Adult Education Programs

 Is Jesus calling you to be more active in parish life?  Do you want to deepen your relationship with Christ and His Church but are not sure where to begin?  Have you been looking for a Catholic Bible Study to attend…and perhaps to invite your friends and neighbors to as well?  Have you been challenged about your Catholic faith by a non-Catholic and were not sure how to respond?  Would you like to spend time in fellowship with members of your parish family?

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The ICC Adult Education Committee is pleased to announce these exciting opportunities and resources for adults that will serve to enrich your faith life as a member of our parish and help you to share your faith more effectively with others.  We invite you to consider taking part in one or more of the activities below.

Bible Studies and Catholic Apologetics

Immaculate Conception Parish offers a range of Bible studies and apologetics courses designed to bring you deeper into God’s Word in the mind and heart of His Church.  As Vatican II teaches us, the fullness of truth subsists in the Catholic Church (Lumen Gentium 8).  What an amazing gift we have in being Catholic!  How important it is, then, that Catholics understand this faith, rooted in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (2 Thess. 2:15), live this faith, love this faith, and know how to share it with our neighbors (1 Peter 3:15).

1) Acts, The Spread of the Kingdom. In this exciting new series participants are invited to discover how a few Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit were chosen to bring Christ and the Good News to the ends of the earth. Acts will enrich your faith and rekindle your love for Christ as participants live the lives of  his first disciples. This series is being offered on Monday evenings (6:30–8:30 p.m.) and Tuesday mornings (9:15–11:15 a.m.) beginning Sept. 28th.  All sessions take place in the ICC Parish Center.

2) Bible Time-line. Participants are invited to begin a journey through the entire Bible by going deeper into each period of salvation history and discovering the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture.  The 1st half of the program, 12 sessions, will be offered this year. The sessions will be held every other week beginning October 6th on Tuesday evenings (6:30-8:30pm) and Thursday mornings (9:15-11:15am). All Sessions take place in the ICC Parish Center.

Registration forms for either of these programs can be obtained in the parish center or through the Religion Office.

3) Book Study, led by Mary Ann Hopkins.  Check the parish bulletin for the latest book title to be discussed.

Liturgy, Eucharistic Adoration, and Prayer

1) Our Eucharistic Lord waits for us in every tabernacle and monstrance, and He longs for us to be in His presence.  Come spend some time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, for Christ’s Eucharistic presence is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC1324).  Click here for a list of adoration times at local churches and for more information on Eucharistic Adoration.

Catholic Spirituality

1) FindingGod.org  This website contains resources to enrich your spiritual life, including daily 3-minute reflections.

Marriage and Family Life

1) Check back soon for more opportunities for enriching your marriage and family life.

Fellowship and Parish Activities

1) M.O.M. (“Mothers On a Mission”) Group – Meet other mothers and children at Church and around town for friendly conversation and support.  Please contact Elizabeth Stevens (estevens@udel.edu) for more details or to express your interest in participating.  Kids always welcome!  Please click here for more information.

2) Christian Yoga – Mondays beginning Sept. 14, 2015 thru Nov. 2nd  at 7 p.m. in the parish gym. Sessions will resume on Mondays beginning Feb. 22, 2016 thru Apr. 18th.

Faithful Citizenship

1) Click here [link to be provided soon] for more information from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) about being a faithful citizen.  Or, click here for a link to the USCCB’s Faithful Citizenship website or here for a direct link to the USCCB’s document “Faithful Citizenship.”   For more details on forming your conscience for faithful citizenship, visit this USCCB website.

2) Click here for a link to “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” (Catholic Answers).

 

“Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

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About the Adult Education Committee:

The role of this parish committee is to plan enrichment opportunities annually for all Adult parishioners. It accomplishes its task through seeking input in the form of suggestions and evaluations of previous participants. This Committee normally meets the second Tuesday of every month in the parish library.  Please check back here for announcements regarding future meetings and prayerfully consider contributing your time to this committee.  If you would like to share any ideas or suggestions for future parish events, please email Sr. Grace at dre@iccparish.org. For more information please contact the Religion Office at 410-392-3551 or re@iccparish.org.

News

Vibrant Faith @ Home

Vibrant faithImmaculate Conception Church is happy to offer Vibrant Faith @ Home, which supports families who are intentional about their faith and religious practice as they raise the next generation of committed Christians. If this is your first visit, start with I’m New! on the menu below; if you’ve previously created a username and password, simply log in to VF@Home below and enjoy!

Click here to enter the Vibrant Faith website.

Communication just got easier!

Our parish is now using a new communication tool, Flocknote.

Flocknote will allow parishioners to receive text messages, emails, and phone calls from our parish staff and those involved in parish ministries and activities. It was designed by Catholics for Catholic parishes, schools and organizations.

Flocknote will be our new parish registration tool (coming soon on the parish web site.)

For existing parish members, your Flocknote registration will allow us to update our information and will give you the opportunity to subscribe to any lists you like.

If you or a family member are involved in any ministry (music, religious education, liturgy, youth ministry, adult education, athletics, scouting, adult education… and more) please sign up today and stay connected to all the news and reminders you need.

It’s so simple. Here’s how to register:

  1. Click [here] to register.
  2. Enter your name and email address or phone number.
  3. Check your email or phone for a verification message and confirm your registration.
  4. Complete the registration form.
  5. Choose the lists/ministries to which you belong or would like to belong.
  6. Choose your subscription settings (Do you want to be contacted by email or text message? For phone calls only, please contact the parish office to activate that option.)
That’s it! So simple!
You can unsubscribe from any list at any time.
After your registration is complete, be sure to check your email for a confirmation message and verify your registration. That’s the final step.

Welcome to the Flock!