Living Catholic on October 9

Wednesday, October 9  in St. Dominic’s room at Ave Maria Church, 9:30-11:30 (casual setting).

Living Catholic Topic:  Adoration.  What is it?  What is the history behind it?  Where is it at Ave Maria and what do you do in Adoration?  Come find out the answers to all these questions and more!  Adoration is very much a gift that can be a part of your life too.

Living Catholic is topical adult spiritual formation that meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30 until 11:30 in St. Dominic’s room.  After 9 am Mass, come enjoy brunch, meet others interested in spiritual growth, and enjoy an intellectual and spiritual presentation/discussion.  Two certification hours for Catechist Certification are rewarded for each session.

Dr. Lynne Lane
Natalie Roderick (RSVP)


Awaken Your Faith begins September 18, 2013

Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • I feel a calling to come home but I’m not sure what that home is
  • I attend Mass infrequently and it feels like I’m just going through the motions
  • With all the recent changes in our culture, I am having a difficult time seeing how Catholicism fits into the modern world
  • I want to raise my children in the Faith but I’m not participating
  • I don’t feel fully part of the Faith; something is missing or broken
  • I’m spiritual, not religious. Why do I need to go to Mass or confess to a Priest?
  • The Mass has changed so much that I don’t know what’s going on
  • I’m angry at the Church I have questions about God
  • Can I be Catholic if I don’t agree with all the doctrines
  • I don’t know who to talk to or what to do

The Awaken Your Faith ministry is here for Catholics who have been disconnected with the worshipping community for a while or who are already in the process of returning and are looking for caring support or guidance. Our purpose is to provide various means to help people embrace full and active participation in the sacraments and the parish life of the Ave Maria faith community. We offer resources and guidance through group or individual settings designed to help people find answers to their faith questions and doubts. Such settings can help many people, particularly anyone who has a desire to reconnect more deeply with the Catholic Church whether or not they attend Mass regularly. We aim to create an environment where all questions are welcome. We cannot claim to have all the answers about the Catholic faith but together, we can find the answers or point you to someone in the parish who can.

Fall 2013 Activities

CATHOLICISM – by Fr. Robert Baron

We are viewing and discussing the ten-part documentary series Catholicism in order to come to a deeper understanding of the faith. This will provide an educational update for anyone who has been away from the sacraments and to usher them home. We are prepared to walk with anyone who wonders if a return to the sacramental life of the Church is what is missing in their life.

• When:  Wed., Sept. 18th through Nov. 20th • Time: 7-8:30 PM • Where: Sept 18 in Katharine Drexel – all other gatherings will be in Ave Maria School

Library (second floor)

Following the video there will be a brief discussion and time for questions. The series is comprised of the following ten DVD sessions, so feel free to attend all sessions or the ones you find particularly relevant. You can find out more about this series at

  • Sep 18  Amazed and Afraid – The Revelation of God Become Man Happy Are We – The Teachings of Jesus
  • Sep 25  The Ineffable Mystery of God – That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be ThoughtOct 2
  • Oct 9   Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast – Mary, the Mother of God
  • Oct 16  The Indispensable Men – Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure
  • Oct 23  A Body Both Suffering and Glorious – The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  • Oct 30  Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven – The Mystery of the Liturgy & the Eucharist
  • Nov 6  A Vast Company of Witnesses – The Communion of Saints
  • Nov 13  The Fire of His Love – Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
  • Nov 20  World Without End – The Last Things

For more information, please contact:

Bob Farina 720-289-2607

Peter Morris 303-319-3993

2014 Activities

We will startup another series of weekly meetings again in early January 2014 and follow an expanded format using CDs, books and DVDs. We have some topics already selected but we are hoping the Fall sessions will generate additional subject ideas.

Want to Consider Joining the Ministry?

If providing support to people who are looking for answers about the Faith seems like a worthy mission to you, please pray on it to discern if you may have a calling to give your time and talents to this ministry. We need to be proactive as a community, especially in The Year of Faith, in inviting people to return to active participation, to help them grow in their faith and to encourage them to be agents of the gospel in the world. The Awaken Your Faith ministry encourages all of us to take on the heart of Christ, by seeking out those who are lost and to rejoice with them on their return.

This is an exciting opportunity for parishioners to work with others to develop ways to help questioning or inactive Catholics rediscover the truth and beauty of the Faith. We are in the early stages of building a team that has real vigor and clear focus; so, please consider being part of defining the direction we take this ministry into the future.

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.


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.