Adult Faith Formation Lenten Program: The Joy of The Gospel

The Joy of The GospelCome and “see, judge and act” with the help of Pope Francis’ address to all of us. The Joy of the Gospel is a conversation that Francis wants to have with us.

We will meet five Sunday evenings, starting on the first Sunday of Lent, March 9th .

The sessions will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning with a potluck in the Friendship Hall.

An excerpt from The Joy of the Gospel:

“Here I have chosen to present some guidelines which can encourage and guide the whole Church in a new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality. In this context, and on the basis of the teaching of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, I have decided, among themes, to discuss at length the following questions:

a) the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach;
b) the temptations faced by pastoral workers;
c) the Church, understood as the entire People of God
which evangelizes;
d) the homily and its preparation;
e) the inclusion of the poor in society;
f) peace and dialogue within society;
g) the spiritual motivations for mission.”


“Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation is a passionate call for every Christian to be constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others. He envisions a church of Sprit-filled evangelizers who exude joy and care for God’s people, especially the poor. Evan-gelli Gaudium is thought provoking, wide ranging, and challenging to every Catholic. Those who carefully read it, study it, and pray with it will be ready to take up, with the whole Church, this new phase of evangelization–one marked by enthusiasm, vitality, and most especially, joy.”

To order a copy: Please sign the sheet in the narthex, so that we can have the needed copies in time for the program. They are currently in high demand and short supply!

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