Adult Faith Formation
What Do You Believe Now?
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7-9pm, St. Julie Room
The Spiritual Journeys of American Millennials What happens to your spiritual and religious beliefs over time? Six diverse Americans—a Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, Lakota, and Buddhist—share their spiritual struggles and aspirations, and how their beliefs have changed after 17 years, from teens to adult. As religious polarization becomes more prominent and as young people disengage from religion, this documentary grapples with the question of religious belief. Discussion will follow the film.
Winter 2022 Women’s Bible Study at STM: Ascending with Ignatius
Mondays 7-8:30pm January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11
From May 2021 until July 2022, the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) are celebrating an Ignatian Year. What is an Ignatian Year? May 20, 2021 marked the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion — that fateful day when Ignatius the soldier, struck by a cannonball, began his transformation into Ignatius the pilgrim. We, too, are called to ongoing conversion. To celebrate this Ignatian Year, our next bible study book will move us a bit more from the head to the heart as we spend more time praying with scripture rather than merely studying it. Our book this session will be “Ascending with Ignatius: A 30-Day At Home Retreat” (which we will make a 10-week retreat!).
You can purchase the book here. Before our first session, please read the introduction and go through Days 1, 2, and 3. As the pandemic continues, we will continue to offer both in-person and virtual groups.
Friendship with God: An Exploration of Ignatian Prayer
3-Week Course, Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Feb. 2, 9, 16, Zoom
Take a deep dive into the three primary forms of Ignatian prayer: meditation, contemplation, and the Examen. Each week you will take a deep dive into the roots of these prayer methods, hear Ignatius’ guidance from the Spiritual Exercises, and have a guided prayer experience. Facilitated by Andy Otto. Register
A Six Week Introduction to the Ignatian Worldview
Thursdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, Zoom
Ignatian Foundations will give participants a deeper understanding of the Ignatian worldview by studying Ignatius’ life, the Spiritual Exercises, and Jesuit history. Classes will be led by Jesuits and lay Ignatian ministers, addressing the Ignatian themes of prayer, discernment, and freedom. Thursdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, Zoom. $30. Register
4-Week Ignatian Prayer Series, Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, in-person
Inspired by the Second Week of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, Encountering Jesus is a four-week (five meeting) series that invites you to meet the person of Jesus as you pray with gospel passages throughout the week. Each week you will share about your experiences in a small group and be led through a major meditation from the Spiritual Exercises. Register
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 7:30-9pm
Join us for a 4-week marriage enrichment program that will follow the movements of Ignatius’ 4 weeks of the Spiritual Exercises adapted for relationships. Couples will be given tools from Ignatian spirituality such as the rules for the discernment of spirits, relationship Examen, imaginative prayer exercises, and reflection activities to grow closer to God and one another. Whether you’ve been married 6 months or 60 years, there’s always more to explore in the great mystery of God (and love!). Tuesdays, April 5-26, 7:30-9pm. $50 fee per couple. Register
ART & SPIRITUALITY
Visio Divina: Caravaggio’s Jesus
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio became one of the Church’s most effective evangelists by decontextualizing iconography and subverting her carefully approved ways of seeing the sacred. Caravaggio’s Jesus is fleshy, worldly—given and available to any onlooker. This was painter as evangelist, making Gospel truth available to the eyes rather than the ears, and encouraging encounter. We will explore several of Caravaggio’s depictions of Christ, and how they invite us to evaluate our understanding of the Gospel and the person of Jesus. Wednesday, April 13, 7:30pm. Register
Author speaking engagement with Michael O’Loughlin at STM on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pmTuesdays, Jan. 18 – Feb. 22, 7pm, ZoomRSVP at bit.ly/hiddenmercy
In person and livestreamed
MICHAEL J. O’LOUGHLIN is an award- winning journalist and the national correspondent for America Media. He is the host of the podcast Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church, recommended by The New York Times and featured on NPR. Prior to joining America magazine, O’Loughlin was a national reporter for The Boston Globe. He has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, National Catholic Reporter, and The Advocate and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He lives in Chicago.
Scripture Study with Louanne
Pray with and explore the Sunday scripture reading from a historical and theological perspective. Contact Louanne at email@example.com to join.
Bible Study with Jerry Pendrick
Join Jerry each Monday in the Parish Library to dive into the week’s scriptures beginning Mon., Aug. 30. Contact Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer the Zoom link
Centering Prayer Weekly “Zoom” Meetings
Centering Prayer meets each week via Zoom. Email email@example.com to sign up.