Adult Faith Formation


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September 2019 & June 2020 Studies

Welcome!

Welcome to our Adult Faith Formation page! We are glad you are here. If you are a visitor, greetings! Feel free to explore and stay on our site as long as you want, contact us if you wish, and do come again!

These small group studies provide opportunities for lively discussions, faith sharing, reflection, and building friendships with like-minded people. Please take as much time as you wish to review the details of each study. The corresponding facilitator will be happy to assist you and provide further information. Their names are listed on each study.

Click HERE to see and hear brief video testimonials from people who in their own words express the value of Bible and Faith studies in their lives. 

Know that we are praying for you as you discern the options for winter and spring adult studies! We ask that you open your heart to the Holy Spirit and join us in prayer for Our Lord to guide you in selecting the right study for this place and time in your faith journey. Come and join us in searching for that peace we all long for in this crazy world and find it in friendship with Christ!

Blessings,
Fr. Norman A. Ermis, Pastor


55 MINUTES: WALKING TOWARD ETERNITY: DARING TO WALK THE WALK 

Sundays, 9:45 am - 10:40 am • Family Life Center • Begins September 8, 2019 and follows EFF calendar
OR Wednesdays, 4:45 pm - 5:40 pm • Family Life Center • Begins September 11, 2019 and follows EFF calendar

Walking Toward Eternity is an inspiring program designed to help participants live their faith more fully. Through daily prayerful meditation with Scripture (lectio divina), participants will be drawn into an intimate and life changing encounter with Christ.

Daring to Walk the Walk, the first series of Walking Toward Eternity, introduces seven key virtues and outlines practical steps for living them out in daily life.

For more information or to register for Sundays, contact Marvin Abney at (210) 844-3736 or [email protected].

For more information or to register for Wednesdays, contact Linda Grier at (210) 823-2585 or [email protected].


CATHOLICISM: THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS

Thursdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm noon • Family Life Center • January 9, 2020 - March 26, 2020

You'll discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned, and wrote. Visit the countryside where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the Church. See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed. Trek through England to where Bl. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark and sparked an English Catholic revival. And through unprecedented HD footage, marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pietà at St. Peter's, to the Sistine Chapel. 

For more information or to register, contact Sam & Nancy Roberts at (830) 755-8822 or [email protected].


COUPLES ENRICHMENT: LECTIO: PRAYER-FINDING INTIMACY WITH GOD

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm • Family Life Center • September 23, 2019 – November 18, 2019

For couples of all ages. Though prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith, we often feel as if we’re talking to ourselves—or, worse, as if we’re talking to no one at all. How can something so vital to the Faith be so elusive? Now, with the clear teaching and artistry of the Augustine Institutes’s LECTIO series, Dr. Tim Gray masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy.  Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God captures 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.

6:00-6:30pm Pot luck dinner with children included for meal
6:30-8:00pm Study sessions (babysitting provided–registration required)

For more information or to register, contact Bill & Lisa Strain at (210) 262-8314 or [email protected].


FOLLOW ME: MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 

Thursdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • Family Life Center • September 12, 2019 – October 31, 2019

Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer – He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.

For more information or to register, contact Rudy Molleda at (830) 981-9786 or [email protected].


FOUR MOVIE NIGHTS FROM FORMED.ORG 

Four different movies over two nights each and after the movie we will have a short discussion. Join us for one or all of the movies.

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 9:00pm • Family Life Center • See dates below

September 24, 2019 & October 1, 2019 – Pope John XXIII

An inspiring feature film on Saint Pope John XXIII, starring Edward Asner in an acclaimed performance as the beloved pontiff, who came from common stock and was known for his simplicity, courage, and love for humanity. Shot on location in Rome and Italy, and produced by the Italian film company Lux Vide, makers of Pope John Paul II and Saint Rita, this movie tells the whole life story of John XXIII from his youth through his young priesthood, episcopacy, life as cardinal, and eventually his life as Pope. Elected supposedly as an “interim Pope” who would just keep the status quo and listen to the advisers around him, John XXIII proved to be his own man when he surprised the Church and world by calling for the Second Vatican Council. This film also underscores his wonderful sense of humor and great charity towards others, especially the poor, downtrodden, and the outcast. Shot in widescreen, with excellent acting and beautiful cinematography, the film also stars Claude Rich, Sydne Rome, Massimo Ghini, and Franco Interlenghi.

October 8, 2019 & October 15, 2019 – St. Clare and St. Francis

This epic feature film on the lives of St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi was shot on location in Italy by the Italian film company Lux Vide, the producers of Saint Rita, Pope John Paul II, and St. John Bosco. This outstanding movie is unique among films about St. Francis because of the historical accuracy of the story and its authentic spirit of joy and piety so characteristic of Francis, as well as the major role played by Clare, who is given equal stature with him. The two leads are played by very appealing performers, Mary Petruolo and Ettore Bassi, who give genuinely inspiring and beautifully moving performances of the daughter of a patrician family and the son of a rich merchant who leave everything to follow Christ. Francis renounces his inheritance of wealth to live the Gospel and serve the poor and outcasts. Clare reads deep into his heart and decides to follow him, leaving her home and family to give herself as a bride of Christ. Both found major religious orders, and together they inspire many to follow their radical call to live the Gospel. Their impact has reached across the centuries to change the world.

