Adult Faith Formation
Here is St Patrick's 2018 Line Up of Adult Faith Enrichment opportunities!!! Click here to register online.
Denver Catholic Biblical School Year 1 – a new Catholic Biblical School begins September 10, 2018, 9:30 AM here at St Patrick. This class will continue to meet here for the next 4 years; beginning this fall. You will understand how God’s promises, prophesies, and covenants of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the person and mission of Jesus Christ and his Church. Upon successful completion of this comprehensive four-year program, you are awarded a “Certificate in Biblical Studies.” There are information sessions scheduled for 930 AM July 23, August 13 and August 27 in the Fitzpatrick Hall. (For more information and to register go to www.sjvdenver.edu/laydivision)
EPIC -A Journey through Church History This 20 part study covers the full 2000 years of the Church, from the end of the Acts of the Apostles up to the present time. The history of the Church is the story of our family. It is the epic story of our ancestors in the Faith – the heroic men and women who shaped civilization and spread the Gospel throughout the world. Knowing this story is crucial to our identity as Catholics. This study was developed by Steve Weidenkopf and Dr. Alan Schreck. (Melissa Anderson facilitator, Fitzpatrick hall, starting September 11th at 9:30 AM study guide: $35).
The Bible and the Sacraments – A Journey Through Scripture - This 11 part study prepared by St Paul Center for Biblical Theology looks at the basic teaching of the Church for each sacrament, including the meaning and origin. It is narrated by Matthew Leonard as he investigates the deeper mystery of the sacraments illuminated by Sacred Scripture. “Swear to God” by Scott Hahn is the book upon which this study is based. (Eric and Gerri Siverts facilitators, Seton room, starting September 12th at 9:30 AM, study guide: $25).
Great Adventure Bible Timeline –A fascinating study presented by Jeff Cavins that takes you on a journey through the entire Bible. Integral to the study is the Great Adventure Bible Timeline Chart, a simple, color-coded timeline of Bible history. It divides the entire timeline into 12 color-coded periods and then focuses on 14 books that tell the story in chronological order. (Summer LaMay facilitating, Fitzpatrick Hall; Sept 13 at 6:30 PM, study guide: $35).
Catholicism - Pivotal Players - is a new series by Bishop Barron that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shape the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. Come join us for an exciting journey into the lives of these Pivotal Players. (Andy Ziny facilitating 6 sessions starting August 6th at 6:30 PM in Seton Hall, study guide: $30)
Note that there is an amazing array of programs, movies, audios and books now available on the Augustine Institute's new website: "Formed - Catholic Faith on Demand". Contact Eric for more information on this exciting new resource for enriching your faith.
While not currently scheduled if you are interested in any of the studies listed below please contact me:
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Eric Siverts, Director of Adult Faith Formation
7 Deadly Sins, 7 Lively Virtues - This is an 8-week study presented by Bishop Barron, who leads us on a journey from sin to sanctity!
33 Days to Merciful Love - This 6-week retreat is a journey into the heart of St. Therese of Lisieux's Little Way. The retreat includes workbooks, group discussion, and talks by renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley and culminates in a consecration to Divine Mercy.
33 Days to Morning Glory; a do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for Marian Consecration. Marian Consecration with a bold fresh approach! The surest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way to become a saint. This retreat uses the spiritual wisdom of four giants of Marian spirituality: Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Theresa of Calcutta, and Saint John Paul II. There are no scheduled retreats at this time, but interest continues to grow, so watch this site and the bulletin for the dates of our next retreat.
Great Adventure Timeline - A fascinating study presented by Jeff Cavins that takes you on a journey through the entire Bible.
Matthew-The King and his Kingdom is an exciting study that explores the life and mission of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel. Matthew demonstrates how the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ. This 24 week study picks up where the Bible Timeline ends showing how Jesus inaugurates His kingdom here on earth.
Jesus and the End Times - Dr. Pitre brings clarity and precision to the confusion that frequently surrounds the doctrine of the end times.
The Mystery of God - Atheism is on the rise. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people thanks to bestselling books such as The God Delusion and God is Not Great. How should Christians respond? Come join us as we view and discuss this exciting new video by Bishop Barron! In six video presentations Bishop Barron, reaches into our rich Catholic intellectual tradition to teach us how to respond.
A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother - In this exciting new study from Ascension Press Dr Edward Sri guides us on an extraordinary pilgrimage through Mary's life. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary's earthly life. By taking us through her joys and her sorrows, we learn how she works in our lives today drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son.
