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Jesus Is Lord: Series Introduction

Over the past couple of years, I have had friends, family, and acquaintances ask me about my parish program, Jesus Is Lord, a course that is designed to feed adults in the Faith. Centered upon the core Gospel teachings found in the Kerygma, the Jesus Is Lord course is designed to challenge even the most well-educated Catholics. This past July, I was honored to do a review of chapter five of Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples. In my discussion, I included a small snippet of what my volunteer work looks like from a facilitator standpoint of this wonderful program.

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After much prayer and consideration of the work it would require to bring an otherwise in-person experience to an online platform, I decided to pull the trigger this semester and go for it. I know that not all parishes offer Adult Faith Formation programs and, in some cases, some people are unable to make it for one reason or another. I wanted to share each class not to replace the experience of attending in person, but rather to bring another dimension of learning to the ever-growing digital continent. Our task as Catholics is to reach out and evangelize on the digital continent – I believe sharing the course online is almost necessary to fit the bill of the pope’s call to evangelize. In that spirit, I offer you the classes {or installments} of what it’s like to attend the Jesus Is Lord course at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, Texas.

Come, take a walk through our Christian beginnings and learn the truth about our Catholic faith and heritage that is built up on the Word of God. The Word that became flesh in Jesus Christ. Come! Jesus invites you to learn about the innermost mysteries about the Trinity and how we fit into God’s plan.

The Adult Faith Formation program was designed to bring you the truth about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as you journey with Christ. No matter where you are on your spiritual walk with Christ, the Adult Faith Formation program is for you. 

WHAT IS THE KERYGMA?

sermon_mount02Hector Molina does a great job of explaining what the Kerygma is. Briefly, it is the core Gospel message – the message that all Christians are called to proclaim to the ends of the earth. Catechesis builds upon the Kerygma, but most Catholics do not know what the Kerygma is, much less know how to proclaim it. It is, as Father Uche referred to it on Orientation Night recently, the very essence of what we believe. We can’t make sense of the rest of the teachings of the Church unless we first understand what the Kerygma is.

WHO NEEDS TO KNOW THE KERYGMA?

Anyone who calls themselves Christian should not only be aware of the Kerygma, but unafraid to share it with others.

WHO CAN TAKE THE JESUS IS LORD COURSE?

At our parish, anyone who is a fully initiated Catholic is welcome to participate. Given that this will be an online version, I expect and welcome non-Catholics to join in and participate as well!

BUT I KNOW ALL THAT STUFF ALREADY. I AM A CATECHIST, ATTENDED CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, EVEN GOT A DEGREE FROM A CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY. TELL ME WHY I SHOULD SPEND VALUABLE TIME LEARNING ABOUT THIS…AGAIN?

This is one of my favorite questions. Having spent seven semesters entrenched in our Adult Faith Formation program, six of those facilitating and attending training meetings to both train and mentor incoming facilitators, I feel confident in saying it doesn’t matter how much you think you know. I hate to burst bubbles, but most adults are walking around with grade school level catechesis. I have heard people tell me their Catholic resume and list the reasons why they don’t think they need to attend the Jesus Is Lord course.

Is it basic information? Yes. Is it information that is convicted in the hearts of all Catholics? No. Why should you attend? Because you are a committed student of the Faith and as such you are not in a position to say that your spiritual cup is full. I say this to you because I say it to myself each semester. I have been listening to these same talks for years now. I have yet to attend a class in which I walked away not feeling challenged to learn something new. The course is not about head knowledge – it’s about converting hearts toward a life centered in Christ.

I promise you will be challenged.

OK, OK. NOW WHAT? WHAT DO I DO? CAN A FRIEND JOIN ME?

Great!! Of course friends are invited! It would be a wonderful idea to gather some friends together to go over the material presented each week, followed by answering questions and working on homework in the interim. You will also ideally need a prayer partner, so if you go through this program with friends, you can pray for each other. Going through it by yourself? Ask a friend to pray for you and commit to pray for them as well.

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE NEXT 16 WEEKS

I will be sharing the following each week

  • a summary of the main portion of the class, broken into segments {i.e. teaching, scripture, testimony}
  • videos {where possible},
  • questions for you to answer that cover the content from the evening
  • homework
  • concluding prayer

And there you have it! The new series has begun, so I encourage you to subscribe to the blog if you aren’t already so you don’t miss out on the weekly classes. See you in class, friends!

Meet instructors of the Jesus Is Lord course, Noe Rocha - director of Adult Faith Formation and Father Uche Andeh.

Meet instructors of the Jesus Is Lord course, Noe Rocha – director of Adult Faith Formation and Father Uche Andeh.

About Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to six kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-6/12. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.

  • Christine J - I love this idea! I did the Lawn Chair Catechism all Summer, and I want to use what I’ve learned to reach the middle schoolers I committed to teach this year. Plus, as a Lay Dominican, knowing how to better tell about the kerygma will help me in my vocations. Thanks!September 18, 2013 – 6:22 amReplyCancel

  • Jesus Is Lord Series on Catholic Sistas - […] praise God that the Spirit moved Martina to write about the program and share it on her blog as it’s happening. So, I can virtually […]September 26, 2013 – 12:27 amReplyCancel

  • Mildred - As a catechist I hope to be able to learn more and thus give something more to the students than what is prescribed in the books. Thanks.September 26, 2013 – 11:51 amReplyCancel

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