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Journey with us this Winter as we explore the many  facets of what makes us Catholic—from our roots in Scripture and Tradition to the key voices that have shaped our understanding of our faith, and more. It’s a new year and a brand-new chance to delve more  deeply into the richness of our faith and to allow our beliefs to further permeate our everyday lives.

 Sign Up for Classes & Events

Read on for class descriptions and details on all of our Winter 2017 offerings. Links to sign up are included after each. Sign up in advance so facilitators can be in touch and to help them plan for materials. Last-minute additions still welcome at any time! More events will be listed as the season progresses.


 

 

Parenting Feature

Keeping Kids Safe on the Web

with Ryan Foley
March 30, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Bishop Hall

Kids’ safety on the Internet is a critical issue for everyone raising children in today’s wired society. What do we need to know to keep our kids safe? How can we integrate our faith into that  conversation in a healthy way? Join us for a frank, constructive presentation with practical takeaways by national speaker Ryan Foley. An Internet safety consultant and a vice president for  Covenant Eyes, Foley travels to schools and parishes nationwide to teach parents how to engage their kids and keep up with them online. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently printed an article written by Foley on Raising Chaste Children in a Pornographic World as part of the USCCB's Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography awareness and education campaign. Don't miss this important evening! To sign up, click here. If you will need childcare, please click here to sign your child(ren) up at least 3 days in advance.


 

 

Series

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players

facilitated by Terrance Glamp
Mondays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6
(*also offered during Friday morning WIF)

Join us as we explore Bishop Robert Barron’s fascinating film series illuminating a handful of saints, artists, mystics and  scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. Bishop Barron unlocks the truth behind the Catholic Church’s most influential people, from St. Francis of Assisi to St. Catherine of Siena, from St. Thomas Aquinas to Michaelangelo, and all the way to Blessed John Cardinal Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton. To sign up, click here. If you will need childcare, please click here to sign your child(ren) up at least 3 days in advance.


 

 

Catechism Study

Our Catholic Life: The Human Journey of Faith

offered during Tuesday 4:00 PREP track & Friday morning Women in Faith
study runs throughout the spring

This engaging summary of the main themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church helps adults understand their faith through the lens of modern life and their own experiences. To sign up for the Tuesday 4:00 PREP track offering, click here. To sign up for the Friday morning Women in Faith offering, contact Michele Sutcliffe at michelesutcliffe(at)bellsouth.net. If you will need childcare, please click here to sign your child(ren) up at least 3 days in advance.


 

 

Morning Women's Retreat

Being Martha, Being Mary, Being Me

with Ruth Elsbree
Monday, January 30, 9:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m., Adult Lounge

Many women bristle at the report of Martha and Mary's encounter with Jesus. Come take a fresh look at this unique gospel story for a deeper understanding that will lead you to fall even more in love with Jesus. In this inspiring morning women's retreat, we’ll explore this tender story, share our own experiences, and chart new possibilities for growing in our faith. A wife of 35 years, mother of five grown children, and former high school English and journalism teacher, Ruth is an able guide for the topic. No stranger to the everyday pull of the "natural Martha" within nor the genuine desire to sit at Jesus’ feet, she understands the tension between the two and the fruits born of them in her own walk of faith at home, at work, and in ministry. 

The retreat includes refreshments and a simple craft activity. Participants will be asked to send in a recipe for a favorite one-dish meal prior to the retreat. Signing up by Wednesday, January 25 is appreciated to allow time to prepare the craft materials. Many thanks! To sign up for this special morning, click here. If you will need childcare, click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance.


 

Spirituality Study

Tears of an Innocent God by Br. Elias Marechal

facilitated by Maureen Ingalls
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
January 17-April 25 (no class February 21)

Tears of an Innocent God invites the reader to explore the ways of the One who would have us perceive, listen, and love as Christ did, and still does: not by imitation, but through a gradual inner transformation. The book outlines two kinds of contemplation, the first involving activity on the part of the person seeking intimacy with God. Contemplation of the second kind is sudden, unexpected: a gift of God unmediated by the senses, intellect, memory or imagination. Br. Elias speaks of the healing, transformative power of inner silence, and of the mysterious Round Dance of the Trinity. He describes practices related to deep inner prayer and skillful ways of dealing with harmful thoughts and feelings, stressing the importance of becoming a whole person by integrating the inner and outer sides of life. Br. Elias Marechal is a Trappist monk who serves as novice director at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. Please contact Bev to purchase a copy of the book. To sign up for this study, click here. If you will need childcare, click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance.


