Faith Formation


 

Upcoming Events

Oct
16
Tuesday 10/16, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Main Event is a weekly gathering of prayer, teaching, and discussion that seeks to explain the 'WHY?' behind many aspects of the Catholic faith and invite each of us to a deeper discipleship of Jesus Christ. Come join us as we seek to discover the riches of the Catholic faith and learn to live it more joyfully!
Oct
23
Tuesday 10/23, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Main Event is a weekly gathering of prayer, teaching, and discussion that seeks to explain the 'WHY?' behind many aspects of the Catholic faith and invite each of us to a deeper discipleship of Jesus Christ. Come join us as we seek to discover the riches of the Catholic faith and learn to live it more joyfully!
Oct
30
Tuesday 10/30, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Main Event is a weekly gathering of prayer, teaching, and discussion that seeks to explain the 'WHY?' behind many aspects of the Catholic faith and invite each of us to a deeper discipleship of Jesus Christ. Come join us as we seek to discover the riches of the Catholic faith and learn to live it more joyfully!


Recent Presentations

by Marc Laudonio
January 25, 2011
by Msgr. Kevin Holmes
January 18, 2011
by Msgr. Kevin Holmes
December 14, 2010
by Msgr. Kevin Holmes
December 7, 2010
by Msgr. Kevin Holmes
November 30, 2010
by Marc Laudonio
November 23, 2010
by Marc Laudonio
November 16, 2010
by Msgr. Kevin Holmes
September 14, 2010

What is the Main Event?
The Main Event is an immersion in the Catholic faith for adults that seeks to reveal the Person of Jesus Christ as the One who gives us the happiness our hearts desperately seek.  It invites all adults to follow Jesus more closely - in how we think, pray, and live—by immersing us in an understanding of the Word of God and the Catholic Faith.  It is called the Main Event because it is the most significant annual catechesis (teaching of the Catholic Faith) offered at our parish.  Over the course of the year we will 'connect the dots' and reveal the 'Big Picture' of the Catholic faith.  We will seek to answer the 'why?' behind the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church, encourage people to grow in a life of prayer, and foster a spirit of communion among people seeking to grow in their discipleship of Jesus Christ.

What is the content of the sessions of the Main Event?

The Main Event content is composed of several episodes from the Happiness series by Fr. Robert Spitzer, some speical Encountering Jesus sessions, and largely centered upon the Four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (The Creed, Sacraments & Liturgy, Life in Christ, Christian Prayer). Most sessions will include prayer, witness testimony, teaching, and discussion.

Check out a video sample of the Hapiness series below!

In addition, everyone is encouraged to bring a Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church, as we will be reading and discussing them regularly in the midst of our sessions. We will also have some copies of each for sale if people need to purchase them.  When purchasing a Bible, a Catholic New American Bible or Catholic Revised Standard Version translation is recommended.

Who should come to the Main Event?

All adults are invited to the Main Event - Catholics who want to grow in their faith, people who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, Catholics who have questions about their faith or have been away from the Church for a while - bascially, all adults who would like to discover or re-discover the riches that God wants to give them in Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church!

The Main Event is also part of the regular (required) preparation for:

  1. unbaptized adults desiring the Sacrament of Baptism;
  2. non-catholic (baptized) Christians desiring to enter full communion with the Catholic Church (wishing, that is, to “become Catholic”);
  3. adult Catholics desiring the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Where and when does the Main Event take place?
The Main Event meets on Tuesday evenings, at St. Patrick Church (404 E. Main Street). The first meeting for this year will be September 4, 2018. Sessions will be held on every subsequent Tuesday, with a break at Christmastime, with the last session of 2018 on December 18. It will start back up again January 8, 2019 and last until May 28, 2019.

 

Sept. 4, 2018

 

Happiness:  The Four Levels of Happiness

 

Sept. 11, 2018

Happiness:  The Comparison Game 

 

Sept. 18, 2018

Happiness:  The Faith to Reach Transcendence 

 

Sept. 25, 2018

 

Jesus Christ:  Joy of Man's Desiring

 

Oct. 2, 2018

 

Encountering Jesus:  The Promise of Mercy

 

Oct. 9, 2018

 

Encountering Jesus:  Merciful Encounters

 

Oct. 16, 2018

Encountering Jesus:  Who am I?

 
 

Oct. 23, 2018

 

Encountering Jesus:  Called to Love

 

Oct. 30, 2018

 

Faith & Reason:  Ways of Knowing God

Nov. 6, 2018

The Story of God:  

The Big Picture of the Bible

 

Nov. 13, 2018

God, The Holy Trinity:  Perfect Communion of Love

 

Nov. 20, 2018

Creation & The Fall of Man and Woman

Nov. 27, 2018


Fullness of Revelation:  Jesus Christ

Dec. 4, 2018

 
The Holy Spirit:  The Breath of God

Dec. 11, 2018

 
The Holy Catholic Church:  Mystical Body of Christ
 

Dec. 18, 2018

The Blessed Virgin Mary & The Last Things

Jan. 8, 2019

The Sacramental Economy:  God Shares His Life with Us

Jan. 15, 2019

Baptism & Confirmation:  Birth to New Life

Jan. 22, 2019

Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick:  Healing Our Souls 

Jan. 29, 2019

The Holy Eucharist:  God in the Flesh

Feb. 5, 2019

Holy Orders & Matrimony:  Calls to Life-giving Love


Feb. 12, 2019

The Dignity of the Human Person:  Destined for Blessed Happiness

 

Feb. 19, 2019

The Human Community; God's Salvation:  Law & Grace

Feb. 26, 2019

Commandments 1-3:  Loving God with All Your Heart

March 5, 2019

MARDI GRAS BREAK

March 12, 2019

Commandments 4-6:  Love Your Neighbor As Yourself Part I

March 19, 2019

Commandments 7-10:  Love Your Neighbor As Yourself Part II

March 26, 2019

 Revelation of Prayer:  God Teaches Us How to Pray

 

April 2, 2019

The Tradition & Life of Prayer:  Speaking, Listening, Being with God

April 9, 2019

The Lord's Prayer:  Seeking Union with Our Father 

April 16, 2019

 

NO CLASS:  Holy Week

April 23, 2019


Mystagogy:  Meditations on Conversion

April 30, 2019

 

Mystagogy:  Daily Life in Christ

May 7, 2019

Mystagogy:  Growing in Your Prayer Life

 

May 14, 2019

 

Mystagogy:  Living Charity in Communion

 

May 21, 2019

 

Mystagogy:  Charity - Just Do It! Part I

 

May 28, 2019

 

Mystagogy:  Charity - Just Do It! Part II

Must someone participate regularly or could someone come only on occasion?

Only those preparing for a Sacrament have an obligation to attend regularly. Parishioners (or indeed anyone) interested in a particular topic are entirely welcome to come for that session only. But we do anticipate that most participants will be fairly regular in their attendance.

What should I do if I want to attend the Main Event?
Pre-registration is not strictly necessary, but if you if you plan to attend multiple sessions please contact Deacon Chris Schmelzer so he can take that into consideration for organizing small groups.  

Otherwise, you may simply come to the St. Patrick Parish Hall on any Tuesday we are meeting. If you would like to speak to someone first, please contact Deacon Chris Schmelzer, Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation, at deaconchris@isthmuscatholic.org or by telephone at 257-5000.

And, by the way, what was that “Catholicism 101” that was mentioned in the schedule?
Catholicism 101 is a three-week introduction to the Catholic Faith that is offered on a recurring basis throughout the year. It meets simultaneously with the Main Event.

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