The Main Event
Please see 'The Main Event' page for the full schedule and some video samples!
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?
Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained opens up the “big picture” of the Catholic faith in a way that helps us know it, live it and articulate it to others. Symbolon— Part I: Knowing the Faith journeys through the core teachings of the Catholic Church and Symbolon—Part II: Living the Faith focuses on our encounter with God in the sacraments and moral life. Each Symbolon series is 10 weeks and features an accompanying workbook that can be purchased for $25.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible uses the Bible Timeline learning system to give people a useful framework from which to read and understand the Bible. By taking a chronological walk through the Bible, we will see more clearly God’s plan for His Creation; what went wrong at the beginning; and how God worked through history to reconcile his lost children to Himself while building His kingdom. This series lasts 8 weeks and features (free) handouts at each session.
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 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 the new year will be September 1, 2015. Sessions will be held on every subsequent Tuesday, with a break at Christmastime, with the last session of 2014 on December 15. It will start back up again January 5, 2016 and last until April 12, 2016 with a week off for Holy Week (March 22).
What is the schedule for the evening?
- 6:30-6:40 pm: Opening Prayer
- 6:40-7:30 pm: Teaching Presentation
- 7:30-8:00 pm: Small Group Discussion
- 8:00-8:20 pm: Teaching Summary & Personal Testimony
- 8:20-8:30 pm: Personal Prayer Time & 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.
What should I do if I want to attend the Main Event?
Pre-registration is not strictly necessary, but if you would like to purchase a workbook it would be great to know that in advance! If you plan to attend multiple sessions please contact Marc Laudonio so he can order a workbook for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 257-5000.