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A Five-Week Series of Learning and Discussion,
exploring the main teachings of the Second Vatican Council

The Second Vatican Council opened on October 11, 1962.  Throughout this anniversary year, special events and educational opportunities will help us mark the 50th anniversary of a watershed moment in our Church and our world.  This is a time to give thanks for the gifts of the Spirit in our Church, to be renewed in our understanding of the Council, and to look to the future.  “Illuminated by the light of this Council, we confidently trust the Church will become greater in riches.  Gaining strength and new energies from the Council, she will look to the future without fear” (Blessed John XXIII).
This Lent of 2012, you’re invited to an in-depth study of the great teachings of the Council.  This series will combine large group learning and small group reflection.  What better way to observe Lent of 2012 than by rediscovering what it means to be the Church and to live out its mission? Our companion book for this series is Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II by Richard Gaillardetz and Catherine Clifford, available at a discount in the Cathedral Bookstore.  Presenters include Cathedral staff members Corinna Laughlin, TerryAnn Bowen, Patty Bowman, and Suzanne Lee.

  • Week I:  Introduction to the Series; The Council and Liturgy
    Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00pm OR Saturday, March 3 at 9:00am
    Corinna Laughlin, presenter
    READING: Keys to the Council, Chapters 1-3 (pp. xi-30)

  • Week II:  Lumen Gentium:  The Council’s Vision of the Church
    Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00pm OR Saturday, March 10 at 9:00am [in the HOLY NAMES ROOM]
    TerryAnn Bowen, presenter
    READING: Keys to the Council, Chapters 6-9, 14-15 (pp. 47-86, 120-137)

  • Week III:  Dei Verbum:  The Council and the Word of God
    Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00pm OR Saturday, March 17 at 9:00am
    Patty Bowman, presenter
    READING: Keys to the Council, Chapters 4-5 (pp. 31-46)

  • Week IV:  Gaudium et Spes:  The Church in the Modern World
    Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00pm OR Saturday, March 24 at 9:00am
    Suzanne Lee, presenter
    READING: Keys to the Council, Chapters 10-12 (pp. 87-110)

  • Week V:  Conclusion: Religious Freedom and Ecumenism
    Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00pm OR Saturday, March 31 at 9:00am
    Various presenters
    READING: Keys to the Council, Chapters 16-20 (pp. 138-187)



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