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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  

Divorce Support Group

Wednesdays, October 3-December 5, 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.   

Dante: His Life, Works and Relevance Today

Tuesday, October 16, 23, 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Greg Carnevale
In 2015, the world marked the 750th Anniversary of Dante’s birth. This class will be an introduction to Dante, his life and his works.  Greg will discuss Dante’s poetic work, The Divine Comedy, which is filled with imaginative and moral vision and is considered one of the greatest works of world literature.  Greg will also explore the history, theology, politics, and the papacy's role in Dante’s time during the middle ages.  Join us and celebrate the most widely read poem ever written in Western Civilization… a celebration of love, a hymn to love.  CFD:  Spirituality  ($10 donation per session requested) 

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

Discussion Topic: Choice, Discernment and the Holy Spirit II
Tuesday, October 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
with Father Michael Hennessy, CSP
*Meets at: Brewery Vivant (925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506)
Registration Required:  Call 616-459-7267 or email
Continuing our discussion about choice in our lives, we'll talk about how we can apply the process of discernment to our vocation in life. This is an important question: does God in fact "call" us to a certain way of life - marriage or religious life or a single vocation - and if so, how do we then know what that is?
The Holy Spirit can help us navigate this complicated - yet exciting - world we find ourselves in. With the Spirit's assistance, our 20s and 30s can be a time of joy, peace, and spiritual growth. 

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

written by bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown
Wednesday, October 24 & 31, 10 -11:30 a.m.
with Father Joachim Lally, CSP
In these two sessions Father Joachim explores what Dr. Brown means by “True Belonging” and her four practices of how true belonging requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable and learn how to be with people without sacrificing who we are and what we value. In an age of increasing polarization, we will look at our experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy.  
CFD:  Spirituality   ($10 donation per session requested)
Wednesday, Oct. 24:  (First two practices discussed.)
• People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In
• Speak Truth. Be Civil
Wednesday, Oct. 31:  (Last two practices discussed.)
• Hold Hands with Strangers
• Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart 
**Copies of this New York Times bestseller will be available for purchase at the CIC office.