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 Morning Glory
- 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
Tuesday evenings in the Conference Center — Begins Sept. 19, 2017
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 Sept. 21, 2017
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.
Men can enter the program at any time–you do not have to start at the beginning!
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 Morning Glory: Preparation for Marian Consecration
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima by Making this Consecration!
Want to transform your work, your marriage, your family, and your life, but don’t have time?
Looking for the quickest, surest, and easiest way to holiness, but don’t know where to begin? In our hectic day and time, Saint John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa knew that the quickest way to be transformed into a saint is through a relationship with Our Blessed Mother, Mary.
Join us on October 24 or 25, 2017 as we begin a 33-day preparation for Marian Consecration, which will take place on December 8, 2017, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception!
For six weeks, we’ll read about and reflect on four Marian giants: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Saint John Paul II. They’ll teach us the secrets to drawing closer to the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary. In our weekly meetings, we’ll share our insights within a small group and watch a 30-minute video. The video by popular author and speaker, Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, brings our individual reflections and group experience into a clear and live-able focus.
If you’ve already made your consecration, St. Louis de Montfort recommends repeating the 33-day preparation and renewing your Consecration every year. If you don’t want to take 33 Days to Morning Glory again, I recommend reading True Devotion to Mary, the original work by St. Louis de Montfort, and then using one of the following books as your guide to preparing for your renewal
- Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Louis de Montfort, by Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM
Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus Through Mary with Blessed John Paul II, by Fr. Brian McMaster
What: Six weekly sessions
When: This course will be offered at two different times:
- Tuesday afternoons, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, beginning October 24, 2017 — NOTE: THIS IS A REVISED DAY/TIME.
- Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, beginning October 25, 2017
Where: Conference Center
You need the 33 Days to Morning Glory book, as well as the Retreat Companion.
- The 33 Days to Morning Glory book can be purchased online.
- The Retreat Companion is available for free online, since this class is available on Formed.org. (If you don’t have an account yet for Formed.org, stop by the parish office to pick up the St. Clare access code.) To download the Retreat Companion and/or print it out, you have to click on the lesson, then click on Participant Materials.
- Alternatively, if you want to purchase a hard-copy of the Retreat Companion, it comes as part of the Participant Packet (without the 33 Days book), along with a few other items (prayer cards, certificate, etc.)
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