This week was the third session of a six week unit in the Adult Faith Formation program at St. Thomas Apostle for parishioners at STA and Christ the King parishes.
Last week, Bill and I had the overly ambitions plan of tackling the for issues taken up in Part II of Faithful Citizenship: Human Life, Family Life, Social Justice and Global Justice. But, as you know if you were there or if you listened to last week’s podcast, we only got through the first two of those – Human Life (which I spoke about) and Family Life (which Bill spoke about). (You can listen to that podcast here.)
This week, we took up the final two issues in Part II of Faithful Citizenship, with me speaking about Social Justice and Bill speaking about Global Solidarity. On the Social Justice side, I focused the bulk of my remarks on two issues: health care and faith-based groups, using them as a vehicle for identifying how we, as Catholics ought to to evaluate public policy positions. After that, we gave the participants time to share in small groups at their tables before Bill made some remarks about Global Solidarity.
You can access a recording of Bill and my remarks here or stream it from the icon below. (The podcast runs for 44:59.) We ended the session with some time for (a brief) large group discussion.
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.)