Adult Sessions

Communion of Saints

Adult participants learn to accept and share God's gifts with others in order to build stronger unity among the human family, both living and deceased. Participants will build up the communion of saints by acting upon the links we experience with each other through the celebration of Eucharist.

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Epiphany

Adults will learn to about the feast of the Epiphany and apply these themes to their lives. • By Jim Merhaut

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Jesus' Death & Resurrection

Learn to embody a spirituality of the Paschal Mystery as presented in the Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. • By Sharon Abel, Ph.D.

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Our Lenten Journey • Generations of Faith

Adult learning session focused on the RCIA process during the season of Lent

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

This learning session for adults promotes understanding of the meaning of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Palm Sunday

Session Objective: Explore the sequence of the Palm Sunday liturgy and reflect on the Palm Sunday readings with particular emphasis on living with passion • By Margaret Krawczuk

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Pentecost • Generations of Faith

This learning session for adults provides a way understand how the Spirit, given to us at Pentecost, is at work in our daily lives renewing the face of the earth. • By Jim Merhaut

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Celebrating Triduum

Adult participants experience a prayerful memorial of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

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Jesus Through the Church Year • Generations of Faith

This learning session for adult provides a way to explore our journey with Christ through the Church year.

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Walking with Jesus through Lent • Generations of Faith

Adults are invited to go on retreat with Jesus through Scriptural images and reflections on Lenten themes.

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Holy Family: Mary & Joseph

This learning session for adults explores the parental virtues which Mary and Joseph demonstrated, and challenges all adults in the parish to create a nurturing environment for the children. • By Joan Weber

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Church Structure

Adult participants will learn to recognize the need for ongoing discernment and formation regarding church structure, the unique connection of the five levels, and the important role participants have within church structure. • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

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Gathered by Eucharist: Sent in Mission

This learning session for adults explores what it means to be gathered by Eucharist and sent in mission. • By Jim Merhaut

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Images of God

Adult participants will learn to explore one's current image of God and how it developed as well as how to incorporate the implications of one's image of God into daily life.PowerPoint slides accompany the Images of God adult session.

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Incarnation: God Among Us

This learning session for adults explores the mystery of the Incarnation. • By Jim Merhaut

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Jesus' Mission Continues

This session explores the mission of Jesus Christ through examination of the images of the Church as described in Scripture and Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church).

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Jesus Teaches Us about Ourselves

This session will help participants to recognize that God created us and has a plan for each of us, that it is only through the gift of grace that we are given the opportunity to participate in the life of God, that it is Jesus who most fully reveals God to us, that we can more fully discover God's plan for us through a relationship with Jesus Christ, and that Jesus teaches us about ourselves through his relationships, his words and actions (with specific attention to the Beatitudes).

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Resurrection of the Body

This session will guide adults in integrating the implications of the bodily resurrection into their daily respect and care for the human body. • By Anthony Camino

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What is Faith?

This session will help adults explore the meaning of faith in their lives in light of the New Evangelization. • By Denise Utter

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Discipleship: Serving Others in Christ's Name

This learning session for adults explores what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and serve others. • By Dr. Kathie Amidei

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CRS & Catholic Charities

Two-hour learning session for adults to help them engage in the ministries of Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services • By Kathy Brown

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Discipleship: New Testament Role Models

Adult participants will explore the example of New Testament role models and learn to live as role models of Christian discipleship for others.

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Earth Day

Give adults the opportunity to examine the impact of their own personal lifestyle on the world. Invite them to reflect upon Scripture and upon Catholic Social Teaching as it relates to the care and sustainability of our world. Ask them to consider how Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching challenge us to live as Catholic Christians in today's world.

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Economic Justice

This session explores Catholic teaching on social justice, provides a reflection on the meaning of The poor you will always have with you (Mt 28.20), and offers insight into how we can pursue economic justice at home. • By Gayle Bueke

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Living in Solidarity

Learning session for adults to explore our relationship with those in need through the Catholic social teaching on Solidarity. • By Loyes Spayd

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Poverty Awareness

To give adult participants a greater awareness of their call as disciples of Jesus Christ to help the poor, to make participants more aware of the gifts which the poor can bring to them, and to encourage participants to make others aware of poverty and motivate them to do something to end it.

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Respect for All Life

In this activity, adult participants will learn that respect for life is grown in the context of loving relationships. Participants learn about the metaphor of the seamless garment as the index of our respect for life. • By Gayle Bueke

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Sacred & Social: Call to Family, Community, & Participation

Adult learning session on the Catholic Social Teaching theme of the Call to Family, Community, and Participation. • By Gayle Bueke

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Thanksgiving Tables

A session to lead adults to understand and trust in God.

