All are invited to bring Bibles to Mass Nov. 30, the first Sunday of Advent, to have them blessed as part of the kickoff of the second phase of the diocesan spiritual renewal Spirit Alive!
The weekend also will mark the start of The Mark Project, which is a chance for all in the diocese to read the entire Gospel of Mark between Advent and Easter. Parishioners are encouraged to read and reflect on a chapter a week until the fifth Sunday of Lent.
Also during the second phase of the renewal, parishioners will be encouraged to take part in Bible studies.
Details and resources on the spiritual renewal, which is intended to help all in the diocese grow in their faith, are available at www.rochesterspiritalive.org. The Web site includes reflection questions on the weekly readings, printable prayer cards and bookmarks, resources for families and young adults, and details on how to make time for spiritual growth.
The site also contains resources on St. Paul as part of Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of the Year of St. Paul marking the saint’s approximate 2,000th birthday. That celebration runs through June 29, 2009.
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry also has collaborated with the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Catechesis on a program that looks at the Gospel of Mark. Father George Heyman will speak on themes from Mark from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5. The cost is $15 per session.
At 10 a.m. Dec. 12, St. Bernard’s also will host the Rev. Mark Allen Powell, a nationally known expert on the Gospel of Mark who will speak on “A Rip in the Sky: Mark’s Story of God Loose in Our World.” The cost is $25.
St. Bernard’s talks will take place at the school at 120 French Road, Pittsford. Videoconferencing also is available at sites in Apalachin, Auburn and Watkins Glen. For details, call 585-271-3657.