The Main Event
at St. Patrick Catholic Church
Please see 'The Main Event' page for the full schedule!
What is the Main Event?
The Main Event is an immersion in the Catholic faith for adults. 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 centered upon the Four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (The Creed, Sacraments & Liturgy, Life in Christ, Christian Prayer). Each session will open with a time of prayer, followed by a presentation on the evening's topic with time for questions, and concluding with small group discussion.
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:
- unbaptized adults desiring the Sacrament of Baptism;
- non-catholic (baptized) Christians desiring to enter full communion with the Catholic Church (wishing, that is, to “become Catholic”);
- 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 November 8, 2016. Sessions will be held on every subsequent Tuesday, with a break at Christmastime, with the last session of 2016 on December 20. It will start back up again January 3, 2017 and last until April 4, 2017.
What is the schedule for the evening?
- 6:30-6:45 pm: Opening Prayer
- 6:45-7:45 pm: Teaching Presentation
- 7:45-8:00 pm: Question & Answer Session
- 8:00-8:30 pm: Small Group Discussion and Closing Prayer
How will the small group discussion work?
People preparing to join the Catholic Church and receive the Easter Sacraments will be in the same small group each week, as will other regular participants of The Main Event.
The discussion questions for each session will help you internalize the main points of the teaching as well as make the teaching more personal by considering how to apply the teaching to everyday life. One or two trained leaders will moderate the discussion in each group. The purpose of the small groups is to share reflections and to grow in community, so the discussion leaders are there to facilitate that (and to clear up any misunderstandings), not to “steer” the discussion.
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 Marc Laudonio 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 Marc Laudonio (Director of Evangelization and Catechesis) at email@example.com 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.