Thursday, December 29, 2011

Catholicism Series by Fr. Robert Barron

Finding out about the Catholic Faith has never been made easier or more fun thanks to the Catholicism Series by Fr. Robert Barron!  

Fr. Robert Barron created a groundbreaking program for adults to explore what Catholics believe and why.  The program "uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church."

According to the Catholicism Series site, the program includes: 
  • Ten compelling episodes from the series on DVD. Filmed in 50 locations throughout 15 countries, the CATHOLICISM DVDs reveal these truths in a visually-breath taking and compelling way, with original, high-definition cinematography.
  • A companion study lesson written by Carl Olson for each DVD, complete with extensive commentary, questions for understanding and also questions for application to each participant’s own life.
  • CATHOLICISM: Journey to the Heart of the Faith, a companion book based on a more detailed rendering of the scripts from the DVD series
  • Leader’s Program Kit, including facilitator’s guide and study guide answer key
  • Promotional materials to announce the upcoming program in your location
  • Spanish and English subtitles included in each DVD set
  • Can be experienced in 12 or 22 sessions
Fortunately, several parishes are offering the series for their parishoners so that they need only pay for the study materials.  My parish, for example, is offering the 12-week series for parishoners, and they're providing childcare.  Philip and I are looking forward to having a weekly date night where we can find out more about our faith at the same time!  

If your parish isn't offering the Catholicism series, maybe another parish will.  Call your archdiocesan office, check their website, ask at your local Catholic bookstore.  There are so many phenomenal formation opportunities--we need only seek them out.  

If the series isn't available near you, try checking the PBS and EWTN programming schedule.  Both stations are airing portions of the program.  You can also purchase the book or other material a la cart. 
Don't just take my word for it.  Watch and read the endorsements of the program by other prominent Catholics such as Archbishop Timothy Dolan (Archbishop of New York City), George Weigel (Biographer of Blessed John Paul II), Tom Peterson (Founder and Creator of the Catholics Come Home®), and many more.

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