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SP-01 Can You Hear Me Now?

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, distracted? We all face many demands and challenges, but God speaks directly to our hearts in the midst of the noise and confusion. Fr. Steve will discuss practical ways you can turn off the noise, hear God’s voice in the Bible, and discover his will for your life.

Fr. Steve Davoren - SP-01 - Thurs., February 15 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Baylon Parish Hall

SP-03 Devotions: The Spice of Spiritual Life

What are “devotions” and why do we need them? After all, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life,” But like our everyday need for physical food; for it to be most effective and nourishing, it needs “extra supplements and exercise.” Devotions deepen our knowledge, love and service for the “Word Made Flesh.” Learn how to add these supplements and exercise to spice up your life!

Fr. Adrian San Juan - SP-03 - Mon., February 26 - 7:30-9:00 p.m. - St. Peter Claver West Hall

SP-05 Press Conference Theology: Question and Answer Night with Fr. Patrick

What do you want to know about our faith? The Bible? Fr. Patrick, a noted Scripture professor and pastor, will respond to all your questions, written anonymously at the beginning of the evening, to help you come to a deeper understanding of the beautiful faith we share as Catholics.

Fr. Patrick Mullen - SP-05 - Tue., February 27 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Padre Serra, Serra Center

SP-07 Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?

Sometimes we pray constantly, and yet God doesn’t answer our prayers. Are we praying wrong? Let’s look at different kinds of prayers in the Bible, and how Jesus talked about prayer. Learn about the Biblical foundation of prayer. Strengthen your own prayer experience.

Fr. Gregorio Hidalgo - SP-07 - Wed., February 28 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross, Rooms 21 & 22

SP-09 Finding God ...in Sickness? Are You Serious?

A sudden diagnosis of life-threatening sickness can bring disaster to our life or to a loved one. What happens to our faith when we experience disorder, sickness, and crisis? How should we respond? Can we find a new pathway to God’s love and joy? Fr. Love will offer new insights from the latest theological experts.

Fr. John Love - SP-09 - Mon., February 19 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Sacred Heart Church

SP-11 Jesus and People in Trouble: Am I the Woman at the Well?

So many Gospel stories connect Jesus with people in desperate need. Just the stories we need to hear! Deacon Gary reflects on stories from the Gospel of John: The Woman at the Well, The Man born blind, The Raising of Lazarus, and more. Where can we find ourselves in these stories?

Dcn. Gary Mallaley - SP-11 - Mon., March 05 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross Rooms 21 & 22

SP-12 Our Core Catholic Value: Where Has It Gone?

Where is the depth of our faith, the religion we once grasped proudly perhaps years ago? When the core value of religion is no longer a priority, many positive aspects of our life erode. How can we change this? Fr. Thai describes the plan that God has always wanted for us and highlights resources to help us to rediscover our true identity, and source of true and lasting happiness.

Fr. Thai Le - Wed., March 07 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Baylon Parish Hall

SP-14 Spiritual DNA: The Fabric of Our Lives

What if you could discover the story in your spiritual DNA? Could you explore God’s imprint woven into the fabric of your life? Is each spirituality unique, or does one size fit everyone? Learn a new perspective, a new way to understand spirituality.

Sr. Carol Quinlivan - SP-14 - Mon., March 19 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Julie Billiart Hall

SP-16 Praying with Three “Ts”: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, and Teresa of Calcutta

These three great women changed our understanding of spiritual life, prayer, and renewal of the Church’s mission in their own time and in the Church today. Their spiritual journeys show us discernment, perseverance in adversity, and discipleship. Learn how they lived, what they experienced, and how they continue to be spiritual avenues of God’s grace for us.

Fr. Leon Hutton - SP-16 - Thurs., March 22 - 7:30-9:00 pm - San Buenaventura Mission, O’Brien Hall

SP-18 God With Us? Then Why Evil and Suffering?

Everywhere one turns, it seems evil has the upper hand, and suffering is swallowing up the good: ISIS, natural disasters, suicide bombers, and crazed gunmen. There is a natural temptation to give up, hide, and stay in our fear. Is it all senseless and incomprehensible? Through Sacred Scripture and the examples of the saints, we can understand how our All-Powerful and All-Good God calls us to join Him in this struggle for the Good.

Dr. Ross Porter - SP-18 - Tues., March 06 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Peter Claver West Hall

SP-20 Can We Prove the Existence of God?

Atheists demand an answer and sincere Catholics sometimes do as well. Wouldn’t you like to know? In “The Soul’s Upward Yearning,” Fr. Robert Spitzer asks: how do we know we are transcendent beings and does ultimate transcendence really exist? In ordinary terms, is there proof of God and a soul that survives death? We will explore the origins of our spiritual nature, conscience and life beyond. Learn to apply both faith and reason.

Jim Bullock - SP-20 - Mon., March 12 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Peter Claver West Hall

SP-22 Living with Hope in Difficult Times

Does it seem like the world is a mess? Does it seem like family life is breaking down? How can we cope with difficulties in our families, communities, and daily lives? Sister Edith has a way forward. Learn to journey in hope and courage, to deepen our everyday discipleship, and to reach out to others in need.

Sr. Edith Prendergast - SP-22 - Thurs., March 01 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross Dining Room

SP-24 ¿Por qué Dios no responde mis oraciones?

