33 Days to Merciful Love Retreat Experience

We will be starting a program to prepare us for consecration to Jesus’s Divine Mercy. This group will meet for six Mondays at 9:00 AM beginning this Monday, October 17th to Monday November 21st and will meet in the Bethlehem room.
This is a DVD series by Father Michael Gaitley which is based on his book: 33 Days to Merciful Love.
This program will help us to grow deeper in our understanding and embracing the merciful love that Jesus has for us.
If you have any questions contact Deacon Bruce Dahl at bruce.dahl@fargodiocese.org.


Theology of the Body Study begins September 12


Mondays starting 12 September 2016, 7-8:30 pm, Youth room, Nativity Church of Fargo 1825 11th St S, Fargo, ND 58103

The course will be conducted in seminar style.  Participants will prepare themselves by reflecting on the assigned readings before each seminar session.  Through careful reading and dialogue with the text and with each other, together we will make our own a deeper understanding of John Paul II’s vision of who we are as children of God, an understanding that will change and grow our hearts.


Study guide: Men & Women are from Eden by Mary Healy, St Anthony Messenger Press 2005

Recommended text: Man and Woman He Created Them; A theology of the body by John Paul II; translation, introduction, and index by Michael Waldstein, Pauline Books and Media 2006 (MW)

The general audience talks that are the core text of John Paul II’s “theology of the body” are available on-line at http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2TBIND.HTM and the entire text in one PDF from Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LV) at http://www.catholicprimer.org/papal/theology_of_the_body.pdf

Session readings are referred to by dates, and by page numbers in MW and LV.

Session 1:  Introduction, historical context, and Humanae Vitae 1968

Session 2:  Back to the beginning (5 Sept to 14 Nov 1979) MW 131-161 LV 7-26

Session 3:  Original Humanity (21 Nov 1979 to 2 April 1980) MW 161-223 LV 26-60

Session 4:  Fallen Humanity (16 April to 8 Oct 1980) MW 225-301 LV 61-112

Session 5:  Redeemed Humanity (15 Oct 1980 to 8 Apr 1981) MW 301-364 LV 112-154

Session 6:  Glorified Humanity (11 Nov 1981 to 21 July 1982) MW 379-462 LV 164-223

Session 7:  Catch-up, recap, review scripture, selections from Casti Connubii 1930

Session 8:  Marriage (28 July to 24 Nov 1982) MW 465-520 LV 223-262

Session 9:  Living the Mystery (1 Dec 1982 to 4 July 1984) MW 520-615 LV 262-291

Session 10:  Love is Fruitful (11 July to 28 Nov 1984) MW 617-663 LV 291-326

Session 11:  Catch-up, recap, reflect: what is next step for you?



Related documents for further reading:

The gospel of life, Evangelium Vitae, Encyclical by John Paul II http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html

The joy of love, Amoris Laetitia, Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family by Francis http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia.html

On chaste marriage, Casti Connubii, Encyclical by Pope Pius XI https://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_19301231_casti-connubii.html

On transmission of human life, Humanae Vitae, Encyclical by Pope Paul VI http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html   (On the transmission of human life, Paul VI)

On the Christian family, Familiaris Consortio, Apostolic Exhortation by Pope John Paul II http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_19811122_familiaris-consortio.html   (On the Christian family, John Paul II)

Letter to women by Pope John Paul II http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/letters/1995/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_29061995_women.html  (Letter to women, John Paul II)

On the dignity of women, Mulieris Dignitatem, Apostolic letter by Pope John Paul II http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1988/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_15081988_mulieris-dignitatem.pdf  (On the dignity of women, John Paul II)

Pastoral constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes Vatican II http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html


“Women of the Word” starts September 14 at 9:00am

We are excited to invite you to an enriching Bible Study and Faith Sharing Group in 2016-2017.

Our Bible Study will be “James: Pearls for Wise Living”
by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer
James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Like the book of Proverbs, it is a book of wisdom, a collection of teachings on issues faced by ordinary Christians in everyday life. These teachings speak loudly to all those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith. This study offers “pearls for wise living” by applying the wisdom of James to the present day. For anyone who has struggled to live a truly Christian life, James offers a wealth of practical solutions for handling and even sanctifying everyday circumstances.

We will also be using the book, “The Grace of Yes – Eight Virtues for Generous Living for study and faith sharing.

Our group is informal and relaxed! There is NO homework, just 2 hours each week to walk with other women on their journey of faith!

All Women are welcome! Please join us Wednesday mornings starting September 14 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Free Childcare will be provided by reservation!

Bring a friend – we welcome women from any parish!

For more information email Mary Kay Schott – marykayschott@hotmail.com or call Chris Steffan at Nativity 232-2414.