Adult Faith Formation
Throughout the year Holy Cross offers a variety of opportunities for Catholic adults to enrich their life-long faith journey through events such as parish presentations focused on Catholic teachings, theology classes, scripture studies, prayer groups, parish missions, retreats, marriage enrichment, and much more.
Volunteer opportunities are available to facilitate and provide hospitality for adult faith formation offerings. Please contact the Pastoral Associate, Bridgette Cosentino, for more information.
Have you ever wanted to study the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation? Well here is your chance!
We are planning to offer a program from Ascension Press. Steve Cosentino will be the lead facilitator for the program.
Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come is an 11-part study that shows how the kingdom established by Christ in his Church is intimately connected with the kingdom of heaven. Here you will discover what the mysterious figures and images of Revelation mean. You will see how Revelation is more than an apocalyptic vision of the “end times.” It is a revelation of God as our Divine Bridegroom and the Church as his spotless Bride, forever united in a heavenly, holy, and mystical marriage that we enter into every time we celebrate the Mass.
The program will be offered on Monday nights from 6:30 – 8p.m., Starting January 25th. The course will be offered over Zoom in the evenings only. If you are not able to participate over Zoom, we may be able to provide an in-person option for up to 10 participants. Please reserve your spot for this program by calling the parish office or emailing Bridgette at firstname.lastname@example.org When letting us know of your interest in the program, indicate if in-person is desired and/or required, otherwise you will be included in the Zoom participant count.
Please RSVP with your preference by January 5th, so that we may order all the necessary materials.
Discernment of Spirits
Discernment of Spirits is the interpretation of what St. Ignatius Loyola called the “motions of the soul.” These interior movements consist of thoughts, imaginings, emotions, inclinations, desires, feelings, repulsions, and attractions. Spiritual discernment of spirits involves becoming sensitive to these movements, eflecting on them, and understanding where they come from and where they lead us.
Ignatius Loyola summarized his approach to discernment of spirits in two sets of Rules for Discernment. The rules deal with ways to interpret the states of consolation (joy, peace, gratitude, and the like) and desolation (depression, anxiety, fear) that people typically experience in the course of cultivating a spiritual life.
The first set is 14 rules that give practical spiritual advice about dealing with desolation—those times when the heart feels far from God and spiritual vigor wanes.They are intended to be used to help people understand the nature and meaning of the emotions they are experiencing in prayer. They assist people in identifying the spiritual forces involved in these emotions: the Good Spirit (God, the Holy Spirit) and what Ignatius called “the enemy of our human nature” (the world, the flesh, the devil).
We will be studying the first 14 rules that Ignatius of Loyola gifted the Church’s spiritual life with on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11 am, beginning January 20th.
Bridgette Cosentino will be the lead facilitator. The course will be offered both in-person and over Zoom. Please reserve your spot for this program by calling the parish office or emailing Bridgette at email@example.com When letting us know of your interest in the program, indicate if in-person is desired and/or required, otherwise you will be included in the Zoom participant count.
Please RSVP with your preference by January 5th.