4/5/17- To Fit A Man For His Final End by Sister Maria Catherine Toon

What is the purpose of education in the broad sense within the Catholic Church? What can the faithful learn from Aquinas and Augustine about how mankind learns? How does intellect, will, and passion influence humanity? What are the pillars of virtue within the Catholic faith and how is exercising virtue so important? Find this out and more in Sister’s presentation.

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The Heart of Virtue by Donald DeMarco

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3/29/17- Prayer & Meditation on the Vows of Matrimony by Kim Elsmore

This presentation discusses the sacramentality of matrimony, as a visible sign of God's presence and grace in our lives. It includes the characteristics, intentions, consents, and blessings we can expect from marriage, as well as the responsibilites of the couple as a result of exchanging wedding vows.

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Book Recommendations:

Three To Get Married by Fulton Sheen

Men, Women, and the Mystery Of Love by Edward Sri

3/22/17- The Beloved Son: Jesus of Nazareth as the Fulfillment of a Genesis Motif by Spence McSorley

On the Road to Emmaus, Jesus met two disciples and “he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures” (Luke 24:27). This typological method of reading Sacred Scripture, taught by Jesus himself, shows the many and varied ways in which the Messiah was foretold in the books of Moses and the Prophets. The stories of Abel, Isaac, & Joseph found in the Book of Genesis repeat the motif of a beloved son whose death (or narrow escape from it) and reveal how it was “necessary that the Messiah should suffer [the Passion before entering] …into his glory” (v. 26).

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3/15/17- Social Justice & Peace in the Catholic Church by Ryan Chestine

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief introduction and summary of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) as it relates to Justice and Peace. The four Pillars of CST will be explored and evaluated considering Scripture and Tradition.

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Book Recommendations:

Veritatis Splendor, Pope John Paul II Encyclical

Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II Encyclical

Who Am I To Judge by Edward Sri

Love and Responsibility by Pope John Paul II

Bishop Robert Barron on Capitalism and Catholic Social Teaching

Top 10 Movies About the Saints

Books by Dr. Scott Hahn

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3/8/17- Lent: A Time to Be the Light of Christ by Deacon Roberto Landron

We are called to be the Light of Christ to the World. How do we do this? How can we be people of resurrection? How can we share that Joy? This presentation explores the answers to these questions.

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3/1/17- Redemptive Suffering by Dr. Sue Ellen Nolan

Jesus Christ fully realized Himself when He took the greatest evil and transformed it to the greatest good! He redeemed our sin and death, but He also redeemed our suffering. This presentation looks at Saint Pope John Paul II and his apostolic letter Salvifici Doloris , teaching us that Christ's Gospel of Suffering was an example for our suffering- showing us that suffering unleashes Love!

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Book Recommendations:

Salvifici Doloris- On the Christian Meaning of Suffering, JP II’s Apostolic Letter

Dives in Misericordia- Rich in Mercy, JP II’s Encyclical

Endow Women’s Study on Suffering

Arise from Darkness by Fr. Benedict Groschel

When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding by Jeff Cavins

2/22/17- One Flesh In Christ: Eucharistic Insights From John Paul II’s Theology of the Body by Spence McSorley

Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB) is described by George Weigel as a “theological time bomb set to go off with dramatic consequences… [in] the Church’s preaching and education, [that] will compel a dramatic development of thinking about virtually every major theme in the creed”. The catechetical talks from which this TOB originated were given to promote the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony as a means to holiness and defend Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae. John Paul’s reflections, though, are nothing short of a Christian anthropology shedding light on every aspect of the meaning of life. Taking the biblical theme of Christ the Bridegroom, this presentation looks at the Eucharistic worship of the Church through the lens of our late great Holy Father’s teachings.

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Book Recommendations:

Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by John Paul II

Naked Without Shame: A Crash Course in the Theology of the Body Study Guide by Christopher West

Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Brant Pitre

A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn

Henri de Lubac and the Roots of Communion Ecclesiology by Dennis M. Doyle

The Nuptial Mystery of Life in Christ as Revealed in Scripture and Liturgy by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

2/15/17- Doctrine of Mary by Deacon Bob Gaitens

This talk is centered on why the Blessed Mother is the greatest disciple. In addition, the talk will explore the Four Marian Dogmas: divine motherhood, perpetual virginity, Immaculate Conception, and the Assumption.

