Adult Faith Formation

OUR MISSION

There is a maxim by St. Thomas Aquinas wherein he taught that in order for man to love God, man must first KNOW God.  The fact that one acknowledges the existence of God, and professes to be a disciple of Christ, is certainly not the end of a Christian’s journey, nor is it even the beginning.  To be a Christian, is to not merely follow or imitate Christ, but to be conformed to Him, and in Him.  But in order to conform ourselves to another, our will must reach the very soul of another, for their sake.  This is love.  And what presupposes love is knowledge of the other.  Therefore, the goal of the Faith Formation Office is to help our parishioners and potential parishioners to come to a fuller and deeper understanding of who God is, and who He is not; what belongs to the divine nature, and what does not; what belongs to human nature, and what does not, etc.  In coming to a comprehensive understanding of man’s relationship to God, as members of the Mystical Body (i.e., the Church), we will become most apt in understanding the Person of the Word Incarnate, the seven Sacraments which He gave us, and what our moral obligations are as Christians.  We can achieve these ends, but only if we have true love for our Lord, Jesus Christ.

INTERESTED IN ONE OF OUR COURSES?

The below list of courses will be updated as needed.  If you wish to sign-up for any of them, please contact Andrew at the Parish Office prior to the start of the course you are interested in.  If you will be entering a course sometime after the start of the course, please consult Andrew with regard to whether or not you could still benefit by attending it.

UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON, BUT WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY?

Many of our courses can be attended virtually, by being a participant via Skype in real time.  See the individual course description if this option is available.  If you would like to attend a course in this way, please contact Andrew in the Parish Office for details.

WHAT IS THE COST?

All of our courses are FREE of any course fees for active parishioners of The Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater.  The only cost associated with a course may include the cost of any required textbook(s).

Non-parishioners of The Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater will be assessed a $25.00 fee (in addition to any textbook costs), PER COURSE.

WHO DO I CONTACT?

Here is the Faith Formation Office contact information:

  1. Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation: Mr. Andrew M. Steele
  2. Parish Office:  360-693-3052
  3. Email:  faithformation@protocathedral.org

 

 


oblisk-at-st-petersBEGINNING LATIN

Instructor:  Mr. Andrew M. Steele, BA, STM/MTh, STL cand.

Status:  Currently on Summer Break  (Will resume Monday, September 11, 2017)

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Monday & Wednesday  / 11:00 – 12:00PM / Upper Hall

Textbook cost:  Textbook – about $30  |  Workbook (optional) – about $18

This course will be a year-long grammatical course, and will take the class through all the foundational grammar and vocabulary needed to read Classical and Ecclesiastical Latin, with the aid of a Latin dictionary.

This course is eligible for course credit through the Thomisticum (LA 001 – Beginning Latin).  Those who complete this course will be issued a Certificate of Completion by the Thomisticum.

For those who are unable to physically be present, but would like to attend the course in real time, via Skype, please contact Andrew in the Faith Formation Office for details.

 


 

BEGINNING BIBLICAL GREEK

Instructor:  Mr. Andrew M. Steele, BA, STM/MTh, STL cand.

Status: Will begin Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Tuesday & Thursday  / 11:00 – 12:00PM / Upper Hall

Textbook cost:  $5.00

This course will be a year-long grammatical course, and will take the class through all the foundational grammar and vocabulary needed to read Biblical Greek, with the aid of a Greek dictionary.

This course is eligible for course credit through the Thomisticum (GR 001 – Beginning Biblical Greek).  Those who complete this course will be issued a Certificate of Completion by the Thomisticum.

For those who are unable to physically be present, but would like to attend the course in real time, via Skype, please contact Andrew in the Faith Formation Office for details.

 

 


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MARY: VIRGIN, MOTHER, AND QUEEN

Instructor:  Mr. Andrew M. Steele, BA, STM/MTh, STL cand.

Status:  Currently active – Final class on Sept. 5th 

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Tuesday / 7:00 – 9:00 PM / Upper Hall

Textbook cost:  FREE

This course looks at the Old and New Testament texts that are relevant to Marian doctrine.  An example of such texts are: God’s promise in Genesis that a woman’s offspring would strike the head of the serpent; the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant as a symbol of Mary; Mary’s fiat;  the wedding at Cana; Mary at the Cross; the woman and the dragon in the Book of Revelation; and many more!

For those who are unable to physically be present, but would like to attend the course in real time, via Skype, please contact Andrew in the Faith Formation Office for details.

 

 


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 THE BIBLE TIMELINE

Facilitator:  Mr. Andrew M. Steele, BA, STM/MTh, STL cand.

Status: Will begin Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Wednesday / 6:00 – 7:30 PM / Lower Hall

Textbook cost:  $34.95 for Participant Study Set

This is the foundational study in The Great Adventure Bible Study Series that has helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics learn to read the Bible.  The Bible Timeline is a fascinating study that takes participants on a journey through the entire Bible. They will go deep into each period of salvation history and discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. Using a unique color-coded system, they will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and see how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith. The Bible Timeline has been granted the Imprimatur.

