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Summer programs at the Catholic Information Center

Image: Catholic Information Summer 2017 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 or click on the brochure image to the right.   

Divorce Recovery Support Group 

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 9, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Facilitated by Jim Kline
Cost: $15.00 for the book
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 by Greteman, Haverkamp and Radtke will be used as a guide and is included in the series cost of $15.00.   

Paperback Picnic at the CIC

Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-7 p.m.                                                             
What Does It all Mean? A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful, and Loving, by Father Richard Leonard, SJ
Discussion led by Father Rene Constanza, CSP
Cost $15.00/ includes dinner. 
Pre-register online at or by calling 616-459-7267.
Join us for a picnic dinner and a book talk that explores the biggest challenges to faith, inside and outside of the Church, that confront, and sometimes confound, believers today. (We will be picnicking indoors in the CIC Café.)  CFD: Evangelization
**Reading the book is not required, but copies will be available at the CIC.  

Field Trip!  Westminster Presbyterian Church

Thursday, July 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Larry Bratschie
Westminster’s building is full of artistic and architectural treasures. One of which is the large stained glass window, affectionately called the “Watanabe Window,” created by the renowned 20th century Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe.  Baptized a Christian at age 17, Watanabe quickly combined his new faith with an interest in preserving traditional Japanese folk art. Join us to learn more about this humble man, whose works can be found in major museums throughout the world, including the Vatican and the White House.
(NOTE: *Please meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church- 47 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) 

The Spiritual Wisdom of Paulist Patron Saints: Pope Saint John XXIII 

Tuesday, July 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father John Geaney, CSP
This program will be live-streamed at
Pope Saint John XXIII was a man of great mercy and kindness and much like Pope Francis of today, he did many things that created sensation in the streets and pews.  Perhaps his most influential decision was the call for an ecumenical council which would be known as Vatican II.  Join Fr. Geaney as he delves into the life and work of this remarkable man and learn why the Paulist Fathers consider him one or their Patron Saints.
CFD:  Spirituality ($10 donation suggested) 

Catholic Inquiry Classes

Thursdays, September 7 – November 16, 7-8:45 p.m.
OR Fridays, September 8 – November 17, 10-11:45 a.m.
facilitated by Fred Johnson and Father Chuck Cunniff, CSP
Inquiry is a time of hospitality at the Catholic Information Center. We welcome all who wish to know more about the Catholic faith. There is no commitment required. Each week a different topic is covered and participants are encouraged to present questions. This program also serves as an excellent way for Catholics to update or renew their understanding of the faith.  Participants are encouraged to register but walk-ins are welcome!  

The Bible and the Virgin Mary: A Journey through Scripture

Mondays, August 7 & September 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
With Monika Dauksts and Father René Constanza, CSP
Mary of scripture and devotion comes alive in a powerful new way in this inspiring twelve-month series. Participants are free to attend any or all sessions.
  • August 7—Lesson Eight: Mother Crowned in Glory
  • September 11—Lesson Nine: Full of Grace

CFD: Spirituality/Theology ($10 donation suggested) 

Movies that Matter!

Monday, July 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
With Father Bill Edens, CSP           
Please pre-register online at or by phone (616) 459-7267
Cost: $15 per person – includes dinner
Join us for dinner, a movie, and discussion as we view important movies through “a lens of faith” and find surprising insights on the spiritual dimension of each film.  Movies are often today’s parables and we will discuss inspirational films that illustrate how great faith can transform our own life and the lives of those around us.
  • Witness - Monday, July 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
Witness is an explicitly religious story that explores the peaceful agrarian world of the Amish, contrasting it with the violent and corrupt urban landscape.  This is also a story about conversion and pacifism that stars Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis.