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July Bulletin Article Highlights:

Saints are the heroes of the Catholic faith. They lived lives in holiness, dedicated to serving God and spreading his message of salvation. Indeed, many Catholic saints courageously met their deaths simply because of their faith. Today, the saints serve as examples for all Catholics, showing us how to lead a more satisfying, more spiritual life in communion with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They are reminders that this life will come to an end, and only what was done for Christ will have a lasting reward. Each saint’s story is a fascinating one, read more below.  (https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/saints)

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July Saint Highlights - St Maria Goretti, Feast Day, July 6th. St. Maria Goretti, the youngest canonized saint, died tragically at the age of eleven. Born into poverty, her father moved the family when Maria was just 6 in hopes of escaping the grinding poverty that was gripping the area. When Maria was 9, her father died tragically. Maria then had to raise her 5 siblings while her mother worked the fields. Aside from caring for her family, she had to also cook and clean for her two next door neighbors–Giovanni Serenelli and his son, Alessandro. It was also during this time that Alessandro began to develop an impure liking for Maria. He began to make direct advances towards her, demanding her virginity and threatening her with violence. After months of this, Alessandro forced himself upon Maria. Though she prevented him from violating her, Alessandro brutally stabbed her numerous times. Maria died the next day. Her last words were, “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.” Learn more about this inspiring Saint at, www.mariagoretti.com

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Saint Fun Facts - BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRASSATIJuly 4th. Blessed Giorgio Frassatideveloped a deep spiritual life which he never hesitated to share with his friends. The Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin were the two poles of his world of prayer. At the age of 17, he joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society and dedicated much of his spare time to serving the sick and the needy, caring for orphans, and assisting the demobilized servicemen returning from World War I. Mountain climbing was one of his favorite sports, which he organized with his friends, to serve as opportunities to lead his friends to Mass, to the reading of Scripture, and to praying the rosary. “I urge you with all the strength of my soul to approach the Eucharist Table as often as possible. Feed on this Bread of the Angels from which you will draw the strength to fight inner struggles.” Bl. PGF Feast Day - July 4th - Man of the beatitudes and patron of young adults - Beatified 20 May 1990 by Pope John Paul II. Learn more at www.frassatiusa.org

Previous Bulletin Reflections

June - Going Deeper - Prayer Method - Lectio Divina - Click here for a video from Father Mark Toupes on Lectio Divina

May 17th - The Real Challenges of Prayer - Click here for video from Ascension Press

May 10th - Prayer, and our Spiritual Life - Video by Matthew Kelly -'A Story to Illustrate what Really Matters' - Click Here

May 3rd - Prayer, 'Great is the Mystery of Faith' - Video by Matthew Kelly - 'Is it Just Me or Is It Hard To Pray?' Click Here

April 26th - A Certain Stability' reflection by Ralph Martin - Video by Brian Kissinger 'God is Real' Click Here
April 19th - 'The Resurrection - An Anchor for the Soul! ' by Jeff Cavins - Click Here - 'How Jesus' Resurrection Changed the Church' For Video Click Here

April 12th - 'Reflections for Easter' by Fr Antony Kadavil  Click Here 

April 5th - 'When Jesus Sleeps Through Our Storms' by Stephen Beale  Click Here 

COVID-19 Adult Faith Formation Update & Opportunities:

May we look to Christ during this time of uncertainty for a renewed sense of wisdom, strength and trust. Be Not Afraid.

Current Women's Group opportunities are held Sunday at 3pm and Wednesday at 8:45am. Men's Group meets on Fridays at 6am. Groups will start to meet in person with health standards in place, starting July. We will also still offer the opportunity to those uncomfortable meeting in person, to join us via zoom . If you would like more information on any adult opportunities, please contact me. Updates & information will be sent through Flocknote texts and emails; please contact the office if you need to update your information.

Below are a number of online resources along with book suggestions and DVD studies we have available through the office. Contact me with any questions.

God bless you, Missy Baumberger, Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, 605-886-4049 or adultff@icparishwatertown.org 

Online Adult & Family Formation Resources

  • www.wordonfire.org - Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire - Stations of the cross, timely articles, audio and video resources 

  • www.formed.org - FORMED.org - Thousands of books, presentations, movies, documentaries and studies 

  • www.dynamiccatholic.com/ - Dynamic Catholic - Videos, audios and other online resources *Blessed series for children offered for free

  • www.us.magnificat.net/free - Magnificat - A spiritual guide to help you develop your prayer life, grow in your spiritual life, find a way to a more profound love for Christ, and participate in the holy Mass with greater fervor.

  • www.stpaulcenter.com/ - St Paul Center - An online opportunity to participate in the Eucharist Study by Dr. Scott Hahn

Online Marriage & Family Enrichment Resources

The late Saint JPII never tired of saying that “The future of humanity depends on marriage and the family” but in uncertain times such as these, couples may find themselves financially, physically and emotionally spent.  Below are resources to help support your marriage and family. May we be more intentional in our prayer time as a couple and family and how we treat others within our words and actions.   

