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Fall programs at the Catholic Information Center

Graphic - Fall 2018 program brochure coverFind 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

Catholic Inquiry Classes

Thursdays, September 6 – November 15
Choice of attending Morning Sessions 10-11:30 a.m.   OR   the Evening Sessions 7-8:30 p.m.
This eleven-week program is designed for those who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith and way of life and for Catholics who wish to update or renew their understanding of Catholic Teaching.  Specific topics are presented each week and participants are encouraged to present questions for discussion.  CFD: Theology   
Sept. 6:  Introduction, Prayer, God w/ Fred Johnson
Sept. 13: The Bible w/ Fred Johnson
Sept. 20:  Genesis 1,2,3 w/ Fred Johnson
Sept. 27:  Jesus Christ w/Father Michael Hennessy, CSP
Oct. 4:  The Church w/Father Bill Edens, CSP
Oct. 11:  Grace, sacraments and initiation w/Father Rene Constanza, CSP
Oct. 18:  Holy Eucharist, Communion and the Mass  w/Father Bob Cary, CSP
Oct. 25:  Morality, conscience and sin Father Michael Hennessy, CSP
Nov. 1:  Reconciliation, penance and confession w/Father Rene Constanza, CSP
Nov. 8:  Marriage and sexuality w/ Fred Johnson
Nov. 15:  Death and the future w/Father Joachim Lally, CSP 

Biblical Institute for Michigan Catholics

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 8:30am-3:00 p.m.
presented by Father Joseph Kozar, Ph.D. & Kathleen Sullivan
Topics: New Testament; The Word Became Flesh; Four Stories, One Christ  and Navigating Group Dynamics. Register at
Diocesan Certification Hours: (5hrs per conference attended) will be given to participants. CFDs=Theology for Biblical sessions, Evangelization for Leadership skills sessions. Cost: $75 

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

Choice, Discernment and the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, September 18, 6-7:30 p.m. 
with Father Michael Hennessy, CSP
*Meeting at Brewery Vivant (925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506)
Registration Required, call 616-459-7267 or email
Our generation lives in a world of nearly unlimited choice, from the important (our careers, where to settle down) to the not-so-important (there are now over 60 different Oreo flavors). With so many options, it's become harder and harder to make these choices and researchers tell us that that the more options we have, the less satisfied we are with our choices.
The Holy Spirit can help! Come, learn about and discuss the process of discernment.  What it is, how it works, and how it can help us make important choices and feel more at peace with them. Oreos included!  CFD: Theology or Evangelization  

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

Rejoice and Be Glad!  A Call to Holiness, by Pope Francis
Thursdays, September 6, 13, & 20, Noon-1 p.m.
led by Father René Constanza, CSP
You don’t need to be a mystic, a priest or a member of a religious order to be holy.  Each of us is called to be a saint. “Saints next door,” Pope Francis calls them. All we need to do is “live our lives in love” and “bear witness” to God in all we do.  Join Fr. René for this three-week book study and learn more about the call to holiness, the signs of holiness in today’s world, the enemies of holiness, and about spiritual combat, vigilance and discernment.  
(Please feel free to bring your lunch to these discussions.)
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the CIC office. 
CFD: Theology or Spirituality ($10 donation per session requested) 

Finding Joy and Meaning in the Second Half of Life  (Live Streamed)

Tuesday, September 11, 10-11:30 a.m. (lunch included following the program)
with Father Joachim Lally, CSP
Cost: $15
This opening session of Encore is directed at some of the basic questions of our lives: What is our primary identity at this stage of our life? Are we focusing on the past, the present, or the future?  What is giving us a feeling of zest at this point in our lives?  Do we see any connections between the "first half of our life" and now the "second half of our life?" Are we closer or further away from finding meaning to the times of sufferings and losses of our lives? What spiritual practices draw us into deeper joy? Do we resonate with the recently spoken words of Pope Francis: "To follow God's law, begin with gratitude?"
You are invited to join us in the pondering and “living out” of these fundamental questions as we begin the Encore experience.   CFD: Spirituality  

Sacraments, Symbols and Rituals 

Monday, September 17, 7-8:45 p.m.
with Sister Mary Kay Oosdyke, OP
It’s no secret that Catholic worship is different from many Christian denominations. At funerals and weddings priests give gentle directions to visitors.  And later we often get questions from friends about why we do what we do.   So, what do we say?  Saying it’s tradition isn’t enough. How do these symbols and actions help us in our spiritual life, in our relationship with God? Do they still work?  CFD:  Spirituality     ($10 donation requested) 

Lies My Enemy Tells Me  

Wednesday, September 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Bill Edens, CSP
Remember the Baptismal promises you made?  “I reject Satan, and all his lies, and all his empty promises.” Do you ever think about what those promises mean in your daily life? Today, we might consider Satan to be the enemy that frustrates our desire to do good, live well, and love God.  Using Scripture passages from Old and New Testaments, Fr. Bill will help us unmask some of the lies our enemy tells us and claim our freedom in Christ.  CFD: Spirituality        ($10 donation requested) 

Visual prayer

Tuesday, September 25, 7-8:45 p.m.
with Annette Witte
Just as a gesture conveys a deeper meaning, Visual Prayer also speaks a deeper language than words can express. Join Annette and explore ways to create your own visual response to scripture and the prayers of your heart.   CFD: Spirituality     ($10 donation requested)