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Staff Contact for TGIF Children and Youth Formation: Ana Maria Alvarado, Pastoral Associate

Staff Contact for TGIF Adult Formation: Brian McCrohan, Pastoral Associate

Together Growing in Faith (TGIF) is a whole community approach to religious education available to every parish household. TGIF meets on Sunday evenings and begins at 5:30 PM with a brief prayer service followed by faith formation sessions for all ages. Adults attend general session presentations on various faith topics, attend mini-courses, or participate in small group break-out options, while children & youth attend their grade-respective classes (pre-K through grade 12). Nursery care is available for infants & toddlers. Each evening concludes at 7:00 PM. As an intergenerational program a parent/ guardian must accompany children to this program.

We are about to begin our 2016-2017 TGIF year and are excited to have some great options for our adults. This year there are two roads open to our adults. They are...

1. Choose one of our two full year options. These are Sacred Time-out and Scripture Study. You will attend these through the program year enjoying the chance to spend time deeping your experience alongside other parishioners in your chosen group.

2. Choose our mini-course option. For this option you will have a choice of Fall mini-courses to sign-up for, enjoy single session speakers/events in the winter, and have your choice of Spring mini-courses to sign-up for.

Each adult participating in TGIF needs to sign up for an adult formation option through the form above. PLEASE NOTE: The mini-course "Marriage: Strengthening the Bond" is designed for married couples and should be chosen only if both spouses are able to attend the mini-course together. ALSO NOTE: Scripture Study can be chosen as a full year option or as a mini-course. See below for full descriptions of our adult formation options for the Fall.

Sacred Time-out (Facilitated by Lisa McCrohan) - Full year

Gather with other SKD parishioners for a centering practice integrating gentle and invigorating yoga movement and Catholic prayer, song, and meditation. No experience necessary, no flexibility required. Relax, strengthen, and enjoy simple ways of stretching your body and lightening your heart. Come regroup, recharge, and reconnect to yourself, your prayer life, your community, and God.

Scripture Study: The Sunday Readings (Facilitated by Deacon Kevin Kulesa) - Full year or Fall mini-course

Through guided discussion you will gain a better understanding of sacred scripture. The focus will be providing a deeper understanding of the Sunday readings and the background in which they were lived and written. Deacon Kevin is one of our permanent deacons on staff and beyond his preaching and teaching at Saint Katharine's is also involved in prison ministry.

Marriage: Strengthening the Bond (Facilitated by Jill and Nathan Verschaetse) - Fall mini-course

This marriage enrichment mini-course focuses on topics important to our lives as married couples. Communication as a couple, marriage as places of healing, intimacy in all its forms, and sharing faith and prayer with your spouse will all be discussed. Guided by our facilitators, a married Catholic couple, you will have a chance to discuss these themes with other couples and privately with your spouse. Jill Verschaetse is a licensed psychologist and Nathan is a psychotherapist, both working at Vital Sources (a counseling center here in Frederick). They bring a strong Catholic background, work with individuals and couples, and experience in marriage preparation to this course.

The Family as Domestic Church (Facilitated by parishioner Don Henderson) - Fall mini-course

In our life of faith our experiences in the home are at least as important as (or more important than) the experiences we have at church. How do we pray together as a family, mark religious holidays and special occasions, and share the stories of our faith? This course reflects on these questions and will provide opportunities to deepen our family’s experience of faith in our own homes. Don has an MA in Pastoral Theology and is retired after working over 30 years in parish ministry. (Note: this course will only be meeting on 10/9, 10/16, and 10/23)

Saints: Past and present (Facilitated by parishioner Edi Stewart) - Fall mini-course

While we recognize some holy individuals as saints within the Church, there are many more holy people who are on the road of sainthood. During this course we will look at the lives of Saint Teresa of Calcutta (our newest canonized saint), Dorothy Day (the founder of the Catholic worker movement whose cause for sainthood is in process), Jean Vanier (the still living founder of L’Arche, a movement to provide for the needs of people with developmental disabilities), and at our own lives (we too are called to sainthood!). Edi Stewart is a retired clinical social worker and is called to serve the elderly in our community. She comes to her ministry through personal study and prayer.

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