Adult Faith Formation

Study of the Patristic Fathers

 

Each Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30, we meet to study the writings of the Patristic fathers and their contributions to our faith.

On Thursday, June 22, we will begin our study of St. Athanasius, the earliest of the 33 Doctors of the Church, by focusing on his life, work, writings, and theology. Our text contains some excellent excerpts from St. Athanasius work. If you’re interested in reading more, the following are available online:

On Thursday, June 29, we’ll continue our study of St. Athanasius by focusing on the Nicene Creed. Although we recite the Creed in each mass, we often take it for granted and fail to appreciate its profound significance. For a brief analysis of the Creed in advance of our class, see The Nicene Creed: Symbol of the Catholic Faith.

Older information from the class:

On Thursday, June 8, we studied the work of Lactantius. Lactantius’ major work is Divine Institutes, which is the first attempt at a systematic theology of the Christian faith written in Latin. If you’re interested in reading about his theology, he also wrote Epitome of the Divine Institutes, which is a summary of his Divine Institutes. Lactantius is also known for his eyewitness account of the persecutions that immediately preceded Constantine’s acceptance of Christianity. Our text contains an excerpt; the complete version of On the Death of the Persecutors is available online.

On Thursday, June 15, we studied the work of Eusebius of Caesarea. Aside from a number of apologetic works, Eusebius wrote the first history of the Christian Church. It is especially valuable since much of the source material from the early church is no longer extant. If you’d like to read portions of the book, the full text of Ecclesiastical History is available online.

 

 

Knights of Columbus– Our parish has a Knights of Columbus Group. If interested contact the Parish office and we will connect you with the Grand Knight

Women’s Book Group- The first Tuesday of each month our Women’s Book group gathers in the commons with wine and chocolate to discuss a book that has been chosen by the group the previous month.  Please refer to this weeks bulletin to find out our current book selection.  You do not need to read the book to come to the book group.

Annual Women’s Retreat–  Our next women’s retreat will be in the Summer of 2017, July 7-9, 2017! We have reserved St. Andrew’s retreat house on the Hood Canal. Open the Door of my Heart Registration form will be available in the spring of 2017.    It is a wonderful get away for women of all ages.  No cooking or cleaning up after meals!   Contact Laura Stanger if you are interested in being a part of the Women’s Retreat! A monthly rummikube group has also blossomed out of the women’s retreat group and the women’s book group as well!   See the website for the retreat site: St. Andrew’s Retreat Center

Senior Singles Suppers-If you are single and over the age of 55 don’t want to eat dinner on Saturday nights alone. Come join the Senior Singles following the Saturday night 5:00 pm Mass on the Third Saturday of each month. Check the bulletin to confirm…   We usually enjoy a potluck dinner and then play cards or watch a movie together.  It is a great way to get to know other singles, widows and widowers,  in the parish and to enjoy some fellowship.

Quilters Group: Wednesday Morning at 10:00 am there is a wonderful ministry of quilters. Anyone can join, we Gather in the social hall!  Come help make quilts for those in nursing homes or recovering from an illness.   It is a stitch!

Adoration   The first Thursday of each month we will have adoration all day in our adoration Chapel, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  If you have one hour each month to honor the Eucharistic Presence of Christ in Adoration.

Bible Study  We have a number of ongoing bible studies.  See the parish bulletin if you are interested in joining.  One session is in the evening and another is in the morning. We also have a faith sharing group that meets each Wednesday morning after the Morning Mass.