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The Main Event

What is the Main Event?The Main Event
The Main Event is a thorough study of the Catholic Faith, beginning in the fall and finishing in the spring annually. 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 by unfolding the story of the Bible and the organic and systematic presentation of the faith found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Who should come to the Main Event?
The Main Event is open to anyone who wishes to come. Any adult Catholic wanting to understand the Faith better – and especially to see the “why” behind many of our beliefs and practices would benefit from this series.

The Main Event will also serve as a venue for catechist certification for catechists in the Diocese of Madison.

The Main Event is also 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 the new year will be September 4, 2012. Sessions will be held on every subsequent Tuesday, with a week off Thanksgiving week (November 20) and a break at Christmastime, with the last session of 2012 on December 18. It will start back up again January 8, 2013 and last until May 7, 2013 with weeks off for Holy Week and Easter Week (March 26 & April 2).

What is the schedule for the evening?

  • 6:30-6:45 pm: Evening Prayer
  • 6:45-6:50 pm: Opening, Announcements
  • 6:50-8:00 pm: Presentation, given by either Msgr. Holmes, Marc Laudonio, or Chris Schmelzer, with Q&A time
  • 8:00-8:30 pm: Small Group Discussion
  • 8:30-9:00 pm: Social Time

What is the content of the sessions of the Main Event?
The two basic texts for the Main Event are the Holy Bible and the Compendium, which is the shorter version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, arranged in question-and-answer format.  The first part of the year will be a DVD series on Salvation History as it unfolds in the Scriptures; participants would greatly benefit from reading the portions of Scripture on which each DVD session is based.

Participants will also benefit from reading the brief section of the Compendium on which most of the presentations are based. The presentations themselves will also draw from the longer Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Compendium is clearly cross-referenced to the Catechism, so motivated participants can also prepare for each session by reading the relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This schedule shows which topics and corresponding Compendium questions will be covered at each Main Event session.

Date Topic(s) Questions
September 4, 2012 Salvation History in Sacred Art  
September 11, 2012 Scriptural and Theological Foundations 1-32
September 18, 2012 DVD Salvation History: Introduction to the Bible  
September 25, 2012 DVD Salvation History: The Early World  
October 2, 2012 DVD Salvation History: Patriarchs  
October 9, 2012 DVD Salvation History: Egypt & Exodus, Desert Wanderings  
October 16, 2012 DVD Salvation History: Conquest & Judges, Royal Kingdom  
October 23, 2012 DVD Salvation History: Divided Kingdom, Exile  
October 30, 2012 DVD Salvation History: Return, Maccabean Revolt  
November 6, 2012 DVD Salvation History: Messianic Fulfillment, The Church  
November 13, 2012 Trinity & God the Father 33-50
November 20, 2012 No Meeting - Thanksgiving Week  
November 27, 2012 Creation & The Fall 51-78
December 4, 2012 Fullness of Revelation: Jesus Christ 79-135
December 11, 2012 The Holy Spirit 136-146
December 18, 2012 The Holy Catholic Church 147-195
Break for Christmas & New Year
January 8, 2013 The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Last Things
94-100, 196-199
January 15, 2013  The Sacramental Economy 218-250
January 22, 2013  Baptism and Confirmation 251-270
January 29, 2013  The Eucharist 271-294
February 5, 2013  Reconciliation and Anointing 295-320
February 12, 2013  Holy Orders and Matrimony 321-350
February 19, 2013  No Meeting - Parish Mission at 7 PM  
February 26, 2013  Prayer in the Christian Life
Jesus & the Age of the Church
March 5, 2013 CANCELED - SNOW DAY  
March 12, 2013 The Lord's Prayer:  Our Father 578-598
March 19, 2013 The Dignity of the Human Person 357-400
March 26, 2013 No Meeting - Holy Week  
April 2, 2013 The Tradition of Prayer
The Life of Prayer
April 9, 2013 The Human Community
God's Salvation:  Law and Grace
April 16, 2013 Commandments 1 - 3 434-454
April 23, 2013 Commandments 4 – 6 455-502
April 30, 2013 Commandments 7 – 10 503-533
May 7, 2013 Life in the Parish: Deepening Your Roots  

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.  People who are coming for catechist certification are not required to participate in the small group discussion but are more than welcome to join in!

The presenter will offer discussion questions which the group can use. 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?
No pre-registration is necessary. 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 or by telephone at 257-5000.

Should I get a copy of the Bible and Compendium before I actually come for a session?
That would be a great idea!  The Compendium is available in any bookstore and from your favorite online source. Copies of the full Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Compendium will also be available for sale at the Main Event.  When purchasing a Bible, a Catholic New American Bible or Catholic Revised Standard Version translation is recommended.

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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Contact: Marc Laudonio