Opportunities to Learn and Grow in the Catholic Faith
The Welcome Retreat, formerly Christ Renews His Parish, is an overnight retreat right here at All Saints. Welcome is for adult parishioners looking to renew their faith, gain a spiritual boost and make lasting friendships with other members of the parish. The two-day, one-night retreat is carefully planned and includes all meals. Don’t miss this opportunity to take time to reflect on Holy Scripture and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ.
The next retreats will be January 2020 for women, and February 2020 for men. Watch parish communications for updates or the Welcome Retreat web page.
“Honor His invitation, and He will give you rest. You will find the joy hidden in you.” – Fr. Anthony
A 12-week Bible study on the book of Genesis will begin on Monday, January 13, 2020, from 10:00-11:00AM, in McGivney Hall. It will be based on a program called The Catholic Scripture. Deadline for registration is January 6, 2020. Since there is limited space, registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Materials will be $10.00.
Reading the Bible can be intimidating to some and confusing to others, and many don’t know where to start, so they leave it on the shelf.
This Fall, All Saints will offer the 8 week, Jeff Cavins study, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, which aims to make the complex simple. This study presents the “big picture” of the Bible, showing how 14 narrative books of the bible tell the complete story from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Church. The program offers a brief introduction to the books of both the Old and New Testament that fit into an historical outline so that it is easier to find the meaning of each book. It teaches the basics of reading the Bible so it is ideal for beginners, but also incorporates in depth knowledge for those that are more experienced.
Small groups will meet weekly for 8 weeks beginning the week of 9/22 and concluding the week of 11/10. Meetings include video presentation and discussion.
Bible Study is now over. Check back for future dates.
Men’s Bible Group starts Sunday, September 8th! This early morning Catholic faith discussions for men, offered in cooperation with All Saints’ Knights of Columbus, is a video-based Bible study.
Get up early and join us as we work toward a closer relationship with God. In this series, we will study “James – Pearls for Wise Living,” presented by Jeff Cavins. These small group discussions about how to live out our faith in our everyday lives are anchored by a 50-minute video. The following link provides a good overview of the study: https://ascensionpress.com/collections/james-pearls-for-wise-living.
Meeting 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month: 7:00 – 8:25 am, in All Saints’ parish library. Coffee and donuts/bagels will be provided. To reserve your place, contact either Scott Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org /404-354-6362 or Michael Tobia at 404-642-9313.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? Never been baptized or baptized in another non-Catholic Christian Church? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sessions, which help to prepare you for the sacraments that will bring you into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.
SPONSORS ARE NEEDED! Contact Richard Ducate at email@example.com.
What is RCIA?
RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process by which persons become fully initiated Catholics. RCIA is for adults:
- Who were never baptized.
- Who were baptized in another Christian faith and who wish to become Catholic.
- Who were baptized Catholics but were never confirmed.
RCIA meets weekly on Sundays, starting in September. Sessions typically include prayer and instruction on some aspect of the Catholic faith.
Each RCIA candidate is paired with a parish sponsor who also attends the weekly sessions. Candidates are initiated gradually through a series of liturgical rites. They receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, the highlight of the Church year.
What is the Role of Sponsors?
Sponsors play an important role in the initiation process. They remind us that we are participating in a process of conversion, which involves a personal experience of being welcomed into a faith community of human persons. RCIA sponsors represent the faith community; they insure that no individual walks the journey of conversion on their own.
Parish Sponsors serve as formal representatives of the Catholic faith community. They are active Catholics who represent the local parish community, and, by extension, the universal church. Parish Sponsors may be personal friends or relatives of the candidate (such as a spouse or fiancé) if they are also members of the local parish community and are able and willing to assume responsibilities of the Sponsor.
The Parish Sponsor accompanies the candidate through the periods of Catechumenate, Enlightment and Mystagogia. He or she serves the candidate as a mentor, a companion, and a representative of the faith community.
- As mentor, serves as a living example or role model of what it means to be a person of faith.
- As companion, accompanies the candidate to RCIA activities, is available to the candidate outside of RCIA process, encourages and supports the candidate in the discernment process, offers the candidate guidance and understanding when the candidate is doubtful or hesitant, and, if necessary, challenges the candidate to be faithful to the discernment process.
