Faith Formation

We are called to love God, to love the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. But how can we love what we do not know?  We are called to preach the Gospel to all, but how can we share the Good News if we do not know it ourselves?  How do we explain our faith to those who do not believe in God?

Come and join us to develop your faith and nourish your intellect, so that you may grow in knowledge and love of God!

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Catholicism 101: The Mystery of Faith

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope" (1Peter 3:15)

What do we believe, and why do we believe what we believe? This course is for Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and non-believers, anyone who wants to learn more about what Catholics believe and why.  There are no pre-requisites.  You are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you like – please feel free to drop into the course for any session.  Visitors and friends are very welcome. For more information email Marisa March

Location: Newman Center Upper Lounge, 3720 Chestnut Street

When: Sundays 3.30pm-5.15pm

Start date: Sept 17th 2017

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Understanding Jesus: A study group based on Romano Guardini's The Lord

"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ" (St. Jerome)

This group studies the whole person of Jesus Christ so that we may have a deeper and more authentic relationship with Him. 

Location: Newman Center Upper Lounge, 3720 Chestnut Street

When: Sundays, 10:15 - 11:15 am, starting October 1.

Coffee and Doughnuts will be served.

For more information email Remigio Morales at:

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Sapientia Cordis Book Club

Sapientia cordis... The wisdom of the heart...

How much wisdom is held in the heart of another, and how much of that wisdom can be shared through the pages of a book. Heart speaks to heart through the written word as well as the spoken word.  The Sapientia Cordis book club meets monthly and reads a variety of books, old and new, sacred and profane, but all of which are chosen because of the wisdom of the heart that they share with us.  To find out more about the Sapientia Cordis book club email Shannon Sween or 267-774-6560.

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Bible Study: St Matthew's Gospel

"This is how Jesus Christ came to be born" (Matthew 1:18)

How did Jesus come to be born?  What was the back story? Who is Jesus really?  It's hard to really love someone and have  a true friendship or relationship with that person unless we know who they are.  Join us as we read and study St Matthew's Gospel together.  Learn about the life of Jesus, true God and true Man as we study his early life with Mary and Joseph, his ministry, miracles and teaching, and finally Jesus' death and resurrection.  Nourish your spiritual life and grow in knowledge and love of Jesus through study of St. Matthew's Gospel.  Our course will be based on renowned Biblical Scholar Jeff Cavin's study of Matthew.  For more information email Marisa March

Location: Newman Center Upper Lounge, 3720 Chestnut Street

When: Mondays 6.30pm-8pm

Start date: Sept 25th 2017

Study Resources – Empower Yourself!


A good Bible is essential for getting to know Jesus better!  The most commonly used Catholic Bibles in the US are the New American Bible (NAB), and Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE).  The New Jerusalem Bible is also a good choice, commonly used in Europe.  You can try out the different versions online at BibleGateway. Whichever version you chose, make sure that: 

  • It is written in a language style you can easily understand.

  • It is a Catholic edition.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) summarises all of the essential beliefs that Catholics hold.  It is essential reading, we will often reference it in the Catholicism 101 classes. You can get a very cheap copy of the book  from our Newman Center, or read it online at the Vatican Website.  

Movies and Talks online

FORMED is an excellent resource from the Augustine Institute - it has many Catholic movies, documentaries, audio books etc.  (The closest thing we have to Catholic Netflix). We have a parish subscription so you can use Parish Code "73dfe” to have free access.

Catholic Encyclopaedia

the New Advent Website hosts the original Catholic Encyclopaedia, as well as many writings from the Early Church Fathers, Letters and writings of the Popes (including the current Pope) as well as the Summa Theologia of St. Thomas Aquinas

Facing separation? Divorce? Remarried yet need annulment? Know someone who is in this difficulty? The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith can help. Go to our website and learn more at This is a collaborative apostolate of the Mercedarian Religious Order (, and we offer Healing services, resources, and accompaniment to families and individuals in need of support in challenging times especially related to separation and divorce. Call or text us at 215-870-9913.