Adult Faith Formation

Adult faith formation allows us to actively learn and live Jesus’ call. This includes bible study groups, but so much more…it involves creating opportunities to meet people where they are in their relationship with Christ so we can grow as disciples. The US Catholic Bishops remind us: God's call to holiness, our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus and we learn and live our faith as active members of the Church. Prayerfully consider growing your relationship with Jesus.
For more information contact Kym Leibham - [email protected]
Safeguarding Coordinator is Lori Woelfel - [email protected]

 

BELOVED WOMEN RETREAT
THE RETREAT IS ON! SO WE CAN ACCEPT REGISTRATIONS THRU FEB. 6!
FEBRUARY 17 & 18, 2023

Pre-Lent Retreat
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine Songs 6:3
The Lord loves you and wants to reveal Himself to you. 

The retreat is a sacred time to foster a personal encounter with God through a balance of prayer, inspirational talks, small group exploration, silence, and the natural beauty of women in union. 
Together we will journey to open our lives more fully to the action of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, Feb 17 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 18 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location 
Lakeland University Laun Center
W3718 South Drive, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Lakeland University is nestled just outside of Howards Grove and offers all the amenities for a lovely retreat. The facility is ADA compliant; restrooms are on all floors, dining service is onsite, and the lovely and private grounds are perfect for walking, contemplating, praying, and building friendships.

Cost
$30 per person
Includes all meals, snacks, beverages, presentations, and a lovingly created journal to capture your thoughts, ideas, references, and Holy Spirit moments.
Register HERE.

Payment & donation link on Faith Direct HERE or mail/deliver to one of the parish offices:
Holy Name of Jesus, 807 Superior Ave., Sheboygan 53081
St. Dominic, 2133 N. 22nd St., Sheboygan 53081

There are no hidden costs, nor will there be any event solicitations. 

We do, welcome you to bring items which helped grow your relationship with Jesus, Mary, or the saints which another woman may appreciate. These items will be lovingly placed on a special table for others to take as the Holy Spirit moves them. Some examples are:

  • Books
  • Rosary
  • Medallions or other religious items
  • Prayer cards

Who should attend?
Any woman who is interested in growing her love of Christ. Please, invite a friend to be part of the retreat!

What to bring?
Your Bible, your heart, a writing instrument. We invite you to dress comfortably as you may wish to participate in some exercise or walking during the day.

Schedule

Friday 6:30– 9 p.m.

6:30 p.m.             Dessert reception and welcome

7 p.m.                  Conversations with God: Powerful and Life-Giving Prayer with Photini Cabey, Assistant School Director Encounter School of Ministry

8:30 p.m.             Evening prayer and closing

 

Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

9 a.m.                  Breakfast

9:30 a.m.             Holy Friendships with Lydia LoCoco, D. Min. Director of Community Relations Office of the Archbishop

10:45 a.m.           Morning breakout session

12:15 p.m.          Lunch 

12:45 p.m.          Me time: contemplation, prayer, exercise, walking rosary, etc.

2:15 p.m.            Afternoon breakout session

4 p.m.                Afternoon prayer and retreat closing

5 p.m.                St. Dominic Mass concludes evening OPTIONAL

Group Presentations

Friday, Feb 17, 7 p.m.
Conversations with God: Powerful and Life-Giving Prayer with Photini Cabey, Assistant School Director Encounter School of Ministry
What is prayer? The Catechism defines prayer as a "vital and personal relationship with the living and true God" (CCC, no. 2558). It is one thing to know about prayer…but it is entirely different, to actually pray. St Augustine wrote "True prayer is nothing but love." 

Through review of scripture and personal testimony, this full group session will invite us to consider our prayer life and inspire us to deepen our love through prayer. 

