Theology/Faith Formation

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES: At its core Christianity is “an encounter with a Person” Jesus Christ. (Pope Francis). These sessions are designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the fundamentals of the Catholic Church and Faith. These include traditional Bible studies, videos and movies.  If you would like to attend, register via the website. If you have any questions, please contact James Gregory, DRE@saintcolumbachurch.org

THEOLOGY SERIES LEADERS: The office of Religious Education is always looking faithful Catholics who would like to share their faith and knowledge with others. If you have the knowledge, desire and feel you are called to this ministry please contact me. We welcome your involvement. There are many ways you can help: Lead a study, become a facilitator, or help with organization and set-up.

Contact Jim via email at DRE@saintcolumbachurch.org or call (570) 784-0801 x4

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Jim Gregory, Director of Religious Education, DRE@saintcolumbachurch.org (570) 784-0801

A Bullet point summary of the last Bible study The Biblical Walk through the Mass are available to everyone.  There are other Faith Education videos ranging between 4 and 15min in length  also updated periodically.

Our Youtube channel is regularly updated with videos to inspire and educate you on your journey of faith! Here is a link to the Catholic Faith Journey videos playlist.

Women’s Faith Sharing is returning for Lent!

Come and join our group of women meeting in fellowship supporting and encouraging each other in our Catholic faith journeys. Women of all ages and life experiences are welcome.  This fellowship enriches us all as we learn and grow together. This Lent we will participate in a six-week retreat called “Lenten Longings” by focusing on the Sunday readings through reflection, discussion and prayer. We will meet on February 14, 21, 28 and March 6, 13, and 20 from 10:00-11:30 am in the Parish Center. We are looking forward to reuniting with previous members and welcoming new members. Please come join us this Lent for further information and to register visit the Theology/Faith Studies page on the Religious Education website or questions please contact Gina Rydzewski at 570-245-0687. 

UPCOMING CLASSES:

1. THEOLOGY STUDY COMING AFTER MASS DURING LENT, 2024 , BEGINNING FEBRUARY 17/18

Consider taking a deep dive study into The Source and Summit of our Faith: the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist this Lent. We will be studying the book by Bishop Barron This Is My Body , supplemented with a Video Series by Dr. Brant Pitre on the Jewish Roots of The Eucharist.  Sessions will be held immediately following the Saturday evening and each of the Sunday morning Masses, in the cafeteria, and will last approximately 1 hour. Books are/will be available for Free at the back of the Church. Perhaps, make this your Lenten fast observance. Give an hour each week to learn about God’s gift of Himself. THERE IS NO OFFICIAL SIGN-UP FOR THIS CLASS, JUST SHOW UP AND BRING YOUR BOOK!

Source and Summit of our Faith : the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (CCC 1324, LG11) The belief in transubstantiation is foundational for the Catholic Faith.  However, relativism and scholasticism have trivialized this amazing gift of God Himself to us.  This belief is not just blind faith as some would have you believe, nor is the Eucharist just a symbol. It is where Heaven meets Earth. (Jn 6:51) We invite you to journey this Lent into the heart of the supernatural mystery of the Eucharist. During 5 weeks this Lent we will study the book This Is My Body by Bishop Robert Barron. Each week we will cover a different topic from both a spiritual and historical perspective. Understanding the Eucharist as it was presented by Christ Himself will leave no doubt that what we receive during Holy Communion is truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the Living Christ!

Schedule:

Saturdays 6pm-7pm / Sundays 9:15am – 10:15am & 11:45am – 12:45pm

 Week I   February 17/18 This Is My Body pgs. 1-26 The meaning of Table Fellowship

  Week II February 24/25 This Is My Body pgs. 26-35 Mass as Table Fellowship

  Week III March 2/3 This Is My Body pgs. 36-51 Meaning of sacrifice in the OT

  Week IV March 9/10 This Is My Body pgs. 52-68   Eucharist as sacrifice/anamnesis

  Week V March 16/17 This Is My Body pgs. 69-109 OT symbolism & John Chapter 6

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