  • www.usccb.org - Unitied States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Issues & Actions Tab then Marriage and family resources


Book Study Suggestions
  • Bible Basics for Catholics by John Bergsma
  • Yes, There is a God by John Bergsma
  • Fulfilled by Sonja Corbitt
  • Something Other than God by Jennifer Fulwiler
  • Rome Sweet Rome by Dr. Scott Hahn
  • Because God is Real by Peter Kreeft
  • Fundamentals of the Faith by Peter Kreeft
  • Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid
  • The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre
  • The Bible Compass by Edward Sri
  • Love Unveiled by Edward Sri
  • The Real Story by Edward Sri and Curtis Martin
  • Jesus by Keith Strohm

Studies - Study's listed below are available for home use by contacting the Immaculate Conception Adult Faith Formation Office at 886-4049
  • Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly, Dynamic Catholic
  • Naked Without Shame, Theology of the Body by Christoper West, The Gift Foundation
  • Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire)
  • Faith Clips, 50 Theological & Scriptural Questions about the Catholic Faith by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire)
  • Mary, A Biblical Walk With Our Blessed Mother by Edward Sri
  • A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, by Edward Sri
  • Oremus, A Catholic Guide to Prayer by Father Mark Toupes
  • A Quick Journey Through the Bible by Jeff Cavins, the Great Adventure (Ascension Press)
  • The Bible Timeline by Jeff Cavins, the Great Adventure (Ascension Press)
  • Matthew, The King and His Kingdom by Jeff Cavins, the Great Adventure (Ascension Press)
  • ACTS, The Spread of the Kingdom by Jeff Cavins, the Great Adventure (Ascension Press)
  • The Eucharist in Scripture by Dr. Scott Hahn, Promise and Fulfillment (St. Paul Center)
  • Kingdom of Happiness, Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life by Father Jeffery Kirby
  • Called & Gifted Workshop, Understanding Your Gifts, Discover your Call by Sherry A Weddell and Michael Sweeney
  • Called & Gifted II, Discernment in Depth, Discerning Charisms, Call & Vocation by Sherry Weddell and Michael Sweeny
  • Walking toward Eternity by Jeff Cavins
  • Belonging, Baptism in the Family of God by Father Mike Schmitz
  • The Creed by Sean Innerst

Women's Group Resources
  • Full of Grace, Women and the Abundant Life by Johnnette S. Benkovic
  • Beloved & Blessed, Biblical Wisdom for Family Life by Kimberly Hahn
  • Graced & Gifted, Biblical Wisdom for the Homemakers Heart by Kimberly Hahn
  • Chosen & Cherished, Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage by Kimberly Hahn
  • Momnipotent, Finding Peace, Balance and Joy in your Vocation as a Mother by Dan
  • Endow, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women, Apostolic Letter 'Mulieris Dignitatem', by Saint John Paul II
  • Endow, Human Life, A Study Series on Pope Paul VI's Landmark Encyclical Humanae Vitae
  • Endow, Letter to Women by Saint John Paul II
  • Endow, On the Christian Meaning of Suffering, Apostolic Letter 'Salvifici Doloris' by Saint John Paul II
  • 'Blessed is She', Website- A sisterhood of women who want to grow together in faith. Click Here

Men's Group Resources & Blogs
  • The Catholic Gentleman - Catholic men blog that seeks to encourage virtue, the pursuit of holiness and the art of true masculinity.  Click Here
  • 'Those Catholic Men' Blog - Without freedom, we cannot love. That’s why we’re focused on freeing men from modern slavery through prayer asceticism and brotherhood. Click Here
  • Integrity Restored -  Restoring the integrity of individuals, spouses, and families that have been affected by pornography and pornography addiction. Integrity Restored provides education, training, encouragement, and resources to break free from pornography, heal relationships, and to assist parents in preventing and responding to pornography exposure which is so devastating in the lives of our children.  Click Here
  • The New E'man'gelization - Drawing men to Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church - a targeted effort to evangelize men as part of the New Evangelization; both necessary and urgent.  Click Here
  • The Catholic Gentlemen's Guide - Your Guide to Manly Holiness - Click Here

A number of resource suggestions can also be found on the Diocesan Website  Click Here

Women's Group Opportunities

Sundays 3-4:30 pm - Parish Center Board Room

Wednesdays 8:45-10 am - Parish Center Board Room 

Thursdays 6:30-8:00am - Parish Center Board Room

Men's Group Opportunities
Fridays 6-7am - Parish Center Board Room

(Starting July, Groups will be meeting in person and via Zoom)

For more information on current study opportunities or a desire to start your own group, contact Missy at 886-4049 or at adultff@icparishwatertown.org



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Local  Retreat & Conference Opportunities

Rediscover Peace ...and so much more at The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center. A former monastery, The Abbey is a non-profit retreat and event center located among the lakes and prairie hills of northeastern South Dakota. The Abbey offers hosted retreats and interactive experiences that reflect the peace sustained by Benedictine monks for more than 60 years. If you like to write, hike, pray or play – regardless of your faith – there is a unique experience waiting for you at The Abbey. Come visit us – as a guest, volunteer or simply take a tour – and Rediscover Peace at The Abbey.

Broom Tree Retreat Center, constructed in 2004 by the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, provides facilities and opportunities to support all people of faith as they experience an awakening to God’s continual call to conversion and as they deepen their response to it.Located six miles west of Irene, South Dakota on 300 rolling acres of the beautiful Missouri Valley, the Retreat Center provides modern, clean, and comfortable lodging rooms with private baths, queen sized beds and a couch or recliner as a standard for each guest. The full kitchen staff is also on hand to provide delicious, freshly prepared meals.

Broom Tree Retreat Center can be reserved for your group. Call (605) 263-1040 to discuss details and availability.  Click Here to take a virtual tour of the facility, check out upcoming retreats and more.

For more information on any of the above opportunities, contact 
Missy Baumberger, Adult FF Director 
886.4049 or email adultff@icparishwatertown.org