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Book Recommendations:

An Introduction to Mary: The Heart of Marian Devotion by Mark Miravalle

Madonna: Mary in the Catholic Tradition by Frederic M. Jelly, O.P.

Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn

2/8/17- St. John the Cross: Our Need for God by Fr. Eric Scanlan

St. John of the Cross is considered one of the Catholic Church’s greatest teachers on prayer and the spiritual life. His poetry and spiritual writings reveal the beauty and power of a wondrous God, a God who longs to meet us in our deepest need. This talk discusses some of his influential works of spirituality, their continuing relevance for today, and how we can learn from John to grow in our relationship with Christ.

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2/1/17- Morality: Part 3 of CCC by Dr. David Glasow

This presentation provides a general overview of the Church’s understanding of morality as expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part Three.

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Book Recommendations:

Veritatis Splendor by John Paul II

The Gospel Life: Evangelium Vitae by John Paul II

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition

Morality: The Catholic View by Servais Pinckaers, O.P.

The Sources of Christian Ethics, 3rd Edition by Servais Pinckaers, O.P.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Caridnal Joseph Ratzinger and Caridnal Christopher Schonborn

12/14/16- Proving The Existence Of God by George Smith

Now more than ever there is a relentless attack on the fundamental belief in the existence of God. This talk aims to offer some of the contemporary “proofs” for God’s existence from both Science and Philosophy.

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12/7/16- Why is Jesus the Messiah? by Dr. Mark Ginter

During this liturgical year, the Church draws especially on the Gospel of St. Matthew on Sundays. It is called “Year A” in a yearly cycle of A, B, and C. In St. Matthew’s account, the title of Jesus as “the Christ, the Messiah” is especially essential to the Gospel message. In a stimulating biblical discovery, find out why is Jesus the Messiah.

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11/30/16- The Eucharist: Sign Of The Father's Uncommon Mercy by Dr. Mark Ginter

In this presentation Dr. Ginter speaks about The Eucharist: Sign of the Father's Uncommon Mercy in three movements. The first movement takes us into a deeper study of two petitions of the very common prayer, The Our Father. The second movement takes us back to a specific part of the Exodus event to help us tie together some very important ideas about those two petitions in the Our Father. The third and final movement is a true story about a human father's uncommon mercy as an example of the first two movements. Please have your Bibles at the ready, so that you can read along with the Scripture passages used in this teaching.

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Book Recommendation:

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper by Dr. Brant Pitre

11/16/16- Theology of Marriage by Kim Elsmore

This presentation explores some thoughts on what the Catechism states about Marriage and Family Life, along with incorporating other Church documents. The presentation explains and discusses a few of the many challenges Marriage and Families face in society today and ways to overcome obstacles and challenges to live according to God’s plan.

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Book Recommendation:

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

11/9/16- Answering Common Objections To Our Catholic Faith Through the Bible by Deacon Bob Gaitens

This talk references the common objections to the Roman Catholic Faith, and understanding why and where in the Bible the Church has come to understand the truths of its doctrines. This is all being presented thru the eyes of the Gospel of John, where God is Love.

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11/2/16- Work and Leisure: Why the Sundays Could Change Your Life by Sr. Maria Catherine Toon

Work is a good thing for is ‘for man’ and not man ‘for work’” – JPII. The Church has a powerful answer to the relationship between work and rest. Have you ever wondered why the Church requires Mass on Sunday and what the role of work is in our lives as Christians? Join us as we explore the Church’s robust answer to the modern world’s obsession with overwork.

Book Recommendations:

The Christian Social Order by Fr. Brian Mullady

Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

Dies Domini: On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy by Pope John Paul II

On Human Work: Laborem Exercens by Pope John Paul II

10/26/16- How To Live a Life Of Prayer by Deacon Roberto Landron

We should live our lives firm in our faith and always prepared to serve our creator with all our hearts. Focus on living TODAY. This talk will give you the tools necessary live a life focused on Christ through prayer.

