Adult Religious Education
In recognition of the Jubilee of Mercy, December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016, Catholics in St. Louis are invited to deepen their understanding of the faith and their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is in knowing Jesus Christ intimately that we will be able to model His mercy to our families, our parishes, and the world.
The Religious Education Department suggests five programs that your parishioners may find helpful for Lent 2016.
- A print program by Loyola Press, Luke-The Good News of God’s Mercy, is part of the Six Weeks with the Bible series. The overriding message of the book of Luke, that God has acted through Jesus Christ to meet our deepest needs, encourages us to welcome God’s actions throughout our lives and, in turn, to go out and offer God’s mercy to the world around us. All biblical text is printed in the study guides. Click here to see the attached flyer for quantity discounts and ordering information.
- Another print program is a series of eight small texts created by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, and published by Our Sunday Visitor as the official catechetical resource for the Jubilee of Mercy. We particularly suggest three titles in the series as possible resources for adult education and reflection: The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, The Saints in Mercy, and The Parables of Mercy. Free, downloadable study guides and prayers are available online at OurSundayVisitor.com. The books are flexible for shorter or longer gathering times; which makes them useful for adult education while PSR classes are in session, or for brief faculty in-services and Lenten reflections. Click here to see the attached flyer for a listing of all eight books, discounts, and ordering information.
- The Mystery of God, Who God Is and Why He Matters, published by Word of Fire, is a six-part film series hosted by Bishop Robert Barron. This series was newly distributed by Catholic Word Publishing in the fall of 2015, and we continue to suggest it for parishes that have not yet used it. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people. How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God? Who is God? And why does He matter? This study program will help you discover and be able to share answers with those who no longer believe. Click here to see the attached flyer for quantity discounts and ordering information.
- Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God is the newest installment of the Lectio series, brought to us by Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and Lighthouse Catholic Media. Though prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith, we often feel as if we are talking to ourselves. Or, worse, we are talking to no one at all. How can something so vital to the faith be so elusive? In six episodes we experience the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear from God and then respond in conversation, basking in his presence and resolving to live in and through His love. In this installment of the Lectio series, Dr. Tim Grey uses the ancient Church tradition of Lectio Divina to show the simple steps to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy. Click here to see attachment for quantity discounts and ordering information. Available at the end of January 2016.
- The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy, published by Ascension Press, is a 10 session, 5 DVD study series. Pope Francis opened the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on December 8th, 2015 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This program will draw focus to the Jubilee Year and help participants see how God is constantly calling us to be His messengers of love. Who were the prophets, what was their message, and what do they have to do with us? This is the central message of the prophets: Love and proclaim the mercy of God for his children. Since this is a 10-part series, some of our parishes experienced only the first five sessions during Advent and will complete it during Lent.Click here to see attached flyer for ordering information. This program is available through our Archdiocesan Media Center.
If your parish still has not had the opportunity to experience these resources, we once again suggest:
Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron. This program is available through our Archdiocesan Media Center.
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible, an updated and revised 8-part study program that replaces A Quick Journey through the Bible by Ascension Press. If you are one of the many parishes using A Quick Journey, you can upgrade to this program for FREE. Call 800-376-0520 and speak to a Study Consultant about upgrading to Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible for free. This program is available through our Archdiocesan Media Center.
If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Barbara Blackburn
Director of Religious Education Formation
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119