Adult Faith Enrichment

Adult Faith Enrichment



Bible Study Series:

Bible Study Update!!

March 21/22 will be our last sessions on the Old Testament Books of Kings!! 
Come Join us for a review of these narrative books in general and the final days of the Kingdom of Judah in particular leading to the Babylonian Captivity

We meet Monday evening March 21, 7:15 - 8:45 p.m./ Tuesday morning March 22, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Both sessions in the Parish Library.
Come Join Us!
Please Bring your Bible

Following Easter Break we will resume May 2/3 and begin our exploration of a New Testament Book:  St Paul's Letter to the Romans

Thursday June 9, 2016: at 7:30pm in the Msgr. Murray Parish Hall.
St Bernardine of Siena.
Miracles, Dreams and Challenges Lizabeth Uribe Santibáñez shares her autobiographical book and her amazing journey from polio survivor to a happy and successful life as a cancer research specialist.





Monday May 02, 2016: 7:30pm- 9pm

What Should We Know BEFORE We Start to Read St Pauls' Letter to the Romans? An Interfaith Dialogue with Rabbi Vogel and Monsignor McNamara.


Thursday February 11 and 25, 2016: Thursday 11 at 7:30pm- 9pm at Temple Aliyah; Thursday 25 same time at St Bernardine of Siena.
How We Pray An Interfaith Dialogue with Rabbi Vogel and Monsignor McNamara.

Thursday 10 December at 7:30 PM
Looking at the End-of-Life issues through the lens of Faith with Father John Gouldrick

When the doctor delivers the news that there is nothing more to be done,
is there anything more for anyone to do?

How might I prepare for the day when the doctor may deliver that news
concerning me personally or an elderly relative, someone with a very serious illness/injury?

What are my options when ‘enough is enough’ or there is little or no upside to further treatment?

Monday 9 November at 7:30 PM

Since the legalization of assisted suicide in California, we have heard from many people with two basic questions: 

  • How do we navigate the current medical reality and ensure ethical, quality care for our loved ones
  • Is there more that we can do now to stop assisted suicide in CA?  

To answer those concerns, the Archdiocese of LA is hosting five training sessions throughout the Archdiocese called “Care and Prepare: Finding Loving Care at the End of Life”.

Co-sponsored by Institute for Human Caring at Providence Hospital, the sessions will provide vital information on Church Teaching on End of Life, Accessing Quality Care, Protecting Loved Ones, and Caring Pastorally at the End of Life.  We will also offer a strategic plan for action.

Tuesday 3 November at 7:30 PM "Who Am I to Judge?"
Follow-up presentation with Frank McKown from the LA Archdiocese's Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons (CMLGP). We will view a documentary addressing the struggle of some parents with the pain their children experienced when "coming out". Q & A to follow.

Thursday October 22 at 7:30 PM What does the Church teach regarding Homosexuality? "Who Am I to Judge?" with Frank McKown.

Thursday September 24 at 7:30 PM The Transformation in Catholic teaching on the Jews 1933-1965 "From Enemy to Brother" with Rev. Fr. Leon Hutton.

Monday August 10 at 7:30 PM Catholic-Protestant Divide? "A Dialogue with a Priest and a Protestant Minister"
with Fr. Martin Henry and Dr. Jeffrey Siker

The Book of Samuel:
Come explore the Story of Israel's most famous King, David! Complex character, beloved of God.
Beginning: Monday, January 12 @ 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, January 13@ 9:15 a.m. and continuing though the year.

Thursday May 21 at 7:30 PM Love Poetry to Catholic Mysticism "A Study of Songs of Songs"
with William Shaules, P.h.D.
What does this 'love poem' mean to Israel and to the New Testament?
How does it relate to Christ and the Church?
How does it relate to the Wisdom Lady?

Monday April 27, 2015 @ 7:30pm
What do the Rabbis Say About the Book of Samuel? with Rabbi Gabriel Botnick.
Rabbi Botnick returns to answer questions prepared by the bible study groups
on the Old Testament books 1 and 2 Samuel.
These books tell the story of the call of Samuel, the last 'judge' and his anointing of
both Saul and David to the kingship of Israel/Judah.
The rivalry between Saul and David and David's friendship with Saul's son,
Jonathan, set the stage for the Story of David, a very human and enigmatic ruler.

Thursday March 5, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Lent Then & Now with Rev. Father Martin Henry. Lent… What's it all about?We are a post-resurrection community, how are we to think about Lenten bservance Post - Vatican II? What's the history of its observance?  How has it evolved?How should we observe it now?



Mondays: 7:15p to 8:45p in the Parish Library
Same session repeats on
Tuesdays: 9:15a in the Parish Library

Sunday 18 May @ St John Eudes:
A conversation about Doubt and Faith with Patrick Nichelson, Ph.D. Meal with Friends Lunch and Lecture at 12:15pm in Grill Hall.

Starting April 28/28: The Books of Joshua and Judges
How did the Israelites enter the Promised Land?
What happened after Moses died?
Did the walls of Jericho really come tumbling down?
Does God authorize 'Holy War'? Who wins the battles?
Who are the 'Judges' and why does Israel have them?

Everyone welcome!
Please bring your bible!

4th Mondays: 9:15a in the Parish Library
Fiction Book Discussion

Monday April 7 at 7:30 PM “Pope Francis: the man and his message"
Father Leslie McNamara challenging homilist and brother of our pastor, shares his insights on our own Pope Francis, his time in Argentina and his first year as Pope.


Tuesday March 18 at 7:30 PM: Are You Saved? Difficult Questions, Catholic Answers
Parker Sandoval, Seminarian.
Are you saved?
Why do you worship Mary?
Why do you baptize infants?
Why do you have a pope? 
These are just some questions we Catholics might hear from fellow christians. 
How might we answer these questions in a spirit of dialogue? 
Come discuss how the Bible and Church teaching address these issues.

Thursday March 13 at 7:30 PM: First Hymns we Sang about Jesus
Laura Hogan, MA, JD.
We will explore three Christological hymns from the New Testament: 1 Peter 2:22-25, Phil 2: 6-11 and Col 1: 15-20 

Wednesday 29 January 2014: The Meaning of Life: Reflections from Across the Religious Spectrum at 7:30pm Temple Aliyah - with Reverend Dr. Janet Bregar (Village Lutheran Church) Monsignor Robert McNamara (St. Bernardine of Siena) The Very Reverend Sylvia Sweeney (Episcopal Theological School) Rabbi Stewart Vogel (Temple Aliyah)




Tuesday 5 November 2013: Dr. William Shaules presents Who was Paul as a Pharisee? What was Paul's view of Jewish law after his conversion?
What was Paul's hope for Israel? at 7:30pm in Msgr. Murray Hall

Thursday 24 October, 2013: Fr. Leon Hutton presents "Vatican II: "Was it really the revolution some think it was, and is?" at 7:30pm in Msgr. Murray Hall.

Wednesday 8 August, 2013: Fr. Geoff Wheaton's presentation on "Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus in Scripture and in Art" at 7:30pm in the Hall.

Thursday 22 August, 2013: Fr. Martin Henry's presentation on "Faith Questions"

Thursday May 16, 2013: The Significance of the Old Testament for Christians"  Presentation by Dr. William Shaules, Ph.D., teaches in the Diaconate Formation Program for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as well as at Loyola Marymount University and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena @  7:30 p.m. St. Bernardine Parish Hall. 

Thursday April 29: "The New Evangelization: What's New about it? Why is it needed?" Presentation by Father David Loftus, Pastor Our Lady of Lourdes, Northridge.

Thursday April 18: Vatican II, an overview: Looking Back and Looking Ahead" Presentation by Father Thomas Rausch, SJ, Ph.D., Professor of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University.

Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 9:30 a.m. to noon. Author Rita Keeley Brown conducts a four part Writing Workshop: Focus on Fiction. An Exploration of the power of fiction to engage topics often too sensitive or difficult for expository writing. Opportunity to create, explore and receive meaningful feedback. This is the second series of writing workshops Rita has offered here at St. B. She is back by popular request!

March 7, 2013 Thursday Fr. Alexei Smith on "The Spirituality of Icons"  7:30 p.m. St. Bernardine Parish Hall

Feb. 28, 2013  Thursday Fr. Alexei Smith,  Ecumenical and Inter-religious officer for the Diocese of Los
                      Angeles on "Eastern Catholic Churches"  7:30 p.m.  St. Bernardine - Msgr. R. Murray Hall
                      Hopefully Fr. Alexei will give us a second session the week following on "The Spirituality of
                      Icons"  This has not been finalized yet  for March 7

 Feb. 7, 2013  Thursday  Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher, Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount
                       University, Los Angeles on "Care and Feeding of Prophets:  A Spirituality of Biblical Justice"
                       7:30 p.m. St. Bernardine - Msgr. R. Murray Hall



 November 26 - December 17 Mondays: Advent Series:  "The Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke"
                        a bible study series to be facilitated by Sue Depsky, recent graduate of the Catholic Bible
                        Institute sponsored by the LA Archdiocese.  Sue is a teacher in the LAUSD and an active
                        member of the parish Justice and Peace Committee. Veranda Room - 7:30 pm

