Contact: Danette Morris, dmorris@staugustineparish.org, 978-475-0050 x26

Catechesis (from the Greek word katēkhēsis meaning “instruction by word of mouth”) is the act of handing on the Word of God so as to inform the faith community about the teachings of Christ.  It is a lifelong process of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit.   As adults, we all seek to deepen our love of Christ.

We offer a variety of programs from September through May including both short and in-depth Scripture Studies with an emphasis on understanding how Sacred Scripture applies to living our Christian faith in today’s world.  We also offer seasonal retreats and thematic small-group faith sharing.  Information about upcoming programs can be found here and in our regular communications such as the weekly bulletin and e-news or by contacting Danette at dmorris@staugustineparish.org

Fall 2022

Invisible Allies:St. Michael and the Angels

Thursday, September 29th, 12:30-3:30pm

Few aspects of our Catholic faith stir up such fantastical imagery as do angels.  But what do we know about them and what is our relationship to them?  As purely spiritual beings, angels have powers of intelligence and will that are not limited by dependence on the five senses, as human intelligence and will are. In the whole hierarchy of God’s creation angels are the most superior creatures, the ones closest to God in their very nature.  On September 29th the Church celebrates the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels.  Join us for a mini-retreat at which we will discover and discuss the nature of these beings, their roles in salvation history and our own relationship with them.

Held in the parish center and includes prayer, private reflection, video segments and group discussion.  There is no fee, however to ensure we have enough materials, please email dmorris@staugustineparish.org if you are thinking of attending.

The Search

WHY ARE WE HERE? WHAT’S LIFE ALL ABOUT? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE?

The Search is an innovative video-based program that tackles the key questions of every human heart. In seven beautifully filmed episodes, host Chris Stefanick and experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art, and religion examine our place in the larger story of existence.

Whether you’re a practiced inquirer or a jaded skeptic, The Search will speak to you and give you a lot to think about. You may be reassured by some parts and challenged by others.

This program is being offered in a small-group format in the St. Augustine parish center.  Join us as we discuss and discover together in a casual and open setting.

We meet on Wednesdays beginning October 12th.  Choose from a morning session 9-10:30 AM or evening session 6:30-8 PM.

Registration is required.  A $16 fee covers the cost of program book.   Register at this link…

View Trailer for The Search

The Gospel of Matthew

Tuesdays, 1-2:30 PM, 28 weeks

The Gospels themselves include hardly any details about who Matthew was, but we have him and the Holy Spirit to thank for the beautiful, earth-shattering Gospel he composed. Matthew’s main point is simple and profound: Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Covenant.  In this video-based program, Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Fr. Matthew Kauth pull you into the world of this New Covenant with years of experience and insight. Join us as we explore such topics as:

  • Why the long genealogy from Matthew 1 is so important
  • The strategy Jesus gave us to fight Satan in the deserts of our own lives
  • How the Beatitudes are Heaven’s response to our earthly desires

In this study, you will read Matthew as you have never read it before—and in the process, come one step closer to knowing what a priceless gift we have in the Holy Spirit and the works he inspired.  $55 covers materials.  Email dmorris@staugustineparish.org to register.