In Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) Pope Francis invites all Christians to ‘a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them.’
“Emmaus: a journey with Christ” is a new series of talks and discussions in Hallam Diocese which responds to this call. It is an invitation to all adult Catholics to journey together in reading the Bible and studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Taking an unrushed journey through these texts is an opportunity to hear the voice of Jesus in the Scriptures and in Tradition. The sessions will be led by Fr John Ryan and John Shekelton, who are both experienced catechists and engaging speakers.
What does it cover?
Emmaus asks some basic questions about where our faith comes from and what it means today:
- What do the different books of the Bible tell us, and how do we read and understand them?What does the Church teach and why?
- How do Scripture and Church teaching impact on our lives?
- How can this foster a renewed relationship with Jesus Christ?
It’s not about doing academic study. These sessions explore our faith as the foundation for living out the “joy of the Gospel”. The programme can also act as a bridge for those who wish to know more about their faith but feel that they are not yet ready to undertake a sustained study such as the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. With a focus on the content and meaning of scripture and church teaching, the programme is ideal preparation for giving an account of “the hope that is in us” as missionary disciples.
Where and When?
Sessions will be delivered in five centres across the diocese in parallel two-year programmes. Three centres (Holy Rood, Barnsley; St Joseph’s, Worksop; Woodlands, Doncaster) will take a journey through the Bible over two years, and at the same time, two centres (Blessed Trinity, Wickersley; St Vincent’s Sheffield) will have a journey through Church teaching using the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
At the end of the two year programme, “Unlocking the Scriptures” and “Unlocking the Catechism” will swap centres.
The course is free and there is no need to register – just turn up at any session, any centre. Details of the sessions will be published on the Hallam Diocese website and circulated to parishes.
For more details on “Emmaus: a journey with Christ”, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0114 2566410, or see the website for more details: hallam-diocese.com/departments/adult-formation/.