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The Role of Scripture in Cultivating Fruitful Disciples
Presented by: Sarah Christmyer
Date: Feb 4, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Scripture is proclaimed at every Mass, but how many people actually “remain” in the Word, which Jesus said will make them “truly” his disciples (Jn 8:31)? How can a parish foster a deeper relationship with Christ in Scripture among parishioners? In this webinar, Sarah Christmyer will discuss the importance of intentional Scripture formation and will offer some general principles and practices to foster ongoing, fruitful engagement with the Word of God.



¿Por qué decimos que le Biblia es palabra de Dios? / Why do we say that the Bible is the Word of God?
Presented by: Fr. Rafael M. Ramirez
Date: Feb 11, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Como católicos, estamos acostumbrados a decir que la Biblia es palabra de Dios, pero sabemos realmente lo que ello significa. En la liturgia escuchamos textos que son introducidos como obra de autores humanos tales como Isaías o Juan, pero al final concluimos la lectura llamándolos “palabra de Dios”. También aceptamos que la Biblia contiene la verdad, pero nos encontramos en ella con aparentes incongruencias que son la consecuencia de que Dios haya querido venir a nuestro encuentro hablándonos en un lenguaje que pudiéramos entender. Al hacerlo, Él ha aceptado el riesgo de ser malinterpretado. En esta sesión, el P. Rafael M. Ramírez explorará el inmenso don que la Sagrada Escritura representa para la Iglesia y cómo usted puede ayudar a los fieles de su parroquia a entender lo que es la Biblia  y a encontrar a Dios en ella.
Catholics are used to saying that the Bible is the Word of God, but do we really know what that means? In the liturgy, we listen to texts that are introduced as the work of human authors such as the prophet Isaiah or the disciple John, but we conclude the readings by saying, “The Word of the Lord." We accept that the Bible contains the truth, but we also find apparent inconsistencies that are the consequence of God coming to us in a language we can understand. In doing so, he has accepted the risk of being misunderstood. In this webinar, Fr. Rafael M. Ramirez will explore the immense gift that Sacred Scripture represents for the Church and how you can help those in your parish understand the Bible and find God in it.

This webinar will be presented in Spanish.



How Jesus Trained His Disciples for Success: What We Can Learn for Our Ministry Today
Presented by: Dave Heney
Date: Feb 18, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

We live in an increasingly anti-Christian culture and so did the first disciples. Facing a hostile Roman Empire about the same size as today's United States, Christians successfully converted most of that vast empire in an amazingly fast time. The training that Jesus himself gave in Luke 10 proved to be enormously successful and will work anywhere, anytime, and in any culture. This webinar will reveal the training that Jesus gave his disciples in Luke 10 that you can use today for success as a parish minister.



Let's Talk about Truth
Presented by: Ann Garrido
Date: Feb 25, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
In the midst of the presidential election season that's already heating up, questions of truth, lies, and “fake news” become part of everyday conversations. These conversations often cause tension among families, friends, and fellow Christians. As preachers and teachers of the faith, we are called to shed light on discussions of truth rather than add to the heat. In this webinar, we'll look at four distinct ways the Catholic tradition talks about the word “truth” and consider how each of them gives us clues for how to live our faith in this challenging time.



Be Devoted: 8 Vital Practices for a Healthy and Passionate Marriage
Presented by: Bob Schuchts
Date: Mar 3, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
No one wants a relationship devoid of affection, trust, and companionship, and yet far too many couples settle for this kind of marriage.     
Bob Schuchts, founder of the John Paul II Healing Center, will share insights gleaned from more than three decades as a marriage and family therapist about how to cultivate intimacy, restore friendship, and repair trust. Schuchts will share his professional experience as well as what he learned personally during his 42 years of marriage, applying the lessons to a relationship with God, close friends, or in serious dating or engaged relationships.




The opportunity to participate in these webinars is wonderful. Thank you so much for offering them. It is great to be able to consider important issues and hear from such very good presenters without having to leave my office (which I might not be able to do)! This is a great service that Ave Maria is offering. I am most appreciative.

Susan Kay Assistant Director of Religious Education/ Director for Catechetical Leadership Archdiocese of Boston