Sites and speakers of adult Catholic education series listed

Continuing Catholic education throughout the year in every part of the Diocese of Peoria is the goal of the diocesan Office of Catechetics and the “Let My People Come” series offers a variety of opportunities for that in the April and May.

The main focus in June will be the Diocesan Summer Institute, which will feature a day with Father Robert Barron on Friday, June 10, and an overview on the changes to the Roman Missal on Saturday, June 11. Both sessions will be held at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria.

In the coming year, the “Let My People Come” series will continue to break open church teachings about the Mass and look at ways to welcome the revised texts that will be used during those liturgies, according to Dr. Vincent McClean, director of the Office of Catechetics.

In the meantime, the current series — funded by the Annual Diocesan Appeal — continues with the following presentations planned by McClean and the six regional directors of religious education. The sessions are open to everyone, whether or not they are involved in a parish religious formation program or RCIA process and are free of charge:

— Thursday, April 14, 5 to 6:15 p.m. St. Mary’s Religious Education Center, 527 W. Jackson St., Bloomington. This session, which was rescheduled from April 21, will be a roundtable discussion for confirmation leaders and teams.

— Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross Church, 405 W. Clark St., Champaign. The topic is “Morality . . . Being Nice?”

— Thursday, April 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Jude’s Church, 10811 N. Knoxville, Peoria. Katie Schulte, an Echo apprentice from the University of Notre Dame, will present “Catechism and Conversation.”

— Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish Center, 245 S. Ninth St., Warsaw. Father John Verrier, pastor of St. Joseph’s in Brimfield and St. James in Williamsfield, will talk about “Christ the Teacher.”

— Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall, 800 17th St., Silvis. This will be a roundtable discussion about “What Worked and What Didn’t? Planning for Next Year’s RCIA.”

— Thursday, May 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison, Peoria. An “RCIA leader celebration” is planned and will look at “How Was the Year and What Changes Can Be Made?”

— Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 125 N. Fayette St., Carthage. Kaye Meyers will present “Creative and Effective Ideas to Use in the Classroom.”

For more information on the “Let My People Come” series or the 2011 Diocesan Summer Institute, call the Office of Catechetics at (309) 671-1550.

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