Bishop Barron’s new book

Bishop Robert Barron has a new book coming out soon, To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age.

You can read about it by clicking on this link.

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Bishop Barron on religious argumentation

Bishop Robert Barron recently gave a lecture called “How to Have a Religious Argument.”  You can find it by clicking here.



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Finding the Videos We Use at Class

The great majority of the time, we will show a professionally made video during class to explain that week’s topic.  Most of those videos will come from a 20-episode series called “Symbolon.”  You can watch them on the internet anytime you like for your own interest.  When you miss class, we ask you to (1) watch the video for the class you missed, (2) answer some homework questions based on the video, and (3) turn those answers in or email them to RCIA team member Joseph Miller.  The homework question are available on this blog under the tab Homework Page!

Here’s how to find the Symbolon videos:

  1.  Go to the website
  2.  Click the button that says “Register: Sign up free using your parish code.”
  3.  This will open windows where you will enter the parish code and your email address.  The parish code is, using capital letters:  JT85TX
  4. Then click “GO.”  Then you will have to fill out an online registration form, including creation of a personal password that you’ll use with your email address to access the site in the future.  I think there’s a field that asks you what your affiliation with St. Monica is; you can choose “parishioner” for that one.
  5.  Once you’re registered and logged into the Formed website, you’ll have access to tons of material.  But let’s find the Symbolon videos, since that’s usually what you’ll need to do the homework.  You can find the Symbolon videos by hovering over the “Study” tab at the top of the page.  Then click “Faith Formation” on the drop-down menu.
  6.  On the next page, there will be two big Symbolon buttons near the top.  The first one is labeled “Knowing the Faith” and gives access to the first 10 videos.  The second one is labeled “Living the Faith” and gives access to the second 10 videos.  Click on the appropriate button, and you’ll be taken to a screen where you can choose from the 10 videos under that button.

SUGGESTION:  If you are watching the video in order to do homework, have the homework questions handy while you watch the video–by printing them out, having them open in another window, or however you like.  Then answer the questions while you are watching the video — I think you will find that much easier than watching the video first and then trying to answer the questions from memory!  I drafted the questions simply by watching the videos and grabbing questions from the material, so the videos will give the answers to the questions in the order the questions appear.

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Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 St. Monica RCIA program!  We are so glad you have chosen our program.  We will post information and announcements here on the blog from time to time.  Also, very importantly, when you miss class we will ask you to watch the video you missed, consult the “Homework” page on this blog, answer the homework questions about the video, and turn the answers in to RCIA Team Member Joseph Miller.

Here is a link to the PowerPoint from our opening class on Monday, September 11:

1. First Class PowerPoint

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Party and Potluck on May 8

Our last meeting will be Monday, May 8.  We’ll start with Mass in the church at 7pm.  Then we’ll retire to our usual room in the family center for a farewell potluck dinner.

The RCIA team will provide entrees.  We’re asking the classmembers to bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name:

A-G     Salad
H-L     Bread or a side dish
M-Q     Sodas, tea, or other beverage
R-Z     Dessert

You’ll be able to drop your dish off in the family center before Mass if you like.

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First Confessions on May 2

On May 2, our newly baptized Catholics are invited to come to St. Monica Church at 7pm to make your first Confessions.  Some children of the parish will be making their first Confessions then too, and we will have plenty of priests on hand.  If any candidates or newly confirmed Catholics in our class want to come down for Confession then as well, we can happily accommodate you!

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No Class on Easter Monday!

Congratulations to our new and fully initiated Catholics!

Just a reminder that there will be no class on Monday, April 17.  We hope you will join us the next three Mondays as we wrap up with two classes on living the Catholic life and finally a Mass and farewell party on May 8.

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