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Adult Faith Formation

St. Irene's Adult Faith Formation includes: Education, Lectures and Seminars to assist adults in a deeper understanding of their Faith, so that they may develop a personal relationship with the Lord.  These activities occur within our Parish, the Archdiocese of Boston and through online resources.

St. Irene Adult Faith Formation Program 2017-2018 

The Adult Faith Formation program at St. Irene’s presents a number of programs throughout the year which we hope you will find fulfilling and informative. Gatherings are scheduled at various times (mornings after the 9 o’clock Mass; Friday evenings) with the aim of reaching many parishioners at times available to them.

We use multiple media—videos from the Boston College School of Theology, articles from the popular and Catholic press, and an on-site presentation by a well-known Catholic theologian.  We give time for and encourage discussion among attendees. Refreshments will be served at each session.

We welcome all, young and old, parishioners and non-parishioners, with the hope that we can learn more about our faith, learn more about how our faith “works” in our busy lives, and learn more about those on the journey with us.

Friday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. – Theology on Tap

The Theology:

When you are reading a magazine (e.g. National Geographic, America, Time), you will often find an article that deals with the topic of “Religion.”  Attendees will choose three topics to discuss based on current religious issues and their impact on our daily lives.  The discussions will be moderated by Fr. Austin Fleming, Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Concord.

The Tap:

Have you been to a wedding reception lately and been served a “signature” drink?  Staff from Colonial Liquors in Concord will show us how to prepare three “signature” drinks and share them with us.  Beer, wine, cold drinks, and cheese and crackers will add to the opportunity to get to know the folks at your round table prior to discussion of the topics chosen.

Monday, December 4 (Advent) – 9:30 a.m. – BC Video “Islam for Catholics 101”

Matthew’s gospel tells of the three Magi who came from the East to worship the new-born King.  As we enter the season of Advent, here is an opportunity to learn about the how the religion “from the East” coincides with and differs from Christianity.

This presentation, a video from the Boston College School of Theology, covers common beliefs and scriptural ties between Islam and Christianity.  Natana J. DeLong-Bas, a visiting assistant professor of the Boston College Theology Department and Islamic Civilization and Societies Program, will address issues of contemporary concern and interfaith dialogue and relations.

A light breakfast will be served.

Monday, February 26, 2018 (Lent) – 9:30 a.m. – BC Video: “Journey with the Saints of Lent-Part I”

Lent is the perfect season to take a reflective look at our needs and longings.  The presenter of this video from the Boston College School of Theology is Br. Michael O’Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S.  As Brother Mickey shares his paintings and stories, the saints and Gospel stories of Lent come alive, leading to a deeper awareness of God’s presence as we journey together toward Easter.

There will be time for discussion and a light breakfast will be served.

Monday, March 12, 2018 (Lent) – 9:30 a.m. – BC Video:  “Journey with the Saints of Lent-Part II”

This is a continuation of the Boston College School of Theology video featuring Br. Michael O’Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S.  This presentation takes a fresh look at Gospel figures we know and love—as well as contemporary holy women and men.  Come and experience the healing power of beauty, and discover the presence of God in the details of your life.

There will be time for discussion and a light breakfast will be served.

Friday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. – Speaker:  Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz –“An Unfinished Council:  Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism”

The Second Vatican Council has become an indispensable reference point for understanding Roman Catholicism today.  Yet in spite of its impact, Vatican II was in many ways an unfinished council.  The council bishops were able to establish key pillars in the construction of a new vision for the church of our time, but, for various reasons, they were not able to draw those pillars together into a coherent, unified structure.  Dr. Gaillardetz will talk about both the council’s building project itself and the challenges facing the church today if we are to complete the project begun over 50 years ago.

Dr.Richard R. Gaillardetz holds the Joseph Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College.  He has published numerous articles and has authored or edited eleven books.  Dr. Gaillardetz served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America between 2013 and 2014 and has been a delegate on the US Catholic-Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue.  He is a vibrant and engaging speaker.

There will be time for discussion and light refreshments will be served.




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