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 Active

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday  / 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.  Mondays through Wednesdays will focus on the main texts and grammar at hand, while Thursdays will be time for in-class exercises to help solidify the grammar and vocabulary learned the previous three days.

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.


THE HISTORY OF SACRED MUSIC 101: A Journey Through the Spirituality and Politics of the Church’s Greatest Treasure

Facilitator:  Scott Powell

Status:  Currently Active

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Tuesday / 7:00 PM / Upper Hall (April 25 – May 30)

Join us for a trip through the exciting saga of Sacred Music during the past 500 years of the Church.  Pastoral Assistant for Music and Liturgy, Scott Powell, will lead this journey following the BBC DVD Series Sacred Music – Fascinating Stories, Beautiful Architecture, and Some of the Greatest Music Ever Written

Participants will discover what political, technological, and theological aspects lead to the great treasury of liturgical music the Church possesses today. 

No prior knowledge of music or singing ability is required!

Potential participants are to sign-up for this course by contacting the Music & Liturgy Office.  

 

 


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KNOWLEDGE IN GOD

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

Status:  Currently Active 

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Wednesday / 7:00 – 8:30 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.

 

 


catechism-of-the-catholic-church-pdf-downloadSACRED DOCTRINE

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

Status:  Currently active

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every Thursday / 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 active 

Course Dates/Times/Place:  Every 1st Monday of every month / 7:00pm – 8:30pm / 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. 

 


 

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.