Winter Classes 2017
Catholic Spiritual Practices
Wednesdays, 10am-Noon, More Hall A
January 11 – February 15
This class will explore practices in Catholic spirituality that offer ways to keep our hearts open to God’s presence, mercy, and grace, allowing ourselves to be transformed. Through scripture, artistic expression, the example of the saints, and tradition, we will consider topics such as hospitality, forgiveness, gratitude, and humility. This class will be taught by Renee Bhatia. To register, contact Renee at 816-942-2492 x223 or email@example.com.
Walking with Christ
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, More Hall A
January 12 – February 16
You are invited to join an engaging six-week guided Ignatian prayer experience designed for you and a small group. Learn several ways of praying so that daily prayer is more possible. Be inspired once a week by the experience of others who are seeking to walk with Christ more closely as you are. This group will be hosted by facilitators from the Ignatian Spirituality Center. Subsidized cost is $20 for STM parishioners. Space is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required to reserve a space. To register, contact Renee at 816-942-2492 x223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Classes 2016
At Table with Jesus
This class explored the meal stories in the Gospel of Luke and the invitations and challenges these stories hold for us today. Based on New Testament scholar Father Eugene LaVerdiere’s book Dining in the Kingdom of God, we studied the implications of being at table with Jesus in Luke’s Gospel, in the Eucharist, in our homes, and in our community. As part of this class, participants served a meal together where the poor were our honored guests.
“What Can a Woman Do?”
Stories of Women Religious in the U.S. and Midwest
Many of us have been influenced by women religious, whether we were taught by nuns or not. American Catholicism has been indelibly shaped by their work and prayer, and their stories serve as sources of inspiration for both men and women alike. Many of these women lived in times hostile to Catholics, women, and immigrants, facing sentiments such as one founder’s father said to her: “What can a woman do?”
We began this course learning about two great American saints, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Learn more about Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton by watching this video describing the National Shrine dedicated to her:
Learn more about Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini by watching this video hosted by Fr. James Martin, SJ:
Spring Classes 2016
Reading Saint Augustine’s Confessions
Saint Augustine’s Confessions is the classic autobiography of a great saint and Church Father. Written in 398 AD, this masterpiece still has relevance for a modern audience. Through reading, journaling, lecture, and group discussion, this adult faith formation class offered an introduction to Confessions and the art of reflecting on one’s life story in the light of Christ.
For an introduction to Saint Augustine, watch the video below.
Pope Francis and His Vision for the Church
This six-week adult faith formation series looked at different aspects of Pope Francis and his papacy. Each night will covered a different topic taught by a different teacher.
April 14: A Biographical Overview – Maureen Kelly
April 21: The Impact of Vatican II – Fr. Jim Healy
April 28: Being a Church for the Poor – David Butel
May 5: The Francis Factor as it Impacts Parish Life – Fr. Don Farnan
May 12: The Year of Mercy – Fr Sunoj Thomas
May 19: The Jesuit Pope: The Influence of Ignatian Spirituality – Fr. Tom Curran, S.J., President of Rockhurst University