Once you have read one or more books, fill out an application and submit to the parish office.
We will let you know if we are able to include you in the training program, which should begin in May.
If we are not able to include you, you still may enjoy reading books which will be used in the formation program:
The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church by Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP from Pauline Books and Media
Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace That Illumine Our Lives by Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D from Ave Maria Press
Many of us have never experienced a feeling of being outside the Catholic Church, or completely outside of God’s love. However, many of those who most need the proclamation of Christ’s Good News do experience this isolation, and in order to evangelize, we need first to empathize—to better understand what we have not experienced. These books are intended to help us experience through the power of quality storytelling or fictional portrayals, which convey some of the truth of the human condition.
These works of art don’t contain an imprimatur—there may be portions of them which don’t quite follow Catholic teaching. However, they are still useful insights into the world of isolation and guilt experienced by our brothers and sisters.
To see the lengths that people are driven to in poverty and desperation, read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
The musical is excellent, the book is infinitely better. A great story of redemption and a window into injustice.
To understand better the internal darkness of guilt and resistance to God, read The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.
Most of Greene’s characters are lonely, alienated people.
For a perspective on illegal immigrants and what people will do for a sense of belonging, read Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ.
For a look at the arguments which arise from the conflict between free will and suffering, read The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
For a tale of how people react to others’ faith or blessings out of jealousy, read Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.
For the perspective of those driven to atheism during a complete breakdown of humanity, read If This is a Man by Primo Levi. The book is an account of Levi’s time in Auschwitz. Pay particular attention to how Levi reacts to the prayers of a man named Kuhn.
Once our formation program is completed, we will note here in the fall what new steps our parishioners are taking.