Nov. 29, 2012  Thursday Fr. Thomas Rausch, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount
                        University, Los Angeles on "Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton:  Catholic Radicalism and
                        Contemplative Prayer" at  7:30 p.m.  St. Bernardine - Msgr. R. Murray Hall

St. Bernardine/Temple Aliyah "Pulpit Exchange" 
Oct. 19, 2012, Friday @ Shabbat Services 
                       8:15 p.m. at Temple Aliyah
Msgr. Robert McNamara, pastor at St. Bernardine Church, speaks
Oct.  28, 2012, Sunday @ 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Bernardine Church
                        Rabbi Stewart Vogel, chief rabbi at Temple Aliyah, speaks

Oct. 25, 2012  Thursday Fr. Jack Brennan, S.M.A., Professor of Systematic 
                        Theology at St. John's Seminary on "Trinitarian Spirituality"
                        7:30 p.m. St. Bernardine - Msgr. R. Murray Hall

Oct. 16, 2012 Tuesday  Rabbi Gary Oren, Assoc. Rabbi at Temple Aliyah will offer a tour of
                        the Sanctuary at Temple Aliyah followed by a talk on the second
                        half of Deuteronomy.  He will speak to questions generated by the Tuesday evening Bible Study group.  
                        7:00 p.m. Tour 
                        7:30 p.m. Presentation on Deuteronomy;
                        8:45-9:15 Refreshments.  All at Temple Aliyah

Thursday September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Msgr. R. Murray Hall: " The Conscience of a Catholic Voter"
Presenter: Father Leon Hutton, Assoc. Professor of Church History, St. John's Seminary
                        Father Leon has graciously agreed to speak to issues raised in the book Voting and Holiness. 
                        This is a collection of essays edited by Nicholas Cafardi who is dean emeritus and professor of law at 
                        Duquesne University School of Law.  Heavy reference in the work is made to the USCCB booklet
                        Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (2008). 

Thursday August 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall: "Meister Eckhart and the Christian Mystical Tradition"
Presenter: Father Martin Henry, Lecturer at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
    Father Martin has been on sabbatical in Germany working on translations of Overbeck's works. the He
    returns to us this summer and has suggested that we can explore the foundations of Christian
    mysticism through the thought of Meister Eckhart.

Tuesday August 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall: "Ask a Rabbi: Book of Deuteronomy"
Presenter: Rabbi Gary Oren, Assoc. Rabbi at Temple Aliyah
    This is an outgrowth of the Tuesday evening bible study group which is currently studying Torah.  The
    group prepares questions in advance for Rabbi Oren and he graciously addresses them.

Monday August 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall: "Jesus, Bread for the World" Presenter: Parker Sandoval
Over five Sundays this summer, we hear Jesus' Bread of Life Discourse (John 6) in the Gospel readings.
Jesus fed the multitude with loaves and fish, and continues to feed us with his body and blood.
Jesus' words were difficult for many of his disciples to accept.
What is their meaning for us? Are they difficult for us, too?

Thursday July 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall: "Why does a Catholic Priest Teach English in Nanchang?"
Presenter: Father Leslie McNamara
    Father Leslie, of course, needs no introduction.  This presentation will address how he uses a so-called
    secular subject, English Literature, to address/introduce questions of morality, ethics, God

Thursday July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall: "Jesus in Scripture; Jesus in Art"
Presenter: Father Geoffrey Wheaton, S.J.
    Father Geoff has a tremendous cache of art images.  Rosemary is coordinating this evening.

Thursday June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall: "Ask a Rabbi: The Torah Book of Numbers"
Presenter: Rabbi Gary Oren, Assoc. Rabbi at Temple Aliyah
    This is an outgrowth of the Tuesday evening bible study group which is currently studying Torah.  The
    group prepares questions in advance for Rabbi Oren and he graciously addresses them.  This will be
    the second, and probably last session on Numbers.

Thursday June 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall: "The Eucharist: Transcendent and Immanent Liturgy"
Presenter: Father Vivian ben Lima, Assoc. Pastor St. Mel Church
    This came from requests of several lectors who have heard him speak at St. Mel. 

Thursday  May 27 @ 7:30pm in the Veranda Room, please join the Tuesday evening Bible Study group as they welcome Rabbi Gary Oren Associate Rabbi at Temple Aliyah who will answer our questions about the Old Testament Book of Numbers. We are currently studying, as well as general questions on Judaism

Thursday  May 24 @ 7:30pm Theological Tour of St Bernardine with Parker Sandoval

Wednesdays May 2, 9, 16 & 23- 9:30 to 11:30am Writing Workshop with Rita Keeley Brown
Session I     Who – What – Why – How and What if?
                        This session will get you acquainted and comfortable with ideas and the approach to writing your story.  Have you tried and are stuck, or you just don’t know where to start? Let’s find that key to get you writing!

