Catholicism Series for Lent 2014

posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:09 AM by Joseph Schmidt
C A T H O L I C I S M


We will be offering the award-winning CATHOLICISM SERIES beginning this Lent! 

Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of the largest seminary in the US, created this ground-breaking presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith.  This engaging DVD series uses art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church. 

Sessions will take place on Thursdays (10-11:30 AM and 7-8:30 PM) from March 13 – April 10 in the Basilica Social Hall. 

Each session will include prayer, viewing the DVD presentation, and discussion time.

We will be showing sessions 6-10:

6. THE MYSTICAL UNION OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

Clearly answering the question, What is the Church? Father Barron presents the reality of the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic. The Body of Christ can be seen on earth from the Church s center in Rome to the cities of New York, Sao Paolo, Manila, Namugongo and Uganda, while still escaping total understanding as the mystical union between Christ and his Church. Father Barron also explores the Catholic conviction that the life and presence of Christ continues to embrace humanity in all its joys and sorrows through the presence of the Church.


7. THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH’S SACRAMENT AND WORSHIP

Father Barron explores the ancient practices of the Church s worship that endure to this very day, and the notion that all value is summed up in the liturgy, the supreme act by which we commune with God. Considered by the Catholic Faith to be the source and summit of its identity and mission, the Eucharist is the central practice of the Church s culture. Father Barron describes all the parts of the Mass, and shows how the Sacred Liturgy embodies the whole of the Faith in such diverse places as Jerusalem, Rome, Chicago, Orvieto and Mexico City.


8. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

The story of the Church is told in the examples of those men and women who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. The Catholic Faith is made visible in real human lives. Father Barron gives consideration to some of the Church s greatest heroes, and demonstrates how their extraordinary examples display both the passion and creative potential of the Catholic Church. Highlighting Katharine Drexel, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Father Barron tells the story of the Church as a vast company of witness who are called by Christ to be a Communion of Saints.


9. PRAYER AND THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT

In this lesson, Father Barron explores Catholic spirituality, which is centered on prayer. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and the heart to God. On pilgrimage to the places where the great saints and spiritual masters lived, Father Barron explores the different types of prayer: contemplation; adoration; petition; and intercession. In telling the stories of Catholics like Thomas Merton, St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, Fr. Barron demonstrates how the human person can be transformed through prayer that manifests a deep, spiritual commitment centered in Christ.


10. THE LAST THINGS

Explore the Church s conviction that life here and now is preparation for an extraordinary world that is yet to come a supernatural destiny. Father Barron presents the Catholic vision of death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory as he journeys to Florence, Ireland and Rome. The vision of the Church sees beyond this world and invites us to consider a world without end. Father Barron shows how this vision is supported by the mystery and truth of the Resurrection of Jesus.


Questions?  Contact Joe Schmidt (373-3643, stmarysdre@gmail.com).
View the promo video below.




Comments