On this page you will find information about the following faith formation programs:
- That Man Is You
- Men’s Prayer and Study Group
- 33 Days to Merciful Love
- Family Enrichment
- Teams of Our Lady
That Man Is You!
What is it?
That Man is You! is an interactive, multimedia men’s program focused upon the development of authentic male leadership. Over the course of three years, That Man is You! successively considers men in their relationship to God, to their spouse, and to their children.
The program content harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. It is particularly indebted to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Pope John Paul II.
That Man is You! is successful at attracting large numbers of men, including younger men still actively parenting, and then transforming their spiritual lives. Indeed, independent research from a Faith Advisor to The Gallup Poll reveals That Man is You! to be one of the most life transforming programs ever studied.
How will it work?
Each year is divided into two, 13-week semesters, which will meet in the fall and spring. The foundational program is three years long.
Both Evening and Morning Sessions will be offered
Who: Any man who is interested
What: Weekly formation meetings
Note: Men can enter the program at any time.
You do not have to start at the beginning!
Tuesday evenings in the Conference Center — Begins January 9, 2018
7:00 pm Doors open & light refreshments
7:30 am DVD Presentation
8:00 am Small Group Discussions
8:30 am Dismissal
Thursday mornings in the Conference Center — Begins January 18, 2018
5:30 am Doors open & light breakfast
6:00 am DVD Presentation
6:30 am Small Group Discussions
7:00 am Dismissal
Cost: There is no cost! Breakfast / refreshments is by donation. Financial concerns should not prevent anyone from participating!
How do I register?
You should go to this page here and register for the program. Be sure to pick whether you want to attend on Tuesday evenings or on Thursday mornings.
How do I find out more?
Go to the That Man Is You! website to find out more about the program itself. For information pertaining to the program at St. Clare, contact John Kovacs in the parish office.
Men’s Prayer & Study Group
Join us bright and early for fresh coffee, prayer, and discussion!
We are currently studying The Bible and the Virgin Mary, a dynamic twelve-part video series that beautifully explains the Catholic truths about Our Lady, showing how she has been a part of God’s plan to bring salvation to the world since the beginning of time.
Where: Conference Center
Contact: Craig Bernard, firstname.lastname@example.org
33 Days to Merciful Love
Lenten Program — To Prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday!
Based on the book, 33 Days to Merciful Love, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, this 33 Days to Merciful Love Group Retreat goes even deeper than the book alone and explores new material on the heart of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s Little Way, uncovering the power of trust in the face of personal darkness, inspiring participants to become great saints amid ordinary circumstances, and laying the foundation for a personal consecration to Divine Mercy.
What: Six weekly sessions
When: This course will be offered at two different times:
- Wednesday mornings, 9:30 am – 11:00 am, beginning February 21, 2018
- Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, beginning February 21, 2018
Where: Conference Center
You need the 33 Days to Merciful Love book, as well as the Participant Packet. The Participant Packet contains the Retreat Companion, which is the workbook with questions in it; the Retreat Companion, therefore, is the most important element of the Participant Packet.
- Buy just the book here on Amazon. Available in paperback as well as a kindle version (which you can read on any smartphone, tablet, or computer).
- Buy just the Participant Packet here.
- Buy the book and the Participant Packet together in a bundle here. (This may or may not be cheaper, depending on shipping.)
How to Register
Families often struggle with overcoming the obstacles to foundational relationships. Husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, and immediate family and extended family alike encounter seemingly insurmountable challenges.
This program employs the case study methodology, commonly found in business and law school classrooms, to examine scenarios relevant to family life. We analyze the complex and sometimes daunting situations faced by families to better understand their causes and identify their resolution. While the case studies are instructive, the experience and wisdom from the parents participating prove invaluable. Guided by an experienced moderator, who is also a parent, couples strengthen their unity and renew their commitment to one another and their families.
The case study method offers practical skills for handling the pressing circumstances that arise each day. Each course has between 5 and 10 cases.
The case study method teaches you to:
- Draw out facts
- Identify problems based on facts
- Discern appropriate solutions
Family Enrichment is designed so you can apply this method to any situation at home, work, etc. It helps you sustain focus and make accomplishments with the things that matter most — your marriage, your family, and your relationships with other people.
Applying the method
For the success of the method, following these steps is essential.
- Individual Study: each spouse reads the technical note and case.
- Couple discussion: both spouses discuss the case.
- Team Meeting: 4-5 couples discuss the case.
- General Meeting: All groups meet in a general session with a moderator that directs the discussion.
What’s the First Step?
Visit the Texas Family Enrichment website for more information on what program is currently being offered, and to register. Courses are offered off-site (i.e. not at St. Clare), but a Clear Lake Team may be formed locally for Team Meetings, then carpool to the General Meeting. To find out about the local Team, contact Kathi at 281-507-1672 or email@example.com.
Teams of Our Lady
Program for ALL Married Couples
Teams of Our Lady (TOOL) is an on-going formation program for all married couples–whether you’ve been married 1 year, 10 years, or 50 years–to form you as a couple in married spirituality. Why as a couple? Because God has entrusted you to each other through the Sacrament of Matrimony, and because when your response is made in unison, it deeply affects: the quality of your love, your children, and all whom you meet. Why with other couples? Because as a Team there is more strength. In a world where fidelity is no longer esteemed, meeting with others who value married life can bring joy and hope to all.
This program is open to couples who are in a marriage recognized by the Church. Only one spouse needs to be Catholic.
What: Information Session
When: Next session TBD — contact John Lawlor, below, to be put on his waiting list
Contact: John Lawlor, 713-824-8525, firstname.lastname@example.org