¿Por qué oramos? A veces oramos constantemente, y sin embargo, Dios no responde a nuestras oraciones. ¿Estamos orando mal? Vamos a hablar de diferentes tipos de oraciones y cómo Jesús hablaba de sí mismo la oración. La comparación de los ejemplos del Antiguo Testamento con los de las parábolas en el Nuevo Testamento, podemos aprender sobre el fundamento bíblico de la oración para fortalecer nuestra propia experiencia de oración.

Padre Gregorio Hidalgo - SP-24 - Mon., February 19 - 7:30-9:00 p.m. - St. Rose of Lima Church

SP-02 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Building Resilience

We know that life can be tough, and without resilience you will succumb to pressure, lose your cool or fall into despair. But with resilience you will enjoy success, pleasure and joy in life. Some people are almost naturally resilient, but research has found that you can grow your resilience. This class focuses on what God and research say about resilience.

Joe Sikorra - SP-02 - Fri., February 23 - 12:15-1:45 pm - St. Julie Billiart Hall

SP-04 Lunchtime Food for Thought: The Labyrinth, a Walking Meditation

The labyrinth, a geometric path at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish, can offer prayerful insights into our own spiritual journey toward happiness and peace with Our Lord. After discussing the history, geometry and sacred aspects of the journey, participants will walk the labyrinth as a contemplative prayer aid.

Maggie Perrone - SP-04 - Fri., March 02 - 12:15-1:45 pm - St. Maximilian Kolbe Hall

SP-06 Quiet! Is the Contemplative Life for Me?

How can we live in today’s culture of anger and power struggles? How do we keep our focus on God and not become distracted by the reality of daily life? A contemplative life is about being in communion with God, living a virtuous, moral life, and the welfare of others. Come, reflect, learn through photographic images, gain insights to help grow in Christ, our families, and parish life.

Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz - SP-06 - Mon., March 19 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Sacred Heart Church

SP-08 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Fellowship and Faith through Creative Writing

Learn how one parish uses stories, poems, and essays to share their faith and spiritual strength with one another. This is not a journaling class, but a parish ministry developed for members to give strength to one another.

Linda Lowe/Panel - SP-08 - Fri., March 09 - 12:15-1:45 pm - Padre Serra, Serra Center

SP-10 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Mary, “Our Mother of Perpetual Help”

A good mother always knows where her child is ...so Mary knows her son Jesus like no one else. Join us as we search for the many ways Mary’s titles such as “Mother of Perpetual Help”, “Our Lady of Sorrows”, and “Cause of Our Joy” speak to us in our everyday struggles. Come to realize the intercessory power of the “Queen of All Saints” as Kerri helps us look at the Blessed Mother Mary’s role in your spiritual life.

Kerri Caviezel - SP-10 - Fri., March 09 - 12:15-1:45 pm - St. Mary Magdalen Hall

SP-13 The Serenity Prayer: A Way of Life

There are people, situations, and events we don’t like and cannot change. How can we accept what we don’t like? Learn how to live life in acceptance rather than expectation. Learn how to change what you can, accept things you cannot change, let go, and move on.

Bennett Annan - SP-13 - Tue., March 06 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross, Rooms 21 & 22

SP-15 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Praying the Scriptural Rosary

Imaging prayer can set the scene for a Scriptural Rosary experience. Learn how to pray the rosary in this manner. Bring the mysteries alive.

Gail Ireland - SP-15 - Fri., March 02 - 12:15-1:45 pm - St. Mary Magdalen Hall

SP-17 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Finding Joy

Bad news seems everywhere: wars, health problems, difficult relationships, political polarization, work and family stress. But there are simple things you can do to find joy. The Apostle Paul found the secret to being content no matter his circumstances - and so can you! This class focuses on what science and God say about finding joy.

Joe Sikorra - SP-17 - Fri., March 23 - 12:15-1:45 p.m. - St. Paschal Baylon Parish Hall

SP-19 Spiritual Direction 101

Would you like a wise companion to advise you in your life? Do you want more spirituality in your daily life? Just what is Spiritual Direction, and why have a Spiritual Director? Come and find out what Spiritual Direction is, why it is an important component of self-care, and how it may help you on your journey of drawing closer to God.

Anne Pettit - SP-19 - Mon., February 26 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Julie Billiart Hall

SP-21 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 Mary 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 - SP-21 - Mon., March 19 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mel Auditorium

SP-23 La Cuaresma: Camino a la Pascua

En esta reflexión descubriremos la invitación, a Vivir con más fervor, el camino de la Cuaresma a través de los pilares de la Cuaresma:Oración, Ayuno-Abstinencia y el Dar. Que nos lleve a dar el gran paso: La Pascua.

Ramona Meza - SP-23 - Thurs., March 01 - 7:30-9:00 p.m. - St. Paschal Baylon Parish Hall

SP-25 “Los Personajes de la Crucifixión”

Esta sesión incorpora la actuación y la oración. Inspirados por las meditaciones del Padre Miguel Carmona se presentan las actitudes humanas que descubrimos en la pasión de Cristo. ¿Con cuál de los personajes de la Pasión me identifico? ¿Qué papel represento en vida y cuál me gustaría desarrollar? ¿Vivimos la Semana Santa como meros espectadores o profundizamos en el misterio que encierra?

Los Trovadores de OLA - SP-25 - Wed., March 21 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Our Lady of the Assumption Church