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Living Your Faith

maryFaith is a journey that starts with God's call to each one of us. We experience God in the every day activities of our lives as we live out our Baptismal call to be priest, prophet and king (Catechism of the Catholic Church{CCC}, paragraphs 783-786).

The primary source of learning about our faith is the Mass, the Source and Summit of Catholic Christian Life. Our faith is nurtured and grows in the community of believers (CCC, p. 1253).

During the Year of Faith, Liturgy and Faith Formation Ministries collaborated to bring you teaching about the Mass. Four articles were printed in the bulletin and focused on in the homilies by our priests celebrating Mass. Copies of these articles can be found below. Also included is an article which provides the scriptural basis for the prayers in the Mass, reminding us that the observation that Catholics do not use the bible or scripture is unfounded. Source: compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

There are a number of opportunities to learn about your faith here at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church. We have Scripture Study, talks by visiting priests and others (check your bulletin for scheduling of events), and Opening Up the Catechism with associate pastor Father Frank Lubowa.

Opening Up the Catechism meets weekly on Tuesday evenings. Each week Father Frank addresses a different topic from the Catechism. Using the Bible and Church Documents, Father Frank answers questions about faith and helps those who attend to gain understanding about their faith and how to live as a Catholic Christian. Check the bulletin for times and schedule changes.

There are also opportunities to complete your sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) in the RCIA program. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is for those who have not been baptized or baptized as Catholic or in another Christian Faith but need to be prepared to receive the sacraments. Those who have received baptism and Eucharist in the Catholic Church but who have not yet received Confirmation have a separate program which is based on each individual's needs.

If you have been away from the Church or just want to know more about your faith we have opportunities for you to nurture and deepen your faith. If you have questions please call 55494601244956534449013047474a4446014255011813180f1813170f1915181801 DkhFb7ItNbIHUv3pVIiOWSIgVScAYZam caesar This page part is protected against spam bots and web crawlers. In order to be displayed you need to enable Javascript in your browser, and then reload the page. . We also have a blog called Living your Faith that will have updates on events in the parish or tools for nourishing your faith.

Karen Heaphy is the Pastoral Associate for Lifelong Faith Formation and Pastoral Care and welcomes your inquiries about faith formation opportunities in the parish.

 

Mass Teaching Articles

Gathering Rites

Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Scriptural Texts

Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute (LPMI)

LPMI Logo 3 236x270So often, people ask how they might grow in their faith. In response to this searching, Bishop Lynch initiated the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute. The LPMI is a four-year program: an informal year of discernment and three years of formal academic training and spiritual growth.

The initial segment of the program, the Year of Discernment, consists of eight Saturday sessions from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. The classes meet at Christ the King Parish, located at 821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. Classes begin on September 12, 2015 and continue once monthly through April 2016.

The Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute of the Diocese of St. Petersburg provides education and formation for laity in the Catholic faith. The program is designed to enhance personal faith and develop intellectual aptitude to enrich personal ministry. Over the past 14 years, Bishop Lynch has formally commissioned 330 graduates of the LPMI program. New LPMI classes begin September 12, 2015. For more information about the LPMI program, contact Dale Brown at dpb@dosp.org or call 727-344-1611, ext. 5458. Program brochures and registration forms are available on our website: http://dosp.org/lpmi/

Class studies include: Intro to Theology, Spirituality, Liturgy, Catholic Social Teaching and more. To speak with someone about the LPMI program, contact Dale Brown at dpb@dosp.org or call 727-344-1611, ext. 5458.

Registrations are due in the LPMI office no later than September 8, 2015. The Ministry Formation Program offered by the Diocese of St. Petersburg Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute is accredited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation.

 

Pope Francis

Papal

On June 18. 2015 Pope Francis released his encyclical on our common home. The title "Laudato Si" translated is "Praise Be To You" which is taken from the "Canticle of the Creatures", attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis refers to different saints such as St. Francis as well as former popes Pope Benedict and St. John Paul II and others reminding us that care for our common home is not a new idea. What is new is that while much has been written from a scientific point of view, Pope Francis is asking us to consider our home and it's creatures and their care from a spiritual perspective.

Small Faith Communities

SmallGroupsSmall Faith Communities are made up of individuals and families of all ages who meet in small groups in their homes to share their faith and to pray together.  Jesus invites all of us "To Come and See" the exciting possibilities of a Small Christian Sharing Community.

Communities support each other during good and tough times.  Groups meet regularly at times that are convenient of them. Please consider joining or starting a group.  

