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Advent/Winter programs at the Catholic Information Center

Image: Catholic Information Center program brochure cover, seasonalFind 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


Advent Art & Prayer:  Guided Meditation on Sacred Art & Scripture

Tuesdays, December 4 & 11, 1-2 p.m.
with John Graveline and Rilma Fix
We are so busy with Christmas celebration planning, that often spiritual preparation can fall to the bottom of our lists.  To help prepare a receptive heart for Christmas, take an hour for guided, peaceful contemplation of art, scripture and the wisdom of spiritual masters to find your balance during this harried season. 
CFD:  Spirituality   ($10  donation per session requested.) 

Sharing Faith Lessons with Children’s Books

Thursday, December 13, 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $15 (lunch included following the program)
with Glenys Nellist
Children’s author, Glenys Nellist, discusses how storytelling and picture books can make faith come alive for the children in our lives.  She will give examples of reading techniques and offer book suggestions that encourage conversations about God and faith, so children can apply what they learn to their own lives.  CFD: Evangelization 


El ciclo C y el evangelio de San Lucas

Miércoles 9 y 16 de enero    (Wednesdays, Jan 9 and 16) las 7 a 8:30 de la noche
facilitada por el Padre Luis Garcia
La Sagrada Escritura ha sido divida en tres ciclo ciclos completos (A, B y C), de tal manera que asistiendo a misa diaria por tres años nosotros podamos escuchar casi toda la Palabra de Dios. Durante esta clase revisaremos la conformación litúrgica del Ciclo que inicia con el Adviento y concluye con la fiesta de Cristo Rey. Nosotros haremos un recorrido a través del evangelio de San Lucas. 

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

Discussion Topic:  The Holy Spirit
Thursday, January 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
with Father René Constanza, CSP, Sister Maria Serra Garcia, FSE & Father Michael Hennessy, CSP
*Meeting at 7 Monks Taproom (740 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI)
Registration Required:  Call 616-459-7267 or email
“I Believe in the Holy Spirit.” They are words we say together in the Creed every Sunday.  We say it when we make the sign of the cross: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". Yet, how much do we really know about the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity? Actually, here's a better question: how much can we know about the Holy Spirit? Together we'll look at and discuss what scripture says about these questions. We'll reflect on ways that we can pray to and with the Holy Spirit. CFD: Evangelization 

Music, Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, January 15, 10-11:30 a.m.
with Emily Smith
Cost: $15 (lunch included following the program)
Music has the incredible power to make connections, promote positive coping, bring comfort & hope, and foster cherished memories; but how exactly?  In this multi-media presentation focusing on music therapy and Alzheimer’s disease, participants will learn and experience the research and practice behind this exciting field.  This one-hour seminar includes live demonstrations, original songs, and a review of current music therapy interventions with patients and caregivers touched by Alzheimer’s disease.  
CFD: Evangelization 

Freedom to Love:  A Gospel Guide to Moral Decision-Making

Tuesdays, January 15 & 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
with John Graveline
Every day we are given opportunities to choose love. However, moral deliberation is not always clear and simple. Sometimes, it’s not clear what the right thing to do is in a particular situation.  or we leave the good undone and add to the woundedness of our world, despite our intentions. Where do we look for guidance to recognize the good and the courage to live compassionately? These sessions will seek a Gospel approach though prayer, reflection, and dialogue to place the gift of freedom at the service of love.  CFD: Spirituality  ($10 donation per session requested) 

Engaging Contemporary Prophetic Art: Posters for Hope, Peace, and Social Justice

Thursday, January 24, 10:15am -12:15 p.m.
with John August Swanson, artist
Throughout church history, art has not only expressed Christian prayer but also embodied prophetic response to injustice. This artistic vision is beautifully expressed in the work of John August Swanson. For the last five years Swanson has been working out this vision in his posters on Peace and Social Justice, painting messages for justice, civil rights, hunger, poverty, and peace.   Come and learn from Swanson and view more than 40 of his posters on Peace and Social Justice.  In partnership with Calvin College, this seminar will be held at the Catholic Information Center.  
CFD: Evangelization 

Gallagher Talk:  Your One Wild and Precious Life

Monday, January 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
with special guest Father Mark-David Janus, CSP
Vocation comes from a Latin word which means calling, in the sense that we are “called” to do something, we are “called” to be someone. From the Christian perspective, the one doing the “calling” is God. What do we feel we are called to do with our life? Who is the person we are called to be?  How you answer that question is probably the most interesting thing about you. It is the very core of our life’s happiness and fulfillment. It is also how we find God.  We are each given one wild precious life—So, what are you going to do with yours?   
CFD:   Spirituality  ($10  donation requested.)