith formation groups continue to meet weekly: the Thursday night Bible study (led by Lynne Sterritt), the Friday morning men’s sharing group, and the Voyagers, a women’s faith-sharing group that also meets Friday mornings. Please check the Adult Faith Formation pages for details.
We have yet another fine new AFF offering beginning this week: Dr. Tony Palmer, a parishioner and clinical psychologist, will begin his free series especially for men, called HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO. This twelve-episode series, meeting twice a month, will explore the ways that men can find deeper happiness in life by cultivating the virtues. The first session meets this Thursday evening, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the parish social hall. Coffee and donuts available. Don’t miss it!
Meanwhile, don’t forget that the WALKING WITH PURPOSE Scripture study for women will be starting very soon. This powerful weekly gathering will meet on Tuesday mornings beginning in October. If you took part last year, you know what a life-changing experience it was for many. Registration is required, and space is limited; so check the Adult Faith Formation pages for more details and grab a registration form from the literature rack in the narthex.
Finally, be sure to come by the Adult Faith Formation booth at the MINISTRY CARNIVAL this coming Sunday, Sept. 23. We’ll have cookies and pretzels, flyers with information about all our AFF programs and upcoming events, and of course a great RAFFLE BASKET full of fine spiritual reading, worth more than $150. As with all the baskets, raffle proceeds will go to the church.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about all the opportunities we have at St. Brendan’s to grow in faith and in love for God and others. No doubt, for most of us life is busy — much too busy. But we all need to make time for the Lord who made us and loved us enough to give us His Son, Jesus. No one deserves our time, attention, and service more than He does!