Thinking Faith!

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This is a podcast brought to you by the Archdiocese of Regina where we attempt to navigate this winding road of faith in Jesus Christ so that we might know him more intimately, love him more profoundly and together serve him more deeply in our daily lives.

Have a question you'd like us to address on the show? Email Eric at egurashatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca.

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Eric and Brett sit down with Donor Services Coordinator Denise Walsh to take a peek behind the scenes of this year's 2017 "Hope, Born of Mercy" Archbishop's Annual Appeal. We'll discuss the purpose and goal of the Appeal, what you'll find in your Fall mailing (and why we do them), talk about the kinds of accountability and transparency that are built into Archbishop Appeal communications, and different ways to give. Best of all, we'll meet perhaps the most responsible and organized person in the entire building - the amazing woman who helps to make sure the ministry of Jesus Christ in our Archdiocese can actually happen. We're peeling back the curtain and visiting with the wizard on this week's Thinking Faith!

Find out more about this year’s Appeal by following the links below:

Ways to Give 

2017 “Hope, Born of Mercy’ Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Video

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It's fine to speak about coaching families and adults, about accompanying and apprenticing others in the faith, but how does one actually do this?  What does Catechesis - teaching the faith - look like for adults, for kids, for intergenerational families and parish groups? Eric and Brett discuss the challenges and share some practical tips this week on Thinking Faith!

This week Eric and Brett invite you to join them for the Archdiocese of Regina's 2017 Archbishop's Annual Appeal "Hope, Born of Mercy" kick-off event hosted by Our Lady of Peace Parish in Regina.

They'll introduce you to some of our new seminarians, our newest priest, and some very special musical guests! Here's your chance to pop in your earbuds, turn up the volume and join men and women from across the diocese for an exciting evening of entertainment, fun and above all hope!

And yes, this episode was indeed recorded before a live, studio audience!

TF54: Sacraments for Kids Part 2

Last updated on September 26, 2017

Last week Eric and Brett set the stage for Sacramental Preparations by looking at faith formation in general, the great need to understand the internal faith-narrative of parents who show up to our sacramental preparations and the centrality of whole-family and parent faith formation in preparing children for receiving the sacraments. This week we continue the discussion looking at some of the practicalities around the whole family and especially parent formation and how to introduce adults to the basic stories of our faith as well as creating prayer experiences in your sessions that can be easily integrated into the lives of families at home. Helping you cast the nets without becoming castaways on this week's Thinking Faith!

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TF53:Sacraments for Kids Part 1

Last updated on September 19, 2017

This week Eric and Brett begin an extended series on the intricacies of sacramental preparations for Kids and families. Over the coming weeks, we'll cover some sacramental basics, and zero in on the theory, theology and practical applications of each Sacrament from baptism through to Confirmation and First Eucharist.  

In this weeks episode, we'll examine the role of sacramental preparations in the evangelizing mission of a parish, we'll discuss Whole Family Catechesis and the need for parental formation in the basics of the faith. 

This series should prove to be fun, informative and useful for parents, pastors and all of those brave men and women who coordinate Sacramental Preparations in the parish.

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Happy Anniversary - To Us! Today marks the 1-year anniversary of Thinking Faith! The very first thing we want to do is shout out a Holy Spirit-sized THANK YOU to everyone who has been listening, sharing and telling friends, family, and coworkers about the show over the past year. We also want to extend a very special thank you to all of the parishes who so graciously give up valuable bulletin real estate to promoting the show each week. 

For our 52nd episode, we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to invite Archdiocese of Regina Youth Coordinator, Michelle Braden back into the studio to talk about the amazing things she and Braden Kuntz have been doing with youth over the summer. Chock-full of tips on how to encounter Jesus Christ with and through ministry to youth all through the lens of their amazing Summer Leadership Camps!

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TF51: I KNow What You Did This Summer

Last updated on September 5, 2017

Ok...Eric and Brett don't ACTUALLY know what you did this summer (they've agreed that stalking listeners is a very un-Catholic thing to do!). But a few people have been approaching and asking how they spent the summer months, so here it is. From getting ready for new deacons to writing books and playing super-spy at VBS camps they'll share all the terrifying details this week on Thinking Faith!

This week on Thinking Faith! We're talking about Evangelization! It's an exciting and new 'catch word' right now in Christian circles and for Catholics, it might seem as though this is kind of a new thing. We can be tempted to see it as just another one of those religious fads that may sound exciting for a bit but then just fade into the background when something a bit shinier and new comes along. Hopefully today we come to a deeper appreciation for the place of Evangelization within the church, not just today...but from its very inception.

 

TF49: Answering The Cry Of The Poor (ANCOP)

Last updated on August 24, 2017

This week on Thinking Faith! Brett and I are very happy to welcome a couple of guests into the studio with us today - Jerome Marcello and Cris Masaoay Of Couples For Christ's ANCOP organization.

Couples for Christ is a Vatican-recognized Lay Apostolate group whose primary focus is providing families with small group-driven faith formation "From the womb to the grave". Part of this mission involves engaging families in missionary outreach which is accomplished through their Charitable organization ANCOP "Answering the Cry of the Poor". Jerome and Chris popped by to tell us a bit about Couple's for Christ and the work they do for the Church in the Archdiocese of Regina and to tell us about their upcoming ANCOP Awareness Walk being held at Wascana Park in Sunday, August 27. They're here to tell us a bit about the charitable works of mercy they help facilitate around the world and an exciting way that you, our listeners can get involved.

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TF48: How To Be A Theologian

Last updated on August 15, 2017

Welcome to another episode of Thinking Faith. This week we bring you another excerpt from a series of presentations Brett delivered awhile ago to the new seminarians of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. In this episode, Brett discusses the role and place of theology in the lives of all of the faithful, what might be called a 'universal call to theology.' This is a recognition that every human being who has ever wondered about their reason for being, their place in the universe, if there is a God and, like Mary 'pondered these things in our hearts' we are entering into the spiritual space of theology.

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