 

Winter Features

Philip’s Legacy… what legacy are you leaving?

with Mike Lutzenkirchen
January 29, 7:30-9 PM, in Bishop Hall

 

Catholic Social Teachings: Ethics in the Workplace

with Bill Garrity, Jim Elsbree, Fr. Fernando Molina-Restrepo & Joyce Guris
February 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

What constitutes a just workplace? How can we make ethical decisions in economic life in light of Catholic teachings? As followers of Jesus Christ and participants in a powerful economy, Catholics in the United States are called to work for greater economic justice in the face of persistent poverty, growing income gaps, and increasing discussion of economic issues in this country and around the world. Click here to sign up for this panel discussion presenting a faith-based framework for decision making and vision in public life. If you will need childcare, please click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance. This meeting is presented by Catholic Social Teachings and is part of a series of discussions on timely topics that impact our lives and our world.


3-Night Silent Retreat at Ignatius House for Transfiguration Parishioners

with Fr. Peter Fink
March 2-5, 2017

 

Catholic Social Teachings: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence & Abuse

with Sue Stubbs
April 20, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room


 

 

PREP Track Studies for Adults

Have a child attending PREP? Spend the time they are in class growing your own faith in fellowship with other adults. Even if you don't have a child in PREP, please join us; it's a great time for many adults to study and share together. To sign up for any of the PREP track studies below, click here. If you will need childcare, please click here to sign your child(ren) up at least 3 days in advance.

  • Sundays 7:30-8:45 p.m., Adult Lounge

    Feasts of Judaism

    facilitated by Paul Franklin

    An appreciation for the feasts of Judaism helps Christians better understand the faith of Jesus and God's saving actions for all generations. Study the pilgrim feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Booths, the high holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kuppur, the minor feasts of the Ninth of Ov, Purim, and Hanukkah, and the Sabbath and Jubilee Year. Understand the roots of the Christian faith in the faith of our elder brothers and sisters in Judaism.

  • Mondays 4:00-5:15 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

    Bible Study in Plain English (New Testament)

    facilitated by Kathy Van Leuven

    This study is a perfect introduction to the New Testament for beginners. Through the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the letters and Revelation, it tells the story of the conception and birth of Christ, His life and mission, His death and Resurrection, and the early years of the Church. Start the New Year in the Word!

  • Mondays 6:00-7:15 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

    Gospel of Luke Bible study

    facilitated by Marjie Schutz

    Luke wrote his gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God's universal plan of salvation in Jesus, the Savior of all people. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke, which focuses very much on the merciful nature of Jesus, making it an ideal study following our Year of Mercy. This class will have a study guide that can be purchased called, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (a Threshold Bible Study)."

  • Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

    Our Catholic Life study based on the Catechism

    facilitated by Bev Sauer
    This engaging summary of the main themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church helps adults understand their faith through the lens of modern life and their own experiences.

  • Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

    Gospel of Luke Bible study

    facilitated by Suzanne Fragale

    Luke wrote his gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God's universal plan of salvation in Jesus, the Savior of all people. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke, which focuses very much on the merciful nature of Jesus, making it an ideal study following our Year of Mercy. This class will have a study guide that can be purchased called, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (a Threshold Bible Study)."

  • Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

    Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass by Mark Hart

    facilitated by Lori MacDonald
    As Catholics, the Mass should be a mountaintop experience for us. Often, though, we go through the motions at Mass without an appreciation for what has really happened. Popular speaker and author Mark Hart helps Catholics move beyond the repetition and ritual to see the Mass for what it really is: a heavenly banquet, a wedding feast, in which heaven and earth meet. In his engaging style, Hart guides readers toward a deeper understanding of the Mass its roots in the Jewish Sabbath, its sacrificial character, and its signs and symbols. As we are told to go in peace, he inspires us to see the Mass as a place to be nourished so that we can further Christ's mission in the world. Join us for this fascinating study of Behold the Mystery.

 


 

Basic Catechist Certification Classes

All are invited to join us to brush up on the basics of our faith, earn credit for catechist certification, or both. To sign up, click on any of the titles below.

Sacraments & Liturgy with Sheila Murray
January 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Class canceled; please join us when this class is offered again this summer.

Creed: What the Church Believes with Paul Franklin
February 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

Morality & the 10 Commandments with Bill Garrity
March 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Class canceled due to parish penance service; please join us when this class is offered again in the summer.


 

 

Ongoing Study & Fellowship Groups

Tuesday Women in Faith, Emmaus Journey Reflection on Sunday Readings (7:30-9 p.m.)
(contact Denise Geisler, 770-924-8784)

Thursday Journey, Gospel of Luke (9:45-11:30 a.m.)
(contact Ruth Elsbree, elsbree7(at)yahoo.com)

Thursday Men’s Bible Study, Gospel of John (7-8:30 p.m.)
(contact Dave Galvin, DTCon1(at)aol.com)

Friday Men’s Bible Study, Gospel of Matthew (7-8 a.m.)
(contact Rick Kime, rekime(at)gmail.com)

Friday Women in Faith, Pivotal Players DVD series, Our Catholic Life study based on Catechism, Threshold Bible Study of Luke, reflections on the Sunday readings (9:45 a.m.-12 p.m.)
(contact Michele Sutcliffe, michelesutcliffe(at)bellsouth.net)

 

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