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Catholic Social Teachings • Generations of Faith

This learning session for adults explores what it means to live the basic principles of the Catholic social teachings. • By Jim Merhaut

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Being Truthful • Generations of Faith

Adult participants learn to connect the meaning of truth to the experience of healing and forgiveness, which begins with God who is truth. • By Anthony Camino

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Living Like Christ: Following the Great Commandments

This learning session for adults explores what it means to to live like Christ and follow the Great Commandments.

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Life in Christ

Universal Call to Holiness

Adults will be able to recognize that we are all called to holiness. • By Denise Utter

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Benedictine Spirituality

In this session participants will learn the basics of Benedictine spirituality so that, "finding God in the ordinary circumstances of daily life," becomes a spiritual characteristic that you personally embrace. • By Gladys Pozza

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Call & Vocation

Adults will understand the meaning of vocation as God's call to be our true selves, to share our giftedness, and to be life-giving. Participants will value the practices which help us to realize, discern, and live out our vocations. • By Gayle Beuke

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Divine Word Spirituality

This session will help participants recognize that God calls us to participate in Jesus' mission in the world, which is embodied in Matthew 25: "What you do for the least of your brothers and sisters, you do for me." It also covers the basics of Divine Word spirituality so that we can incorporate this spirituality into our daily lives. • By Denise Utter

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Forgiveness & Reconciliation

In this session participants will explore their, seek to understand the cause of hurtfulness and sin, explore reasons for seeking healing and reconciliation, and identify goals for living as a reconciler and peacemaker.

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Franciscan Spirituality

Who Are the "Poor Ones"?

This session seeks to discover and cultivate the virtues of Saint Francis by asking God and responding to the question, "What do you want me to do?" • By Sheri Abel

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Ignatian Spirituality

Participants will learn the basics of Ignatian spirituality so that "finding God in all things" becomes a spiritual characteristic that you personally embrace. • By Sheri Abel

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Lay Spirituality: Go in Peace

Adult participants learn to glorify God by putting into daily practice what is celebrated in worship. • By Margaret Krawczuk

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Praying into Sunday: Eucharistic Adoration

Ninety minute learning session to introduce adults to the spiritual practice of Eucharistic adoration as a means for deepening liturgical spirituality • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

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Proclaiming Hope

This learning session for adult provides a way to explore the meaning of hope in our lives. • By Dr. Kathie Amidei

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Providence Spirituality

This session explores providence spirituality: what it is, how to grow it, how to live it. • By Gayle Beuke

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Stewardship: Come Share the Master's Joy • Generations of Faith

This session will give adults an understanding of what it means to live the life of stewardship through scripture exploration, Church teaching, and self-reflection. • By Mary Ann Otto

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Baptism & the Creed • Generations of Faith

45-minute activity to help adults recognize the importance of the Sacrament of Baptism and our Baptismal vow for living as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of the Catholic community.

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Liturgy of the Hours

Participants will learn: to understand the origins, basic structure, and purpose of the Liturgy of the Hours; to value the Liturgy of the Hours as the official prayer of the church sanctifying the day; to make connections between the Liturgy of the Hours and Old Testament times of prayer and New Testament events; and to experience praying one of the Hours.

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One Holy Catholic Apostolic

An adult activity exploring the in-depth meaning of what we profess as Catholics and embracing the challenge to live a one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic life.

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Parts of the Mass

This session leads adults through the four main parts of the Mass, emphasizing the role of the assembly while revealing the purpose and meaning of each part.

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Revised Roman Missal

Participants will explore the original Latin text known as the Missale Romanum in order to compare and contrast the revisions made to the Roman Missal including changes occurring in our liturgies as of Advent, 2011.

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Acts of the Apostles

This learning session for adults promotes an understanding of the Acts of the Apostles and the early Church community. • By Denise Utter

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Lectionary Cycle C

Explore with adults discipleship as presented through the themes of the Gospel of Luke, the central Gospel used for Lectionary Cycle C.

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Letter to the Hebrews

Learning session for adults to grow in their understanding of sacrifice and Jesus' role in the New Covenant of love as presented in Paul's Letter to the Hebrews. • By Jim Merhaut

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O Antiphons

Explore with adults the meaning of the O Antiphons and their connection to our lives today.

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Pentateuch • Generations of Faith

Covenant Love

Participants will receive an overview of the Pentateuch, develop a deeper understanding of covenants in the Pentateuch, and discuss how these events relate to our present day lives. • By Susan Stengren

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Prophets of the Old Testament

In this session participants explore the message of the biblical prophets, reflect on the role of the prophet to be a spokesperson for God, and gain insight into the baptismal call to be prophets.  • By Gayle Beuke

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Reading the Bible • Generations of Faith

This session explores a host of ways for adult Catholics to read the Bible in a meaningful way.

