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FORMED presents:

The ECHO series from Ahaya Productions will be a 36 part video-based study of the United States Catholic Catechism of Adults (USCCA) presented by Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin. These are short and engaging videos introducing each chapter of the USCCA.

The ECHO video series covers: The Creed, The Sacraments, Christian Morality, and Prayer.

Download each study guide found in corresponding sections below.

The USCCA online is searchable, printable, and shareable. The table of contents provides easy access to each chapter, and the glossary is included as well as the appendices. The USCCA is available in English, click HERE.

Click HERE for the link to view USCCA book from the USCCB website.

The Creed

In this section on The Creed, there are 13 episodes to watch and discuss with your small group. echo,-creed-study-guide

  1. My Soul Longs for you, O God
  2. God comes to Meet Us
  3. Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature
  4. Bring about the Obedience of Faith
  5. I Believe In God
  6. Man and Women in the Beginning
  7. The Good News: god has Sent His Son
  8. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
  9. Receive the Holy Spirit
  10. The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ
  11. The Four Marks of the Church
  12. Mary: The Church’s First and Most Perfect Member
  13. Our Eternal Destiny

The Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated

In this section on The Sacraments, there are 9 episodes to watch and discuss with your small group. echo,-sacraments-study-guide

  1. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
  2. Baptism: Becoming a Christian
  3. The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life
  4. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: God is Rich in Mercy
  5. Anointing the Sick and Dying
  6. Holy Orders
  7. The Sacrament of Marriage
  8. Sacramentals and Popular Devotions

Christian Morality: The Faith Lived

In this section on Christian Morality there are 12 episodes to watch and discuss with your small group. echo,-morality-study-guide

  1. Life in Christ Part I
  2. Life in Christ Part II
  3. The First Commandment: Believe in the True God
  4. The Second Commandment: Reverence God’s Name
  5. The Third Commandment: : Love the Lord’s Day
  6. The Fourth Commandment: Strengthen Your Family
  7. The Fifth Commandment: Promote the Culture of Life
  8. The Sixth Commandment: Marital Fidelity
  9. The Seventh Commandment: Do Not Steal – Act Justly
  10. The Eighth Commandment: Tell the Truth
  11. The Ninth Commandment: Practice Purity of Heart
  12. The Tenth Commandment: Embrace Poverty of Spirit

Prayer: The Faith Prayed

In this section on Prayer, there are 2 episodes to watch and discuss with your small group. echo,-morality-study-guide

  1. God Calls Us to Pray
  2. Jesus Taught Us to Pray

Small groups are for everyone! They are generally around 5 to 12 people. Small groups often have a central book or video program that is used to foster conversation and faith-sharing. Suggestions will be provided here! 

Yes! you can still meet digitally online to stay connected. Ask us how, send an email to jstumbo@stmatthewcatholic.org

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Meeting with your small group using ZOOM

Watch this short video by Colin Maclver from Ascension Press to see how you too, can effectively run a virtual Small Group during quarantine.

Small Group Studies

Saints for the Month

February

3     St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr & St. Ansgar, Bishop

5     St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

6     St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

8     St. Jerome Emiliani & St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin

10    St. Scholastica, Virgin

11    Our Lady of Lourdes 

13    Blessed Virgin Mary

22    The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

23    St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

March

3     St. Katherine Drexel, Virgin

4     St. Casimir

8     St. John of God

9     St. Frances of Rome

17    St. Patrick, Bishop

18    St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

19    St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

23    St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

April

13    St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr

21    St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

23    St. George, Martyr & St. Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr

24    St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen Priest and Martyr

28    St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr & St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest

29    St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

30    St. Pius V, Pope

May

1     St. Joseph the Worker

3     Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

10    St. Damien de Veuster (of Moloka’i), Priest

12    Sts. Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs & St. Pancras, Martyr

13    Our Lady of Fatima

14    St. Matthias, Apostle

15    St. Isidore

18    St. John I, Pope and Martyr

20    St. Bernadine of Siena, Priest

21    St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest and Companions, Martyrs

22    St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

24    The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

25    St. Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church and St. Gregory VII, Pope and St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi, Virgin

26    St. Philip Neri, Priest

27    St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop

29    St. Paul VI, Pope and Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Book Recomendations

Into His Likeness Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ, by Dr. Edward Sri

Love Unveiled the Catholic Faith Explained, Dr. Edward Sri

After Suicide There’s Hope for Them and For You, Chris Alar, MIC and Jason Lewis, MIC

The Gift of Peace, Personal Reflections by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

The Case for Catholicism Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections by Trent Horn

Understanding “Our Father” Biblical Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer by Scott Hahn

The Life of Faustina Kowalska The Authorized Biography by Sister Sophia Michalenko, C.M.G.T.

Lessons from the Lives of the Saints by Father Joseph Esper

Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church by Steve Weidenkopf

The Glory of the Crusades by Steve Weidenkopf

The Real Story of Catholic History Answering Twenty Centuries of Anti-Catholic Myths by Steve Weidenkopf

Consuming the Word: The New Testament and The Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn

The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross by Scott Hahn

The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages by Scott Hahn

It is Right and Just by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley

The Adventure of Discipleship by Daniel A. Keating

Walk in Her Sandals Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women, edited by Kelly M. Wahlquist

Check back each month for new content on saints, prayers, book recommendations, and bible studies we share with you to help you and your small groups foster, grow and fellowship a deeper more meaningful relationship with Christ and each other. For inquiries regarding small groups; please contact Judy Stumbo, at jstumbo@stmatthewcatholic.org.

 

Ten Tips for Small Groups

  1. Pick a book or video series that challenges you to think and ask questions.
  2. Agree on an attainable amount of weekly content.
  3. Come open-minded.
  4. Let people finish their thoughts – even if it takes them a minute or two to unpack them.
  5. Put your phones in the middle of the table, face down and silent.
  6. Let the conversation flow – try not to hog the topic.
  7. Make your point once, and engage on peoples’ reactions to your point.
  8. If you don’t understand someone’s point, ask!
  9. Don’t be afraid to speak up!
  10. Find at least 1 thing from each book that challenged you and made you think in a different way and apply that to your life.

Small groups are a great way to grow in faith and become part of a small Christian community. For many years, we have had small groups during Lent. This year, groups have two options, a web based option and a book based option. If you have previously been in a Lenten group, check with your host to see if you will meet.

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FORMED.org Series:

Evangelization with Chris Stefanick

We are all on a mission. Do you know what it is? Have you planned the goals and oriented your life to achieve it? Pope Paul VI famously said, “the Church exists to evangelize.”

In the opening Chapter of Chris’ course of Evangelization, we’ll cover the importance of keeping focused on the main thing: Jesus Christ.

 

Use the link below as a guide through each video of the Evangelization Series.

evangelization-guide

Introduction video: Chapter 1: The Main Thing

https://watch.formed.org/evangelization-with-chris-stefanick/videos/dan-rogers-chris-01-ch-01-web