Some of the most important and necessary building blocks of human life are so often taken for granted: water, air, fire, food. We live each day without any sense of gratitude for these blessings that sustain our physical life. And so it is for our spiritual life. The Sacraments are the very lifeblood of our soul, yet in the midst of our busy lives, we can fail to understand their power and importance. Without them, we are spiritually dead. With them, the very life of God runs through us.
DISCOVERING THE TREASURES OF DIVINE LIFE
How the sacraments are anchored in the life and death of Jesus and are the medium through which he pours his life into our souls. Discovering the purpose, meaning, and symbolism behind the matter of the sacraments: water, bread, oil, wine. Understanding how Christ administers his sacraments through human hands and what our own role is in receiving them. How Mary’s strength and fortitude, attributes we don’t normally attribute to her, are a model for Confirmation. An expert dissection of the instrumentality, effects, elements, character, and fruits of each sacrament. How the sacrament of marriage reaches all the way back to Genesis but finds its full meaning in the passion of Jesus.
We are currently planning an 8-week study on The Sacraments, Discovering the Treasures of Divine Life. The study will be a hybrid program, virtual and live participation. All participants in the study would purchase a study guide and choose to study online or attend the Thursday morning session in the church after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.
What you will need for the study
The study guide book and a Bible. Additionally, the Catechism of the Catholic Church would be very helpful.
Each weekly lesson is drawn from the teaching video and is supported by Scripture passages, teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other writings of saints and Church Fathers. Each session contains short suggested readings pulled from some of these sources. Develop a richer understanding of the Church’s sacraments as you encounter the teaching videos hosted by Father Matthew Kauth and complemented by other thematic pieces.
The plan for the eight-week study
The eight week long videos sessions would be available online on Monday mornings through the Corpus Christi website. The study guide contains five to six questions which invites you to answer based on what you interpret from each week’s video. In the back of the study guide Father Matthew Kauth has provided a more in-depth explanation of what the question is seeking. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts on the questions. You are asked to send your questions online through the Parish Bible Study webpage by Wednesday at noon. On Thursday mornings, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, participants will be able to join us in the church for the week’s session - social distancing and masks will be required. The questions and comments submitted will be addressed by the facilitators during the session and will be broadcasted live via the Parish website for all participants to view.
OTHER FEATURED EVENTS
A Biblical Walk Through The Mass
Based on the revised translation of the Mass, this five-part program takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do every week at Mass. The words and gestures will be seen in a new light, giving new life to the liturgical experience.
THE NOOMA VIDEO SERIES
IS GOD REACHING OUT TO YOU?
Corpus Christi Catholic Church Bible Study is please to present the video series NOOMA, featuring a Christian teacher Rob Bell.
Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something, right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it. He encouraged His listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what He was saying and doing. He inspired, challenged, provoked, and invited people to be open to God’s work in this world. Wherever He went, whatever He did, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in.
NOOMA is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. You are extended an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.
Study of St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians
Our 2020 Bible Study program begins with The Study of St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
Our 10-week Bible Study program takes place Tuesday evenings at 7:30 P.M. and is repeated Thursday mornings at 9:30 A.M. In September 2020, we will continue our study with a 7-week program, Second Corinthians.
First Corinthians deals with divisions in the believing community at Corinth and the harm that they inflict on 'the Body of Christ.' Paul also deals with many individual ethical problems in the community of which he has become aware through letters and contacts. Paul instructs the community concerning true wisdom; the sin of idolatry; the Lord's Supper; the role of God's ministers; the supreme importance of love; of gifts of the Spirit; and the nature of the resurrection. The community of Corinth could easily be our own—struggling for unity in the midst of conflict, and discovering weaknesses and strengths. In this study, Paul invites you to find unity in the Gospel message. Second Corinthians, you will come to know the forceful but loving character of Paul, one of the best figures in the early Church. No other letter from Paul is so revealing of Paul's personality. Paul likens the ministry of Apostles as that of being ambassadors of God whose message is one of reconciliation. Arguing from his own experience of discipleship and ministry, Paul continues to promote unity in a divided and confused Corinth by reflecting on his own weaknesses as an opportunity to find strength in Christ. He calls the Corinthians to generosity in care for the poor who live outside their own community.
Why is it important to study the scriptures?
Studying the scriptures can help us know the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, give us power to resist temptation, and strengthen us in our challenges.
LEADERS OF THE MINISTRY