Wednesday evening was the opening of the faith formation year at St. Thomas Apostle, including not only children’s religious education, but the adult faith formation for parishioners of St. Thomas Apostle and Christ the King.
Bill Nolan, pastoral associate at STA, and I decided to begin the year with a six week series that take up, in various ways, some of the central themes of Vatican II.
After Bill gave a brief introduction of the upcoming year, I spoke a little about the Year of Faith, called by Pope Benedict, which begins on October 11 – the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Given that, it is not suprising that Pope Benedict’s request is that Catholics spend time this year reflecting on the documents of Vatican II and on the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of their faith.
Bill then gave a brief summary of some of Vatican II’s major themes and how they relate to the topics we’ll be addressing in our six sessions.
The first thing we are taking up is the subject of Faithful Citizenship. So we showed a brief film about the USCCB’s document of that title, after which we spoke about the first part of that document.
You can access a recording of Bill and my remarks here or stream it from the icon below. (The podcast runs for 49:00; there is a pause at the point where we showed the film.)