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Schedule Speakers Join us for Exploring the Faith on first Saturdays. This series explores various aspects of the Catholic faith helping us to know, love, live and defend the Catholic faith. Sessions will be held at The Church of the Nativity (1225 Alta Vista St., Dubuque) in the O'Brien Room. Sessions will run from 9:00 am - 10:30am following the 8 a.m. Mass.
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March 3, 2007
Lukewarmness: The Devil in Disguise By Fr. Jim Dubert

The Lord is continually asking us to bring those around us to salvation, to joy, to generosity. This task is impossible if we are lukewarm in spirit. This talk looks at one of the most frequent faults we all deal with - the sickness of soul called lukewarmness. Recommended Resource:
"Lukewarmness: The Devil in Disguise" by Francis Fernandez Carvajal

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October 7, 2006
The Mass Explained by Fr. Phil Gibbs

Fr. Gibbs walked us through the Mass from beginning to end explaining precisely what is happening and, more importantly, why. In the end we saw how all the pieces of the mass fit together to create a single, coherent whole. Fr. Phil Gibbs is Director of Vocation Awareness for the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence..."
1 Peter 3:15-16

November 4, 2006
The Four Last Things--Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell by Fr. Michael Podhajsky

It has ever been the practice of the Catholic Church to recommend that we meditate on man's "four last things--Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell." For keeping these sobering aspects of human destiny ever before our eyes, we will be that much less likely to fall into mortal sin and thus be lost eternally.

December 2, 2006
Answering Common Questions about Annulments by Fr. Thomas Zinkula

Each year over 100,000 Americans, including many thousands of non-Catholics, are involved in the Catholic Church's annulment process. Many times that number of persons is affected by the decisions reached in annulment cases. In this talk Fr. Zinkula gave us foundational information about the annulment process. A Q&A followed the talk.

January 6, 2007
A New Look at Sex by Karen Glover, Ph.D.

According to Pope John Paul II, if we live according to the true meaning of our sexuality, we "fulfill the very meaning of [our] being and existence." The human body is a "theology" because it is meant to be a sign of God's own life and love in the world. This talk explores the profound interconnections between sex and the deepest questions of human existence. For further reading:
"Theology of the Body For Beginners" by Christopher West
"Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II's Gospel of the Body" by Christopher West

February 3, 2007
Deep in Church History: A look at the Original by Fr. Douglas O. Wathier

Becoming deep in history is not merely optional but crucial to a true and trustworthy understanding of Jesus Christ, of the Church He planted in His Apostles, and of the redemption He won for those who believe in Him by grace. As Cardinal Newman commented, "To become steeped in history is to cease to be Protestant." Come and learn about your historical roots. Fr. Wathier is Assoc. Prof. of Religious Studies at Loras College.