EPIC: A Journey Through Church History begins August 29, 2013

If you were asked about . . . The Crusades, The Inquisition, The “Dark Ages”, The Galileo Affair, What would you say?

Do you know your family history? The history of the Church is the story of our family. It is the epic story of our ancestors in the Faith – the heroic men and women who shaped civilization and spread the Gospel throughout the world. Knowing this story is crucial to our identity as Catholics.

Just as we would uncover exciting and interesting stories of our ancestors through the study of our family genealogy, we can uncover our Catholic past through the study of Church history.

Many in our society misunderstand and even attack our Church for the supposed misdeeds of the past. Topics such as the Crusades, the “Inquisition”, and Galileo are used in an attempt to discredit the Church and her role in the world. What is the truth concerning these events and individuals? How can you answer the objections?

Join us for this exciting journey through Church history and you will:

  • Learn about the major people, places, and events of the two-thousand years of Church history.
  • Remember the 12 time periods of Church history using a unique color- coded system.
  • Learn the true story of the Crusades.
  • Discover the revolutionary character of the Protestant Reformation.
  • Discover the massive persecution of Christians in the 20the century.
  • See the workings of the Holy Spirit throughout Church history . . . and much more!

For Whom:  For all of us interested in Roman Catholic Church history

What:  Twenty, fifty-minute DVD presentations by teacher and historian, Steve Weidenkopf, followed by small group discussion.  There is no assigned “homework.”

Where:  Ave Maria Catholic Church – St Joseph’s classroom

When: Thursday evenings – August 29 – February 6, 2014 (20 weeks) 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Cost of study materials – $35.00

Registration: Before August 5, for workbooks to be ordered in time. Payment to be made at the first class.

Contact: Peter Maggio at 303-646-6270.


About Steve Weidenkopf . . .

Steve Weidenkopf has a gift for making Catholic Church history come alive for any audience. He currently serves as a lecturer in Church History for Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.


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The Bible Timeline

The Great Adventure: A Journey through the Bible Returns!

Have you have ever wanted to read the Bible, but did not know where or how to begin, then The Bible Timeline Parish Study is for you.

The Bible Timeline makes reading the Bible not only easy, but exciting. In this study, you will learn the major people, places, events and themes of the Bible— getting the “big picture” of salvation history. Perhaps for the first time in your life, you will understand the overview of the Bible story. This then makes your Bible reading and even the Sunday Mass readings come alive like never before.

Many Catholics are not familiar with the Bible, and getting started can be adaunting project. Unfortunately, one of the greatest stumbling blocks to reading the Bible is the Bible itself…it was not assembled with the modern reader in mind. We are used to starting a book at the beginning and reading through to the end. Events in the story tend to follow each other in a linear fashion and build on each other. But the Bible is not like that.

The Bible is comprised of seventy-three books, grouped together by literarystyle…history, poetry, wisdom or prophecy. This made sense to the Jewish scholars who arranged them, but then they knew the story. Modern Catholics do not always enjoy this luxury. We have heard the Scriptures proclaimed all our lives at Mass, but always in small pieces. We’re missing the big picture with all of the pieces framed inside.

Our study will concentrate on fourteen books in the Bible, twelve books in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. These fourteen books will have a rough sequential knowledge of the history of the people of Israel and the beginnings of the Christian Church. The Bible tells us more than just a piece of human history. It’s salvation history: the history of God’s relationship and dealings with creation and mankind.

Course Outline

 Early World and Patriarchs – Genesis  Egypt and Exodus  Desert Wanderings – Numbers  Conquest and Judges – Joshua and Judges  Royal Kingdom – 1 & 2 Samuel  Divided Kingdom – 1 & 2 Kings  Exile – 2 Kings  Return – Ezra and Nehemiah  Maccabean Revolt – 1 Maccabees  Messianic Fulfillment- The Gospel of Luke  The Church – Acts of the Apostles

Our format will consist of a weekly reading at home, answering workbook questions, class discussion of the questions and viewing a DVD, presented by Jeff Cavins. Jeff is a noted Catholic instructor, who will provide that week’s study assignment in more detail with an easy to understand approach.

The Bible is not just any story—it is your story. Discover how to read it. Discover God’s plan for your life as you discover his amazing story in The Bible Timeline.

Join us and learn the major people, places, events and themes of the Bible.

The Bible Timeline study will be offered at Ave Maria Catholic Parish, 9056 East Parker Road, Parker, Colorado. Our first class begins on Monday evening, August 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the St. Dominic’s classroom. Our course of study will continue for twenty-four weeks and end on March 4, 2014. The cost is $50.00 and covers the binder, workbook and all materials. Payment to be made at the first class.

To learn more, call or e-mail Peter Maggio at 303-646-6270.

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