Mary & Martha Study Community
A new opportunity for the Women of Saint Agnes
In his Apostolic Letter, Mulieris Dignitatem, Pope St. John Paul II wrote (emphasis his):
“In the history of the Church, even from earliest times, there were side-by-side with men a number of women, for whom the response of the Bride to the Bridegroom's redemptive love acquired full expressive force.”
“These women, and others afterwards, played an active and important role in the life of the early Church, in building up from its foundations the first Christian community - and subsequent communities - through their own charisms and their varied service…”
“Saint Paul speaks of their "hard work" for Christ, and this hard work indicates the various fields of the Church's apostolic service, beginning with the "domestic Church". For in the latter, "sincere faith" passes from the mother to her children and grandchildren, as was the case in the house of Timothy (cf. 2 Tim 1:5).”
“The same thing is repeated down the centuries, from one generation to the next, as the history of the Church demonstrates. By defending the dignity of women and their vocation, the Church has shown honour and gratitude for those women who - faithful to the Gospel - have shared in every age in the apostolic mission of the whole People of God. They are the holy martyrs, virgins, and mothers of families, who bravely bore witness to their faith and passed on the Church's faith and tradition by bringing up their children in the spirit of the Gospel.”
“The witness and the achievements of Christian women have had a significant impact on the life of the Church as well as of society. Even in the face of serious social discrimination, holy women have acted "freely", strengthened by their union with Christ.”
Beginning this Fall, The Martha and Mary Study Community will offer the women at the Church of Saint Agnes an opportunity for intellectual formation so that they may deepen their relationships with God and each other in our parish family. This new Community will run from October—May on the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm in Schuler Hall. This monthly meeting will consists of a Bible study written by parishioner Susanna Spencer, entitled “Virtues in Scripture.”
The “Virtues in Scripture” study focuses on one virtue per month using several Scripture passages per virtue. Instruction will be given on how to form virtues and what vices they are contrary to based on the Summa Theologiae. There will also be small group discussion. No preparation is needed in order to attend. All women are cordially invited to just come and learn! Lap babies are welcome!
If you would like more contact information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.