Like all living things, a living faith needs nourishment, which the mature adult disciple finds above all in union with Christ—"the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6). This life of intimate union with Christ in the Church is maintained by the spiritual helps common to all the faithful, chiefly by active participation in the liturgy.
It is also maintained by:
frequent reading of the word of God, sacred writings of our tradition, and the official documents of the Church
involvement in the community life and mission of the Church
participation in the works of justice and service to the poor
Invitation to Adult Faith Opportunities
Planned for Winter / Spring 2017 (watch for more info.)
The Holy Land - A Pilgrimage Through the Footsteps of Jesus
(Catholic Audio-Video Course)
This program will take you on a virtual pilgrimage to places Jesus walked giving you a vivid insight into the Gospels. The author, Fr. Donald Senior, biblical scholar, has taught and led pilgrimages to the Holy Land for over 25 years. Each session will include a 25 minute presentation by Fr. Donald followed by our own group discussion. Gospel enrichment.
The History of the Mass (Catholic Audio-Video Course)
Many have questions about our liturgy. How was it done by the first Christians? How and why has it changed over time? What has remained constant? One thing is certain: HIstory affected the Mass. This is for anyone who wants to know, not just go. The presenter of each 25 minute lecture is Fr. John Baldovin, S.J. from Boston College.
Psalms - The Prayer of the Church (Catholic Audio-Video Course)
n this video/course, Sr. Diane Bergant introduces us to the Psalms as the Word of God in our liturgy, then gives us the "big ideas" of psalmic prayer. An opportunity to renw your spirit with the biblical prayers that nourished Jesus. Format is 25 minute lecture followed by group discussion.
Laudato Si Study Group on Pope Francis June 2015 encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home”.
Stewardship of God’s Creation Bible Study of biblical passages underlying the call to stewardship of the earth.
Each program involves some listening and some discussion. No tests! Some weekly pre-reading required. Classes to be scheduled Tuesday and Thursday daytime and/or evening. Please contact Sr. Joyce at the Parish Office (330-274-2253 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire/register.
Men of St. Joseph
This new men's spirituality group of the parish was formed as a follow-up to the 2014-2015 Speaker's Series, "Discover God: Turn On The Light", particularly the men's evening with Fr. Robert Kraig.
The "Men of St. Joseph" is currently meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. They begin in the church and then move to one of the classrooms. All men in the parish are welcome. Questions? Please contact Doug Engelhart (330-958-2489).
Our program, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), to assist the faith journey of persons wishing to become Catholic Christians is now interviewing participants. If you would like to enter the RCIA process, please contact any parishioner for more information and/or let Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND (330-274-2253) know so that a meeting can be arranged soon. Maybe you are already Catholic but know someone who may be open to an invitation at this time. We encourage you to speak to that person with a gentle and joyful inquiry. As Pope Francis reminded, “We do not proselytize.” We offer the message of the Gospel. We invite. Click here to learn more about Our Catholic Faith.
Christ Renews His Parish
Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a personal and parish spiritual renewal process. As Catholics, we are called to witness to one another the amazing things God as done for us. The CRHP process allows us to do just that—take a break from our busy lives, share our faith with others, and get to know God through his works. Click here for more details about opportunities at St. Joseph Church.