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, February 9, we will continue our study of the early Christian apologists by discussing St. Justin Martyr. Our text contains one brief excerpt each from his First Apology and Second Apology. If you’d like do additional reading for the class, the following are available:
- The First Apology, a revised translation based on Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1.
- An audio version of The First Apology available for free download.
- The Second Apology, from the Anti-Nicene Fathers, Vol. I.
- An audio version of The Second Apology available for free download.
- Dialog with Trypho, from the Anti-Nicene Fathers, Vol. I.
On Thursday, February 2, we will began our study of the anti-Nicene Fathers by discussing The Apology of Aristides the Philosopher, the earliest extant Christian apology. Our text contains an excerpt from the text. If you’d like do additional reading for the class, the following are available:
- The Apology of Aristides the Philosopher, translated by D.M. Kay.
- A YouTube video, Aristides of Athens, that includes an introduction and readings from the text.
Older information from the class:
On Thursday, January 26, we will be studying The Shepherd of Hermas. Our text contains a brief excerpt from aa much longer work. If you’d like to read the entire text of The Shepherd or do some additional reading, the following are available online:
- The full text of The Shepherd of Hermas, translated by J.B. Lightfoot, the great Anglican scholar.
- The entry on Hermas, from The Catholic Encyclopedia.
- The Shepherd of Hermas, an analysis of the work by a Greek Orthodox seminarian.
From January 5 through January 19 (three classes), we will be studying the Didache, or the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, an early second century (or possibly even a late first century) summary of apostolic teaching and practice. A copy of the Didache is not included in our text; instead, everyone will receive a printed copy at our class.
If you’re interested in doing additional readings on the Didache, the following are worth looking at:
- The Didache, from the Jewish Encyclopedia, published between 1901 and 1906, which argues that the Didache is a Christianized interpretation of the Decalogue and draws heavily on Jewish moral and ethical philosophy.
- The Didache: Its Origin and Significance, a provocative, often insightful, but often flawed discussion of its significance.
A number of translations and several commentaries on the Didache are also available from the Didache page at EarlyChristianWritings.com.
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. 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.