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Book Recommendation:

Live Today Well by Fr. Thomas Dailey

10/19/16- The Sunday Gospel of Luke by Bishop Frank Dewane

This presentation takes a close look at Luke 18:9-14 in the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, analyzing the two men praying in the temple, the approach each man takes, and the results of their prayer. The presentation also encourages us to examine our own prayer life and explore ways in which we can deepen our efforts.

4/6/16- Defending the Catholic Faith: The Who, What, Where and Why of It by Dr. Sue Ellen Nolan

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03/30/16- Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non—Christian Religions by Deacon Pat McCauley

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03/16/16- The Blessed Virgin Mary- A Woman For All Seasons by Fr. Dennis Cooney

Book Recommendations:

Meet Your Mother by Dr. Mark Miravalle

Introduction to Mary by Dr. Mark Miravalle

Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Dr. Scott Hahn

Behold Your Mother- A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marion Doctirnes by Tim Staples

03/09/16- Servant Leadership: Call to Discipleship by Deacon Roberto Landron

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03/02/16- The Social Doctrine of the Church: General Themes and the Priorities of Life Issues by Time Shipe

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Book Recommendations:

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church by Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life by Charles J. Chaput

Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk about Our Culture's Toughest Issue by Trent Horn

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan T. Anderson

God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith by Cardinal Robert Sarah

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si) by Pope Francis

Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by The Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind by Bernard Nathanson

02/24/16- Understanding Genesis 1: The Creation of the World by Eric Sammons

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02/17/16- The Fathers of the Church and the Unity of Testaments by Fr. Matthew Grady

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02/10/16- Compelled by a Transfigured Life: The Complementarity of the Vocations by Sr. Maria catherine Toon


02/03/16- War and Religion: Have More Wars and Bloodshed Been Done in the Name of Religion Than Anything Else? by George Smith

Book Recommendation:

The Savior of Science by Stanley L. Jaki

01/20/16- Incorporating the Scripture In Everyday Life by Dr. Elizabeth Johnston

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01/13/16- Reflections on Laudo Si, Pope Francis' Evangelical on the Environment by Fr. Nick McLoughlin


11/18/15- Preparing for Advent by Eric Sammons


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11/11/15- The Stone Tablets by Fr. Jim Simko

11/04/15- Conscious Formation, Sin, and Reconciliation by Fr. George Ratzman

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10/28/15- Who You Are Is How You Pray by Fr. Leo Smith

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10/21/15- The Mission of the Church in the Acts of the Apostles by Fr. Casey Jones

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10/14/15- Friendship with Christ: The Life and Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila by Fr. Eric Scanlan

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10/07/15- Reflections on Pope Francis' U.S. Visit by Bishop Frank Dewane

2/11/15- Lent- Prayer and Fasting by Eric Sammons

2/04/15- The Seven Deadly Sins: A Cautionary Tale by Matt Nowicki

1/28/15- Dangers of Mixing East and West Spiritualties by George Smith

1/21/15- Discernment—How Can We Know God’s Will? by Rose Talbot-Babey

Discernment is the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. It is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth, to obtain spiritual direction and understanding to help us make smart judgments. In this presentation, Rose Talbot-Babey will explore the questions of, “How can we know the will of God?” and “What does God want of us?” She will offer 5 general principals of discernment of God’s will and present steps to test the spirit.

1/14/15- Spiritual Warfare: The Battle for our Souls by Fr. Casey Jones

In this powerful presentation, Fr. Casey Jones discusses the spiritual warfare waged daily by the devil and his assistants, whose existence is real and not just figurative. Fr. Casey emphasizes the Church teachings on Satan and arms us with practical suggestions on how to prepare to engage ourselves in our ultimate fight against the powers of darkness and combat Satan’s entire purpose of taking us away from God.

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1/07/15- The Final Things: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory by Fr. Dennis Cooney

Fr. Dennis Cooney addresses a topic of universal interest, regardless of religious affiliation or lack-there-of. Despite our secular culture, most are naturally and spontaneously interested in knowing, “What happens after we die?” Fr. Cooney explores our Catholic beliefs in the final things: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, in light of Christ and what he has revealed to us.

12/17/14- Incarnation: God with Us by Fr. Severyn Kovalyshin

“Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.” - Saint Augustine of Hippo Sermo185: PL 38, 997-999

Fr. Severyn Kovalyshin explores in this presentation the relationship between man and God and the meaning of Incarnation as the Word Was Made Flesh.