Central to The Great Adventure is The Bible Timeline Chart: a simple, color-coded timeline of Bible history. It divides the entire timeline into 12 color-coded periods and then focuses on 14 books that tell the story in chronological order.  Key people and events that advance the story are highlighted so that the newcomer isn’t overwhelmed with too much at once. The Bible Timeline Chart and Bookmark show at a glance where every book of the Bible fits into the overall narrative context.

To REGISTER for this course, please email or phone in (1) your NAME and (2) your EMAIL ADDRESS to Andrew Steele in the Parish Office now (faithformation@protocathedral.org | 360-693-3052).

 

 


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KNOWLEDGE IN GOD

Instructor:  Mr. Andrew M. Steele, BA, STM/MTh, STL cand.

Status:  Currently on Summer BreakResumes on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Wednesday / 7:30 – 9:00 PM / Upper Hall

Textbook cost:  $24.60 (N.B., this textbook will last for many future Summa courses)

This course, being the second in a series of 60 courses on the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a study of questions 14 through 18 of the Summa.

This course is eligible for course credit through the Thomisticum (ST 103 – On Knowing and Naming God).  Those who complete this course will be issued a Certificate of Completion by the Thomisticum.

For those who are unable to physically be present, but would like to attend the course in real time, via Skype, please contact Andrew in the Faith Formation Office for details.


 

Image result for why catholic?WHY CATHOLIC?

Instructor:  Mr. Miguel Gahan | Mr. Paul Sicurezza

Status:  Currently inactive

Course Dates/Times/Place:  TBA

This course is primarily a venue whereby those who are open to the possibility of becoming a Catholic, come together to learn various topics of Catholic doctrine, while also having enough time to ask a plethora of questions about other topics students wish to have answered about the Church. 

This course serves as a precursor to one’s journey in formally studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church, within a systematic presentation, over the course of several months.   

For those who are unable to physically be present, but would like to attend the course in real time, via Skype, please contact Andrew in the Faith Formation Office for details.


 

catechism-of-the-catholic-church-pdf-downloadBECOMING CATHOLIC / SACRED DOCTRINE

Instructor:  Mr. Andrew M. Steele, BA, STM/MTh, STL cand.

Status:  This course will begin Monday, September 11, 2017

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Monday / 7:00 – 9:00 PM / Upper Hall

While it remains predominantly the classes for the R.C.I.A., given that it encompasses a detailed and expansive study of all that belongs to the deposit of faith, EVERY Catholic (or non-Catholic) will greatly benefit from this course.  This is a course where even late sign-ups are more than welcome.

Regardless of how many years one may have received catechesis during their elementary and secondary schooling years, extremely few Catholics have actually read through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church.  This is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge of the Faith, and to have a greater appreciation for the profundity and richness the Catechism offers us.

For those who are unable to physically be present, but would like to attend the course in real time, via Skype, please contact Andrew in the Faith Formation Office for details.

 


 THE ST. JAMES FAITH & FICTION READING GROUP

Facilitator:  Ms. Melody Jennings

Status:  Currently on Summer Break (Will resume Wednesday, September 20, 2017)

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Wednesday / 6:00pm – 7:30pm / Upper Room

Book cost:  This varies, but remains very minimal. 

This group reads great works of fiction and non-fiction from the treasury of literature which help us come to know the truths of the Catholic faith, in one way or another. 

 


 MARRIAGE & FAMILY INSTITUTE

Facilitator:  Mrs. Melissa Steele

Status:  Will begin Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every FIRST Wednesday / 8:00pm – 9:15pm / Lower Hal

The purpose of the Marriage & Family Institute is to radiate the beauty and mystery of Christian marriage to all of God’s people, but especially and primarily to our parishioners who are currently married, and secondarily, to those who are engaged or still discerning marriage.  Through our catechetical sources and methods, we wish to bring to the forefront of our participants’ minds, the reality of what Christian marriage is (in contrast with natural marriage), and what kind of sign a man and woman become, within the Sacrament of Marriage; for “by celebrating it [i.e., Christian marriage], Christian spouses profess their gratitude to God for the sublime gift bestowed on them of being able to live in their married and family lives the very love of God for people and that of the Lord Jesus for the Church, His bride.” (St. Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris Consortio #56).

Additionally, those couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony at The Proto-Cathedral are required to attend these monthly sessions, as part of their marriage preparation process.


 

33-days-to-morning-glory-version-233 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY

Facilitators:  Mr. Jim Huesgen and Mr. Andrew Steele

Status:  Currently inactive, but will start up again in the Fall. 

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Monday for 6 weeks (TBA) / 7:00 – 8:30 PM / Upper Room

Textbook cost:  No cost, but free-will donations are welcome.

From Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of the popular book “Consoling the Heart of Jesus,” comes an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II.  Father Michael masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp, and simple enough to put into practice.  More specifically, he weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people.  So, if you’ve been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you’re simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, “33 Days to Morning Glory” is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.