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Spend some time at the Catholic Information Center this summer

Browse upcoming courses at the CICFind 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

Divorce Support and Recovery Group

Wednesdays, June 6-August 15, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
facilitated by Jim Kline
Cost: $15 includes a copy of the book Divorce and Beyond
A ten-week series offered for all who are divorced or are in the process of becoming divorced.  Led by those who have gone through the process themselves, these support groups provide a pathway to personal growth. Register at or email or call 616-459-7267 

Paperback Picnic: Barking to the Choir

Wednesday, July 11, 5:30-7 p.m.
discussion with Father Bill Edens, CSP
Cost: $15. Includes dinner. Registration required.  
Join Fr. Bill for a picnic dinner and a book talk about Jesuit priest, Fr. Gregory Boyle, who shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, the enduring power of kinship and unconditional love.  Barking to the Choir is a beautiful, important and soul-transporting book.  Register at or email or call 616-459-7267
**Reading the book is not required, but copies will be available at the CIC.
We will be picnicking indoors. 

The Resilience of Catholicism through the 14th Century: Overcoming Death, Dishonesty, and Division

Wednesday, July 18, 10-11:30 a.m.
with Paolo Puccini, CSP
After the intellectual triumphs of St. Thomas and St. Bonaventure in 13th Century, the devastating bubonic plague and divisions among leaders of the Church brought about unprecedented turmoil in the 14th Century. Yet early reformers and devout lay members of the Church continued striving for holiness through their faith in Christ. Join Paulist seminarian Paolo Puccini, for his last program at the CIC, as he explores how the challenges of the 14th Century led to renewed zeal for the faith, and how this moment in history can continue to inspire us today.  CFD: Evangelization ($10 donation requested)
Register at or email or call 616-459-7267 

Holy Brew for Adults in their 20s and 30s: What’s Brewing in Your Life?

Prayer…finding daily peace and renewal
Thursday, July 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
with Paolo Puccini, CSP and Sister Maria Serra Garcia, FSE
Meeting at Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery (428 Bridge St. NW., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504)4
Join Paolo & Sr. Maria Serra for a lively discussion on prayer. How do we find time for prayer in our busy lives? How can we stay focused when we are distracted? How can we turn to God in lonely, scary, or just plain boring moments in our lives?   CFD:  Spirituality
Register at or email or call 616-459-7267 so that we can get the proper seating arrangement at Jolly Pumpkin.  

Creating a Prayer Garden: Experiencing God through Nature

Tuesday, July 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE
It’s a joy seeing gardens blooming during our beautiful Michigan summers!  From flowers to vegetables and herbs, there are so many different types of gardens. Have you ever considered creating a prayer garden? A prayer garden is a visual reminder of your faith and provides a serene refuge where you can spend time with God.   Join Sr. Damien Marie to learn more about the spiritual symbolism of various flowers, make a scripture stone and take home ideas on creating a sacred space in your garden, on your deck or in your home.   CFD:  Spirituality ($10 donation requested)
Register at or email or call 616-459-7267
Sister Damien Marie is the Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College.  She has a Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering, a M.S. In Theology, and a M.S. in Soil Science. She has integrated her love of the faith with the sciences.  Creation is her greatest passion along with a desire to protect the beauty and diversity of the natural world.