Advent and Liturgical Year November 28 2017

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HAPPY NEW (LITURGICAL) YEAR!  We have entered into the beautiful Season of Advent when the church waits, longs, and prepares for the celebration of our God’s Incarnation, an event that changed the history of the world. Tonight, we talked about the liturgical year and how it does not follow the regular calendar. While everyone has begun Christmas shopping, decorating and consuming, the Church invites us into the quiet and hushed time of peaceful anticipation during Advent, the first season of our new year.

Unfortunately, the recording of the session this year did not turn out. We invite you to listen to last year’s podcast. Same content, different dates. Enjoy!


The Season of Advent  (Power Point Presentation)

Advent in Two Minutes  (Short Video)

Fr. Robert Barron on the Advent Revolution (Short Video)

Church History – Parts I and II – November 7 and 14, 2017

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shutterstock_146197067The past two weeks have been consumed with two thousand years of Church History. That seems like an impossible task. So much to cover in so little time! Using a story-telling style, PowerPoint, and humor, we skipped together through the centuries and hopefully created a yearning for more information, something everyone can do on their own. In our effort to reach out to a larger community, we invited parishioners to this session of Catholicism 102 and were streaming live on Facebook for anyone who could not be there in person. For those who missed these nights, you can still listen by going to the archives of the parish Facebook page or subscribing to our Seeking Faith Podcast.



Church History Part One

Church History Part Two

Church History Part I

Church History Part II


RCIA: Afterlife, All Saints/All Souls – October 24 2017

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saints-tapestrySpending time pondering what happens after we die is not always easy and yet, it is a necessary step in becoming fully human and fully alive. The Good News of Christianity is that only the body dies, the soul lives on in another realm that is of our own choosing. We talked about heaven, (our ultimate destination) purgatory, the place of purification and, of course, hell.  While we can experience these states of being dimly now as we live on Earth, we must rely on Scripture and on our divine promise that what awaits all who believe is far superior to what we can imagine. We also talked about the Communion of Saints, celebrating All Saints Day on November 1 and praying for the dead as celebrate All Souls Day on November 2. The evening culminated in a beautiful candlelight prayer service out by our grotto and the names of all who have gone before us. Beautiful.

Donna’s Power Point on Afterlife

Podcast (There are two podcasts in one here; the second one is the Afterlife): https://seekingfaith.podbean.com/e/the-key-kerygma-of-jesus-and-the-afterlife/


You Don’t Know Jack … About the Saints

How Does the Catholic Church Declare Someone a Saint?


RCIA Inquiry: Tour of the Church – October 17, 2017

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tour-of-churchpgVisiting a Catholic Church can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, especially when you are not familiar with all of the symbols that are used to enhance the environment. Tonight, we spent time actually touring the church, opening all the closets, naming all of the objects and discussing the lesser known facts about our particular worship space. Moving from station to station, from baptismal fount, to sacristy,  to Marian chapel, to sanctuary and Eucharistic chapel,  everyone was invited to get up close and personal with what should be considered “home.” It was an enlightening evening, to be sure.  ( NOTE: There was no recording tonight.)

The Key Kerygma of Jesus – October 10, 2017

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It was another beautiful, moonlit night in Dana Point as we gathered together to learn more about the sacred Scriptures, especially the proclamation of Jesus’ key kerygma in the New  Testament. Jack Robertson spoke to the group in detail about what the New Testament has revealed and the challenge of learning how to follow Christ’s teachings at this point in history. After some thoughtful discussion, we prayed over the many images of Jesus shown in a montage with music.


PowerPoint Presentation:

Podcast (There are two podcasts in one here! The first one is on the Key Kerygma): https://seekingfaith.podbean.com/e/the-key-kerygma-of-jesus-and-the-afterlife/

Overview of the Bible – October 3, 2017

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Despite what many think and say, central to the Catholic faith is an intimate connection to the bible. In reality, we immerse ourselves in it every single day through the Mass and personal devotion. Bible study is a key staple for every Catholic today.  This evening’s session was spent discussing the Sacred Scriptures in a general sense as the inspired Word of God. Fr. Brendan Manson, our pastor, gave his professional and personal insights as he discussed the history of how the scriptures were formed and the way Catholics read, study and interpret them.After a brief time for table talk, questions were written and Fr. Brendan skillfully answered them.   (This was also the second session of Catholicism 102 and thus the recording of the live stream on Facebook can be accessed below).

Live Stream on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stedwardchurch/

Seeking Faith Podcast: (You can subscribe to this on iTunes):http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/catholics-really-do-love-the-bible/#


What Catholics Believe – September 26, 2017

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Less than 100 people actually hate what the Catholic Church teaches. Thousands of people hate what they mistakenly believe the Catholic Church teaches.”  – Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Sorting out misconceptions from what Catholics really believe can be an eye-opening experience! From wondering what we think about statues to how we view the Bible, the pope and our rituals, this talk provoked many questions and many answers, both simple and complex. The talk was streamed live on Facebook that night. Here are the recordings:

Podcast: http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/what-catholics-really-believe/#

CATHOLICISM 102 – FACEBOOK    https://www.facebook.com/pg/stedwardchurch/videos/?ref=page_internal#

Donna’s Power Point Presentation:What Catholics Believe



Our Search For God – September 19, 2017

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journeyThe first evening of Inquiry began on a beautiful warm autumn evening in Dana Point. As always, the first session focused on the universal, human need to make sense out of life, our search for God. This search is innate, universal, timeless and dynamic. No matter our age nor the length of the journey, it is important to put on the beginner’s mind when it comes to God. Armed with life’s baggage and clinging to objects of security, we feel restless and full of “holy longing” as we search for signals. After a discussion about the significant moments of darkness and light in our lives, the sharing was deep and personal. May we embrace the weeks ahead knowing that it is really God who is searching for us.

Donna’s PowerPoint Presentation: Our Search for God

Seeking Faith Podcast: