“Behold I am with you always, even to the close of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Jesus promised that He would never abandon His people; He promised that He would remain until the end of time. Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago, yet He is still present and active in the lives of His people. He is with them. However, recognizing God’s presence in our world today takes a ‘trained eye’ and an act of faith. Jesus can most readily be recognized through the witness of Christian people, people who acknowledge and testify to the power and presence of God in their lives. The ‘Encounter with Christ’ stories help to highlight how God is working in the lives of the people in the parish of St. Magdalen’s Church. These stories are meant to help those who read them to more easily recognize God’s presence in their own lives. God wants to be known by you and to work in your life—invite Him to do so.

Upcoming Bible Studies

09-24-2017Encountering ChristBarb Urcinas

Growing up Catholic, I heard Bible stories. Some stories captivated my young imagination – Noah’s Ark comes to mind. Would Noah have organized the animals alphabetically by name, or by size? And most important, whose job was it to clean the Ark? Unfortunately, some details were left out.

Fast forward from my childhood to 10 years ago. I read in the bulletin that St. Magdalen’s was offering a Bible study. I hadn’t studied the Bible since college, and most of those details had long since evaporated. Though I always intended to read the Bible on my own, I never seemed to find time. That first study was The Quick Journey through the Bible, with Jeff Cavins. I really enjoyed it – knowing more of the background of the stories really helped me to make connections with the readings on Sundays.

This year, there will be two Bible studies beginning in October. Oremus, Let Us Pray, is a wonderful video study that features Fr. Mark Toups. Over eight weeks, he introduces Lectio Divina, and different ways to support an active prayer life. The second study is A Biblical Walk through the Mass, with Edward Sri. You may remember when Dr. Sri spoke here – he is a captivating speaker! In this five – week video study, Dr. Sri explains the Biblical background of the Mass, and helps us gain insights for getting the most out of Mass.

I invite you to consider taking one of these studies. There are no prior requirements - each one will help you deepen your faith life. Please invite a friend - then you can discuss what you learn with someone after the study ends! Registration begins September 23. There will be a registration table in the Narthex with details, and forms will be available online, at the parish website. I hope to see you!

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