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Diocese of Allentown
Adult Formation Newsletter
The Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary on Thursday, September 12, 2019
September 2019
Greetings!

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and learn about all of the great offerings that we have planned for the coming months!

We hope that you are able to join us for some of the wonderful events and courses that we have available for you!

In Christ,
Office of Adult Formation
Diocese of Allentown
610-289-8900
The Institute for Catechesis and Formation
Learn Your Faith + Live Your Faith + Love Your Faith
Join us to grow deeper in the understanding of your faith
with ICF courses taking place in 2019!
ICF 102
The Old Testament
The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to His creation and the story of His love for us. This course will provide a brief introduction to the origin of Sacred Scripture: its source, how the Canon was formed, and the senses in which we can interpret Scripture. The remainder of the course will focus on the Old Testament: the creation of the earth and God’s covenant of love with the human person, the fall into sin, and the revelation, over time, of God’s plan of salvation.
ICF 103
The New Testament
This course picks up the story of God's plan of salvation with an introduction to the Gospels, Apostolic preaching and the origins of the Church, concluding with the conversion, preaching and travels of St. Paul.
ICF 104
The Sacraments
The Sacraments are intimate, personal encounters between God and His people. This course will present an overview of these signs of God's love for us, by which He makes a personal connection with us and conveys grace - His very life within us.
The Institute for Catechesis and Formation is intended to provide an opportunity for all of the faithful to delve deeper in their understanding of God's saving plan for us all.
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy

The Office of Divine Worship and the Office of Adult Formation have partnered to bring you this special presentation by internationally renowned speaker, Dr. Edward Sri. The evening will begin with Holy Mass celebrated by The Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert and will include light refreshments and Dr. Sri's presentation.

Do you ever wish you could get more out of Mass? Discover how all the prayers, symbols, and rituals in the liturgy can come alive for us today once we understand their Biblical roots. From the sign of the cross and the Gloria to the Eucharistic prayers and Holy Communion, join us for a Biblical tour of the Mass and learn the profound meaning of what we are really saying and doing each week as we participate in these sacred mysteries.

Space is limited and filling up fast so register today!
2019 Diocesan Women's Conference
Women
Chosen for a Purpose
Women of all ages are invited to hear about their call to be Disciples of Christ and what that means for their lives as women. This third Women’s Conference includes keynote speakers and opportunities for Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Mass celebrated by The Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert, Bishop of Allentown. A separate Spanish track will be offered.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:15 PM

DeSales University Center
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 18034

Register by September 25 at
Men's Morning of Reflection
Hoping Against Hope
Proclaiming boldly and bravely the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Saints Isaac Jogues and Jean de Brebeuf gave their lives for others. We hope that you can join this morning of reflection to receive encouragement for your life and the strength that comes with brotherhood.
Register at:
2019 Diocesan Men's Conference
Standing Firm In Our Faith
Early Bird Rate only lasts until September 22!
Register today to see Dr. Ralph Martin, Fr. Jim Greenfield, Gus Lloyd, and Sam Guzman at Standing Firm in Our Faith, the 8th annual Allentown Diocese Men’s Conference on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at DeSales University. In addition to a Vigil Mass, there will be opportunities for Adoration and Confession. Presentations in Spanish will be given by Dr. Ricardo Luzondo and Deacon Isidro Gonzalez.
Register by November 13th at
The Catholic Truth about Angels, Demons, Ghosts, Exorcisms and Hauntings
Dave VanVickle will be giving this highly evangelical talk on the Catholic practice of exorcism taken from study and his experience assisting priests in their ministries of exorcism and deliverance. Dave will explain the sharp contrast in philosophy from the current “paranormal craze” and what the Catholic Church teaches about this topic. You will be highly engaged during this dynamic presentation on the world of evil and the unfathomable power of the mercy of God flowing through His Priests. There will be time for questions after the talk. Don’t miss it!
Stewardship: A Mission of Faith
Fall Conference
Put on the Armour of God
Stewardship: A Mission of Faith, a long time friend and supporter of The Diocese of Allentown, invites you and the adults in your family to their 2nd annual Fall Conference.
"Put on the Armour of God" will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 18th & 19th at the beautiful Star Barn Village in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

The conference speakers include Father Michael Gaitley, Devin Schadt, Marty Rotella, Bishop Ronald Gainer and many more!

Wednesday evening you will have the opportunity to hear Mark Forrest, internationally-acclaimed Irish tenor, and Thursday evening we will conclude the conference with an amazing praise and worship concert.
Tickets include a boxed lunch. Optional activities include a serene prayer walk through the Stations of the Cross, wagon rides, and an opportunity to see the Lincoln Funeral Train.
 

Learn more here!
 
We hope you can join us this September. 
 
May God bless you!
Resource Highlight
The 99
A New System for Evangelization
The 99 is a new system created by Ascension Press for evangelizing parishes which will begin shipping at the end of September. Those coming to The 99 will rediscover the simplicity of the Gospel. Our faith isn’t just a list of rules. It is a lived relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the one who is pursuing us each day.

For resources in our Diocesan library visit
or Call 610-289-8900, Ext. 2027.
Catholic Basics
Why is the revelation of God's name important?
In revealing his name, God makes known the riches contained in the ineffable mystery of his being. He alone is from everlasting to everlasting. He is the One who transcends the world and history. It is he who made heaven and earth. He is the faithful God, always close to his people, in order to save them. He is the highest holiness, “rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4), always ready to forgive. He is the One who is spiritual, transcendent, omnipotent, eternal, personal, and perfect. He is truth and love.
The Catholic Mirror:
Reflections on Our Life in Christ
Intentional Holiness
What have you done today to become a saint? It is the vocation of all of the Baptized to become saints. This calling is not limited to priests and consecrated religious, but is for all of the laity as well. Each of us is meant for this high calling, down to the worst sinner. This is known by many as the "Universal Call to Holiness."

Sanctity is not something that we arrive at accidentally. We may all want to be saints, that is, among the blessed who spend eternity in the awesome presence of God, but we need to take intentional steps to get there. I may want to eat steak, but if I don't actively pursue this goal, it won't happen! I need to buy the meat, season or marinade it, and the grill it. If I am at a restaurant, I would need to order the steak, and not the salmon. Just so, if I wish to arrive at the goal of sainthood, then I must intentionally take steps to cooperate with God's will and choose holiness, and not something else.

Consider beginning your day with asking yourself, in consultation with Our Lord, "What can I commit to doing today that will make me more like a saint?" We must constantly be moving in that direction, or we will be moving in the opposite direction with rapidity. At the end of the day, review your adherence to your resolution as part of your daily examen. Ask yourself, "What did I do today to become a saint?" Or, conversely, "What have I done today that has made me less like a saint?" Assuredly, we don't "earn" admittance into heaven, but we do have to cooperate with the Graces given to us in order to get there.

Let us Praise the Lord.
-And give him thanks.
Thank you for reading. We pray that you have a blessed Autumn. Hopefully we will see you at some of our events!

Deo Omnis Gloria.
Diocese of Allentown
Office of Adult Formation
2121 Madison Ave
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
610-289-8900
The Feast of Saint Matthew
on Saturday, September 21, 2019
Rick Dooley, Assistant Director
Office of Adult Formation
610-289-8900, Ext. 2027
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