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Winter programs at the Catholic Information Center

Image: Cover art, CIC Advent/Winter 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.  

Good Reads for Winter!  Book Discussion

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World, by Fr. Henri M. J. Nouwen*
Tuesdays, January 9 & 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
With Cathy Hoekstra
Father Henri Nouwen was a priest, psychologist, and author.  He is considered to be one of the most important spiritual writers of the 20th century.  Join Cathy Hoekstra to learn more about this remarkable man and his legacy for our modern world.  CFD: Evangelization  ($10 donation per session suggested)
• Jan. 9:  An overview of the life of Henri Nouwen and introduction to his book “Life of the Beloved.”
• Jan. 23:  Book discussion on Life of the Beloved, one of Father Nouwen’s greatest legacies to Christians around the world.
*Copies of Life of the Beloved are available on Amazon and at Schuler Books on 28th Street (Book Club Table)

Soul Speak: Practice for Group Spiritual Direction

Mondays, January 15-Febuary 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Cami Mann
Cost: $45
During this four-week practice, participants will become familiar with session goals, expectations, and commitments of the group.  Group spiritual direction will draw us into each other's sacred story. Through meditation we can listen deeply to each other, and as prompted by the Spirit, offer our spiritual insights into each other's sacred story.  
CFD:  Spirituality
Cami Mann, OFS, is a trained spiritual director offering direction in a one-on-one setting and group setting. Cami has a great reverence for the communal experience and believes that it offers a significant sense of healing and wholeness.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training

Wednesdays, January 17 & 24, 7-8:45 p.m.
Presented by Father John Geaney, CSP
A two-day workshop offered for those who are preparing to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, as well as those already serving in this capacity.*  Its purpose is to deepen the participants’ understanding and experience of the Eucharist as well as their special role in this ministry.  Topics included:  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Sunday Mass, bringing Holy Communion to those who are ill and/or homebound, prayer and ritual resources, terminology, use and care of sacred vessels, pyx, and tabernacle. 
CFD: Methodology  ($10.00 donation per session requested)
*Participants must be recommended by their pastors, please contact the Center office at 616-459-7267 for more information.

The Origins and History of Antisemitism

Thursday, January 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
With Jaymie Perry
This program will be livestreamed at
Jaymie Perry, an internationally trained Holocaust educator, is frequently asked, “Why have the Jewish people been so persecuted?” To fully comprehend contemporary events, work towards greater ecumenism, and better recognize causes of racism, Jaymie will help us understand historic antisemitism.  She will also discuss changes in Catholic/Jewish relations begun by Nostra Aetate in 1964.  
CFD: Evangelization ($10 donation suggested)

Special viewing of “The Good Lie”

Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:45 p.m. 
Discussion lead by Father Bill Edens, CSP and Debra Hoekwater, Bethany Christian Services
Dinner included:  Cost $15.00
They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. "The Good Lie," brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Starring Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, and Ger Duany, and  Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon.  
CFD:  evangelization
This movie viewing is one of the many learning opportunities the CIC will be offering throughout the year in support of Pope Francis’ global campaign called “Share the Journey”.  The campaign’s focus is to raise awareness and show support for immigrants and refugees, who are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict, poverty, persecution and violence.  The Pope is encouraging Catholics to learn more about our refugee brothers and sisters, their stories and their journeys, so that we can see Christ in others.