These are all courses that are available, proposed, or have already been undertaken by the parish. They were popular and could be repeated if requested.
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Saint John Henry Newman wrote:
"I want a Laity not arrogant not rash in speech, not disputatious, but who know their Religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their Creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed Laity. I wish you to enlarge your knowledge, to cultivate your reason, to get an insight into the relation of Truth to Truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how Faith and Reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism."
The Academy of the Annunciation (AoA)’s practical and applied programmes are not detached from the real world, real parish and diocesan life. These programmes provide not only the foundational study in Scripture (the Bible) and Catholic Theology, but they also aim to help students to be able to communicate the foundational theological truths using contemporary examples and illustrations. These programmes endeavour to equip the student to answer the call (of St John Paul II and the recent popes) for the use of new methods, and to communicate the Catholic faith with new ardour.
Academy of the Annunciation • Bournemouth Oratory • Richmond Hill • Bournemouth • BH1 1BZ
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 07742 150006
BIBLE STUDY ANYONE?
Our Lady’s and St Benedict’s are hoping to engage the parish in a Bible Study to learn more about our faith. There are various ways to approach a study and it would be good to know how YOU would like to approach it.
There will be a leaflet presented to the parish soon that gives just a few examples of how we can go about this, and ‘tick boxes’ for you to show the best days and times that you can manage. Also a comments box so that you can express your feelings about a Bible Study! When the leaflet is available please complete and leave the questionnaire part of the leaflet at the back of the church.
Parishioners can always give us their views anyway - you don't need to be asked! You are encouraged to contact us with any thoughts or ideas you might have on: email@example.com
Here are some possible examples from the St Paul Centre in Steubenville, Ohio.
THE BIBLE & THE CHURCH FATHERS
A VIDEO STUDY
As Christians, we should want to know our family tree. We should want to know who has gone before us in the Faith, where they came from, and what they believed. We should want to know our history. In The Bible and the Church Fathers, you’ll learn who the Early Church Fathers were and how they shaped the way we read Scripture. Presented In twelve beautifully produced lessons.
You will learn everything you need to know about how the Bible took form. You’ll learn powerful tools for reading it, and you’ll understand Scripture’s relationship to Tradition and, in particular, to the Sacraments.
You will also recognize the powerful effect of Scripture on the Church Fathers. For them, this was no academic pursuit. Their love of God’s Word transformed their lives—just as it has the power to transform ours today.
THE EUCHARIST IN SCRIPTURE
A VIDEO STUDY
The Eucharist in Scripture is a discovery of God’s plan as it is expressed through the Bible and the Mass. This six-lesson study, presented by Dr Scott Hahn, will unlock the meaning of covenant, sacrifice, and sacrament as understood in the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.
Built around three of Dr Hahn’s foundational talks: “The Lamb’s Supper,” “The Fourth Cup,” and “Consuming the Word,” This video, 'The Eucharist in Scripture' examines the biblical foundations of the Eucharist and explores the Church’s liturgy as the original context for the books of the Bible.
COVENANT - A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW
A TEXT STUDY
“Covenant” is the master concept that unlocks the meaning of the Bible. The Bible tells the story of God the Father’s love for His children and His plan to fashion all people into one holy family. God unfolds this plan of salvation through a series of covenants, culminating in the New Covenant He makes in Jesus.
In this course, we look at God’s covenant plan. We study the five key covenants God makes in the Old Testament in order to see how they are fulfilled in Jesus and the Church. The goal is to enable you to understand the crucial significance of the covenant concept for interpreting the Bible and for understanding God’s fatherly plan.
If you have any thoughts about how you would like to approach a Bible Study, or ways of getting to know your faith better with other parishioners, do please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org who will make sure it gets to the right ears!
THE GIFT - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
A series of six programmes The course helps us to have more of the Joy of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Bishop Mark was pleased that we are once again giving parishioners the opportunity to enjoy this course.
On a retreat for over 1000 priests in Rome in June this year, Pope Francis asked “I ask each and every one of you, as part of the current of grace of Renewal, to organise seminars of Life in the Spirit in your parishes, seminaries, schools and neighbourhoods, to share Baptism in the Spirit. It is catechesis that produces, by the work of the Holy Spirit, the personal encounter with Jesus who changes our life.
