FTCM - Spring 2019

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    • FTCM - St. Cecilia
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      Friday, January 11, 2019

      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Catholic Beliefs - Session 1 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This course will give a broad overview of Church doctrine with a strong emphasis on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Daniel Pilarczyk's Being Catholic, and numerous articles by reputable Catholic authors, allowing the individual to see the relevance of the creedal statements to Christian living and showing the importance of handing down authentic doctrine to future generations. This course will enable individuals to recognize and use terms appropriately and to appreciate the function of doctrine for the Church through the ages.

      Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hours in class. Please review the assigned reading to be completed before each class.
      Reading List

      Copies of the following handouts will be provided in class. Some participants find it helpful to review them ahead of class as they are doing their reading.
      Handout Packet

      Required Books:

      • Catholic Bible
      • Catechism of the Catholic Church (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Pilarczyk, Daniel E. Being Catholic St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006. ISBN: 0867167084; ISBN-13: 978-0867167085 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 50 
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Catholic Beliefs - Session 2a of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Catholic Beliefs.

      Remaining Capacity: 50 
       

      Saturday, January 12, 2019

      9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Catholic Beliefs - Session 2b of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Catholic Beliefs.

      Remaining Capacity: 50 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Catholic Beliefs - Session 3 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the third session of the course Catholic Beliefs.

      Remaining Capacity: 50 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Catholic Beliefs - Session 4 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the fourth session of the course Catholic Beliefs.

      Remaining Capacity: 49 
      3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Catholic Beliefs - Session 5 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the fifth session of the course Catholic Beliefs.

      Remaining Capacity: 49 
       

      Friday, February 8, 2019

      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Christology - Session 1 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602
      Christianity stands on the person of Jesus Christ. Before Jesus uttered a single word or performed a single act, God revealed in him God's will for us. Jesus' very existence as fully God and completely human, excluding sin, and how Jesus is a divine person whose divine and human natures harmoniously co-exist in a mutual relationship where one neither absorbs nor divides from the other, reveals how God wants to relate to us: in a permanent, harmonious relationship. Jesus' earthly ministry, climaxing in his death and Resurrection, made possible our ability to reconcile with God and become co-workers in bringing forth the Kingdom of God. This understanding of Jesus Christ is the fruit of the study of the mission and Person of Jesus Christ: Christology. This has been a central focus for theology since the beginning of the Church. What we believe today about whom Jesus is and what he did was earned through much prayer, thought and argument. This course will enable students to learn and understand the theology developed from the apostolic age through the Council of Chalcedon in the 5th century A.D.

      Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours completing the assigned reading in preparation for each 2 hours in class. Reading List

      Copies of the following handouts will be provided in class. Some participants find it helpful to review them ahead of time. Handout Packet

      Required Books

      • Catholic Bible
      • Catechism of the Catholic Church (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Luttenberger, Gerard H. Who do you Say that I Am? An Introduction to Christology CreateSpace, 2012 ISBN: 1466384344 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 50 
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Christology - Session 2a of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Christology.

      Remaining Capacity: 51 
       

      Saturday, February 9, 2019

      9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Christology - Session 2b of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Christology.

      Remaining Capacity: 51 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Christology - Session 3 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the third session of the course Christology.

      Remaining Capacity: 49 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Christology - Session 4 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the fourth session of the course Christology.

      Remaining Capacity: 50 
      3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Christology - Session 5 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the fifth session of the course Christology.

      Remaining Capacity: 49 
       

      Saturday, March 30, 2019

      9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
      Day of Reflection - Ecclesial Spirituality
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This day of reflection will seek to provide tools and an opportunity for FTCM participants, who have been studying doctrinal and sacramental theology, to learn reflect and pray on how their ecclesial identity intersects with their personal prayer and spirituality.


      Specific topics of reflection will include:
      • Liturgical Spirituality
      • The Lord's Prayer
      • Spirituality of Communion
      Remaining Capacity: 41 
       

      Friday, May 31, 2019

      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Sacraments - Session 1 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602
      This course is an introductory overview of the theology of the sacraments, the public, liturgical prayer of the Church. The Church is never so much the Church as when it is gathered together for Liturgy. Jesus himself is Sacrament, the visible sign of the invisible God. Eucharist is THE Sacrament for it contains all that we are, all that the Church is, and all that Jesus says of God. Each of the sacraments will be discussed within the context of its role in the lives of the faithful: initiation into God's life, healing and reconciliation, and service to God's community.

      Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hours in class. Please review the assigned reading to be completed before each class.
      Reading List

      Copies of the following handouts will be provided in class. Some participants find it helpful to review them ahead of class as they are doing their reading.
      Handout Packet

      Required Books

      • Catholic Bible
      • Catechism of the Catholic Church (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Stasiak, Kurt Sacramental Theology: Means of Grace, Ways of Life Loyola Press, 2001. ISBN: 0829417214; ISBN-13: 978-0829417210 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Mick, Lawrence E. Understanding the Sacraments Today (Revised Edition) Liturgical Press, 2006. ISBN: 0814629253; ISBN-13: 978-0814629253 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 44 
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Sacraments - Session 2a of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Sacraments.

      Remaining Capacity: 44 
       

      Saturday, June 1, 2019

      9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Sacraments - Session 2b of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Sacraments.

      Remaining Capacity: 44 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Sacraments - Session 3 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the third session of the course Sacraments.

      Remaining Capacity: 44 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Sacraments - Session 4 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the fourth session of the course Sacraments.

      Remaining Capacity: 43 
      3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Sacraments - Session 5 of 5
      Auditorium @ St. Cecilia, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024-2602

      This is the fifth session of the course Sacraments.

      Remaining Capacity: 44 

    • FTCM - St. Dominic Center
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      Friday, February 22, 2019

      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Morality - Session 1
      Chancery Room 140, St. Dominic Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021
      The twenty-first century, characterized by rampant materialism and individuals’ search for meaning, challenges Christians in the way they live and witness to their faith. In this course the participant will examine the most important norms that guide a Christian way of life and the importance of the centrality of the Person of Jesus Christ in the Christian moral life. These norms will serve as the basis for a thoughtful reflection on the moral life. This reflection will acknowledge the developmental character of human moral development. The course will conclude with a personal reflection.

      Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hours in class. Please review the assigned reading to be completed before each class. Morality Reading List

      You will be provided with a Handout Packet at class. That packet contains, among other things, some questions related to the reading. Some people find it helpful to have those questions prior to doing the reading. If you wish, therefore, you may download an electronic copy of the Morality Handout Packet.

      Required books:
      • Catholic Bible
      • Catechism of the Catholic Church (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Connors, Russell B Christian Morality: In the Breath of God (Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series) Loyola Press, 2001 ISBN: 0829417222; ISBN-13: 978-0829417227 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 14 
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Morality - Session 2a
      Chancery Room 140, St. Dominic Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Morality.

      Remaining Capacity: 13 
       

      Saturday, February 23, 2019

      9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Morality - Session 2b
      Chancery Room 140, St. Dominic Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Morality.

      Remaining Capacity: 13 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Morality - Session 3
      Chancery Room 140, St. Dominic Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021

      This is the third session of the course Morality.

      Remaining Capacity: 13 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Morality - Session 4
      Chancery Room 140, St. Dominic Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021

      This is the fourth session of the course Morality.

      Remaining Capacity: 13 
      3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Morality - Session 5
      Chancery Room 140, St. Dominic Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021

      This is the fifth session of the course Morality.

      Remaining Capacity: 13 
       

      Saturday, April 13, 2019

      9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
      Day of Reflection - Missionary Spirituality
      Morkovsky Hall Room 202, St. Dominic Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021

      This day of reflection will seek to provide tools and an opportunity for FTCM participants, who have been studying moral theology and church history, to reflect and pray on how they are personally called to be missionary disciples and how that identity is related to their spiritual lives.


      Specific topics of reflection will include:
      • Evangelization and the Kerygma
      • Vocation
      • Missionary discipleship
      • Dialogue
      Remaining Capacity: 32 

    • FTCM – St. Thomas More
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      Friday, January 18, 2019

      4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
      Church History 1 - Session 1
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795
      Basic knowledge and deep appreciation of Church History enables us to understand how the Catholic Church has evolved through time. We see how the Holy Spirit was and continues to be present. We become familiar with men and women who attempted to define the nature and role of the Church in each period of history. The road was not easy as religious, political, economic and social tensions impacted the Church's unfolding story.

      Church History 1 is one of two parts of a basic introduction to the history of the Church. This course covers the period from Pentecost to the beginning of the Reformation.

      Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hours in class. Please review the assigned reading to be completed before each class. Church History 1 Reading List

      You will be provided with a Handout Packet the first day of class. That packet contains, among other things, some questions related to the reading. Some people find it helpful to have those questions prior to doing the reading. If you wish, therefore, you may download an electronic copy of the Church History 1 Handout Packet.

      Required Books:
      • Catholic Bible
      • Vidmar, John, OP. The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History Paulist Press. 2005. ISBN: 0809142341: ISBN-13: 978-0809142347 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble) OR Vidmar, John, OP. The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History, Second Edition Paulist Press. 2014. ISBN: 0809149044: ISBN-13: 978-0809149049 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 28 
      6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
      Church History 1 - Session 2a
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Church History 1.

      Remaining Capacity: 29 
       

      Saturday, January 19, 2019

      9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Church History 1 - Session 2b
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Church History 1.

      Remaining Capacity: 29 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Church History 1 - Session 3
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the third session of the course Church History 1.

      Remaining Capacity: 29 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Church History 1 - Session 4
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the fourth session of the course Church History 1.

      Remaining Capacity: 30 
      3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Church History 1 - Session 5
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the fifth session of the course Church History 1.

      Remaining Capacity: 30 
       

      Friday, March 29, 2019

      4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
      Church History 2 - Session 1
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795
      There are two parts to our Church History courses: Church History 1 and Church History 2. It is recommended that Church History 1 precede engaging in Church History 2 in order to understand the flow and development of the Church through her 2000 year old history.

      Church History 2 navigates the participant from the Reformation (where Church History 1 ended) through the Second Vatican Council into the 21st century. Cultural, political, social and religious factors which influenced the Church's journey will be explored. Significant men and women emerged to support and challenge the Church's understanding of herself and her relationship with the world.
      Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hours in class. Please review the assigned reading to be completed before each class. Church History 2 Reading List

      You will be provided with a Handout Packet the first day of class. That packet contains, among other things, some questions related to the reading. Some people find it helpful to have those questions prior to doing the reading. If you wish, therefore, you may download an electronic copy of the Church History 2 Handout Packet.

      Required Book:
      • McGonigle, Thomas A History of The Christian Tradition: From the Reformation to the Present Paulist Press. 1996. ISBN: 0809136481; ISBN-13: 978-0809136483 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 32 
      6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
      Church History 2 - Session 2a
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Church History 2.

      Remaining Capacity: 32 
       

      Saturday, March 30, 2019

      9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Church History 2 - Session 2b
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Church History 2.

      Remaining Capacity: 32 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Church History 2 - Session 3
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the third session of the course Church History 2.

      Remaining Capacity: 32 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Church History 2 - Session 4
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the fourth session of the course Church History 2.

      Remaining Capacity: 32 
      3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Church History 2 - Session 5
      Servant Hall @ St. Thomas More, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096-4795

      This is the fifth session of the course Church History 2.

      Remaining Capacity: 32 

    • FTCM - St. Vincent de Paul
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      Friday, January 25, 2019

      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Introduction to Scripture - Session 1 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
      This course is the first of basic level introductory courses to Scripture. We recommend the courses be taken in sequence. The sequencing enables one to cultivate a strong biblical foundation for understanding and applying the Scriptures in one's life. The sequence is: (1) Introduction to the Scriptures, (2) Old Testament and (3) New Testament.

      This course presupposes that an individual has not had a general overview of the Bible and is interested in a more academic approach. The Introduction to Scripture course cannot cover everything one needs to know for navigating into the world of the Scriptures but one is given a few basic concepts to begin the journey. This course will focus how the Bible came about, what were some of the cultural factors which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and what Church documents today tell us about the Bible. You are about to begin an interesting journey.

      Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hours in class. Please review the assigned reading to be completed before each class.
      Reading List

      Copies of the following handouts will be provided in class. Some participants find it helpful to review them ahead of class as they are doing their reading.
      Handout Packet

      Required Books
      • Catholic Bible
      • Catechism of the Catholic Church (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Harrington, Daniel J., S.J. How do Catholics Read the Bible? Rowman and Littlefield, Publishers. 2005 ISBN: 0742548716; ISBN-13: 978-0742548718 (Available form Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 15 
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Introduction to Scripture - Session 2a of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Introduction to Scripture.

      Remaining Capacity: 15 
       

      Saturday, January 26, 2019

      8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Introduction to Scripture - Session 2b of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the scond half of the second session of the course Introduction to Scripture.

      Remaining Capacity: 14 
      9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Introduction to Scripture - Session 3 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the third session of the course Introduction to Scripture.

