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AS-01 Angry Scriptures: Is the Old Testament God Vengeful?

Spoiler Alert: The answer is “No,” and Scripture cannot justify today’s vengeful terrorist attacks. Let’s explore different ways to understand disturbing and violent verses of the Old Testament, and the more loving Jesus-inspired way to read it!

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher - AS-01 - Mon., March 6 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Peter Claver Parish Center

AS-03 Six Sundays in the Holy Land

Fr. Steve presents the six Sunday Gospels of Lent in pictures and prayer to bring to life the world of Jesus …and ours today! A great way to begin your Lenten journey using the Word of God that will be proclaimed through the Lenten season.

Fr. Steve Thoma - AS-03 - Thurs., March 2 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Our Lady of the Assumption, Mulcahy Center

AS-05 Spirituality Through the Psalms

Ancient Israel worshiped God through the Psalms. Today, they form the main part of the prayers that all clergy recite several times a day. What is so helpful about them? This presentation will deepen our appreciation for that worship and to reflect on our own prayer today in the modern Church.

Dr. William Shaules - AS-05 - Thurs., March 9 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross Dining Room

AS-07 Seeing Is Believing? Believing Is Seeing?

People often say that they won’t believe something unless they see it for themselves, or have some sort of concrete evidence or proof. Or is it the other way around: that we can’t really see something unless we believe it exists, or at least that it is possible? Learn how the concepts of seeing and believing are related to each other in the three stories from the Gospel of John used during Lent, the so-called “Scrutiny Gospels” (John 4; John 9; John 11).

Fr. Felix Just, S.J. - AS-07 - Tues., March 21 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Peter Claver Parish Center

AS-09 Do Catholics Still Believe in the Resurrection of the Body?

Although we recite it often in our Profession of Faith (the Apostles’ Creed), do Catholics still look forward to the resurrection of the body? If so, what kind of “resurrected body” are we expecting? What will it be like? What’s the difference between the “resurrection of the body,” the “immortality of the soul,” and “eternal life”? This course will look closely at our Christian teachings about resurrection as found in the Bible, the Creeds, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Fr. Felix Just, S.J. - AS-09 - Thurs., March 23 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Hall

AS-11 Why the Catholic Church Honors Mary with Such High Regard

Join David and Maritza for a scriptural, theological and deeply personal understanding of the intimate bond Mary has with the Lord and with each of us. Her role is indispensable, not only in the life of the Church, but in each person’s journey through the sorrows and trials of life. Discover your connection with her.

Shaffer/Tamburro - AS-11 - Wed., March 29 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Hall

AS-13 Dark Passages of the Bible

How can we understand slavery, the killing of people by God or by His orders, and other dark passages of the Bible? These sometimes violent passages can be stumbling blocks for the faithful – and are often used by people to attack the Bible. Learn how to understand dark passages in a faithful and Catholic context.

Chris Knabenshue - AS-13 - Mon., March 6 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Julie Billiart Hall

AS-15 New Testament Miracles: What Can We Learn?

Each of the 39 miracles in the Gospels tells a dramatic story that captured everyone’s attention then. They also reveal clues about the social and historical climate of Jesus’s time. How can we, as followers of Jesus today, learn the Good News from these miracles, and how can our lives be enriched?

Robert Pisapia - AS-15 - Mon., March 20 - 7:30-9:00 pm - San Buenaventura Mission, O’Brien Hall

AS-17 ¡Quiero Leer la Biblia, pero no sé dónde empezar!

Al querer leer la Biblia puede haber frustración al no saber cómo o por dónde empezar o por el temor a interpretarla mal. En este taller aprenderemos como identificar una Biblia católica y como encontrar una cita. Aprenderemos a leerla como una oración y un recorrido de nuestra historia de salvación. Por favor traiga una Biblia.

Rosario Gonzalez - AS-17 - Lunes, el 3 de Abril - 7:30-9:00 pm - San Buenaventura Mission, O’Brien Hall

AS-02 Prophets of the Lord: Ancient Men with Modern Messages

Jesus fulfilled the message of the Prophets, so we often forget their original messages and how they still resonate to our time as well. Who were the Biblical Prophets? What was their role? What were their messages? How do they still speak to us today?

Fr. Bill Nicholas - AS-02 - Mon., March 27 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Peter Claver Parish Center

AS-04 Excavating Jesus: Archaeology's Latest Discoveries

Has the actual tomb of Jesus just been found? Is it really “radioactive?” What archaeological finds do Muslim authorities in Jerusalem want to hide? What has satellite photography revealed? Archaeologists have made astounding discoveries in the last few years. Fr. Dave will provide an overview of the most important ones, and what Archaeology has revealed over the last century of digging.

Fr. Dave Heney - AS-04 - Mon., March 13 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Peter Claver Parish Center

AS-06 Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up!

Who really is Jesus Christ according to the New Testament? Why does Jesus seem so different in each Gospel? How do His portrayals in Matthew (as Teacher and King) and in John (as Word of God, Son of the Father) affect how we can encounter and understand Him today?

Fr. Felix Just, S.J. - AS-06 - Mon., March 20 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Peter Claver Parish Center

AS-08 Why Did Jesus Really Have to Die?

Each of the four Gospels presents the same overall story of the passion and death of Jesus; and yet the Gospels are remarkably different regarding how, when, and WHY Jesus died on the cross. Examine the Passion of Jesus, especially as presented in the Gospel of Matthew (read on this Palm Sunday) and in the Gospel of John (read on every Good Friday). Learn some surprising differences in detail, and consider how these details affect our understanding of the death of Jesus.

Fr. Felix Just, S.J. - AS-08 - Wed., March 22 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Hall

AS-10 The Revelation of John: What Does It Mean for Us?

Do you find Revelation confusing, difficult to understand, or even frightening? Why is it in the Bible? How can Catholics read the Revelation and find joy and hope in it? Find out what you have been missing.

Fr. Bill Lowe - AS-10 - Tues., March 28 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Padre Serra, Serra Center

AS-12 Catholic Scripture: Fundamental Differences

Catholics read the Scriptures very differently from Protestant fundamentalists. Why is that? Learn the differences, and how and why the Scriptures came to be what they are. Let’s examine key teachings of Vatican Council II on Sacred Scripture to answer the question “How do we stay on a meaningful course and out of the biblical weeds?”

Steve Picard - AS-12 - Mon., March 20 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mel Auditorium

AS-14 Will the Real Mary Please Stand Up?

What does the Church really say about Mary of Nazareth? How do Fatima, Lourdes, and Guadalupe fit in? We’ll take a brief look at her in Scripture, Church statements, devotions and feast days, and learn a more complete and authentic picture of Mary, the Mother of Our Lord.

Sr. Gretchen Hailer - AS-14 - Thurs., March 23 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Maximilian Kolbe Hall

AS-16 Jewish Mysticism: Secrets of Kabbalah

Rabbi Lotker, physicist and Rabbi, presents the basics of Jewish mysticism and contrasts Jewish with Christian Spirituality. Re-read some familiar texts from Genesis and Deuteronomy, discover new and inspiring interpretations.

Rabbi Michael Lotker - AS-16 - Thurs., April 6 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Jude the Apostle  Hall