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12/10/14- Don’t Be the Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Eric Sammons

What can we do to combat materialism and keep our focus on Christ during this Advent season? In this presentation, Eric Sammons reminds us Advent is a penitential season and a time of preparation for the birth of our Lord and Savior. He offers practical considerations to help us to avoid getting caught up in consumerism, and to double our efforts to keep Christ in Christmas.

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11/19/14- Our Advent Journey: Birthing Christ Anew by Dr. Kathy Kleinlein

Come join Dr. Kathy Kleinlein on a journey towards Christmas and celebrate our redemption in Christ and the transformation of all creation by the presence of the divine in our midst. Explore the changes in Liturgy (the sights, sounds and smells) that take place during the Advent season and be filled with hope, peace, joy, love.

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11/12/14- Liturgical New Year: Gospel of Mark, Part 2 by Matthew Caes

Continuing our preparation for the new Liturgical Year, we will look more closely at select passages of the Gospel of Mark. These will include subtle allusions to the Eucharist, a passage where unbelievers say Jesus got it wrong (but He didn’t), and the question of where the Gospel actually ends. Recommendations to help guide your prayerful reading of the Gospel will also be provided.

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11/05/14- Liturgical New Year: Gospel of Mark, Part 1 by Matthew Caes

The new Liturgical Year will soon begin, and the Gospel of Mark will be proclaimed at Mass. To help get the most out of this weekly encounter with the Word of God, Matthew Caes will look at the “big picture” questions: Who wrote Mark? (The answer may surprise you!) When was it written? For whom was it written? Is there an overall structure to the Gospel? Characteristic themes and vocabulary to listen for at Mass will also be highlighted.

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10/29/14- Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel by Fr. Nick Mcloughlin

In his encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium, (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis invites us to “recover the original freshness of the Gospel”, finding “new avenues” and “new paths of creativity”, without enclosing Jesus in our “dull categories”. The Pope hopes for a “pastoral and missionary conversion, which cannot leave things as they presently are” and a “renewal” of ecclesiastical structures to enable them to become “more mission-oriented”. Fr. McLoughlin will focus on the main points of this encyclical and explain how they apply to us today, as Catholics in the Diocese of Venice.

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10/22/14- Contemplative Prayer in a Busy World by Fr. Murchadh O’Madagain

We live in a busy, tiring world which can be very draining. But our greatest source of daily renewal is God himself. In this talk Fr. O'Madagain describes the need and means to resting in God through what has become known as Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is a very ancient way of being silent in God's presence, helping us to listen and be renewed by God each day.

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10/15/14- Eucharist– Source and Summit by Fr. Casey Jones

In an age where it has been reported that as many as sixty percent of Catholics no longer believe in the real presence of the Eucharist and many of our youth are being drawn to evangelical faith communities, Fr. Casey Jones offers a presentation presenting the Church's teaching on the Eucharist. Be prepared to find out exactly what we believe about the Eucharist, more importantly why we believe as we do using scripture, history, the writings of the Church fathers, and simple logic. This presentation has the goal of giving you the resources to explain and defend the "Source and Summit" of our faith to young people today.

10/08/14- The History of the Mass by Fr. George Ratzmann

From the earliest description of the Eucharistic celebration in St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians to the most recent changes in the Roman Missal, the mass has remained the source and summit of Catholic worship. In this presentation, Fr. George will deepen our understanding of how the mass developed over the centuries from house Masses around kitchen tables to Masses at church altars; from Mass in Aramaic , to Greek, to Latin and now to the many languages of the world. We will also explore what attendance at Mass means for us today as Roman Catholics.

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10/01/14- Reflection on the Gospel of matthew by Bishop Frank Dewane

In the Gospel readings for September 28 and October 5th, Matthew warns the Jewish leaders in parables that while they have attested their allegiance to God's will, they have failed to repent, convert and believe. Their actions do not match their rhetoric. These parables are intended not to comfort the afflicted, but to afflict the comfortable. Jesus' warning resonates with us today. Are we comfortable with the words of our faith, but fail to practice our beliefs once we leave Sunday Mass?

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