Photini Cabey pursues a lifestyle of worship and intimate union with Our Lord and has a deep desire to help bring others into His presence to experience and encounter the love of the Father for themselves personally. In particular, Photini has a calling to minister to and equip women for ministry. Originally from Massachusetts, she served as a short-term missionary to Russia and also did missionary work in Costa Rica and the Philippines. Photini is an intercessor and a prayer warrior especially in the arena of praying for cities and prayer walk ministry. She worked for one of the largest evangelistic and missionary ministries to teens in North America and across the world and has worked in the insurance industry for several years where she has been trained and developed as a leader. Photini brings her Kingdom and corporate experience to bear on all that she does and has noted gifts of administration. She takes great joy in partnering with her husband, Maximus, to proclaim and advance the Kingdom of God and together are currently running the Encounter School of Ministry - Green Bay Campus.


Sat., Feb 18, 9:30 a.m.
Holy Friendships with Lydia LoCoco, D. Min. Director of Community Relations Office of the Archbishop
Have you ever found it difficult to have meaningful friendships? Holy friendships can inspire us and accompany us as we grow in our love for Christ and the sacraments. 

Seeking understanding from our Mother Mary and other saints, we will consider how nurturing holy friendships will help us on our path to heaven. “What great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!” St. Teresa of Avila

Lydia LoCoco, D. Min earned both her BA and Masters in Theology from the University of Dallas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Mundelein Seminary/St. Mary of the Lake in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She teaches for the archdiocesan diaconate program and has been an adjunct lecturer for Mundelein Seminary.  A frequent local speaker and presenter, you might recognize her voice from her previous weekly local radio show “The Lydia LoCoco Show” and national work as a contributor to Relevant Radio. She is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Dr. LoCoco is married to local attorney Francis LoCoco, and they are the parents of four sons and four daughters. Their son, Fr. John LoCoco is a priest and Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Their daughter, Sr. Ancilla Joy, is a novice with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus. Frank and Lydia are the proud grandparents of fourteen grandchildren, and are very excited to welcome another grandchild this August.

Saturday Breakout Sessions 
at registration select 1 session to attend in the morning and 1 in the afternoon

Sharing the Beauty of Catholicism with Olivia O’Keefe
Perhaps someone has asked you that question or maybe you’ve even asked yourself once or twice? It may have made you uncomfortable or it may have set you on fire for wanting to better articulate the truth and beauty of Catholicism. With the help of the Holy Spirit, this breakout session will guide you toward a dose of confidence to affirm your faith internally and externally. "Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear." St Catherine of Siena.

Olivia O'Keefe loves the Catholic Church! She is the wife of her lumberjack husband and mother to their five awesome kiddos on earth and one saint in heaven. After years of being active within various parish ministries, she is currently committed full-time to the mission of their domestic church. Raising saints while trying to become one is a crazy beautiful, perfectly imperfect adventure. The only way she's able to keep fighting for heaven is with the help of her Beloved Jesus, His saints, holy friendships, and her morning cup of coffee.

The Great Mystery of Suffering with Amy L. Golm, BVM
Pain, suffering, loss, and grief come in many forms and happen to everyone. Through humility, abandonment, and trust, we can learn and heal our hearts as grief brings us to His divine providence. “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” Mother Teresa. This session will emphasize the Paschal Mystery as the spiritual pattern of our lives using scripture, poetry, Amy’s experience companioning people through life-threatening illness as well as participants' own stories.

Sr. Amy, a Catholic sister with a Masters of Divinity from a Lutheran seminary and five units of clinical pastoral education, serves as a chaplain at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI. She is a compassionate, creative minister with broad experience providing spiritual care across the lifespan including acute care, palliative and hospice care and university ministry.

