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Easter programs at the Catholic Information Center

Graphic: Catholic Information Center brochure cover for EasterFind out what's coming up at ​the Catholic Information Center (CIC) - see several featured programs below. For a complete listing of programs, classes and events, visit www.catholicinformationcenter.org or click on the brochure image to the right.   

On-line class: Catholics Going Green!  Learning and Living Environmental Justice

Beginning Monday, April 17 (6 weeks)
facilitated by Irene Strom, MAT
Please register before April 3 by calling the CIC office at 459-7267
Limited to 20 participants
Course Cost:  $45.00 due at registration (includes course and book)
This 6-week online course will examine environmental justice themes through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’ call to each of us to “care for our common home.”  Weekly readings, discussions, and reflections are completed online at the participant’s convenience.  This course will both inform you about environmental issues and equip you to embrace Pope Francis’ call to respond to the cries of our suffering planet.   Especially important will be suggestions of specific ways in which we can take action to protect people and the planet.    
 
Course requirements:
  • $45.00 fee for On-line class (includes book)
  • The book: Catholic Going Green: Learning and Living Environmental Justice by Walter E. Grazer.  A copy can be mailed to you or picked-up at the Catholic Information Center office.
  • An Email address, along with computer access.
  • Instructions and login information will be emailed to you after registration 

Art for Social Justice

John August Swanson
April 17 through May 31
Exhibit open during regular CIC hours
 
An exhibit featuring a collection of social justice posters by John August Swanson.  Many of the posters have environmental themes reminding us to be, in Pope Francis’ words, “good ecological citizens,” who actively work to protect our environment. 
 

Non-Violent Communication:  Skills to Communicate Without Violence or Judgment 

Tuesdays, April 18 & 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Joachim Lally, CSP
This program will be live streamed at catholiciformationcenter.org
These two sessions discuss the Non-Violent Communication skills of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.    This is a better way of communication that eliminates the kinds of phrases and words that provoke and alienate rather than bring about resolution to conflict....and offers alternative communication skills that are of practical use in our everyday lives and relationships. Effectively putting these skills into practice can bring about external and internal peace and are especially important in our times of great polarization.      ($10 donation per session suggested)
 

African American Spirituality

Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
With Father Bill Edens, CSP and Rev. Joe Jones
This program will be live streamed at catholicinformationcenter.org
What is it like being Black in America today?  Is “Jim Crow” still a feature of American life?  If so, what form does it take?  What are some practical ways we can better understand being Black in America and develop solidarity with African Americans in Grand Rapids?  Our presenter, Rev. Joe Jones, is the Executive Director of the Urban League of Grand Rapids.  The League is a 70-year old civil rights organization whose mission is to empower African Americans to achieve economic self-reliance, equality, and civil rights. He has many stories to share about the real lives and struggles of Black families in Grand Rapids.     CFD: Evangelization ($10 donation suggested)
 
History of Culture and Spirituality in the United States
This series explores unique American cultures and discuss how each group developed its special “flavor” of American Spirituality.  Guest speakers share their cultural perspectives and offer an opportunity to converse in a safe environment about the challenges of culture crossing, especially where there may be a history of prejudice
 

Special viewing of National Geographic’s documentary on Climate Change Before the Flood

Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens
Monday, April 24, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Discussion facilitated by Greg Carnevale
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic, speaking to scientists, world leaders (including Pope Francis), activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.   ($10 donation suggested)
 

Praying and Living the Rosary 

Tuesdays, April 25 & May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
With Father René Constanza, CSP
“Father, I have a rosary but don’t know how to pray it.”  Say what?  Learn about the rosary, its profound mysteries and how to pray this beautiful devotion to our blessed Mother who draws us to a deeper relationship with her Son, Jesus Christ.  CFD:  Spirituality ($10 donation per session suggested)
 

52 Ways for Church Professionals to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion

Thursday, April 27, 10:30am-2:30 p.m.
With Joe Paprocki, Bestselling author and National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press
Cost: $25 (Includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Pre-register at dioceseofgrandrapids.org under upcoming events
This Pastoral Ministry Gathering is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the Catholic Information Center. Designed for clergy and parish professionals.
 
Joe Paprocki, will offer practical strategies for moving parishes forward, principally by focusing on the one thing the Church can offer that the world at large cannot: Jesus Christ.  Using his new book as a guide, “A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to get Mission and Mercy in Motion,” Joe explores five key categories: how a Church on the move thinks, functions, worships, forms disciples and engages the world.  This program brings to the parish the great themes of Pope Francis’s papacy—mission, mercy, and evangelization—and replaces despair with profound hope for the future of the Catholic Church. 
CFD: Evangelization
 

A Church on the Move: Helping God’s People to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion

Thursday, April 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
With Joe Paprocki, Bestselling author and National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press
Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the Catholic Information Center
Pope Francis' papacy has been characterized by 3 themes - mission, mercy, and evangelization. However, when it comes to these three tasks, many of us are in need of practical ideas. In this presentation, Joe Paprocki will offer us some practical strategies for moving the Church forward.  Using his new book as a guide, “A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to get Mission and Mercy in Motion,” Joe explores five key categories: how a Church on the move thinks, functions, worships, forms disciples and engages the world.  This presentation offers ways for each of us to find hope for the future of the Catholic Church.  CFD: Evangelization ($10 donation suggested)