PISCATAWAY – This Lent, the Diocese of Metuchen will continue its adult faith formation series entitled, “The Bible: Root of our Catholic Faith.” The program is designed to help Catholics better understand their biblical foundations and to explore Catholic beliefs, as found in – or as “rooted in” – Scripture.
Msgr. Joseph Celano, pastor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater, will present the sixth installment on March 22. In his talk, entitled What the Bible Says About Following Christ, Msgr. Celano will examine what the Gospels of Matthew and Luke reveal about the call for people to be faithful to the teachings of Christ.
Before ministering to the parish community of St. Bernard, Msgr. Celano served as parochial vicar at several parishes in the diocese. He also served as chaplain, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, for six years. He was recently named a Chaplain to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with the title of monsignor and, in 2010, was elevated to Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
Sponsored by the Diocesan Office for Catechesis, the eight-part series began in September and runs through May. Sessions take place once a month on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center in Piscataway. Participants are not required to attend all sessions.
Diocesan priests serve as presenters in their individual areas of expertise. Past topics have been: What the Bible Says About Stewardship, What the Bible Says About Mary, What the Bible Says About the Birth of Christ, What the Bible Says About the Marginalized and What the Bible Says About Creation/Science. These talks can be listened to or downloaded at diometuchen.org and can be found by clicking on “Adult Faith Formation” in the Office for Catechesis section.
Upcoming topics include: What the Bible Says About Music, What the Bible Says About Peace.
The program is free and is open to all who want to know more about biblical tradition as it relates to Bible Scripture, and especially is intended as a resource for those who are involved in their parish ministries including: deacons, RCIA candidates and sponsors, evangelization and adult faith formation teams, catechists and parish catechetical leaders, Catholic school teachers, young adults, youth ministers, pastoral council members and liturgical ministers.
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