“There is great tenderness in the experience of God’s love. And it is beautiful to think that the first person to transmit this reality to Jesus was Joseph himself. For the things of God always come to us through the mediation of human experiences.”
–Pope Francis, General Audience on January 19, 2022
Father’s Heart Catechesis – Small group catechesis that proclaims the relentless love of God.
This program will, at every level, proclaim God’s love for you and all people. It’s inspired by Pope Francis, centered on the mystery of theosis, and deeply grounded in the magisterial documents of the Church.
Father’s Heart Catechesis is for any Catholic who wants to grow in their relationship with God, who is struggling with their faith or with Church teaching, who feels like they may not belong in the Church anymore, or who simply wants to renew their love for God.
It’s also for catechists and parish ministers who want to experience life-giving catechesis in order to bring it back to their own communities.
Father’s Heart Catechesis has three different formats.
1. Online classes. Interactive, prayerful, and relational small group lessons and discussion—Not pre-recorded content that is simply consumed
2. A combination of online and in-person. Virtual lessons for parishes, schools, small group bible studies, or just a group of friends
3. In-person for groups who are within driving distance of Fowler, MI
The first online course will run from June 2nd to August 18th. Groups will meet every Thursday evening from 7:30-9:00pm (EST) for 12 weeks and the topic will be the Creed, the first section of the Catechism.
Other 12 week courses include The Liturgy & Sacraments and Conscience & the Moral Law. There are also 6 – 8 eight week long mini-courses about Catholic social teaching and specific documents such as Fratelli Tutti or Amoris Laetitia.
12 week courses will be $300 per person and mini-courses will be $150-$200. There is a $50 discount for catechists, teachers, and parish/campus ministers. (There are also need-based scholarships available. Please email me to request that scholarship.)
This fee will allow you to participate in the weekly classes and have access to a private online group where the community and discussion will continue outside of the classes. The per-person cost is the same for the group formats. Groups will need to have at least fifteen people.
If you’re interested in participating in Father’s Heart Catechesis, register now! Registration closes on May 31st.
If you have a group of people who are interested in starting a class, you can email me.
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I live in Michigan with my wife, Kristina, and four kids and have worked as a parish catechist for almost eight years. I have an undergraduate degree in Theology and am currently in my first year of a Masters in Pastoral Counseling program. I’m a retreat leader, catechist formator, writer, and a co-founder of Where Peter Is. My long-term goal is to provide pastoral counseling for Catholics who have been spiritually abused, counseling for Catholic ministers, and counseling education so that ministers are more equipped to help others in their ministry.
P.S. Kristina Fahey created this original painting of Saint Joseph. Go ahead and order limited edition prints here!