- As representative of the faith community, helps the candidate feel welcome, introduces the candidate to other members of the faith community, and invites the candidate to participate in community activities.
- Mass and a Movie Series showing titles from the award-winning series by Bishop Robert Barron.
- Talks by our priests, deacons and other religious speakers
- Movie screenings, like for the 100th Anniversary of Fatima, the “Passion of the Christ”, and a group outing to see “Unplanned” in theaters.
- Rosary Events – Patriotic Rosary the first Thursday each month at 1PM in the church; 13th Day Rosary on the 13th of each month after the evening Mass, 7PM on weekdays or 5PM if the 13th is on a weekend; and 5th Sunday Rosary by the K of C after 10:30AM Masses when there is a 5th Sunday in a month (6/30/2019, 9/29/19, 12/29/2019).
Past events have included a 20-week Catholic Scripture Study on The Gospel of John and a six-week DVD-based program from Bishop Robert Barron: Eucharist: Sacred Meal, Sacrifice and Real Presence. Watch the eNews, website and bulletin for announcements of upcoming events.
Catholic Faith Discussions for Men – Men’s Bible Group Invites You!
Catholic Scripture and Faith Discussions for Men starts Sunday, December 2nd! If you have struggled to make prayer a regular part of your life you will appreciate this program. Get up early and join us on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month as we work toward a closer relationship with God. We will be studying the series Walking Towards Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart as presented by Jeff Cavins. The study materials use a structured process for reading and praying over scripture known as Lectio Divina. Our sessions on Sunday will include group discussion on the scripture passages assigned between meetings as well as a video presented by Jeff Cavins that helps tie it all together.
Meeting 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month: 7:00 – 8:25 am, in All Saints’ parish library. To reserve your place, contact either Scott Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-354-6362, or Michael Tobia at 404-642-9313.
Congratulations to all the high school graduates of 2019! If you are going to college, stay connected to your Catholic faith by finding a Newman Center near you.
What are Newman Centers?
Newman Centers are residence and Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities throughout the world. These centers provide pastoral services and ministries to their Catholic communities, in particular to the Roman Catholic student population within universities throughout the world. College can be both a daunting and exciting time in your life. Your campus ministry wants to be there for all the ups and the downs and be your home away from home. Discover the blessings that come with joining a Catholic ministry at your college. Newman Connection is here to help – find your Newman Center or Catholic campus ministry at newmanconnection.com.
Why do you need to find a Newman Center?
- It can be your home away from home – Get an instant support system when you join campus ministry. Student leaders are usually upperclassmen and have more experience in college, and in general, they can help you out when you need advice or be a listening ear when you need one.
- Meet interesting people – Campus ministry is full of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures who make you feel safe, loved and important. Learn about each other’s differences and bond over your love for Christ.
- Find opportunities to serve and give back – Campus ministry tends to do a lot of service work on campus and off campus. If you enjoy serving others, you will probably love campus ministry.
- Make good friends for life – Campus ministry provides numerous ways to have fun with great people. Surround yourself with people who help you grow in your faith.
- Discover your path – College is the time to choose your career, figure out your vocation, and make other life decisions. For these important steps, campus ministry leadership can help.
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We have been hard at work these past few months listening to you, your parishioners, and all of our customers and we are excited to announce the new and improved FORMED.
In response to what you asked for, the original FORMED that you know and love now has improved performance, an enhanced search tool, new features, and new ways for our users to watch our programming, listen to audio or read e-books on their connected TVs and devices.
Watching great Catholic content at your parish just got a whole lot easier. In addition to browser, iOS, Android and TVOS, we now offer Roku, Amazon Fire and many more avenues for you and your parishioners to engage with our content.
Offline playback, My List creation and the ability to resume watching where you left off are all features requested by our users that are now on the platform.
Additionally, an improved search function will help you better discover the content you are looking for, making it easier to find our movies, programs, e-books and audio.
Lastly, our newly designed user interface, mirroring some of the best-of-breed On-Demand solutions in the market, will make navigating the experience even more enjoyable.
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