Volunteer Positions     Group Leader and/or Hosts
Required of the Volunteer   Use of the their home, class preparation, 1 hour meeting.
Experience Necessary   Helpful, but not necessary.
Training Required   Periodic morning or evening sessions.
When is Training   Scheduled as needed for new ministers.
Time Commitment   2 hours per month, plus whatever outreach may be chosen by the group.
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Scripture Study

scriptureAdult Faith Formation Scripture Programs are offered on Monday Evenings 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Wednesday Mornings 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Catholic Study Programs used are based on the preference of the group members and may vary. This year the scripture study group will be using the Little Rock Scripture Study on the Book of Mark. Join us as we reflect and pray with scripture.

 

Lectio Divina

Friday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:30am in the John Bosco Center, room 2, we meet to pray with the following Sunday Gospel. We have adapted Lectio Divina for a group, modifying the structure to provide time for reflection, discussion and prayer. One does not need to be an expert or experienced to participate. Participants come after the 8:30 Mass and spend time chatting before we start. We use Renew International PrayerTime: Faith-Sharing Reflections on the Sunday Gospel as a resource.
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Lectio Divina is an ancient form of prayer used with scripture or holy reading. Lectio Divina or Divine Reading was used as an individual prayer form by the desert fathers and was also used in monasteries. They were not the first to use this approach, and I daresay that the reason the prayer style continues to be used is because it enhances one's relationship with God. As St. Jerome reminds us "Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ". Through Lectio Divina we see how the scripture is as relevant today as it was in the time of Christ.


There are several steps to Lectio Divina. One always starts and ends with prayer. The steps we use are Lectio, Meditatio, Contemplatio, and Oratio. Below is the format that the group uses.

Lectio Divina adapted for group use at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church:
Come Holy Spirit, Enlighten my mind while I read scripture today. Help me to understand any difficult passages. Show me how what I read applies to my life. Give me the willingness to welcome the Word that I read into my heart and obey it.

LECTIO: Listening with the ear of our heart - First reading of the selected passage slowly and reverently without rushing

Let the words of the Scripture that will be read resound in your heart. Be attentive to the Lord speaking to you personally. After a few moments of silence recall which word, which action, or detail remains with you more vividly and meaningfuly. Say inwardly:

"Thank you Lord for bringing this to my awareness. Your Word is alive for me"

*Share with the group one word, or those few words, or that one action that caught your attention. Share this without comment or background of why it came to you. Simply state it and let another person do the same.

*Brief sharing of what caught one's attention. After a brief silence when it is obvious that all who want to share have shared, go on to Meditatio.

MEDITATIO: Ponder on His Word- Second reading of the same passage slowly, attentively and reverently without rushing.

Allow what surfaced in Lectio to be like a door that opens you deeper to discover personal insights in the Word of God. Ask for the grace to see new connections in the Word of God within the context of your own life. Meditation is like mulling the Word over in your mind so that it begins to descend into your heart, and causes you to reflect about your own life. Share your reflection with the others in the group. As each person shares this may open more insights and this will contribute to a discussion among us.

Everyone will have an opportunity to share if they wish and join the discussion, please allow everyone to share before speaking a second time. No one is required to share.

CONTEMPLATIO: Resting in His Presence - Third reading - commentary or reflection on same passage – using PrayerTime. We have used as the 3rd reading a reflection from PrayerTime. The group finds this approach useful as it deepens our understanding.

This is a time of complete silence. A silence of fullness as one is present to the Lord and surrenders to the silence without effort. Simply rest in God's presence very much like a little child desires to be embraced by mother or father. Closing one's eyes can be of help, so that one can gaze inwardly on the heart and be present. Allow what has transpired thus far in Lectio and Mediation to echo in your heart.

"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46

ORATIO: Conversation with God - Fourth reading of the same passage slowly, attentively and reverently without rushing. A time of silence to allow each participant to speak directly to the Lord. All is addressed personally to the Lord with no group discussion.

Oratio is speaking directly to the Lord. Use the personal pronoun "You" in speaking directly to Jesus, the Father, or the Holy Spirit. Offer: Praise, thanksgiving, petition. There may be more silence within this stage because the words come more from your heart. Silence aids in finding the words to address the Lord. The spoken prayer can be very short, or it can extend to several sentences but it should not be overly long. You may desire to pray again after others pray.

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The group remains silent for a time – possibly about 5 minutes or so.

Each person may share a short prayer, a word, a concern ,or a question as prayer. Please do not start a discussion with each other during prayer.

The group ends praying the St. Francis Prayer, Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory Be together.

This format can be used at home, alone or with a group. All are welcome to join us Friday morning. Check bulletin for schedule changes, we usually meet weekly during the fall/winter months and switch to monthly during the summer. 

Volunteer Position    

Volunteer opportunities include welcoming participants, setting out materials for use during group, keeping track of attendance and coordinating snacks for fellowship.

Required of the Volunteer   Preparation for the session by reading materials beforehand.
Experience Necessary   Helpful but not necessary.
Training Required   2 hour class for those who wish to facilitate.
When is Training   Scheduled as needed.
Time Commitment   2 hours weekly plus 1 hour prep time.
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