”'Life in the Spirit' is a short weekly (CaFE*) course, the aim of which is to help all of us recognise the Holy Spirit in our lives and become open to Him. We will listen to some inspirational speakers on DVD and come together to talk about our faith and the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives.*CaFE: Catholic Faith Exploration
Further details from, Heather Johnson 01258 472 392
THE WHY? COURSE
Personal Faith Development. Following the success of the recent parish initiative using the book “The Big Picture”, over a 12 week period, 22 of our parishioners have enhanced their knowledge and personal understanding of The Holy Bible.
Many of them have asked for more opportunities to learn more about our faith, so we can run a short course called “Why?” Why God? Why Jesus? Why Church?” over three weeks, using the new large screen facility at Our Lady’s.
The course consists of 3 sessions of a DVD lasting approximately 1/2 hour with time for a discussion afterwards. Should there not be one running at any given time, please ask when the next one will be, or put in a request and we will happily arrange a convenient time. (There is a 'taster' on the right....)
THE NEW EVANGELISATION (Robert Barron)
The Catholic Faith is not about myths or legends, symbols or literary devices. It’s about an encounter so overwhelming that you want to tell the whole world. It is an encounter with Jesus Christ. Throughout history, the call of Christ has sent people to the corners of the earth with a message of great joy, a message that has built civilisations, inspired cultures and even sent some to prisons and to their graves.
We have the same call — that’s the New Evangelisation.
This course explores the Church's mission within the challenges of contemporary culture. Hosted by Father (now Bishop) Barron the DVD focuses on the cultural obstacles the church faces today, such as the emergence of the "new atheism" and relativistic attitudes towards questions of faith and morality.
EVANGELII GAUDIUM - THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
A compilation of six popular CaFE sessions inspired by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium", which help people engage personally with the Good News in an inspiring and practical way.
Pope Francis encourages every Christian to rediscover the joy of a personal encounter with Jesus and then to engage with renewed vigour in the mission of spreading that joy of the Gospel and becoming spirit-filled evangelizers.
“I have chosen to present some guidelines which can encourage and guide the whole Church in a new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality... I have decided, among other themes, to discuss at length the following questions:
· the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach;
· the temptations faced by pastoral workers;
· the Church, understood as the entire People of God which evangelizes;
· the homily and its preparation;
· the inclusion of the poor in society;
· peace and dialogue within society;
· the spiritual motivations for mission.”
JESUS IN THE GOSPELS - A DENIS MCBRIDE COURSE
"Jesus in the Gospels", on Tuesdays at 6.15 pm: a substantial course by Fr Denis McBride of Redemptorist Publications.
Pope Francis says " The best incentive for sharing the Gospel comes from contemplating it with love, lingering over its pages and reading it with the heart." (Evangelii Gaudium)
BELOVED DISCIPLES - a CaFE course
An inspiring DVD course for the over sixties in four 30 minute sessions (with sub-titles):
The Autumn of Life
Changing your World
Thy will be done
The best is yet to come!
presented by David Wells and David Payne. Plus engaging testimonies from older people around the UK.
THE BIG PICTURE - A CAFE* BIBLE STUDY COURSE
Each person will need your own Big Picture Book/Journal (£10.00) which includes a TV quality DVD.
All welcome! Books available from Tony Moore: 01963 365848.
The Course covers 12 engaging sessions taking you through Salvation History, starting at the very beginning with God the Creator right through to the End Times with the Second Coming of Christ.
Your journal gives you 6 daily Bible reflections and questions for you to prayerfully ponder before then meeting with your group.
Each session includes an informative overview of the topic followed by a 15 minute DVD presentation from amazing speakers filmed around the biblical world. These are also available as free downloads to anyone who has bought the course book.
*CaFE - Catholic Faith Exploration
The best way to experience the course is to share it either with a friend or ideally in a small group (either in a home or as part of a parish gathering). These sharing times can be life-changing.