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CATECHETICAL WORKSHOP

Source and Summit: The Holy Eucharist, Denver, Spring 2024

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Most Precious Blood Catholic Church

2200 S Harrison St
Denver, CO 80210 United States

February 16, 2024

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Workshop Overview

Join our Workshop staff a for a one-day program on what the Catechism refers to as the “source and summit” of our Faith. Explore how the Eucharist is truly a Sacrament of love and how you can lead your students to receive greater spiritual fruit from Communion. You’ll learn the Old Testament roots of the Eucharist, as well as how their fulfillment is found in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.

Schedule

  • 8:30-9:00am

    Breakfast and Check-In

  • 9:00-9:15am

    Program Introduction

  • 9:15-9:45am

    Sacred Art, Pop Culture, and Catechesis

    Spend time reflecting on pop culture references and sacred art images and how you can use them to engage your students in the teaching of various truths of our Faith.

  • 9:45-10:30am

    The Eucharist: Source and Summit of our Life

    Enjoy the first talk by Sr. Johanna, followed by Q & A

  • 10:30-10:45am

    Break

  • 10:45-11:30am

    Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions

    Spend time in front of the blessed Sacrament participating in guided prayer along with time for silence and an opportunity to go to confession.

  • 11:30am-12:15pm

    Holy Mass

  • 12:15-1:00pm

    Lunch

  • 1:00-1:45pm

    O Wondrous Mystery

    Enjoy the second talk by Sr. Johanna, followed by Q & A

  • 1:45-2:20pm

    The Eucharist and the Passover

    Spend time reflecting on the connections between the Passover and the Eucharist. Partake in hands-on activities that will help your students come to a deeper understanding of the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist.

  • 2:20-2:30pm

    Additional Resources, Evaluation

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge.

Practical Application

Research-based teaching strategies, and concrete tools to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, and your calling as a witness to Christ.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free supplemental guide featuring 10-12 lessons with activities and sacred art.

Presenters

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Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, and contributes regularly to our teacher’s guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.

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Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSMG, Ph. D.

Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, she holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma as well as an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. Involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level, Sr. Johanna has also spent several years as a Catholic school teacher. In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. Sr. Johanna is also engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.

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