Exploring the Roles of Women in the Bible Through Classic Works of Art with Mary Klein
Women in the Bible have been prophets, queens, and judges. From Eve and Sara to Judith and Esther, this workshop uses depictions of women in the Bible in classic works of art to tell their stories.  Understanding women’s roles in the stories of scripture like Mary Magdalene, sisters Mary and Martha, and Priscilla; helps us examine our own roles in the development of faith. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:30-31

Mary Claire Klein, EdD, is the retired chair of the Communication program and the Leadership program at Marian University of Fond du Lac, WI where she taught for 35 years.  Mary’s education includes an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in organizational communication from UW-Whitewater.  She also holds a doctorate in leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.   She sings, plays guitar and piano, participates in Summer Theatre in Manitowoc, WI and knits. Mary and her husband Jim have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Cursillo - A Movement of the Catholic Church with Nikki Schneider
The movement of Cursillo (pronounced Kur-see-yo) in Christianity is a powerful instrument of renewal in the Catholic Church. Its aim is to concentrate closely on the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Cursillo gives those who attend it a living understanding of basic Christian truths and the desire to live these truths. What is more, it provides a means to continue the Christian formation. This session explains the Cursillo three-day workshop and the ongoing monthly small group gatherings to continue growth in understanding and zeal within the Christian community. Pope Paul VI said in part, “This method of Christian teaching commonly called Cursillos in Christianity extends already over a great number of the faithful and has produced abundant fruit …Christian renewal of the family life…vitalization of parishes…faithful observance of duties in private as well as public. All this has filled with the greatest satisfaction the Bishops and the other shepherds of souls.”

MENU

Friday Dessert & beverages

  • Dessert Reception with assorted bars
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

Saturday Continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & beverages

Breakfast

  • Ham & Cheese Quiche and Vegetable & Cheese Quiche
  • Plain Yogurt, Granola, and Berries
  • Assorted Mini Muffins
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

Lunch

  • Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans, Fresh Strawberries with a Homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette
  • Egg Salad on a Mini Croissant
  • Turkey & Swiss on Mini Croissant
  • Ham & Provolone on Mini Croissant
  • Fresh Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

Afternoon snack

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Ranger Cookies

Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water

MONSIGNOR JAMES P. SHEA PRESENTATION
“LOVE FOR THE EUCHARIST IN AN APOSTOLIC AGE”
February 21 Archdiocese Pallium Lecture featuring Monsignor James P. Shea President of the University of Mary, 7 p.m. Brookfield Conference Center. Attendance is free and open to everyone. If there is enough interest, we will arrange a bus. Talk with Kym about details.

CATHOLIC BOOK DISCUSSION WITH TERESA BETTAG
March 2 book is the spiritual classic of "The secret of the Rosary" by St. Louis De Montfort. The book
discussion meets the first Thursday of each month from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Reinl Center. A limited number
of complimentary books are available. Contact Kym for details.

MEN OF CHRIST
March 11  The world needs men—and fathers—who live their faith boldly! Nearly 50 parishes are hosting the virtual conference. Blessed Trinity in Sheboygan Falls is hosting our county’s event. Details coming soon.

ABIDING TOGETHER PODCAST
Women, the Abiding Together Podcast is BACK! Hosted by Sister Miriam, Michelle Benzinger, and Heather Khym, Abiding Together provides a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ. You can find the podcast on their website abidingtogetherpodcast.com or iTunes, Spotify, Podbead, or Google Podcasts and it’s FREE!

FOCUS ON US 
STRENGTHENING MARRIAGES
Our NEW and ongoing marriage ministry gives couples the time to love, listen, and share with each other and deepen the presence of Christ as the center of a marriage. Groups of 4 – 5 couples come together on a Friday evening, once a month. The host couple provides questions for meditation and sharing, then models how to share. Each couple moves to a separate space together and contemplates the questions and shares, just with each other. The evening is mainly about sharing as a couple. Couples of all ages and chapters of life are presently part of the ministry. Couples are welcome to join anytime. Contact Kym if you are interested in learning more.

