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Fall 2015

Here you can find an archive of past talks given during our Welcoming Catholics Home Fall 2015 Series. Most of the documents are in Microsoft Word format, except as noted.

Sept. 15, 2015: PAPAL VISITS
Pope Francis is coming to town! How have modern Papal visits impacted the local and Universal Church? What is the purpose of Pope Francis’ visit to the USA?

Sept. 22, 2015: CANONIZATION OF SAINTS
Blessed Junipero Serra is being canonized in DC by the Pope. What is the process that led to his canonization? Why does the Church canonize saints?

Sept. 29, 2015: CONFESSION
How do you know you are forgiven and how does God’s forgiveness impact your life? Why isn’t it enough to just tell God you are sorry?

Oct. 6, 2015: THE FAMILY
What is the Catholic Church’s teaching on the family? How does God’s vision for the family, marriage and human sexuality, as expressed in our human nature, differ from the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage?

Oct. 13, 2015: GRACE
What are the primary sources of grace? What is the importance of grace in a Catholic’s life?

Oct. 20, 2015: PRAYER
How does prayer build our relationship with God and bring Him into our daily life? What if prayer is a challenge for you?

Oct. 27, 2015: ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS DAYS
Why does the Church set aside a day each year to celebrate the saints and a day to pray for departed souls? What is the Communion of Saints?

Nov. 3, 2015: FAITH
In whom and in what do Catholics believe? How do Catholics live their faith? How can Catholics increase their faith?

Nov. 10: The MASS
Why is the Mass the center of Catholic life? How can you deepen your faith and relationship with Christ through the Mass? What if you don’t experience anything at Mass?

Nov. 17: YEAR OF MERCY
What is the Year of Mercy and how can Catholics participate in its graces? What is the history of Jubilee Years in the Old Testament and in the life of the Church?

Dec. 1: ADVENT
How can your family have a Christ-centered preparation for Christmas? Why does the Church help us during Advent to be spiritually prepared for Christmas and for Christ’s return?

Dec. 8: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Why does the Church celebrate Mary’s sinless conception? How did Mary participate at her birth in her Son’s Resurrection? (Short talk will be given before Mass at 7:30.)

Dec. 15: THE INCARNATION
Can we imagine a God who loves us so much he comes to dwell among us as a human baby in an ordinary human family? What does God want us to know from this astonishing event?