6 May 2021

 

The Katharine Konnection

John Shea on the Our Father

Dear Parishioners,

Our Adult Faith Formation Committee would like to encourage you to consider an opportunity coming up over the next month to reflect on the deep meaning and importance of one of our most familiar prayers, the Our Father.  Theologian John Shea will be leading three zoom-based events opening up this prayer that we know so well, shedding new light on what it really means when we pray it.  Information about all three session and how to register is below.

Blessings,

Brian

To Dare the Our Father: A Spiritual Transformative Practice

with storyteller, author and theologian John Shea 

Thursdays May 20, 27, June 3 from 7pm – 8pm on Zoom 

The Lord’s Prayer/Our Father accompanies our lives. When we are happy or when we are sad, when we eagerly wait for a child to be born or silently stay as an elder dies, when we hear of a plane going down or attend a church going up, when we stroll alone in the woods or gather together in liturgy, when we are filled with gratitude or emptied by grief, when we are driven to praise or dragged to repent, we find the Our Father in our minds and on our lips.

May 20 – Who Are We When We Pray the Our Father 

The Catholic Catechism says we “dare to say” the Our Father. It takes some nerve to identify ourselves as people who can call God their “Father.” We are used to lesser identities in the physical, mental, and social realms. We will reflect on what it means to be children of God who can address the Ultimate Mystery of Life as Father.

May 27 – The Mission of the Our Father 

When we pray the Our Father, we commit ourselves to carrying the agenda of the One to whom we pray. This commitment begins by hallowing the Father’s name and continues through working for the Kingdom and listening and enacting the will. This is the movement from heaven to earth. We will explore what this movement means for how we think, will, and act.

June 3 – The Strategies of the Our Father 

The mission of Our Father naturally unfolds into strategies. These are ways of making better physical life (“Give us this day our daily bread.”), social life, (“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”) and spiritual life (‘Lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil.”). We will ponder these lines of action from Gospel and contemporary points of view.

John (Jack) Shea is a consultant with decades of experience in providing theological and formation services to parishes and faith-based organizations. He has published over twenty books of theology and spirituality, three works of fiction, and three books of poetry.  He has served as the Executive Director of Program Design and Implementation for the Ministry Leadership Center; the Advocate Healthcare Senior Scholar in Residence at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics; research professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago; and Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Boston College.

Registration fee: $10.00 per session or free-will offering.

To register, send your name, preferred email address and phone number to sacreddoorwaysnj@gmail.com.

To make an offering, CLICK HERE.

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