Join us after the 9:30am Mass in Mulhern Hall for a chat with a local expert on various themes and topics while enjoying a cup of joe.
Religion and Race: The American Catholic Story
Sunday, April 8, 10:45am, St Julie Room
Catholics have been central players in the long history of race and civil rights in the United States, reaching back to the colonial period and continuing to the present. Dr William Cossen returns to our Coffeehouse to discuss American Catholicism’s roles in slavery, emancipation, and civil rights in both the North and South from the 1600s to the twenty-first century and will give participants a chance to reflect on the Catholic Church’s potential today to serve as a voice for racial truth and reconciliation.
G.K. Chesterton and Catholic Economics
April 15 at 10:45am, Julie Room
How can economics foster local flourishing, treat employees, customers, and the environment with dignity, and respect the bottom line? Distributism and subsidiarity are hand-in glove propositions found in the writings of G.K. Chesterton and other Catholic economists who find a “third way” beyond the shortcomings of globalism, socialism, and capitalism. Come explore how local economics with a Christian face is on the rise and how self-reliance, profits, ethics, and property can not only fit-in, but compete with big-box economic models.
Learn to Pray Like a Trappist Monk
April 29 at 10:45am, Julie Room
Join parishioner Carl McColman in a conversation about the spirituality of the Trappists — a Catholic monastic order dedicated to contemplation, prayer, and hospitality. Carl is one of several STM parishioners who are lay associates of the Trappist monastery in Conyers, and has spent over a decade studying the spiritual life with the monks. In this talk he will give of an overview of the history and spirituality of the Trappist/Cistercian order, and look at how their ancient spirituality can help everyone draw closer to God.
Louanne K. Bachner, Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Emory University. She has been involved with catechesis and Adult Faith formation across the Archdiocese for over thirty years. She has led many retreats as well as offering spiritual direction.
On Tuesday afternoons men and women of this parish gather to pray and prepare for Sunday liturgy. Heeding the words of Pope Francis, we find the deep and lasting joy of the Gospel. The scripture readings for the coming Sunday are read aloud, explored from a historical and theological perspective, and reflected upon. Through mutual sharing, the meaning of the scriptures for day-to-day living are explore. The entire community is welcome.
RENEW meets in the STM parish library. Classes are Tuesdays 1:30-3pm during the school year.
Jerry was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York. He been a parishioner at St. Thomas More since 1988 and has taught ancient Greek and Latin at various high schools and colleges for 27 years.”
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
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