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The Diocese of Baker and My Catholic Faith Delivered have partnered to provide you with new, interactive, user-friendly online courses for children, youth, and adults. It is an innovative web-based platform which enhances knowledge and understanding while fostering a full, conscious and active Catholic Faith.

To take advantage of special discounted rates and services register and purchase programs through the Diocese of Baker Web Portal.

Adult Catechesis and Formation

 Holy Scripture

“We cannot accept that salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden (cf. Mt 5:13-16). The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him (cf. Jn 4:14). We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God...Indeed, the teaching of Jesus still resounds in our day with the same power."


Ideal for RCIA, Catholic Bible study groups, personal devotion, or even Catholic couples looking to grow together in their faith.

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Opening the Word includes all the elements you'll need to unpack the Sunday readings. A leader guide tells you exactly how to use the program. An educational video features an expert in Sacred Scripture who explains the readings. And an elegant journal guides you through the sacred prayers and personal reflections.


The Bible Timeline is a fascinating study that takes participants on a journey through the entire Bible. They will go deep into each period of salvation history and discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture.

 

 


 

 

truth_Life.JPGThe Truth & Life RSV-CE New Testament is 22-hours in length; features more than 75 actors; movie-quality sound effects and an original music score. This 'radio-drama' style audio presentation brings the eternal words of the New Testament to life.

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Here is a link for a FREE APP (includes the entire written text of the RSV-CE Bible and the 2-hour audio Gospel of Mark): www.truthandlifeapp.com


 

 Sacred Tradition

“In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God, his saving will, as well as the central place of Jesus Christ... Having died and risen, Christ is always present in his Church, especially in the sacraments; he is the source of our faith, the model of Christian conduct, and the Teacher of our prayer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church…is a statement of the Church’s faith and of Catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith…. May it serve the renewal to which the Holy Spirit ceaselessly calls the Church of God, the Body of Christ, on her pilgrimage to the undiminished light of the Kingdom!”



Catholicism
is an Adult Formation program, available through Word on Fire, which illustrates the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic Faith in an epic media experience. Filmed in 50 locations throughout 15 countries, the Catholicism DVD series is on-location and in the streets illustrating the splendor of the global church.  The Adult Formation Program expands and reinforces the content of the DVDs with extensive commentary and questions for understanding and application which are discussed in small groups.  For more information:  Catholicism, it’s your story


CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization is a new documentary, available through Word on Fire, which explores the Church’s mission within the challenges of contemporary culture. Hosted by Father Robert Barron, the documentary focuses on the cultural challenges the Church faces today, such as the emergence of “the new atheism” and relativistic attitudes toward questions of faith and morality.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the first universal Catechism since the council of Trent in 1566. Pillars: A Journey through the Catechism is the first systematic guide to this most amazing book.

 

 

Advanced Studies

 

Interested in obtaining a degree in Biblical Studies, Evangelization, or Theology but can't move or quit your job?
Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Augustine Institute will bring the classes’ right to your own home!

Take courses from Scott Hahn, Regis Martin, Jeff Cavins, Tim Gray, Curtis Martin, Edward Sri and many more!

 


Distance Learning


Distance Learning
 

Families and Parents

Families
 

Families of Character is a tested, discussion-based program that assists parents in developing virtues in their families. A group of dedicated parents meet once a month for a few hours, in the convenience of their homes, and discuss the virtue and the vices associated with it. A Study Guide provides participants with information on each virtue and a curriculum that assists the individuals in developing a plan to put the virtue into practice on a daily basis.  Families of Character Brochure.

 If you would like to begin a small group or schedule a presentation at your parish, please call or email Barry Metzentine:  (541-388-4004) barry@dioceseofbaker.org.


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website is an excellent resource for finding recommendations and resources on a variety of faith topics. With this Year of Faith, the USCCB website has been enhanced to include several new areas; for example: Family Resources for the Year of Faith

 

Handing on the faith is a privileged and joyful task of parents, but it can seem daunting at times. During this time the whole Church focuses on nurturing the gift of faith we received at baptism. Dioceses and parishes have planned special activities, many designed for families. But there is much that families can do, right in the home, to help members deepen their relationship with Christ.” Click here for several suggestions to get started.

 

Parents
 

Good Christian Movie Review Websites:  Having a movie night with the kids?  Not sure what movies are "decent"?  Focus on the Family has created a website that thoroughly reviews most released movies.  Not to mention, they also write reviews for video games, music and TV shows from a Christian prospective.  Check it out at:  www.pluggedin.com. You can also go to the Catholic News Service Media Review Office of the USCCB at  http://www.catholicnews.com/movies.htm.

 

 **Need help answering your children's or friend’s questions?

www.Catholic.com is a website sponsored by Catholic Answers, one of the nation's largest lay-run apostolates of Catholic apologetics and evangelization.  If you are looking for a quick answer to a Catholic question, www.catholic.com is a great source. 

 

If you have any other resources you would like to share, please email them to Barry Metzentine:  barry@dioceseofbaker.org.



Catholic Parenting Resources

Parenting may seem like an endless series of challenges:  instilling Christian values and virtues, balancing home and work responsibilities, maintaining the marital relationship - and perhaps even caring for their own parents. Here are some recommended resources for Catholic parenting.

 

ForyourMarriageLogo.pngFor Your Marriage In the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage (NPIM) the U.S. Catholic bishops call attention to the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society. Bringing Catholic belief into dialogue with contemporary needs, the bishops urge the Catholic Church to become a community of hope and help for marriages and to join others in building a culture of marriage.

 


                                                Parenting may seem like an endless series of challenges:  instilling Christian values and virtues, balancing home and work responsibilities, maintaining the marital relationship - and perhaps even caring for their own parents.
USCCB Parents and Parenting

 

Men’s Ministry


“From Los Angeles to Chicago, from Manchester to Miami there is a growing hunger for God among Catholic men. They are meeting together in large and small groups, sharing their burdens, listening to each other's stories, and celebrating Eucharist. Call it a revival, an awakening. Call it a work of the Holy Spirit at the grassroots level. The emergence of new ministries with men is a welcome development within the Church.”
(USCCB Report on “Catholic Men’s Minsitry,” by The Committee on Marriage and Family The Committee on Evangelization, 1999)
 



 

That Man is You! is transforming men, families and society as it presents the vision of man fully alive! Combining the teachings of the Church and wisdom of the saints with the best research from modern science in an interactive, multimedia format, That Man is You! puts this vision within the grasp of every man.

 

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If you would like to begin a men’s group or schedule a presentation on Men’s Ministry at your parish,
please call or email Barry Metzentine:
  (541-388-4004) barry@dioceseofbaker.org.
 

 

 

Join Father Robert Barron for this engaging presentation concerning the Seven Deadly Sins, those great spiritual blocks that inhibit our flourishing in relationship wtih God and one another.   Based on Dante’s writings, the seven deadly sins correspond to the seven stories of Dante’s Mt. Purgatory.    Pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice and lust are all presented as patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness.

 

But that's not all!  Father Barron shows us how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through a conscious process of opposition, which are the Seven Lively Virtues. The Seven Lively Virtues offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness.

 

This easy-to-navigate DVD can be used for personal reflection and examination of conscience or in a class or group setting, followed by discussion or meditation.

 

 

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Women's Ministry


“The Church gives thanks for all the manifestations of the feminine "genius" which have appeared in the course of history, in the midst of all peoples and nations; she gives thanks for all the charisms which the Holy Spirit distributes to women in the history of the People of God, for all the victories which she owes to their faith, hope and charity: she gives thanks for all the fruits of feminine holiness.”
(Blessed Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, 31)
 


 

Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Woman
 

ENDOW creates Catholic faith courses especially for women and girls. Their study group course material covers a growing range of topics based on a thoughtful combination of papal writings, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Church history, and Sacred Scripture.  To assure its quality and alignment with Church teaching, Endow curriculum bears the Imprimatur of Catholic Church leadership, including Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., and others.

 

Endow’s mission is to educate women and girls toward a deeper, more profound understanding of their God-given dignity and vocation as women. Rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Endow study program recognizes and affirms the “true genius of women” and responds to our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society.

 

For more information please visit the ENDOW website.

 

If you would like to begin a women’s group or schedule a presentation on Women’s Ministry at your parish,
please call or email Barry Metzentine:
  (541-388-4004) barry@dioceseofbaker.org
 

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