NYC Church Offers ‘Catholicism 101’

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NEW YORK — St. Francis of Assisi Church here is reaching out to people who want to learn more about the Catholic faith this summer, especially in better understanding the parts of the Mass.

A five-session series called “Catholicism 101: A Journey Through the Mass,” begins June 10 and runs for the next five Wednesdays. Offered at two times, from noon to 1 p.m., and from 6 to 7 p.m., the free program is intended for liturgical ministers, volunteers, and anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. 

“Using the question, ‘Why do we do what we do at Mass?’ the course will examine rituals and use them to discuss themes that emerge from important prayers,” said Joseph Nuzzi, pastoral associate, who will teach the program.

“Catholicism 101 is an adult formation program designed with the questioning Catholic in mind,” reads the program brochure.

“It is a great way for people of other faiths to learn a little bit about the Catholic tradition,” Nuzzi said.

The program will explore Catholic rituals, said Nuzzi. Themes will include discipleship, creation, incarnation, prayer and more.

June 10: The Gathering Rite
Themes: Creation, freedom, sin and the unity of the human family

June 17: The Liturgy of the Word 
Themes: The Bible, the Church and the people who hear the word of God

June 24: Preparation of the Gifts
Themes: Creation, stewardship, ecology and how we can offer anything to God

July 1: Eucharistic Prayer
Themes: Prayer, thanksgiving, Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s presence with us

July 8: Communion & Dismissal 
Themes: We become what we share and our mission as disciples of Christ

St. Francis of Assisi Church is located at 135 West 31st Street; the program takes place in San Damiano Hall at 129 West 31st Street. To register, send an e-mail with name, parish and phone number by June 5 to Nuzzi,, indicating afternoon or evening session.