The Church teaches that an adult Catholic faith is characterized by three things: (1) Encounter: experiencing an ongoing conversion to Jesus; (2) Growth: being an active member in our Christian community; and (3) Being Sent: living as disciples in mission to the world. We are blessed at St. John Neumann with formal programs (listed below) that encourage these Christian goals. In reality, we encounter Christ, we grow in Christ, and we are sent by Christ in a myriad of ways. In the end, as Christian adults, we must keep our hearts open and be courageous. Christ calls us to orient our entire selves to him! Christ calls us to metanoia—a radical change of heart!
Book Study: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Have you ever been asked what it takes to be a Christian? Or what it is that Christians believe? Why God allows pain and suffering? How can any person today believe in miracles? Join us as parishioner Lowell Yarusso leads an exploration of the answers to these and other questions through the writings of Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis, one of the clearest and most profound writers of the 20th century. The study will meet virtually, beginning on April 20, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, using either Zoom or MS Teams. Mere Christianity is a profound, yet simple and beautiful, presentation of what Christians believe and why. It is based on a series of radio broadcasts that Lewis delivered during the dark days of World War II and consists of 33 short chapters with titles like, “The Law of Human Nature,” “The Three Parts of Morality,” “Faith,” and “Is Christianity Hard or Easy.” The book reflects Lewis’s personal journey from atheism to Christianity. Each week, participants will read and reflect on three or four chapters. If you sign up, please plan to get your own copy of the book via a bookstore or library. For more information, contact Therese Stahl (email@example.com). Register below.
Evangelization Intercessory Prayer Team
This group prays for our parishioners and staff and for the success of our parish’s mission: to create missionary disciples of Christ. Gatherings take place on the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Zoom. Email Therese Stahl (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.