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Advent/Winter programs at the Catholic Information Center

Image: Catholic Information Center program brochure cover, seasonalFind 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


Music, Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, January 15, 10-11:30 a.m.
with Emily Smith
Cost: $15 (lunch included following the program)
Music has the incredible power to make connections, promote positive coping, bring comfort & hope, and foster cherished memories; but how exactly?  In this multi-media presentation focusing on music therapy and Alzheimer’s disease, participants will learn and experience the research and practice behind this exciting field.  This one-hour seminar includes live demonstrations, original songs, and a review of current music therapy interventions with patients and caregivers touched by Alzheimer’s disease.  
CFD: Evangelization 

Freedom to Love:  A Gospel Guide to Moral Decision-Making

Tuesdays, January 15 & 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
with John Graveline
Every day we are given opportunities to choose love. However, moral deliberation is not always clear and simple. Sometimes, it’s not clear what the right thing to do is in a particular situation.  or we leave the good undone and add to the woundedness of our world, despite our intentions. Where do we look for guidance to recognize the good and the courage to live compassionately? These sessions will seek a Gospel approach though prayer, reflection, and dialogue to place the gift of freedom at the service of love.  CFD: Spirituality  ($10 donation per session requested) 

Engaging Contemporary Prophetic Art: Posters for Hope, Peace, and Social Justice

Thursday, January 24, 10:15am -12:15 p.m.
with John August Swanson, artist
Throughout church history, art has not only expressed Christian prayer but also embodied prophetic response to injustice. This artistic vision is beautifully expressed in the work of John August Swanson. For the last five years Swanson has been working out this vision in his posters on Peace and Social Justice, painting messages for justice, civil rights, hunger, poverty, and peace.   Come and learn from Swanson and view more than 40 of his posters on Peace and Social Justice.  In partnership with Calvin College, this seminar will be held at the Catholic Information Center.  
CFD: Evangelization 

Gallagher Talk:  Your One Wild and Precious Life

Monday, January 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
with special guest Father Mark-David Janus, CSP
Vocation comes from a Latin word which means calling, in the sense that we are “called” to do something, we are “called” to be someone. From the Christian perspective, the one doing the “calling” is God. What do we feel we are called to do with our life? Who is the person we are called to be?  How you answer that question is probably the most interesting thing about you. It is the very core of our life’s happiness and fulfillment. It is also how we find God.  We are each given one wild precious life—So, what are you going to do with yours?   
CFD:   Spirituality  ($10  donation requested.)