Adult Faith Enrichment (A.F.E.) Nights at St. Mary of the Mills
Join us on Monday evenings for enriching presentations, thought-provoking discussion, and fellowship with others who are seeking a deeper life of faith, greater knowledge of Scripture and the teaching of the Church, answers to particular questions, and more. All are welcomed, whether parishioners or visitors. Breen Room - the hall below the church - beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Prayer and Discernment: The Wisdom of St. Ignatius
Join Adam and Holly Novotny as they explore the topic of “Prayer and Discernment” through the wisdom, instruction, and legacy of one of the great spiritual giants of the Church, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Adam and Holly Novotny are certified spiritual directors and graduates of the Cenacle School of Spirituality, an institution which, in association with the Franciscan University of Steubenville forms and trains spiritual directors highlighting the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Ignatius of Loyola. Adam and Holly are active parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City where they are co-Directors of the Marian Servants of the Redeemer, a Catholic Association of the Faithful. They love to share about St. Ignatius, Spiritual Direction, the Rules of Discernment, the Spiritual Exercises and the Ignatian model of prayer.
On the 2nd Monday of each month we take a look at topics which relate to Catholic prayer and spirituality including those which help us to plumb the depths of liturgy and the sacraments.
"Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional rather than as an encounter with Christ - which explains why they don't see it as a source of joy." (Pope Benedict XVI)
Our Fall Scripture Study ~ “Always Be Ready: Witnesses in Scripture”
In a world which seems increasingly secular, apathetic, non-committal, relativistic, and sometimes even hostile to faith, we are called to be joyful witnesses for Jesus Christ. To what are we called to witness? How do we bear witness? And what are the problems and pitfalls we might encounter in our efforts to witness. Join Deacon Jim Munno for this 5-week study to some of the most powerful witnesses in both the Old and New Testaments whose stories will deepen your understanding of what it means to be a witness and inspire you to see yourself in that role. September 17, October 1, October 15, November 5 and 19, 2018.
Scripture Study Nights are always the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.
“What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read messages on our cellphones?” (Pope Francis)
“From Rome to Home: Young People in the Church and Our Parishes Today”
Many people today wonder if the Church is still relevant for young people, or why so many seem to be leaving the Church or re-thinking faith. On the heels of the recent and historic Synod in Rome on “Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment”, this talk will explore these questions and as well as how we might encounter and accompany young adults on a journey of faith…and form the next generation of saints!
Megan Philip is the Coordinator of Campus and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Washington. In her role she collaborates with campus ministers, pastors and parish leaders throughout the Archdiocese to creatively evangelize college students and young professionals. She has served in retreat ministry, spiritual direction and parish ministry for 10 years. She grew up in Dallas, TX and was married this past May.
The 4th Monday of each month is usually a look at the Church and her mission against the backdrop of the events, attitudes, and beliefs of the current modern culture.
"Christians, on pilgrimage toward the heavenly city, should seek and think of these things which are above. This...increases the importance of their obligation to work with all men in the building of a more human world." (Pope Paul VI, On the Church in the Modern World)
“Wait In Eager Expectation”
Mark your calendars for December as our Advent Series explores the concept of “Expectation” from three different perspectives. This will be a profound reflection for the season in which we are especially called the live as the expectant people God. More details to follow.