Invitation to Study the Gospel of John
I’m looking for some folks who would like to study the Gospel of John with me. This would be via a Zoom format once a week, beginning in Lent and continuing through the Easter Season.
As you know, we journey through the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) during our Sunday readings over a three-year period, while readings from the Gospel of John are reserved for solemnities, Holy Week, and the Easter Season. We are currently in the B Cycle of readings, which pulls from the Gospel of Mark—and, conveniently for this study, John, Chapter 6. So, this year we will get John’s perspective on the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Jesus walking on water, and the Bread of Life Discourse.
Additionally, some of our most beloved Biblical passages are found only in the Gospel of John—the marriage at Cana; Jesus’ encounters with Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, and the woman being stoned for adultery; the raising of Lazarus; and Jesus’ Farewell Discourses.
I can’t think of a better time to meditate on the Jesus of John’s Gospel than during the deeper liturgical experiences of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Although I will facilitate our meetings, I’m really thinking of this as a group of disciples gathered together “in his name” to study the person and teachings of Jesus. Please know that you do not need to have any particular background or experience with Sacred Scripture. Other than reading the chapters to be discussed, there would not be any homework involved. If you would like to join me, or if you would just like a little more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Looking forward to studying with you…
Coffee and Catholicism
“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”
“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love”
Coffee and Catholicism is participating in a series of diocesan-wide reflections on two documents published by the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops): “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love” and “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” These documents focus on the role of the faithful in resolving issues that plague our society.
Our fourth Coffee and Catholicism session will take place November 17 from 9:15-10:30 a.m. Ellen Santora will facilitate this session in the worship area. If you have not already attended a session, please know that these sessions are largely interactive. The fourth session will examine various aspects of systemic racism, the potential provided by our changing political environment and ways in which we can interrupt racism in our families, workplaces, and nearby communities. Following the session, on your own time, I will ask you to provide links to print and on-line documents to add to our Social Justice website.
Due to current covid restrictions, attendance at this session is limited to 25 people.
Reading the document is not required; however links to both documents and resources for reflection are available under the "Social Justice" tab above.
Coffee & Catholicism 2019-2020
From January 7 through March 31, we will be presenting and discussing Bishop Robert Barron's Program, THE MASS. A broad misunderstanding of what is happening at Mass has shaped several generations of Catholics. Walk through the liturgy with Bishop Barron and be transformed through insights on the most privileged and intimate encounter with Jesus Christ. See how the Mass resonates with a call from God and a response from God's people, the Church. Most importantly, develop a greater appreciation of how we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist. The program will help us understand how to fully, consciously, and actively participate in the source and summit of our Christian life.
Dates for Coffee & Catholicism for the remainder of the year:
January 7 & 21
March 3, 17 & 31
April 14 & 28
May 12 & 26
Time: After Tuesday morning Mass from 9:15 to 10:30 am
Where: Classroom 7
Coffee & Catholicism 2019-2020
Please watch the website and bulletin for updates on when we will resume!
St. Paul’s Advent Retreat
Open My Eyes
To Behold You
Saturday December 7
1:00-3:00 pm in classroom 7-8
Deepen your encounter with God this Advent Season through Christian Art. Spark your imagination and open the eyes of your heart to better hear the divine promptings in your life.
Please register with Katherine email@example.com / 671-2100 ext. 24
Our faith-based bereavement support group is in its second session.
If interested in future sessions please contact Pastoral Associate Katherine Cappuccio,
671-2100 x24 . The registration fee of $20 covers all sessions.