Faith Formation Series

PART ONE: The ideal introduction to the Second Vatican Council, exploring the Opening Address that Blessed Pope John XXIII delivered at the Council’s inaugural session, and Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.

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The ideal introduction to the Second Vatican Council, PART ONE begins with an exploration of the Opening Address that Blessed Pope John XXIII delivered at the Council’s inaugural session. This remarkable address provides indispensable insight into the Council’s mission and mandate, answering such critically important questions as: Why was the Council called and what did it hope to accomplish? What is the Council’s relationship with the sacred deposit of faith? Why do we call Vatican II “a pastoral council?”

From there we will move on to The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation – Dei Verbum. This rich and beautiful document addresses such basic yet crucial questions as: How does man come to know God and His will? What is Divine Revelation? From where does the Bible come and how is it related to sacred Tradition?” In 4 Straight-Forward, Easy-to-Use Lessons.

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PART TWO: A timely journey into The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem) and The Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes) – documents that serve as a wake-up call for the laity; those who Pope John Paul II often called “a sleeping giant

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PART TWO of the Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II Faith Formation Series takes participants on a timely journey into The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem) and The Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes) – documents that serve as a “wake-up call” for those Catholics who misunderstand the role of the layperson as one of silent spectator.

In the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, the Council Fathers offer important direction for authentic lay participation in the mission of the Church, giving us great insight into how it is most fruitfully expressed in our parishes, in our families and in our communities. The insights gained here find particular relevance given the shortage of priests in so many places.

From there we will move on to the Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church; a document aimed at reinvigorating the missionary zeal of the Church. Similar to the message of Apostolicam Actuositatem, participants will discover that the layperson is called to active service, and the work of the missionary has a uniquely Catholic component that cannot be overlooked.

The unifying foundation for Apostolicam Actuositatem and Ad Gentes lies in the Lord’s Great Commission as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 – a commission that is proper to each and every Christian. You will emerge from our exploration of these rich and beautiful documents re-energized to answer your own Baptismal call.

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PART THREE: An in depth journey through Lumen Gentium – the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, in which the Council Fathers reveal the true nature of the Church. Along the way we will effectively dispel some of the more common misunderstandings concerning the Council’s teachings; e.g. as it relates to the relationship between the laity and the sacred hierarchy, the notion of “loyal dissent,” the Council’s view of clerical celibacy, and the Church’s understanding of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s unique role in God’s plan of salvation – just to name a few..
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Pope John Paul II said that one of the primary questions faced by Council Fathers like himself at Vatican II was“Church, what do you say of yourself?”

In PART THREE of the Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II Faith Formation Series we will examine the Council’s answer as found in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church - Lumen Gentium. In so doing, we will encounter the three major themes that dominate Council’s ecclesiology; the Church as communion, the Church as the People of God, and the consciousness of redemption as an ongoing reality that continues in the Church today.

Our exploration of Lumen Gentium will effectively dispel some of the more common misunderstandings concerning the Council’s teachings; e.g. as it relates to the relationship between the laity and the sacred hierarchy, the way in which we are called to accept those teachings that are not infallibly defined, the Council’s view of clerical celibacy, and the Church’s understanding of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s unique role in God’s plan of salvation – just to name a few.

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PART FOUR: A critically important, eye-opening and spiritually enriching journey into The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy – Sacrosanctum Concilium; through which the Council Fathers lay out their vision for authentic liturgical reform. Among the crucial discoveries to be made in PART FOUR: Exactly what the Council means by “fully conscious and active participation on the part of all the faithful,” the value and meaning of liturgical signs, the true nature of sacred music and much, much more.
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Everyone knows that Vatican II changed the Mass, right? For example; things like the practical elimination of the Latin language, the new orientation of the priest who now commonly faces the people, the introduction of popular music, the reception of Holy Communion in the hand, the removal of altar rails and statues from our Churches, etc. But are these the sorts of changes the Council Fathers had in mind? You may be surprised at what you will find in Sacrosanctum Concilium, as well as what you won’t find…

In addition, participants will receive much needed catechesis concerning the true nature of the Sacred Liturgy – an action of Christ the High Priest that is no less than Heaven on earth. Those who have participated in PART THREE often say that they emerged with a renewed sense of awe, and can now see Holy Mass for what it truly is – the Sacred Mystery through which the work of our redemption is accomplished.


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PART FIVE:An ever-timely examination of Gaudium et Spes – The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, in which the Council Fathers “explain to everyone how the Council conceives of the presence and activity of the Church in the world of today.” The primary source for the Council’s view of social justice, Gaudium et Spes is often misunderstood as a manifesto for socialism, humanism and a brand of liberation theology that is totally foreign to the teachngs of Church. Now more than ever it’s important to arm yourself with the truth.
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Pope John Paul II quoted Gaudium et Spes – The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, more than any other Council document.

In PART FIVE of the Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II Faith Formation Series, we’ll examine this remarkable Constitution that sought “to explain to everyone how [the Council] conceives of the presence and activity of the Church in the world of today.”

Gaudium et Spes is like an application guide of sorts; intended as it is to help modern man move from a theoretical view of the Council’s teaching to a more meaningful one through its application; integrating all that the Church has to offer into the various circumstances of modern life for the benefit of all humankind.

The primary source for the Council’s view of social justice, Gaudium et Spes is often misunderstood as a manifesto for socialism, humanism and a brand of liberation theology that is totally foreign to the Council Fathers’ true intent.

Participants will enjoy timely and spiritually enriching catechesis on such important matters as the dignity of the human person, the role of government in protecting human freedom via the principle of subsidiarity, the true meaning of “the common good,” the proper development of culture, the and much, much more. Even though it was written in 1965, you’ll be amazed at how prophetically the Council Fathers teach on current challenges like the threat of terrorism, the benefits and dangers associated with a global economy and the duty of civil authority to uphold the dignity of marriage. In 5 Straight-Forward, Easy-to-Use Lessons.

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