How Do Catholics Read the Bible? Speaker: Ramon Luzarraga: Beginning with Dei Verbum, and other official documents of the Roman Catholic Church, this presentation shall be an overview of how Catholics interpret the Bible. Rejecting the opposing extremes of material inerrancy (or a fundamentalist Christian reading) and skeptical readings of Scripture, I shall demonstrate how the Catholic Church, who gave us the canonical Scriptures in the first place, have the means of reading Scripture faithfully and critically, to authentically know the Word of God.
Sacraments: The Key to Understanding Catholic Faith, Speaker: Larry Fraher: Catholicism is not just another denomination, it is a way of understanding our world. The key to this understanding is found in the Sacraments and seeing the world through a ‘sacramental perspective.’
Forms of Prayer, Speaker: Kim Zeeman: In this workshop, we will explore the many different forms of prayer that the Catholic Church offers; we will talk about what prayer is and what it is not, as well as the challenges that keep us from deepening our prayer life and ways to overcome those challenges. We will also experience ‘Morning Prayer’ in the Liturgy of the Hours and Lectio Divina, as well as introduce the faith benefits that can be found in Eucharistic Adoration.
A Walking Tour of the Church & Campus, Speaker: Mike Barta: There’s a lot that goes on at Blessed Sacrament that you might not be aware of. Take a walking tour with Mike Barta as he leads participants to the Mary Garden, Adoration Chapel, Sacristy, Offices, PreSchool, and Courtyard where he will describe some of the things that happen in these places and how you might be able to participate.
Saints: Who’s in the Club and How Do You Join? Speaker: Rick Hardy: There are untold thousands of saints officially recognized by the Church. And not all of them are from 1,000 years ago. By getting to know some of the newest saints in the list, and how they got there, you’ll gain new insights about your own call to sainthood and how this call can change your life.
Basics of the Nicene Creed, Speaker: Larry Fraher: This workshop will examine the Nicene Creed, and explore what we mean when we are saying it. Deepen your faith through this in-depth, albeit brief, look at the essentials of our faith.
Freedom of the Four Last Things, Speaker: Jenna Kandas: “What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil?” Come discover how the reality of the four last things grants us freedom and reveals God’s infinite love for humanity.
Praying the Sunday Readings, Speaker: Deacon Bob Evans: True prayer is an action of the heart; and, Scripture has long been the people of God’s prayerbook. This workshop will focus on praying the Sunday readings as an experience of fellowship with God, in this life. God speaks to our hearts using the words of the inspired authors.
Ideas to Increase Your Call as an Everyday Evangelist, Speaker: Dr. Jo Markette: According to our baptism and the Great Commission in the Gospel of Matthew, we are to evanglize to all people, but let’s face it, most Catholics are a bit intimidated to talk about their faith. This workshop will provide personal stories, experiences, and lots of tips for getting over the hurdle of striking up conversations of faith in everyday places like stores, restaurants, gyms, etc.
Serving Your Community through Your Strengths, Speaker: Fr. Greg Schlarb: There is no such thing as a balanced person, but there is a balanced team. This session will introduce you to Gallup’s Clifton Strength Finders and help you lean into your strengths instead of trying to bolster your weaknesses by bringing others into teams or committees to help balance strengths.
Missionary Discipleship, Speaker: Fr. Greg Menegay: In this workshop we will take a look at what it means to be a Missionary Disciple. In using discipleship in the early Church as the model we will explore the joys and challenges of being disciples in the 21st century. The world has changed a lot since the first century but the mission is still the same, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and our actions.