___Annunciation Parish initiated studies specifically for women, acknowledging there is something wonderful that happens when women meet to share faith and fellowship. Various studies will be implemented throughout the year, including Endow, Reading of the Catechism, Seasonal Book readings, and Bible Study, in various forms.
Endow: Discover Your Dignity – A Woman’s Journey through Life – Part I
This study, authored by four Religious Sisters of Mercy (who have been so formational in the Endow apostolate by offering academic as well as spiritual direction) takes women on a journey to see where their actual everyday lives intersect with God’s Divine plan. The story follows the course of a woman’s life from conception through old age and preparation for death, as it uncovers for women the mysterious workings of God in ways that involve the disciplines of biology, philosophy, psychology and theology.
TWO TIMES AVAILABLE:
Tuesdays, September 12 – November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Thursdays, September 14 – November 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
You may hold your place by sending an email by August 30, 2017 , with your name and phone number, and which day you wish to participate. Your materials will be available at the first session.
Cost: $29.95 per person
Endow: On the Dignity & Vocation of Women
Who am I as a woman and from where do I receive my dignity? This apostolic letter is a great complement to the Letter to Women. This letter was written in the Marian Year of 1988 in preparation for the Jubliee Year in 2000. A Jubilee Year is a year “when all things are made new,” which represents the birth of Christ. In that context and in anticipation of the symbolic Jubilee Year of 2000, the Pope is “imagining” that Mary would have been born in 1988 and Christ would have been born in the year 2000.
In On the Dignity and Vocation of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem), John Paul II meditates on the anthropology of man and woman, God’s intention for their relationship, and the result of original sin. He also explores the relationship that Jesus had with women and the reason behind the all-male priesthood. This document is written in the form of a meditation. In a meditation, we ponder the truths of the faith and the role faith plays in our own lives.
Endow: On the Christian Meaning of Suffering
“All human suffering, all pain, all infirmity contains within itself a promise of salvation, a promise of joy… In the love that pours forth from the heart of Christ, we find hope for the future of the world. Christ has redeemed the world: “By his wounds we are healed” (Is. 53:5).”
– Pope John Paul II, Memory and Identity, 168
On the Christian Meaning of Suffering (Salvifici Doloris) answers one of humanity’s most vexing questions, how to make sense of suffering. In this 1984 apostolic letter, the Pope explains that it is only in Christ that we can hope to find meaning and purpose in our sufferings. As one intimately identified with the sick and the suffering, John Paul II knows and discusses with us the various ways we experience this painful human condition.
Your group will bond over the discussions that will spring from these sessions. Far from depressing, this letter is tinged with joy and hope and leaves the reader with a lighter heart and a peaceful sense of being cared for even in the most trying circumstances.
The Study has eight sessions.Course Description: 1: Introduction / The World of Human Suffering
2: The Quest for an Answer to the Question of the Meaning of Suffering
3: Jesus Christ: Suffering Conquered by Love (Part 1)
4: Jesus Christ: Suffering Conquered by Love (Part 2)
5: Sharers in the Suffering of Christ (Part 1)
6: Sharers in the Suffering of Christ (Part 2)
7: The Gospel of Suffering
8: The Good Samaritan / Conclusion NO HOMEWORK!
All reading and discussion done together, but you are of course welcome to read ahead, or review on your own.To Register, click on the dates below you wish to attend to reach the ENDOW page.
Two Sessions this Spring 2016:
Tuesdays, September 20 – November 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Thursdays, September 22 – November 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
You may also register by sending an email to the Annunciation YYA Office by September 15 with your name and which day you would like to attend. Your materials will be available at the first session.
Endow: John Paul II’s Letter to Women
These will be pre-recorded sessions, you will be able to view at your convenience.
To express your interest in this course offering, contact us and let us know! Once the video sessions are produced, you will be notified that registration is open.
COMING SPRING 2017