Adult Faith

FAITH FORMATION IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY! 

We invite all people interested in deepening their faith to join us weekly on Thursday evenings and now Tuesday afternoons for the Parish of St Bernadette Adult faith evenings where we view various Catholic series.

Great news we are offering the sessions Tuesday afternoons. Beginning Tuesday, Jan 25 at 2pm in the church.

We will be starting up again in the new year with Bishop Barron’s THE CREED.

“What do Christians believe? What do you believe? What does it even mean to “believe”?

The keys that unlock the beliefs of the Christian Faith are stated succinctly in the Nicene Creed, which we profess along with most Christians around the world. Words that roll off our tongues easily, but are often not fully understood, define our Faith.”

Lesson 1: I Believe

In the fourth century, intense deliberations over theological questions gave rise to the Nicene Creed. This formal statement of faith is the foundation for both eastern and western Christianity. And to this day, most Christians around the world would subscribe to it. In our age of secularism, skepticism, and disaffiliation, we should attend to the most basic issue first — what does it mean to believe in God?

Lesson 2: God, the Father Almighty

At five years old, Thomas Aquinas is said to have posed to his catechism teacher the question of all questions, “But, Master, what is God?” The Creed gives us a succinct, but inexhaustible, answer. The one God, unlike any other being in the cosmos, is fully actual and unconditioned. Furthermore, God is Father as he generates, cherishes, and directs all things. God is Creator, the non-contingent source of all contingent reality.

Lesson 3: Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son

“I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ.” With these words of the Creed, we come to the heart of the matter. For all of distinctively Christian faith begins and ends with a particular person, Yeshua from Nazareth, the only begotten Son of the God of Israel, Light from Light, true God from true God. This proclamation, no less shocking nearly 2,000 years later, draws us into the depths of the divine life and into the mystery of the Incarnation.

Lesson 4: He Suffered Death

What matters most about Jesus? The Creed centers not on his ministry, his teachings, his miracles, or his words, but on the great drama of the Paschal Mystery, which is the Son of God’s descent into God-forsakenness with his suffering, death, Resurrection and Ascension. The risen and ascended Christ is the King of the universe, Ruler of the Church and Judge of all. One day, he will come again to fully inaugurate his eternal kingdom.

Lesson 5: Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life

Following a Trinitarian structure, the Creed moves from the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit — the Spiritus Sanctus or “holy breath.” The Spirit is not a “what” but a “who,” the same God of Israel that we adore and glorify. Also, he is Zoopoeion — giver of life — who has spoken through the prophets. From the very beginning of Jesus’ earthly life, this life-giving power of the God of Israel filled him with fire and wisdom. Jesus now gives this same Spirit generously to his people.

Lesson 6: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

It seems altogether appropriate that we should express our faith in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, but is it not at least questionable, even idolatrous, to be professing belief in the Church? That we do profess this in the Creed signals perhaps the most fundamental truth about the Mystical Body; it is a sacrament of Christ that participates in his divinity. The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church offers forgiveness, calls us out of the world, and invites us toward the life of the world to come.


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