Rector

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class 2017: Pilgrims on The Way

A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church.

Unless otherwise noted, all the classes meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm.

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class is offered from January to May and will begin anew in January 2017. The class is especially designed for those who want to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. But it is also for anyone who is interested in learning more about Christ and about the doctrine and traditions of the church, as we've received them.

This year’s class will reflect our journey as pilgrims on The Way – before the Church was ever called church, before the community of Jesus was ever called Christian, the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible simply identified the movement of those who followed Jesus as The Way. Our Christian faith formation is the ongoing growth of this movement created by Jesus over 2000 years ago – the Jesus Movement!

All are welcome to attend Evensong before the class, and light refreshments will be provided during the class.

Besides this class, there are many other ways to learn about Christ and his Church. We encourage you to worship with us, study and pray with us, and make yourself known to us. Our doors are open 365 days a year (at least one Mass is offered every day) and you can contact us anytime if you are interested in learning more.

Please contact Michael Horvath if you are interested in joining us on this journey of faith.

2017 Class Schedule

  • Jan 17 God the Father: Creation the Fall and what it means to be ‘made in God’s image’
  • 24 God the Son: Incarnation, Atonement and Glory
  • 31 God the Holy Spirit: Being ‘fully alive’ with the gifts of the Spirit
  • Feb 7 The Holy Trinity: Living in Community reflects our belief in God as ‘Three in One’
  • 14 The Holy Bible – The Word of the Lord
  • 21 The History of the Church 1: ‘From house church to organized religion’
  • 28 The History of the Church 2: The Anglo-Catholic Revival – The Oxford Movement and its influence on Anglicanism
  • Note: Ash Wednesday is March 1. Those to be baptized welcomed at Sunday Mass
  • Mar 7 An introduction to the seven Sacraments of the Church: Baptism – being ‘clothed with Christ’
  • 14 Life after Baptism: Confirmation and the mission of the Church
  • 21 ‘They recognized him in the Breaking of the Bread’: The Eucharist at the heart of our common life
  • 28 ‘When things go wrong’- Sacramental Confession and Healing ministry
  • Apr 4 ‘The Christian Exodus’ - An Introduction to the Holy week Liturgies
  • Note: Holy week April 9-16. Holy Week addresses and sermons by Archbishop Rowan Williams
  • 25 Relationships: Holy Matrimony and the Church’s response to changing lifestyles
  • May 2 Mission and Ministry: Holy Orders, Vocation, gifts and talents
  • 9 Christian Hope: Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven – Mary and the Communion of Saints
  • 16 ‘Lord Teach us to pray…’ - Prayer and Spirituality in the Christian Tradition followed by short rehearsal for those being Confirmed or Received