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Programs for Lent & Easter at the Catholic Information Center

Image: Cover art, CIC Lent/Easter program brochureFind 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 or click on the brochure image to the right.  

Divorce Support Group

Wednesdays, February 14-April 18, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
facilitated by Jim Kline 
Cost $15
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.  The book, Divorce and Beyond, will be used as a guide and is included in the series cost of $15.

Introduction to the Bible

Mondays, February 26-March 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Greg Smith
Cost: $25 for the series
This five-part series will introduce Catholics to the basics of reading the Scriptures. Learn more about how the Bible is structured, why the Bible is “the Word of the Lord,” about morality, ethics, the difference between the Protestant and Catholic Bible and how to apply stories, poems, and letters from ancient times to the complexities of modern life. CFD:  Evangelization        
• Week 1: The Big Story
• Week 2: Navigating the Book
• Week 3: The Word of God
• Week 4: Applying the Bible to Real Life
• Week 5: Catholic and Protestant Understanding of the Bible
Greg Smith has Master of Divinity degree from Calvin Theological Seminary. He has spent thirty years teaching and writing about the Bible around the US and globally.  Greg is a member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish. 

Lectio Divina for Lent

Mondays, February 26, March 5 & 12, 7-8 p.m.
with Father René Constanza, CSP
As we read, listen and respond deeply to the Word, we grow in communion with God and with God’s people.  Join Father René and other participants during Lent for an hour of praying with the following Gospel stories: The Woman at the Well, The Man born Blind and The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead. 
CFD:  Spirituality ($10 donation per session requested)

Best Kept Secrets of Religion:  A Faith Response to the Mass Killing Epidemic 

Wednesday, February 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Joachim Lally, CSP
In this presentation we will take a closer look at the epidemic of mass killings from the perspectives of religion, psychology and sociology. What is developing in our culture today that promotes such unexplainable violence? What can we learn from these tragedies? A "mass-shooting" is defined as the shooting of at least 4 people, not including the shooter. There have been 1,516 mass shootings in the past 4.7 years! What's going on? We will take a look together at possible causes and possible remedies. CFD:  Evangelization      ($10 donation requested)
This program will be live streamed at 

Holy, Holy Mole, Guacamole!

Tuesday, March 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Bill Edens, CSP
Cost $15 per person for the food ingredients
An evening of music, conversation and ethnic food as we learn about the spirituality of the indigenous peoples of Mexico and consider the role that corn has played in pre- and post-Columbian survival.  We will be making authentic guacamole and tamales together, and sampling posole, and champurrado.  
CFD: Evangelization 

Holy Brew for Adults in their 20s and 30s: What’s brewing in your mind? 

Tuesdays, March 6 and 13 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Meeting at Harmony Hall (401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
Join Father Rene Constanza, CSP and Sister Maria Serra Garcia, FSE, this Lent for a heart-to-heart conversation on life, love, and anything in between.
• March 6 -- Life: What’s Love got to do with it?
• March 13 -- Suffering: What’s Love got to do with it?  

Irish Tea with Father G

Stories of the Celtic Soul Friends: Their Meaning for Today
Tuesday, March 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father John Geaney, CSP
"Anyone without a soul friend is like a body without a head," St. Brigit once said. What was true for Brigit in fifth century Ireland is all the more true for us in our complex modern world. Join Fr. Geaney for Irish tea and scones as he shares the stories of the four leaders of the early Celtic church--St. Patrick, St. Brigit, St. Columcille, and St. Coman of Land Ela—who demonstrate the idea of the "soul friend" or spiritual mentor for our own faith, lives, and work.  CFD:  Evangelization   ($10 donation requested) 

The Jewish Roots of the Mass 

Wednesday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Bill Edens, CSP
As Holy Thursday approaches Father Bill will examine the roots of the Mass in the Exodus and the Jewish Passover.  What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What was Jesus’ purpose for instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? What did Jesus mean when he said “this is my body….this is my blood”?  Come away from this class with a deeper understanding of the Eucharist, the prayers of the Mass, and the memorial meal in which we share in the Passion of Jesus Christ. 
CFD: Theology  ($10 donation requested)
This program will be live streamed at