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Adult Faith Formation

Our parish offers a variety of programs throughout the year including Bible Studies, Faith Studies, Retreats and RCIA. Listen for pulpit announcements and watch this website, the bulletin and the St. Odilia Messenger for information about upcoming events.


 
 

 
Announcements
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Life in the Spirit Seminar
Sundays, April-May 2016

St. Odilia is excited to be offering our very own Life in the Spirit Seminar! You are going to want to join us if you’ve ever wanted the Holy Spirit to be a guiding force in your life.

Life in the Spirit seminars have been offered thousands of times in thousands of Catholic churches throughout the world. Several St. Odilia parishioners have attended many seminars both as participants and presenters and are eager to share their experiences with all who are interested.

We will meet after Mass for seven consecutive Sunday mornings, starting the first Sunday of Easter, April 3, from 10:15 to 11:45, in Room 1301. Each 90 minute session includes prayer, songs of praise, and a video/personal presentation followed by small group discussion.

The video talks are given by internationally known speakers, including Ralph Martin. For many years, Ralph Martin has been a leader in two renewal movements, Cursillo and Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. He is a graduate of Notre Dame and holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.

Session Topics are:
4/3. God's love - the nature of God who fills us with everlasting love.
4/10. Salvation. God freed us from darkness and the power of sin through Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Reconciliation.
4/17. The new life. The Holy Spirit gives us a new life. How we may change.
4/24. Receiving God's gift: How to turn to the Lord and receive new baptism in the Holy Spirit.
5/1. Making the personal commitment to Christ, asking Jesus to be the Lord of our lives. Praying for a personal Pentecost. We ask for the fullness of grace from the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
5/8. Growth: Prayer, study, service, community. Four dimensions of living in the body of Christ.
5/15. Transformation in Christ. Going on with the Life in The Spirit in our new personal relationship with the Lord.

The Sacrament of Baptism, by which we become Christians and members of the Catholic Church, is full and complete in itself. But once we have been baptized, a whole life of faith is ahead of us, and the Church has many paths for spiritual development. One such path is to seek a personal Pentecost.
God sent His Spirit to dwell within us so that we might be more closely united to Him: See Matthew 3:11 where John the Baptist pointed to Jesus: "He it is who will baptize you in the Holy Spirit."

Pope Francis Rome, Italy, Jun 2, 2014. “Let yourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, with that same freedom. ... “I hope that you will share with all in the Church the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit…”If you’ve been looking for a way to deepen your prayer life or wondering how you might experience a deeper understanding of the love of Jesus, please consider joining us.

To register or more information: call Leo Boucher (651-484-2386) or Mike Hable (651-263-3549), or email leoboucher@gmail.com.
There is no fee - you can make a free will offering at the meetings.

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“Living the Scriptures”
Tuesday Bible Study Group
Is accepting new members for Spring.


When: Tuesdays, Mar. 29 thru May 17, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Where: 3510 Vivian Av. – the Faith Formation office building
Cost: $9.00 total for 8 week series

Enjoy the Sunday readings together!
Meet fellow parishioners!
Share how the Word of God comes alive in your life!

Our Tuesday morning Bible Study program, which has been meeting during Lent, will continue during the Easter season. We’re still using the very popular “Sunday by Sunday” bible study guides to each week’s Sunday Mass readings, which are published by the Sisters of St. Joseph. We’re accepting new members for our next season, starting Mar. 29 and running through May 17. Then the group will take its summer break and resume in the fall. Small group, informal atmosphere, friendly, prayerful, relaxed. Take some time out for the Word of God, enrich your understanding of the readings you’ll hear each Sunday at Mass, and explore how to live the meaning of the scriptures in your daily life and in our world.

For information or to register, contact Rosie Stahl, our study group convener, 651-483-6936, or Lucy Arimond, Director of Faith Formation, 651-415-3331, Arimond@stodilia.org.
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Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
The Journey to Becoming Catholic”
Wednesday evenings, late September through Easter Season
7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Parish Conference Room.

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