Follow Me - The Gospel of John - Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be his disciple and friend. A great new study presented by Dr. Edward Sri.
EPIC Church History - 1st 500 Years -In this 10 part study discover the amazing story of the first 500 years of Church history - a time filled with courageous saints, brilliant philosophers, eloquent theologians, ruthless emperors, and heroic martyrs. Saint John Paul II said, "Christ is the foundation and center of history, He is its meaning and ultimate goal." Steve Weidenkopf's beautiful new study manual brings this period alive in a powerful way!
Exodus- This 10 week study looks through the lens of Christ and the Church to show that, more than just seeking to free His people from the domination of Pharaoh, God desired to free His people from the far more sinister tyranny of sin.
A Scriptural Journey with Mary -The study guide is a Word Among US book by Jeanne Kun which focuses on ten important gospel scenes in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from her fiat at the Annunciation to her presence in the upper room at Pentecost.
Praying a Scriptural Rosary - This is a study of the scriptural verses prepared by Dr. Edward Sri in his book the "New Rosary in Scripture". The Scriptural Rosary is prayed along with taking an in-depth look at the scriptures used for each decade, a review of selected art, and a discussion of "additional Jesus clauses".
The Prophets - Messengers of God's Mercy, A ten-part study from the Great Adventure series featuring Thomas Smith! If we consider that God is the Divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as "spiritual marriage counselors." Thomas Smith is awesome in his presentations and with a wonderful study guide this is a rich and rewarding study!
Jewish Roots of the Eucharist- This wonderful class uses Dr. Brandt Pitre's book "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist"; 4 of his videos The Fourth Cup and the The New Passover; The Last Supper and the Lost Tribes of Israel; The Jewish Roots of Jesus' Death and Resurrection; and Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist; along with insightful reflection questions
James-This 10 part study offers pearls for wise living by applying the wisdom of James to the present. For anyone who has struggled to live a truly Christian life, James offers a wealth of practical solutions for handling and even sanctifying everyday circumstances.
Galatians -This fascinating 8 week study reveals the merciful love that God the Father has for us, his children. It speaks of the extraordinary gift of salvation that Jesus has won for us, and it explains how we can unite ourselves to Christ’s redeeming sacrifice through faith and love. Galatians is a study that will reignite your love for God as you learn of the astonishing love God has for you.
First Corinthians - The conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today. A fascinating video 10 week study by Dr. Tim Gray.
Theology of the Body - Your Call to Greatness is a one-hour "vision for life" talk that addresses and answers some of the most fundamental questions of human existence. This is an excellent overview for those new to the Theology of the Body and who are preparing to begin the 8-part "An Introduction to the Theology of the Body" study. This 8-part study helps us to discover the Master Plan for Your Life, and is designed to give you a solid understanding of God's plan for humanity.
Theology of the Body - Into the Heart - Into the Heart brings participants to a deeper understanding of what God has revealed about Himself and through the human person made male and female.
Pillars I -Pillars I is a 12-part study that guides participants through the first of the four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Creed provides the foundation needed to begin the four-part journey through the complete Pillars series. The Creed opens up the structure of the Catechism and shows how it is far more than a list of “faith facts,” but instead a sure map for their journey of faith.
The Bible and Church Fathers - A six class PowerPoint study on the heirs of the Apostles and their love for Scripture, presented by Lyn Rooney.
The Bible and the Sacraments - This 6 week study examines the sacraments of the Catholic faith. Not simply looking at the basic teaching of the Church as to their meaning and origin, it investigates the deeper mysteries they contain as illuminated by scripture. This is a class taught by Lyn Rooney.
Walking Toward Eternity - There are two separate studies: "Daring to Walk the Walk" (the Red Journal) and "Engaging The Struggles of your Heart" (The Green Journal); these are inspiring series designed to help you live your faith more fully by developing and nurturing characteristics that are essential to the Christian life. These are both 8 part DVD studies led by Jeff Cavins, a well-known instructor for the Great Adventure series.
Acts of the Apostles -The Spread of the Kingdom - The book of Acts shows the work of Christ continuing beyond His resurrection as He empowers believers with the Holy Spirit to do his work.
Revelation - This intriguing 10 week study looks at the most mysterious book of Scripture that shows how the Kingdom established by Christ in His Church is intimately connected with the Kingdom of Heaven, especially through the celebration of the Mass.
EPIC - A Journey through Church History -This 20 part study covers the full 2000 years of the Church, from the end of the Acts of the Apostles up to the present time. The history of the Church is the story of our family. It is the epic story of our ancestors in the Faith – the heroic men and women who shaped civilization and spread the Gospel throughout the world. Knowing this story is crucial to our identity as Catholics. This study was developed by Steve Weidenkopf and Dr. Alan Schreck.