October 22, 2019 & October 29, 2019 – St. John Bosco

Flavio Insinna gives a winning performance as John (Don) Bosco, the great priest and educator of youth from the tough streets of Turin, Italy. Beautifully filmed in Italy, this epic movie dramatizes the many challenges that Don Bosco had to overcome from his childhood all the way to founding his religious order, the Salesians, for helping educate boys. Growing up without a father gave him compassion for the many orphans that he cared for, while he faced persecution from both secular society and the Church as he fought to build a place to house and educate the homeless, outcast youth of Turin. His deep faith, creative imagination, and profound charity shine in this wonderful film. Also stars Charles Dance (Gosford Park) and popular Italian singer and actress Lina Sastri.

This movie is not rated, but was created with an adult audience in mind. It may contain violence indicative of the life and times of the saint or character portrayed. We would recommend Parental Guidance and that parents preview it before watching with children.

November 5, 2019 & November 12, 2019 – St. Padre Pio

Based on the historical records and the personal testimony of his fellow friars, this is the amazing true story of the life of the famous stigmatic monk, St. Padre Pio, a contemporary saint who died in 1968. Blessed with incredible spiritual gifts, including healing, bi-location, reading of souls, and the stigmatic wounds, Padre Pio was a powerful witness for Christ, and a great spiritual guide to countless souls for over fifty years. Filmed on location in Italy, starring Michele Placido in a moving performance, this film tells the whole story of the beloved monk from San Giovanni Rotondo, a place where millions of pilgrims now annually visit Padre Pio’s grave. Music by legendary music composer Ennio Morricone.

For more information or to register, contact Dorene Osterreicher at (830) 249-1213 or [email protected].


PILLAR II: SACRAMENTS 

Thursdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • Family Life Center • January 16, 2020 – April 23, 2020

This twelve-part series explores the second Pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacraments. Not only will you learn about the power and purpose of the sacraments, you’ll also discover how these fonts of inexhaustible grace can transform your life, providing strength, healing, and hope.

For more information or to register, contact Judi White at (830) 336-4515 or (210) 288-2414 or [email protected].


TUESDAY MORNING LADIES SCRIPTURE STUDY: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE - THE NEW COLLEGEVILLE BIBLE COMMENTARY

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am • Family Life Center • September 17, 2019 – May 5, 2020

“Luke continues to challenge our lives. Focusing on Jesus and his earthly ministry among the early church, Michael F. Patella, OSB, opens the Gospel of Luke to the 21st-century reader. Patella presents literary, textual, and historical criticism in a readable manner to give readers a solid background for the Lukan Gospel.” 

For more information or to register, contact Jeanette Belter at (830) 249-2144 or [email protected], Charlene Jones at (210) 857-3311 or [email protected] or Olga Reinhart at (210) 296-8135 or [email protected].


ROMANS: THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm • Family Life Center • September 25, 2019 – November 20, 2019

Paul’s letter to the Romans has been at the center of reflection, conversion, and controversy from the very beginning. Romans: The Gospel of Salvation provides an authentically Catholic, comprehensive, and simple way to understand the overarching theme of Romans - salvation. Romans: The Gospel of Salvation explores the ways in which Jesus is the fulfillment of Israel’s prophecies, which leads to the universal, “Catholic” family of God.

For more information or to register, contact Tricia Untermeyer at (210) 912-6032 or [email protected].


THE BIBLE TIMELINE

Mondays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • Family Life Center • September 16, 2019 – April 6, 2020
OR Fridays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm • Family Life Center • September 13, 2019 – April 24, 2020

This excellent study will take you on a journey through the 14 narrative books of the Bible where you will explore the story of salvation history. The scriptures will come alive as you learn about the people, places, and historical context of God’s words and deeds in history. This study is highly recommended as it is a foundational study which lays the ground work for further Bible and faith studies.

For more information or to register for Mondays contact Bill & Karen Walsh at (830) 755-8204 or [email protected] or [email protected].

For more information or to register for Fridays contact Ree Laughlin at (830) 249-0828 or [email protected].


THE PROPHETS

Mondays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • Family Life Center • April 27, 2020 – June 22, 2020

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. They afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, calling us to return to our covenant relationship with God. They urge us to repentance, warn us of the dangers of sin, and announce the blessings of faithfulness. Their prophetic words speak to us even today as they draw us close to our heavenly Bridegroom.

For more information or to register, contact Bill & Karen Walsh at (830) 755-8204 or [email protected] or [email protected].


UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE

Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm noon • Family Life Center • September 9, 2019 – November 4, 2019

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible helps you uncover the story woven through Scripture with its clever narrative approach and ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way to get the “big picture” of the Bible and see how our Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture. You’ll see how the Bible reveals God’s loving plan for your life, and you will learn helpful ways to put your faith into practice.

