While attending Mass is the best way to learn about the Catholic faith, we also offer inquiry and formation sessions for those considering the Catholic faith. Here are links to video segments, presentation slides, and handouts from some of the sessions we offer.
Liturgical Year & Lent (with Jerry Murphy)
February 27, 2020
In this session, Jerry Murphy gives an overview of the season of Lent.
What We Believe: The Trinity (with Tim Falk)
February 13, 2020
In this session, Tim Falk explains the history of the creed as it relates to the Holy Trinity and who Christ is.
Eucharist Sign of Unity (with Tim & Janis Falk)
February 6, 2020
In this session, Janis opens with a prayerful reflection on the Eucharist. Then Tim discusses how during Liturgy of the Eucharist the Holy Spirit comes to bring us into communion with Christ and so to form his body.
Pray. Live. Love. Be. DIFFERENT (with Pat Stahr)
Jan 24-25, 2020
Over 50 candidates, catechumens, inquirers and new Catholics from both St. Francis of Assisi and Sacred Heart parishes, along with their sponsors, faith companions, and parish team members participated in the pre-Lent retreat, “Live. Love. Pray. Be. DIFFERENT,” led by Pat Stahr of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Ames. In addition to presentations, small group discussions, music and quiet prayer time in the sanctuary, participants also received a special blessing from Fr. Mark McGeary.
A Scriptural Walk Through the Nativity (with Tim Falk)
December 12, 2019
In this session, Tim Falk looks at the Nativity stories as recounted in the Gospels including similarities and differences between them.
Liturgical Year & Advent (with Jerry Murphy)
November 21, 2019
In this session, Jerry gives an overview of key periods in the Liturgical Year.
Reconciliation & Mercy with Father Ray
November 14, 2019
In this session, Fr. Ray gives a brief overview on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and answers questions about the sacrament.
Prayer: A Relationship (with Kevin O’Donnell)
November 7, 2019
In this session, Kevin O’Donnell, co-director of the Emmaus House gives an overview of Prayer as a relationship with Jesus.
Catholic Social Teaching (with Tom Chapman)
October 10, 2019
In this session, Tom Chapman discusses the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching and explains how forming one’s conscience is an important responsibility of all Catholics.
Jesus & the Sacraments (with Jerry Murphy)
October 3, 2019
In this session, Jerry Murphy discusses the sacraments of initiation, healing, and service and shares scriptural references for all seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
What We Believe: The Creed (with Tim Falk)
February 21, 2019
In this session, Tim Falk explains the creed as it relates to the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic.
Sacraments: Baptism and Confirmation (with John Gaffney)
January 10, 2018
In this session, John Gaffney discusses the Sacraments of baptism and confirmation.
A Catholic Approach to Scripture (with Jason Collins, M.A.)
December 7, 2017
In this session, Jason gives an overview of how Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture work together to help Catholics read and interpret the Bible.
Reconciliation & God’s Mercy (with Fr. Ray McHenry)
November 10, 2017
In this session, Fr. Ray gives an overview of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As part of the presentation, two Becoming Catholic team members demonstrate with the help of Fr. Ray how to celebrate the sacrament.
Mary and the Rosary (with Tim Falk and Jerry Murphy)
October 19, 2017
In this session, Jerry shares history of the Rosary and its importance to Catholics and Tim shares what we know of Mary through scripture and her role as the first disciple.
The Eucharist & Communion (with Tim and Janis Falk)
September 28, 2017
In this session, Tim discusses how during Liturgy of the Eucharist the Holy Spirit comes to bring us into communion with Christ and so to form his body. Using a presentation from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Janis demonstrates the importance of the co-mingling of the elements of water and wine at the time of consecration in the Mass.
Marriage & Ordination (with Deacon Bill & Kayla Richer)
March 23, 2017
Deacon Bill and Kayla Richer share the story of their vocational call to marriage and ordination.
The Paschal Mystery (with Dr. Matt Halbach)
March 10, 2017
In this session, Dr. Halbach explains the Paschal Mystery (Christ’s passing through death, from this life into eternal glory) as a way to help us prepare for Holy Week and Easter.