CATECHISM IN A YEAR
It is not too late to start! It is the best 15-minutes you will spend each day! Consider committing to Catechism in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz. This study will not only allow you to grow in information but real transformation through the podcast. Fr. Schmitz remarked “what we want to do is to make it accessible for the common person — to break down some of these ideas that are kind of ‘woah, I’ve never heard that word before’ and break it down into, OK, how does this play out in your family, with your children, with your finances, with your emotions, in your parish?” Jeff Cavins added “I think that the Catechism in a Year is not just for Catholics; it is for everybody because life is for everybody. God’s plan is for everybody.” The daily episodes (365 total) are short ranging from 15 to 20 minutes. Go to Ascension Press for further details or contact Kym.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING LENT FAITH GROWING OPPORTUNITIES!
Be Transformed - The Healing Power of the Sacraments Lenten Bible Study by Bob Schuchts
Wednesday afternoons 1:00 - 2:30p.m. Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Limited to 6 participants
Discussing the 7 sacraments of the church and how we, as Christians, can grow spiritually in the midst of
our sinfulness through the use of the sacraments.  This study will show us how God’s glory is reflected
through the sacraments.
Hosted by Sherry Osterhaus at her northside Sheboygan home
Book cost $17.95 each and available through Sherry
Register with Sherry at 920-207-8541

Lenten Soup Supper Dates
The Lenten Soup Suppers are a beautiful evening fellowship while we learn about our faith together
February 28
March 7
March 14
March 21
Presenters and topics available soon
The evening flows with the following schedule:
5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Clement, Sheboygan
6 p.m. soup dinner and fellowship at St. Clement Dominican Hall
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. presentation with time for questions at St. Clement Dominican Hall
Stations of the Cross through the eyes of Mary
Saturday, March 11, Holy Name of Jesus
1 p.m.
Prayer materials will be provided.

24-Hours of Adoration
The morning of Thursday, March 9 through the morning of Friday, March 10 at Holy Name
Sign-up coming soon.

CALLED & GIFTED ST. DOMINIC CHURCH
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
April 29 Parishioners may remember St. Dominic hosted a Called & Gifted™ workshop about ten-years ago. At
that time, we did not have the infrastructure to support continued charism discernment…but we do
now! We have a dozen trained leaders in our area who are beautifully equipped to guide your charism
discernment helping you use your gifts as God created and ignite our parish in service and love.
The Called & Gifted™ Discernment Process has been used since 1993 by over 100,000 lay, ordained, and
religious Catholics, and other Christians around the world. It is designed to help Christians discern the
presence of charisms in their lives. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians
by the Holy Spirit to give them power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God's goodness for
people. Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2003). All three parts of the process are necessary for discovering
where you are gifted.

  • Part One is the Called and Gifted workshop, which lays the foundation for the beginning of
    discernment. During the initial Called & Gifted workshop series the participants will take the
    Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory.
  • Part Two is the one-hour gifts interview, an invaluable part of the process.
  • Part Three helps you begin discernment in the real world. It will teach you how to:
    o develop charism experiment
    o evaluate your results
    o identify ways you learned to control life as a child that get in the way of using your
      charisms as an adult.

     NEW online platform gives outstanding accessibility and availability the tools which are created to
support as we learn about the charisms.
     We are running two workshops on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Dominic Parish, one in
English and one in Spanish. The cost for lunch, snacks, Part one and Part two, workbook, unlimited
access to Part three discernment small groups, and access to the online education platform for six-
months is $44. The Archdiocese is graciously underwriting most of the cost. Our community is so
committed to this approach to grow disciples, we will cover $20 of the cost for early registrants before
March 15. Simply use code SNCP20COUPON when registering online https://www.archmil.org/called-
and-gifted
     This experience is not like other inventories or assessments such as Myers Briggs or Strengthfinders
where you take a test, receive a score and those are the skills you possess. Here is the important
part…high assessment scores are not necessarily your charisms…they may simply be skills you have
mastered because you have done them for so long. Uncovering who God created us to be is not a one
and done experience…it is a life-long journey as is understanding our charisms. Even if you participated
in the workshop 10-years ago, we recommend you join us again; this experience will be robust and
disciple-growing.

 

 

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