'The Mass: Bread of Life ... Word of Love ... Hope for All'

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The Mass is at the heart of the Catholic Church. Learn why and how to make it the heart of your life by attending the two-part series, “The Mass:  Bread of Life … Word of Love … Hope for All,” that will be offered from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Mondays Jan. 7 and 14, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville.

“Come to explore, interact with, and pray the Mass,” is the invitation extended by Chari Rosales, director of St. Thomas Adult Faith Formation & Spirituality (S.T.A.F.F.S.), who will lead both interactive sessions. Rosales also recommends reservations to ensure seating for this program.

During the sessions, Rosales will examine the essentials of the liturgy, why these essentials still matter, and how ritual language and action shape prayer. She said she fashioned her presentation around helping participants answer the question, “The liturgy is at the heart of the Church – is it in our hearts and lives?" 

Rosales, an interesting speaker with a keen understanding and appreciation for her subject matter, enlivens her presentations with vivid clarity and intensity. She has been active in church ministry for three decades, especially in the areas of liturgy, Scripture study and religious history. Through the years, she has offered a variety of presentations at St. Thomas the Apostle and at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville. Rosales studied at Loyola University Chicago, Dominican University in River Forest, and the Universite de Fribourg in Switzerland.

“The Mass:  Bread of Life … Word of Love … Hope for All” is part of St. Thomas the Apostle’s official observance of “The Year of Faith,” Oct. 11, 2012 – Nov. 24, 2013, as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI.

For reservations or more information about the program, contact Rosales at (630) 355-8980, ext. 138 or crosales@stapostle.org.

St. Thomas the Apostle, a parish of the Diocese of Joliet, strives to bear the Good News of God’s unconditional love to all generations through worship, faith formation, witness and service. Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas faith community numbers more than 3,300 households of more than 11,000 people. Complete news and information on parish events, guest speakers and special programs can be viewed at www.stapostle.org. For general parish information, call (630) 355-8980 or visit www.stapostle.org.





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