For more information or to register, contact Diane Beaton at (207) 317-6015 or [email protected].


YOUNG ADULT (18-35) STUDY: SALVATION HISTORY

Thursdays, 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm • Family Life Center • September 5, 2019 – May 28, 2019

Deacon Mike and Mary Ann Matteson will explore salvation history in great detail.  All you need is your Bible and probably a pen and paper.  This is an on-going study so you are welcome to join us at any time.

For more information or to register, contact Mary Ann Matteson at (210) 241-5511 or [email protected].



FORMACIÓN DE FE PARA ADULTOS

Estudios de invierno de 2019 y primavera de 2020

¡Bienvenido!

¡Bienvenido a nuestra página de Formación de Fe para adultos! Nos alegramos de que usted está aquí. Si eres visitante, ¡un saludo! ¡Favor de explorer a nuestro sitio todo el tiempo que desee y contáctenos si lo desea y vuelva!

Estos estudios de grupos pequeños brindan oportunidades para discusiones animadas, intercambio de fe, reflexión y construcción de amistades con personas de ideas afines. Tómese el tiempo que desee para revisar los detalles de cada estudio. El facilitador correspondiente estará encantado de ayudarlo y brindarle más información. Sus nombres se enumeran en cada estudio.

¡Sepa que estamos orando por usted mientras discierne las opciones para los estudios de adultos de invierno y primavera! Le pedimos que abra su corazón al Espíritu Santo y se una a nosotros en oración para que Nuestro Señor lo guíe en la selección del estudio adecuado para este lugar y tiempo en su viaje de fe. ¡Ven y únete a nosotros en la búsqueda de esa paz que todos de nosotros queremos en este mundo loco y encuéntrala en la amistad con Cristo!

Bendiciones
El p. Norman A. Ermis, Pastor


CARTAS DE SAN PABLO

Las cartas paulinas que se explican en este libro tartan de la respuesta del Apostol a las interrogantes e inquietudes de las primeras comunidades cristianas de Roma, Galacia, Corinto y Filipos. En cada una de ellas resuena, de una manera u otra, un mensaje central y comun: existe una vida nueva que se nos ofece en Cristo Jesus y en la recepcion y experiencia de los dones del Espiritu Santo.

Miércoles (semanal), 6:30 pm a 8:30 pm • Family Life Center • 4 de septiembre de 2019 – 24 de junio de 2020

Para más información o para registrarse, llame a Jose Villegas a (830) 388-2059 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected], o Antonio Luna a (830) 388-3844 o [email protected].


FIGURAS ESENCIALES

El obispo Robert Barron creó este Programa de Estudio para ayudarnos a profundizar, de manera temática, en las verdades de fe que los católicos creemos, de manera que cualquier adulto pueda entrar en una comprensión más profunda de su fe.

10 de septiembre de 2019 – 17 de diciembre de 2019
Martes (semanal), 7:00 pm a 9:00 pm • Family Life Center
Para más información o para registrarse, llame a Gerardo Gonzalez a (915) 740-8509 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected].

9 de enero de 2020 - 14 de mayo de 2020
Jueves (seminal), 6:30 pm a 8:30 pm • Family Life Center
Para más información o para registrarse, llame a Marti De La Garza a (830) 537-6144 o (210) 365-4093 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected].


SAN AGUSTIN & SAN BENITO

El obispo Robert Barron creó este Programa de Estudio para ayudarnos a profundizar, de manera temática, en las verdades de fe que los católicos creemos, de manera que cualquier adulto pueda entrar en una comprensión más profunda de su fe. San Agustín: Chad C. Pecknold, Ph. D • San Benito: Abbott Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

Martes (semanal), 7:00 pm a 9:00 pm • Family Life Center • 21 de abril de 2020 – 26 de mayo de 2020

Para más información o para registrarse, llame a Gerardo Gonzalez a (915) 740-8509 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]l.com.


UN PASEO BIBLICO A TRAVÉS DE LA MISA

Este programa de cinco partes, lleva a los participantes por un recorrido emocionante a través de la Liturgia. Explora las raices bíblicas de las palabras y los gestos que usamos en la Misa y explica su profundo significado. Entienda, tal vez por primera vez, porque decimos lo que decimos y hacemos lo que hacemos cada semana en la Misa. Las palabras y los gestos serán vistos en una nueva luz, que dará vida nueva a su experiencia litúrgica.

12 de septiembre de 2019 - 19 de diciembre de 2019
Jueves (semanal), 6:30 pm a 8:30 pm • Family Life Center

Para más información o para registrarse, llame a Marti De La Garza a (830) 537-6144 o (210) 365-4093 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected].

7 de enero de 2020 - 7 de abril de 2020
Martes (semanal), 7:00 pm a 9:00 pm • Family Life Center
Para más información o para registrarse, llame a Gerardo Gonzalez a (915) 740-8509 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected].