Labor Day & 'Back to School' for St. Francis

Labor Day already ~  perhaps it's my age or the busyness of my life, but it seems that I was just collecting your final papers for Module II and now I find myself in the final throws of preparation for Module III.   Amazing!

Via the United States Postal Service, you should have received a welcome back sophomore letter containing some valuable information.   I will summarize that information here.

On September 15th, at 6:00pm we will kick off the Catechetical year with the Opening Mass.  St Mary's Chapel with Bishop Lee Piche celebrating the Mass will be our first gathering.   Both classes will attend the Mass.  It will be the first and only time both current classes will gather together.   We are expecting 400+ participants so please plan to come early enough to get settled and prepare your heart for Mass.

After the Mass,  the Class of St. Francis will journey downstairs to the St. Olaf Hall. There you will want to visit several tables.

a.  If you have paid your tuition for Module III, you may pick up your new workbook for Module III.  You will also receive your new name tag and lanyard.  So please put them on right away and make it easy on your fellow students.

b.  You will want to visit the St. George Christian Book Store table to purchase materials from your recommended reading list.   Just a reminder, that every purchase helps the scholarship fund grow and provides needed scholarship for other students.

c.  You will have opportunity to order CI apparel.

d.  I know there is one more table you will want to stop by:

                      Final Papers Returned Here.

Yes, your final papers for Module II are back and so please take them home.

e.  One last stop for some refreshments~  we will have plenty of time for refreshments and fellowship.


I am very excited to tell you that we have a prayer team that will be praying for the Class of St. Francis from now until graduation day.  We are very blessed to have this prayer coverage.

Until September 15th,  I wish you well.

May God continue to bless you abundantly,

Cathie Durham



A Message from Jeff Cavins about Reflection Papers

Dear Students,

Following the return of your first end of module paper, it appears there is some need for clarification as to the markings on your paper. 
First, I want you to be very encouraged. The papers, overwhelmingly, displayed that you have a grasp of the information presented in the first module and that you are growing deeper in your knowledge and love of the Catholic faith. Second, I want to assure you that the comments made on your paper are all made out of charity. They are comments to help you grow in your knowledge, both of the faith and how to present it. 
The primary reason for feedback is that it helps you assess if you truly understand the content and if you can present it clearly in the context given to you—in this case, it was in the written form. It is critically important that you not only understand the subject matter, but that you are able to apply what is learned to your life, both in how you live the faith and how you share the faith, be that written, verbally or by your actions.
The goal of the Archbishop Harry J Flynn Catechetical Institute is to educate the laity in the Catholic faith such that they can live and share the faith with a renewed confidence, with conviction and hope. It is our job at the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute to teach you the faith and how to live it, and to send you with the tools to "go therefore, and make disciples" as you continue on this journey. There are over 600 Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute alumni currently carrying out this mission across the Archdiocese. Of those graduates, many are teaching faith formation or RCIA, many are educators, some work in the parish, some volunteer their time, some are writing for their parish bulletins and some are even writing for The Catholic Spirit. Thus, you can see that many of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute graduates are not only living the faith, but teaching and sharing it with that renewed sense of confidence and conviction, which is the goal of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute. 
Often the path to confidently sharing the faith comes with opportunities to grow in humility, and anytime we are corrected we are given that chance to grow in that great virtue. That said, I want to encourage you to pray about the comments on your paper, knowing in your heart that they are made out of charity to help you grow in your faith and in your confidence in sharing your faith on this journey from blessing to blessing.
On a personal note, I have written over 10 books and every time someone corrected my grammar or wording, I have had to deal with the same topic, humility, but I have become a better writer. Thanks to my brothers and sisters in Christ, I have also learned to become a better communicator.
Blessings in Christ,



Module II: All You Ever Wanted to Know about the Sacraments

Well, if you have survived this sub-zero climate (so much for global warming huh?) and have not moved out of state yet,  we welcome you back for Round Two at the Catechetical Institute.

Dates to remember:

Return Date:       Monday February 3rd at 7:00         Epiphany Church in Coon Rapids

Module II consists of eleven lessons on Monday evening and two formative sessions on Saturdays.

Formative Saturdays: 

March 8th, 2014   Deacon Michalak will be the presenter for "Living Out Your Vocation Sacramentally".

April 5th, 2014   Fr. Tom Dufner will be the presenter for "Conscience and Confession" (with Confessors).

New discussion groups have been formed.  Your new discussion group leader should be contacting you soon.   Remember to prepare for the evening by completing lesson one (Paragraphs 1066-1134), bring your workbooks, and be prepared to discuss lesson one in your discussion groups.  Jeff Cavins will be our presenter for "Liturgy & the Sacramental Economy".  

 Warm wishes!



Pillar One finish line is now in our sight line!

Dear St. Francis Class Members,

We are fast approaching the end of Pillar One ~ The Creed.  I am certain you would all agree with me that we have had some outstanding presenters in this first semester at the Catechetical Institute.  I pray you have gained much insight and knowledge during our time together this fall.

December 9th will be our last day of class. 

It is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.  We have arranged for a Mass to be celebrated at Epiphany beginning at 6:30PM.   As Mass will most likely run over into our normal 7:00PM start time,  we will go directly into our discussion groups from the Mass.  So we will not meet in the large lecture group at the beginning but go directly to our small group discussion upon the completion of the Mass.  Please plan to return to the gym for the final lecture at the regular time.

Also, on December 9th, we will be expecting to receive your final paper.  All photocopies of homework must be turned in for any classes where you were not in attendence including any 2 page paper due for missed Saturday Formative sessions.

Be sure to send in your tuition checks for your Spring semester/ Pillar Two prior to December 9th.    Please use the pre-addressed envelopes.  If you need an envelope please ask me for one.

We are excited to share with you that we will be able to make the workbooks for Pillar Two available at the end of this session.  You will have the option to receive your Pillar Two workbook  so you can peruse it during J-term break and get a head start on the second semester.   However there are three criteria you must meet prior to receiving the new workbook ~

a.  You have paid your tuition for second semester

b.  You have accounted for any missed classes by turning in the appropriate homework

c.   Your final paper

So please send in your tuition straight away.  It needs to be received and recorded at the Catechetical Institute office prior to December 5th. 

And at our final class, you will then receive a new workbook in exchange for your final paper.    You hand in your final paper and in return you get a new workbook for the upcoming Pillar Two study.......... Sounds like a great game plan to me!

If for some reason you are unable to receive your workbook on Dec 9th, I will simply hold onto it until we resume on February 3, 2014.


Together, let us make a strong finish across this first threshold.

Blessings on your Thanksgiving Holiday,  Cathie



Formative Session Saturday Oct 5th

Hello to all you St. Francisites (is that even a word???)

Saturday is upon us and we are about to experience our first formative session at the CI.  I am excited!
If you have not already done so, please click on the annoucement tab of our St. Francis Class page.  It is located on the right side of the screen.  There you will learn more about Saturday's schedule and get a chance to read a little about Father Hoffman, who is our presenter for this first formative session.
Remember to bring your bible, a notebook and a writing tool.
See you bright and early Saturday, Oct 5th as we begin our day celebrating Mass in the main sanctuary of Epiphany Church in Coon Rapids.  Mass begins at 8:00AM.

Blessings,  Cathie