      Remaining Capacity: 15 
      12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Introduction to Scripture - Session 4 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the fourth session of the course Introduction to Scripture.

      Remaining Capacity: 15 
      2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Introduction to Scripture - Session 5 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the fifth session of the course Introduction to Scripture.

      Remaining Capacity: 15 
       

      Friday, February 22, 2019

      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Introduction to Old Testament - Session 1 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
      This course is the 2nd introductory course to Scripture. To enable one to cultivate a strong biblical foundation, we recommend the courses be taken in sequence: (1) Introduction to Scripture, (2) Old Testament, (3) New Testament.

      This course helps develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the biblical context, structure (Canon), authoring, meaning and historical impact of the Old Testament. Participants are introduced to methods of reading biblical texts, understanding the story lines and process of interpretation with cultural contexts, respecting the wholeness of the biblical texts, and current trends in biblical research. This approach assists one to acquire new skills to navigate through the Old Testament and apply its wisdom to one's spiritual life and ministry.

      Participants should expect to spend at least 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hour session. Assigned reading: Reading List

      Copies of handouts will be provided. Some find it helpful to review them as they are reading. Handout Packet

      Required Books
      • Catholic Bible
      • Catechism of the Catholic Church (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Boadt, Lawrence. Ed. Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, Reading the Old Testament Paulist Press 2012. 2nd Edition ISBN: 0809147807 (Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Dowley, Tim The Student Bible Atlas Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2015 ISBN: 1506400108 (Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      Remaining Capacity: 18 
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Introduction to Old Testament - Session 2a of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Introduction to Old Testament.

      Remaining Capacity: 18 
       

      Saturday, February 23, 2019

      8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Introduction to Old Testament - Session 2b of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Introduction to Old Testament.

      Remaining Capacity: 18 
      9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Introduction to Old Testament - Session 3 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the third session of the course Introduction to Old Testament.

      Remaining Capacity: 18 
      12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Introduction to Old Testament - Session 4 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the fourth session of the course Introduction to Old Testament.

      Remaining Capacity: 18 
      2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Introduction to Old Testament - Session 5 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the fifth session of the course Introduction to Old Testament.

      Remaining Capacity: 17 
       

      Friday, March 29, 2019

      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      Introduction to New Testament - Session 1 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
      This course is the 3rd introductory course to Scripture. To enable one to cultivate a strong biblical foundation, we recommend the courses be taken in sequence: (1) Introduction to Scripture, (2) Old Testament, (3) New Testament.

      This course explores the stories in and behind the New Testament. The course is a general overview introducing the cultural context, composition, themes and pastoral application of the New Testament. We will study the texts from the threefold perspective of the world within the text, the world behind the text, and the world in front of the text. Through this study, one can grow in New Testament knowledge, understanding and application to one's life and ministry.

      Participants should expect to spend at least 3 hours reading in preparation for each 2 hour session. Assigned reading: Reading List

      Copies of handouts will be provided. Some find it helpful to review them as they are reading. Handout Packet

      Required Books
      • Catholic Bible
      • Catechism of the Catholic Church (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Carmody, Timothy R. Reading the Bible (A Study Guide) Paulist Press 2004 ISBN: 0809141892 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      • Dowley, Tim The Student Bible Atlas Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2015 ISBN: 1506400108 (Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
      6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
      Introduction to New Testament - Session 2a of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the first half of the second session of the course Introduction to New Testament.

       

      Saturday, March 30, 2019

      8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Introduction to New Testament - Session 2b of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the second half of the second session of the course Introduction to New Testament.

      9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Introduction to New Testament - Session 3 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the third session of the course Introduction to New Testament.

      12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Introduction to New Testament - Session 4 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the fourth session of the course Introduction to New Testament.

      2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Introduction to New Testament - Session 5 of 5
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

      This is the fifth session of the course Introduction to New Testament.

       

      Saturday, April 27, 2019

      8:30 AM  -  2:30 PM
      Day of Reflection - Biblical Spirituality
      Msgr. Jamail Family Center Main Room @ St. Vincent de Paul, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
      This day of reflection will seek to provide tools and an opportunity for FTCM participants, who have been studying about the Bible, to learn to pray with the Bible.

      The day will include both an introduction to and experiences of:
      • Lectio Divina
      • Ignatian Gospel Imagination Prayer
      • Interpreting one’s life in light of the Scriptures
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