|Elements of Evangelization
The love of neighbor, the reaching out to those who never have known Christ or whose relationship with Jesus has waned, the participation of all, the transformation of people and social structures, the use of new media to share faith—these are elements of our call to the New Evangelization.
— from Catholic Update Guide to the New Evangelization
Lighthouse Catholic Media
Lighthouse Catholic Media
A variety of titles are available on CD format in our two Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosks in the Gathering Space. Be watching for new titles in late April that will include Marian topics. The CD's cost $3.00 each. When you are finished listening, whether in the car or in your home, please share with a friend, neighbor or family member...or you can donate your used Lighthouse Catholic Media CD's to St. Max's library--one way to share the Good News!
Upcoming Adult Faith Formation Opportunities at St. Max
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Conference Room. Please join us for A Quick Journey Through the Bible, part of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study system, facilitated by Chris Smith. This parish-based study provides an excellent introduction and overview of the Bible from a Catholic perspective.
"Presented by Jeff Cavins, the Quick Journey study briefly covers salvation history in a series of eight, half-hour talks that are complemented by group discussion questions, useful maps and charts, and brief assignments for home study. This study makes the complexity of the Bible simple through an easy-to-follow narrative approach and an ingenious color-coded Bible timeline. This is a great way to "get your feet wet" and learn how to begin authentic Catholic Bible study."
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Conference Room. Please join us for Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God, facilitated by Kevin Fox.
The Mother of Jesus is mentioned only about a dozen times in the New Testament. So why is Mary so important to Catholic faith and devotion? Mary is a key gateway into salvation history. The Bible portrays Mary as the all-holy one who gave the Word flesh, the Mother of God, and the spiritual mother of all who live by faith in her Son. We begin by learning how to read the Old Testament the way Jesus taught the Apostles to read it - as containing “types” that foreshadow and prepare His coming in the New Testament. Ranging widely through the Old Testament, we’ll explore the essential biblical “types” of Mary. We’ll see how at critical junctures in salvation history, the figure of Mary is foreshadowed and anticipated. We also explore the biblical basis for key Catholic doctrines and dogmas regarding Mary - her Immaculate Conception, perpetual virginity and Assumption into heaven.
Adult Faith Formation Opportunities Around Town
Justice & Peace (Mondays & Thursdays, 2 weeks - April 15, 18, 22, 25, 2013, 6:30pm-9:15pm, Guardian Angels, 6531 Beechmont Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230)
Presenter: Connie Widmer
This course establishes the link between scriptural teaching and action on behalf of justice. The Seven Basic Themes of Catholic Social Teaching are explored as are the papal encyclicals and magisterial teachings on these themes. Application related to human dignity, global solidarity, missionary activity, etc. are presented along with a process for assisting students in justice-related decision-making.
For more information or to register contact Becky Schen (513) 624-3146 or
Resource Material for sale
At Home With the Word 2013 $6.00
At Home With the Word (Spanish) $6.00
At Home With the Word (Large Print) $10.00
Catechism of the Catholic Church (USCCB) $13.00 (reg. $19.95)
US Catechism for Adults (USCCB) $17.00
Compendium of the Catechism (USCCB) $10.00
Catholic Essentials (USCCB) $4.00
Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers (USCCB) $15.00 (reg. 19.95)
Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers (used) (USCCB) $5.00
Catholic Teaching on Life Issues (Center for Learning) $5.00
Hearing God’s Voice by Fr. Mark Berger $14.00
From Wild Man to Wise Man (Fr. Richard Rohr) $12.00
Praying All Ways (Sr. Caroljean Willie) $13.00
Reader’s Journal for the US Catechism (USCCB) $10.00
Mother Teresa (Jean Maalouf) $6.00
Ministry of the Assembly (Caroline Thomas) $4.00
Spirituality@Work (Gregory Pierce) $13.00
Spirituality@Work Workbook (Gregory Pierce)
Women’s Devotional Bible (paperback) $17.00
New American Bible (paperback) $6.00
Women’s Bible (Hardbound) $25.00
When you are a Confirmation Sponsor $3.00
Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton (Liguori)-Redemptorist Pastoral Publ.) $9.00
Advent and Christmas Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton (Liguori-The Center for the Study of C.S.Lewis & Friends) $9.00
Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen (Liguori-Redemptorist Pastoral Publ.) $9.00
God Is In The Manger-Reflections on Advent and Christmas (Dietrich Bonhoeffer-Westminster John Knox Press) $7.00
Rediscover Advent (Matthew Kelly-St. Anthony Messenger Press) $9.00
The Unsheltered Heart-An At-Home Advent Retreat (Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C.-Ave Maria Press) $6.00
Preparing for Christmas (Richard Rohr-St. Anthony Messenger Press) $2.00
Days of Light and Darkness-Prayerful Reflections for Advent (Pamela Smith-23rd Publications) $8.00
A variety of children’s books from $3.00 and up
Please make checks out to St. Max for books. Books can be purchased during office hours.
Why do we have Catechesis for Adults?
“Catechesis for adults, since it deals with persons who are capable of an adherence that is fully responsible, must be considered the chief form of catechesis. All the other forms, which are indeed always necessary, are in some way oriented to it. (General Catechetical Directory, United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, 1997, #20.)
"Disciples young and old are called by name to go into the vineyard. In responding to this call, adults "have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form. "Their formation in faith is essential for the Church to carry out its mandate to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the world. Effective adult formation is necessary to "equip the holy ones for the work of ministry" (Eph 4:12). §38§
The Bishops articulate 3 goals for Adult Faith Formation:
-Invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life.
-Promote and support active membership in the Christian community.
-Call and prepare adults to act as disciples in mission to the world.§68, 70, 72§
The Challenge: Forming persons into mature adult disciples with a living (integrated into all aspects of human life) explicit (rooted in a relationship with Jesus) and fruitful (co-creators of God’s life and love) faith. §45-63§
“Every aspect and event in parish life can be intentionally fashioned as an occasion for adult faith formation.” §112§
† CONCRETE APPROACHES †Sunday Eucharist, daily mass, communal prayer services, diocesan newspapers, Catholicmagazines, seasonal books, monthly calendars, newsletters, mailings, pastoral visits, family prayer, Scripture sharing, home blessings, videos, websites, home-based programs, small faith communities, lectures, panel presentations and discussions, service projects, socials, suppers, ecumenical activities, and materials for personal prayer, about Catholic traditions ,and current events, etc.
I invite you into my life today, and make myself available to you.
Help me to become the-best-version-of-myself,
by seeking your will and by being a living example of your love in the world.
Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change,
so I can carry out the mission you have imagined for my life and experience the joy you desire for me.
Inspire me to live the Catholic faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging.
Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish.
Give our community a hunger for best practices and continuous learning.
Give me courage when I am afraid, hope when I am discouraged, and clarity in times of decision.
Lead your Church to become all you imagined it would be for the people of our times.