‘The Catholic Faith – in plain English’

Learn the teachings and practices of the Catholic Faith in this robust course. This course is suitable for all adult learners including Catholics and non-Catholics.  It will be especially useful for anyone who teaches religious education (PREP, RCIA, Catholics Schools), anyone in lay ministry (youth ministry, young adult ministry, prayer group leaders), and anyone seeking deeper answers to their questions. You can attend all sessions or drop in for specific topics as you please; there is no cost or pre-registration required.

Who

This course will be taught by Fr. Vincent Hawkswell (retired pastor and former B.C. Catholic editor) and Maureen Creelman (retired high school math and physics teacher).

When / Where

Sunday Session:
Sundays, Sep. 15, 2019 – May 31, 2020 (except Dec. 22, 29)
2 – 4 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre (Vancouver)

Monday Sessions:
Mondays, Sep. 16, 2019 – June 1, 2020 (except Dec. 23, 30)
7 – 9 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre (Vancouver)

Mondays, Sep. 16, 2019 – June 1, 2020 (except Dec. 23, 30)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Parish (West Vancouver)

Tuesday Session:
Tuesdays, Sep. 17, 2019 – June 2, 2020 (except Dec. 24, 31)
7 – 9 p.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish (Coquitlam)

List of topics and dates:

  • Session 1: Sep 15-17 – Introduction
  • Session 2: Sep 22-24 – Creation and the Fall
  • Session 3: Sep 29-Oct 1 – Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Session 4: Oct 6-8 – The History of our Salvation
  • Session 5: Oct 13-15 – What is the Catholic Church?
  • Session 6: Oct 20-22 – The Light of Faith
  • Session 7: Oct 27-29 – Prayer
  • Session 8: Nov 3-5 – Liturgy: Public Worship
  • Session 9: Nov 10-12 – The Liturgical Year
  • Session 10: Nov 17-19 – The Contradictions of Atheism
  • Session 11: Nov 24-26 – A Place for Science in the Catholic Faith
  • Session 12: Dec 1-3 – Divine Revelation
  • Session 13: Dec 8-10 – God: Unity and Trinity
  • Session 14: Dec 15-17 – Supernatural Life
  • Session 15: Jan 5-7 – The Communion of the Saints in the Body of Christ
  • Session 16: Jan 12-14 – Mary and Joseph
  • Session 17: Jan 19-21 – Grace and the Sacraments
  • Session 18: Jan 26-28 – Baptism and Confirmation
  • Session 19: Feb 2-4 – The Mass: Sacrament and Sacrifice
  • Session 20: Feb 9-11 – Matrimony
  • Session 21: Feb 16-18 – Death and the End of the World
  • Session 22: Feb 23-25 – Divisions Among Christians
  • Session 23: Mar 1-3 – God’s Will
  • Session 24: Mar 8-10 – The First Three Commandments
  • Session 25: Mar 15-17 – The Last Seven Commandments
  • Session 26: Mar 22-24 – Sin and Forgiveness
  • Session 27: Mar 29-31 – How to Go to Confession
  • Session 28: Apr 5-7 – Holy Week
  • Session 29: Apr 12-14 – Virtue
  • Session 30: Apr 19-21 – Bearing Witness: Living as a Catholic
  • Session 31: Apr 26-28 – Love of God and Neighbour
  • Session 32: May 3-5 – Catholic Spiritualities
  • Session 33: May 10-12 – Marriage and the Family
  • Session 34: May 17-19 – Consecrated Life
  • Session 35: May 24-26 – The Beatitudes
  • Session 36: May 31-Jun 2 – The Question of Suffering

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