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The Great Stories: Historical Books of the Bible

Full learning session for adults on the Historical Books of the Bible. This file includes the handouts to accompany a portion of the learning session for adults and the powerpoint presentation. • By Gayle Bueke

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The Ten Commandments

Adult participants will learn to apply the Ten Commandments, God's divine law, to their lives today as a necessary means of seeking happiness in their relationships. • By Denise Utter

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Wisdom Literature

Adult participants will identify the seven Wisdom books of the Old Testament; learn about the historical, literary (genre) and faith context of the Wisdom books; and gain insight into understanding and living everyday life in the context of our loving relationship with God.

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Politics & Morality • Generations of Faith

YA & Adult Session

This session uses the pastoral circle to engage young adults in discussion and reflection on their responsibility and involvement in the political process.

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Mission Sunday • Generations of Faith

All Are Called to Mission

A learning activity to help adults understand that they are called to participate in the Church.

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Living Non-Violently • Generations of Faith

This pastoral circle process helps young adults and adults get in touch with the influence of violence in their lives, explore Jesus' way of dealing with violence, and create their own Christian responses to violence.

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Thanksgiving: Hunger & Thirst for Justice • Generations of Faith

An adaptation of "Thanksgiving: Generosity & Service" for young adults and adults.

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Understanding & Practicing Justice • Generations of Faith

This adult session helps the participants understand our call to justice.

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Who Is My Neighbor? • Generations of Faith

YA & Adult Session

This pastoral circle process tracks the making of an item of clothing around the world to put young adults in touch with their connectedness with all of humanity. It also engages them in discussion and reflection on how they live as citizens of Planet Earth.

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Everyday Christianity: Justice • Generations of Faith

YA & Adult Small Group Session

Catholicism does not call us to abandon the world, but to help shape it. This does not mean leaving worldly tasks and responsibilities, but transforming them. Social justice and the common good are built up or torn down day by day in the countless decisions and choices we make. This session will guide participants in reflecting on our vocation to pursue justice.

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Lectionary Cycle B • Generations of Faith

The Year of Mark

A session for adults that takes a closer look at the lectionary for Cycle B. • By Kathie Amidei

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Reconciling with God & Neighbor • Generations of Faith

Adults will gain a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation through reflection, Scripture, Church teaching, and real-life application. • By Sheri Abel

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Stewardship Through Scripture • Generations of Faith

This session will guide adults in gaining a deeper understanding of stewardship and its challenges as presented in scripture. It can be used as part of the Intergenerational Session or stand on its own.

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Stewardship • Generations of Faith

This session provides adults with the opportunity to understand the central principles of stewardship and recognize the value of stewardship as an integral part of our call as disciples. • By Mary Ann Otto

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Consumerism • Generations of Faith

This session will provide young adults with an experiential learning experience that addresses the influence of consumerism on individuals and our world and will give them an opportunity to reflect on their own participation in consumption.

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Money & Faith • Generations of Faith

Using the pastoral circle process, this workshop explores the relationship between how young adults spend money and the impact on those who are denied the life goods needed to live a life of dignity and hope.

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Proclaiming Our Faith • Generations of Faith

This session will help adults unpack the creed and rediscover how they live it out in their daily lives.

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Dignity & AIDS • Generations of Faith

This pastoral circle process employs a forced choice continuum and a panel presentation to help young adults get in touch with their own feelings regarding persons with HIV or AIDS. It also gives them insight into Catholic teaching on AIDS and homosexuality, and offers ways they can use Catholic social principles to address concerns raised by these issues.

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Upholding the Dignity of Women • Generations of Faith

This pastoral circle exercise takes young adults through a discussion of the stereotypes men and women have about each other, analysis of the causes of sexism, reflection on the Church's teachings about the human dignity which all persons deserve by virtue of being created in God's own image and likeness, and selection of appropriate action in response to what they've learned.

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Capital Punishment • Generations of Faith

This session, based on the pastoral circle, helps young adults surface their own feelings regarding capital punishment and provides information on the reality of the death penalty in the U.S. It also challenges them to look at the issue from the perspective of other people, understand Church teaching on the issue, and choose a personal action response.

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Advent & Christmas Stories • Generations of Faith

Revealing the Identity of Jesus

This small group session focuses on learning about Jesus through the readings of Advent and Christmas.

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Our Faith Calls Us to Serve • Generations of Faith

Advent Small Group Learning Session

This small group session focuses on the meaning of justice and why the Church sees justice as essential to its mission in the world.

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