It is not sufficient to know about Jesus Christ. We must come to encounter him as a living person. While this encounter can take many forms, in its essence the encounter with Jesus Christ moves from an object for our consideration to a subject with whom we enter into personal relationship.
en•coun•ter catholicism© allows adults from all faith backgrounds to explore the Catholic faith, its tenets, practices, history and meaning in the world today. Weekly topics are broad-based and are designed to enrich the faith of cradle Catholics, those raised without any faith tradition at all, converts, or those simply curious about Catholicism.
Not a class, not a series, but a fast paced engaging hour on a different topic by a different presenter each week. Join us Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Monsignor Ben Kasteel Hall of Christ the King Cathedral Family Activity Center. Come every week, once or twice a month, or whenever the Spirit leads you. Each session stands alone. Nursery available.
No session. Holy Week.
There are many reasons why people become atheists. Not least among them is the decision to worship something or someone other than God. This can take the form of worshipping power, fame, riches, sex, etc. Many pagan types are what Jacques Maritain called “practical atheists.” They might say they believe in God, but they live as if they believe only in themselves. Their mantra prayer is not the Our Father, but rather “my will be done, on earth as it is in hell.” Indeed, the number of practical atheists may well exceed the number of those who say they do not believe in God. Come gain practical insights into the psychology of atheism from Carl Sundell, Emeritus Professor of English and Humanities at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books including The Intellectual and the Gunman, Four Presidents, Shaw versus Chesterton, The Dilemmas of Atheism, and has published several articles in New Oxford Review and Catholic Insight.
Ann Krier will interview a panel of students from Texas Tech University to learn how they stay engaged with their Catholic faith while attending college. This session is ideal for students planning to attend Texas Tech or another college in the fall, their parents, and anyone interested in the way campus ministry nurtures commitment to Christ and care for the academic world through purposeful activity to serve and realize the kingdom God.
Last May and June, Fr. Francis, along with Fr. Thomas Schaefgen OP, walked more than 450 miles from New Orleans to Memphis to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). They honored their founder, St. Dominic de Guzman, by reaching back to the roots of the order – “preaching and the salvation of souls.” St. Dominic followed the example of Jesus who moved about preaching the Good News from town to town, rarely staying in one place, and having no place to lay his head. Come learn how these modern day preachers enjoyed direct and personal encounters with people along the way show a Church that is not afraid to go outside of its doors.