Cursillo – Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning "short course." The Diocese of Covington offers these "short courses” in Christianity. These courses are spiritual retreats with talks and activities designed to draw participants deeper into an intimate and long-lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. Contact: Blaine Comfort (859-578-0133).
Formed – Blessed Sacrament Parish provides our parishioners with access to some of the finest online Catholic videos, audio presentations, and e-books for adults and teens. Family movies and children’s films are also available. Register at FORMED.org, and enter the parish code: 150485. You will need Internet Explorer 9 or greater, Firefox 25 or greater, Safari 7 or greater, Google Chrome 30 or greater.
High Tea (Held In God’s Hand – Transformation, Enlightenment, Apostleship) – This is an annual late winter or early spring event for women and teenage girls. Each table needs two hostesses who provide tea pots, cups and saucers, water glasses, and other tableware for their table. A separate team prepares finger foods and deserts. Two speakers are booked for each event, and casual discussion takes place over the delicacies provided. Contact: Lisa Bayne ([email protected]).
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) - This is the Church’s outreach to adults seeking answers about the Catholic faith, those wishing to become Catholic, or Catholics who want a refresher on Church teaching. (Children over the age of 7 who have not been baptized and/or have not received formal religious instruction are also assisted through the RCIA Office. More information is listed under Children’s Formation, Parish School of Religion). Fully initiated Catholics may volunteer to sponsor a prospective new Catholic, join the team of those facilitating the process for initiating new members, or simply attend sessions to grow in faith and understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church. This group meets Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m. Contact: Marilyn Cozzi ([email protected]
That Man is You! – This is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of Christian men in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families and the greater society. The program is divided into two 13-week sessions. The First session emphasizes the development of the Scriptural vision of man, especially in his relationship to his family and society, while the Second session emphasizes the practical means of becoming that man. Independent research from the Gallup Polls reveals “That Man is You!” to be one of the most life-transforming programs. Contact: Deacon Jim Fortner (859-462-9277).
Walking With Purpose – This is a faith formation process for women consisting of weekly gatherings (mornings or evenings) for prayer, study, and small group discussion. (Each series stands on its own and runs for a different number of weeks). The challenges of modern women are timeless and so is God’s wisdom revealed in the scriptures and Church teaching. Walking With Purpose helps women develop a deep, close relationship with Jesus Christ through study, discussion, and fellowship with other women. Contact: Connie Combs (859-380-2466, [email protected]).
Wednesday With the Word (Bible Study) – Wednesday With the Word (WWW) meets in the Blees Center on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 - noon. This is an in-depth, Catholic study, focusing on one book of the bible at a time and breaking it open verse by verse. Each session begins with Lectio Divina and shared reflection on one of the psalms. The pace of each session is determined by the group, with questions and faith-sharing welcome. WWW is facilitated by Rosanne Thomas who has an MA in Pastoral Ministry from the Athenaeum of Ohio, teaches catechist certification courses in the Diocese of Covington, and has written books on breaking open the Sunday readings for Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 ext 22 or [email protected]).
We Welcome Help With Events and Speakers – Speakers, programs, retreats, and other formational opportunities for adults are scheduled from time to time. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome, and help with advertising, set up, and clean-up is always needed. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 ext 22 or [email protected])