News From Our Parish Lighthouse Catholic Media Parish Consultant Peg Dietl
Our parishes have purchased a program called FORMED and every member of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Katharine Drexel Parishes has free access to this extraordinary website. Lighthouse Catholic Media, a not-for-profit organization, has found a way to reach the parishioner wherever he is, at home, in church, on the go in the car. And there has been fabulous evidence from around the world, that this new way of communicating has led many people back into the pews on the weekends! Let's pray for this new ministry so that many of our lost and non-believers will make their way home to God.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR FORMED.ORG
Every family or parishioner must create an account using your email.
FIRST, go to stmaxparish.formed.org.
THEN, follow the instructions to create your own account
A Message from Chuck Gordinier about Formed.org
As the parish’s coordinator for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, I find the programs available on the Formed.org website invaluable. The resources are not only helpful in explaining Catholic beliefs and practices to potential converts, but they’ve also expanded my knowledge and deepened my faith. Anyone who wants to know the depth and beauty of our shared faith better would benefit from these well-conceived and inspiring videos.
A particular favorite of mine is the Catholicism programs moderated by Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Bishop Barron is most well-known for his “Word on Fire” series. He has produced 400 online commentaries about the Catholic faith. In the Catholicism series, Bishop Barron speaks with authority, insight,
and eloquence about our shared faith. In the first installment, “Amazed and Afraid,” he explores the amazing truth that Jesus “compels a choice like no other religious figure.” We are obligated to choose whether he is the promised messiah and revelation of God become man, or a dangerous misguided fanatic. Against a backdrop of some of the most beautiful and revered religious sites in the world, he speaks about the identity of Jesus. At the end of this 50 minute video, you will emerge assured that light is more powerful than darkness, and that love is more enduring than hate.