Spring 2018 edition of Home Faith magazine. An outreach publication of the St. Joseph Educational Center in West Des Moines, IA.
Resources Future Events From the Water to the Cross: Journeying with Jesus through Lent Speaker Dr. Matthew Halbach, Ph.D. Home Faith Magazine - www.SJECIowa.org 12 Best of Our Blogs Faith-filled reading from our contributors Dr. Matt Halbach, director of the St. Joseph Educational Center, will explore the Sunday Gospel readings for Lent, touching on the themes of: · Embracing the Father’s love for us · Role of light and darkness in our lives · Role of the Spirit and the challenge to share God’s mercy with others Assumption Catholic Church in Granger March 3, 2018 @ 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. St. Theresa Catholic Church in Des Moines March 8, 2018 @ 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines March 22, 2018 @ 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 8th Annual Ministers of Compassion Workshop Keeping Your Own Cup Full: Self-care for Caregivers Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 8 a.m – Noon St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee This free workshop will feature two keynote speakers who will share why it is important for those who take care of others to also care for themselves. Participants will choose to attend one of four breakout session opportunities and wrap up the morning with local comedian Willie Farrell. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, visit www.SJECIowa.org and click on “EVENTS.” SJEC blogs are available for you to read at home and on the go, and are easy to share with your family and friends. In each issue of Home Faith, we share a few of our favorites. We publish one monthly blog and three weekly blogs on our website, www.SJECIowa.org. Each blog gives readers an opportunity to reflect on their faith from a different perspective. Director’s Blog - Matthew Halbach, Ph.D., writes a monthly post about meditations, thoughts from scripture, and the saints. Bite-Sized Faith - This weekly blog features thoughts on parenting written by and for local Catholic parents with one common goal: bringing families closer to Jesus Christ. Thrift Store Saints (book blog) – Since September 2016, this blog has featured weekly summaries and corresponding reflections by Lisa Risvold about a variety of texts, beginning with Jane Knuth’s Thrift Store Saints. While the name of the blog has not changed, other texts used include Thrift Store Graces, also by Knuth, and Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber. The blog currently features Love Will Steer Me True by coauthors Jane Knuth and her daughter Ellen. Ears of Faith - This weekly blog focuses on hearing the voice of God through music. Each post includes an mp3 file of a song and a corresponding reflection by Lisa Risvold. The blog utilizes a mixture of religious and secular music to remind us that the voice of God has no limits. U
Spring 2018 13 Adult Faith Formation SJEC formats many adult faith formation resources according to generation in an effort to address the different priorities and transitions experienced by each. Every month, we have two resources available for each generation at www.SJECIowa.org, under Resources, Spiritual Seasons of Adult Faith Formation. Young Adults (18-34) This group has grown up with technology, and values relationships with others over institutions. They crave authenticity and are not afraid to ask the big questions. Mature Adults (55-70) Baby Boomers have experienced great transitions. Most have grandchildren and perhaps one living parent. They look to church for a place to belong and tell their story with a focus on spirituality and contemporary worship. Midlife Adults (35-54) This generation is actively involved in the community, values stable commitments, and is focused on family. Many are juggling raising their own children, while starting to care for their parents. Older Adults (71+) Today’s older adults are facing retirement and reduced income. They grew up without many technological advances and often put their confidence in authority and institutions. They typically prefer traditional worship. SJEC RESOURCES FOR MATURE ADULTS Ages 55 - 70 The Baby Boomer generation has experienced great transitions in their lives, including the switch from analog to digital technology. Most have grandchildren and at least one living parent. They are very curious, willing to be vulnerable, and have a great sense of empathy. They look to religion for a place to belong and tell their story. They gravitate toward contemporary worship with a focus on spirituality.