Psalms-This Great Adventure 10 week study is an introduction to the Psalter as a "School of prayer". We learn to pray by reading the Psalms, listening for an echo of our hopes and longings and finding there a voice with which to lift them up to God. Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer, and Dr. Tim Gray team up to present the only book of the Bible that we read from at every Mass.
The Origin of the Bible- This is an awesome presentation by Dr. Brandt Pitre.
A Biblical Walk Through The Mass - is a 5 session study presented by Dr. Edward Sri, a nationally known Catholic speaker and author of several best-selling books. As Catholics, the Mass is the center of our Faith. We celebrate it every day, but do we know what it all means? Dr. Sri takes us on a unique tour of the Liturgy, exploring the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the Liturgy and he explains their profound significance.
SYMBOLON: The Catholic Faith Explained - Catholicism is an entire way of life... but today it’s not known. We might be familiar with different aspects of the Catholic Faith. But how does it all fit together? And what difference does it make for our lives? Come and explore answers to these and many other questions you may have about Catholicism and how to live it.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible- This study provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture, so that you can get the "big picture" of the Bible and understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father's unfailing love for you, a love that you are now called to share with others.
Consoling the Heart of Jesus - What better way to deepen your faith in this Year of Mercy than to learn "how to" Console the Heart of Jesus using the spirituality of St Faustina, St Therese of Liseaux and St Ignatius of Loyola. This great retreat is a part of Father Michael Gaitley's Hearts A Fire programs for the New Evangelization. You'll be on a 10 week journey ... watch for an upcoming date and time!
Ephesians - This is an 8-week study presented by Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith. Ephesians reveals how God's great love for us can transform our daily lieves, if we allow it.
Catholic Prayers - A new class covering 3 areas of Catholic prayer life: Divine Office, Rosary, and Lectio Prayer. There is time for lecture, practice, and reflection, led by St Patrick Deacons (Divine Office), Eric Siverts (Rosary), and the Augustine Institute’s Dr. Tim Gray (Lectio Prayer).
Wisdom - A a new study from Ascension Press covering the Wisdom books of the OT, including Proverbs, Wisdom of Solomon [book of Wisdom], Sirach, Ecclesiastes, Job and Wisdom Psalms, along with a few readings from Exodus, Paul’s letters, Matthew, and the Catechism.
Acts of the Apostles - The Spread of the Kingdom - The book of Acts shows the work of Christ continuing beyond His resurrection as He empowers believers with the Holy Spirit to do his work. A study presented by Jeff Cavins.
Catholicism - Pivotal Players - is a new series by Bishop Barron that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shape the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. Come join us for an exciting journey into the lives of these Pivotal Players.
Lectio Eucharist - This lectio study by Dr. Brandt Pitre is another in this exciting series from the Augustine Institute, helping us to discover the Mass in the Bible. In this study Dr Pitre will show us that prefigurements and teachings about this sacrament are found in numerous books of both the Old and New Testaments.
St Matthew - Reach for deeper knowledge of Jesus and be blessed! Here is a special offering in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, with an experienced instructor, Margit McCarthy. Margit has 33 years adult faith formation experience that includes 12 years employed as a Bible Teacher in 3 different dioceses. This is a 12 week in depth Biblical Walk through the Gospel of Matthew. No assignment questions, no quizzes, no papers to write… just read and study Matthew for the sheer love of Jesus and His Church with others eager to learn & to grow. The Cost for 12 sessions is $90, with prorated scholarships available. See you here for this exciting opportunity to grow in our faith!
Peter: Cornerstone of Catholicism The character of St. Peter is both inspiring and confounding to many of us. How could a stubborn and impulsive fisherman become the "rock" upon which Jesus would build His Church? Bringing together biblical accounts, historical evidence, Church teaching, classical art, and personal insights, Dr. Gray gives a fresh perspective on Simon Peter that is immediately informative and relevant to our lives.
The Wild Goose - The Wild Goose is a work of the Holy Spirit, which is awakening in the hearts of all those participating in God's Love and transforming power. This is a love that has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ and that leads us to our heavenly Father. As you walk through this series we pray that you will encounter the Holy Spirit and that the Spirit will breathe life into your very being.
Beloved - Finding Happiness in Marriage - This will be a grace-filled opportunity to enrich your marriage or prepare your for marriage (whether single or engaged). You will trace God's plan for marriage and find your unique niche within that plan.