Aug. 22-24: SWIDS: Holiday Inn Midtown. Our presenter will be Dr. John Bergsma, professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. Dr. Bergsma will look at Jesus' own preaching recorded in Scripture at the Sermon on the Mount. He will also look at the Dead Sea Scrolls as a window to understanding Jesus and the New Testament through Jewish eyes. All deacons and wives are encouraged to attend this most enlightening conference. Further information can be obtained from Deacon Ham at (512) 504-3513, Deacon Hansen at (512) 345-7007, or Deacon Tim Vande Vorde at (512) 644-0662.
Oct. 4: Deacon Convocation: St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Pflugerville. Key note speaker Fr. Ron Rolheiser. Registration 8 to 8:30 a.m., session lasts 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jun-Oct. 2014: Catechesis on Human Love Certification: Pastoral Center, 2014. In a culture that often reduces the significance of human love and sexuality and provides “depersonalized, recreational and often pessimistic information, parents struggle to give their children an adequate education in regard to the true meaning of sexuality. With a keen awareness of this problem and with true love for the human person, St. John Paul II labored to offer an adequate anthropology, or understanding of the human person, to the Church and to the world during his years of service as priest, bishop and pope. In his teaching, popularly known as Theology of the Body and better understood as a catechesis on human love, the late Holy Father offered his reflections on the meaning of the body and the human person. This certification offers the wisdom of the Church to catechists for education in human love and sexuality, in particular incorporating St. John Paul II’s catechesis on human love which helps us to understand the human person in a way so radically different from the current culture.