Adult Faith Formation

“Learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:10

St. Charles Parish offers continuing formation in the faith for all adults through regular series of talks and through other opportunities for growing in understanding of our beliefs.

 

upcoming adult faith formation events


MONDAY NIGHT LECTURES

St. Charles holds regular educational lectures on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00pm in Benedict Hall. These are opportunities to enrich our understanding of the Catholic faith, to come to know our Lord better so that our love for Him may also grow.

 

SERIES: ST. CHARLES CHALLENGE WORKSHOP

Jesus invites us to a relationship with him, through which we share in the more abundant life of his grace, giving us his merciful, saving forgiveness, healing, peace, joy, and eternal life. We enter into that relationship by opening our hearts to him and by following him as his disciples.

Through the St. Charles Challenge Workshop, you'll receive practical wisdom on the four foundational habits of Christian discipleship found in Acts 2:42: "They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles (LEARN) and to the communal life (SHARE), to the breaking of the bread (CELEBRATE) and to the prayers (PRAY)."

  • September 10: LEARN - Spiritual Growth through Intellectual Formation
  • September 17: PRAY - Growing in Intimacy with God
  • September 24: CELEBRATE - Sacraments, Fountains of Grace
  • October 1: SHARE - Loving God through Love of Neighbor

 

tHOMISTIC INSTITUTE LECTURES

St. Charles is pleased to host guest lectures provided by the Thomistic Institute, an outreach of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in DC. From their websiteThe Thomistic Institute exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square. The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, is our touchstone.

  • March 11: "Was Luther Right? Indulgences, Purgatory, Saints, and All That" presented by Michael Root
  • April 15: "Islam, Israel, and Salvation Outside the Church" presented by Jessica Murdoch
  • Date TBD: "Beauty" presented by Fr. Don Planty

 

CATHOLIC MORAL TEACHING

A Christendom Graduate School Mini-Course

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Arias

  • October 22
  • October 29
  • November 5

 

LITURGY AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

A Christendom Graduate School Mini-Course

Presenter: Dr. Robert Matava

  • February 4
  • February 11
  • February 18

PARISH BOOK DISCUSSIONS

St. Charles hosts regular Parish Book Discussions to help us grow together as a community and promote dialogue on important topics. A new book will be chosen for the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons, with monthly discussion nights hosted at the church. Come be a part of the conversation as we explore our faith through engaging and provocative writings, new and old.

 

FALL 2018: GOD'S VOICE WITHIN

Fall 2018: God's Voice Within, by Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J.

"God’s Voice Within is intended for people who know that there is more to the spiritual life than they are currently experiencing and are ready to take the next step in their walk of faith by making effective discernment—specifically Ignatian discernment—a daily practice. Ultimately, God’s Voice Within teaches us to discern what is at the root of our actions and emotions, which in turn allows us to respond to God’s promptings inside us rather than unconsciously reacting to life around us." (Courtesy of Amazon.com)

DISCUSSION NIGHTS - 8:00-9:00pm in Benedict Hall

  • October 15: Chapters 1-3
  • November 12: Chapters 4-5
  • December 17: Chapters 6-9

 

WINTER 2019: BOOK TBD

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DISCUSSION NIGHTS - 8:00-9:00pm in Benedict Hall

  • January 28
  • March 4
  • April 1

Dates subject to change.

 

SPRING 2019: BOOK TBD

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DISCUSSION NIGHTS - 8:00-9:00pm in Benedict Hall

  • April 29
  • May 27
  • June 24

Dates subject to change.


ADDITIONAL COURSES

 

SCRIPTURE STUDY FOR PARENTS

6:30-7:15pm on Thursdays, Room 103

Our weekly Scripture Study for Parents blends conversation, instruction, and reflection in a structured approach to exploring the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. It is offered concurrently with children's religious education classes for the convenience of parents, but is open to all adults in the parish. In-class Bibles will be available, or bring your own. Light snacks will also be provided. Led by St. Charles parishioner, Mike Doyle. For more information, or to be added to the weekly email list, contact Jim Schuster at jschuster@stcharleschurch.org


FORMED

The Catholic Faith on Demand

Access hundreds of quality Catholic video programs, movies, audios and e-books right from your home! FORMED can be used for your own personal enrichment, or as a resource for small group gatherings (discussion guides included). Create your free account through the St. Charles parish subscription by clicking the button below!