Session II   Let’s put those doubts aside and get words on paper

                        Once you know what you are comfortable with, you will be surprised at what you are able to accomplish.  Finding your style and voice can make your writing come alive!


Session III  Much of writing is re-writing

                   How to get your ideas down and refine them with good writing techniques.


Session IV  Editing is essential to put your best foot forward in sharing your work

                        How to read your work effectively.  Available resources and submission requirements should you want to publish.

Thursday, March 29 Parker Sandoval on the Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark @ 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall

Thursdays, March 8 and 15   Fr. Leon Hutton, St. John’s Seminary, Professor of Church History
            March 8     The Crusades @ 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall
            March 15   The Inquisition @ 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall

Thursday, February 9 Rita Keeley Brown presenting on her book Good Luck, Mrs. Brown, the true story of a family's life after the father manifests symptoms of schizophrenia.  Mrs. Brown is a St. B parishioner from the parish’s early days.  She began the CCD program in the parish. @ 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall.
Her book will be available for purchase.

 Thursday, February 2 Rabbi ~Arthur Rosenberg presenting one session on the Book of Esther @ 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall
Rabbi Rosenberg is a chaplain at the Motion Picture & TV Fund in Woodland Hills.  Previously he has illuminated the Books of Jonah and Ruth for our parish community.  His training as an actor, as well as, of course his rabbinical studies have helped us all to see these books in a new and refreshing light.

Thursdays, January 19 & 26 Parker Sandoval presenting two sessions on Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark
both @ 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall
Parker is a member of our parish and is studying at St. John’s Seminary.  He has previously graced us with an engaging and meaningful two part presentation in August, 2011 on the Changes in the Roman Missal effected Nov. 27, 2011


Thursdays, November 3 and 10 @ 7:30pm  "Jesus,  Paul and Power"  Dr. Rick Talbott ,  CSUN Religious Studies Dept.
Assoc. Professor, Dr. Talbott has a book out with this title.
            Nov. 3  at 7:30 p.m. in Parish Center Hall
            Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Veranda Room in Parish Center

Monday, October 24 @ 9:15 a.m. in the Veranda Room and repeated at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Hall.
Stirring the Fires of Compassion:  "Am I My Brother's/Sister's Keeper?" will begin with an exploration of the level of the fire of faith we have within and how reflection on Jesus' life can serve to help us to be a compassionate presence in our conflicted and violent world.  The program will explore Christological themes as well as the current crisis and challenges surrounding human trafficking. Sister Rose Marie is scheduled to speak at all the masses on World Mission Sunday, October 23.

Thursday, October 20 @ 7:30pm in the Parish Hall: The Historical Jesus by Patrick Nichelson, Ph.D. Documents: Presentation; Bibliography; America Magazine

Thursday, September 15 @7:30 pm in the Parish Hall.  Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg on The Torah.

Thursday, August 25: Fr Martin Henry on Where is Your God Now? 7:30 p.m. in the St. Bernardine of Siena Parish Hall
Download Fr. Henry's presentation.

Thursday August 4, 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Bernardine of Siena Parish Center - New Words, Same Mass:  Changes in the Roman Missal with Parker Sandoval.

Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Parish Center Hall 
St. Bernardine Adult Faith Enrichment Team Presents
"Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future" a presentation by Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D. internationally known expert on women in ministry, especially women deacons, author of  13 books including Holy Saturday: An Argument for the restoration of the female diaconate in the Catholic Church (Crossroads 2000) ,  Women Deacons: Past Present and Future, Women in Ministry: Emerging Questions on the Diaconate (both Paulist Press 2011), and Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion and Authority (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Monday May 16, Tuesdays May 24,  May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Bernardine of Siena Parish Center Veranda Room 24410 Calvert St. Woodland Hills,  tel. 818.888.8200
2nd Reading for Palm Sunday Philippians 2:6-11
by Laura Hogan, St. Bernardine  parishioner  who receives the Masters in Theology from St. John's Seminary this May uses this Christ Hymn, the 2nd reading for Palm Sunday as the key to an in depth exploration of Paul's Spirituality:  Suffering, Transformation and Joy in Paul's Letter to the Philippians.  Everyone Welcome!  Please Bring your Bible!

Monday, April 18: @ 7:30p.m. Virginia McCarron presents: A Journey of Travel and Meditation for Holy Week

Thursday, March 31: @ 7:30 p.m. Dr.  Dan Leshem, "The Language of Suffering"   Dan has accepted a position at USC Shoah Foundation Institute and is Assistant Professor in the Dept of Comparative Literature at USC

Thursday, March 24: @ 7:30p.m. Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu, Dept of Theological Studies at LMU speaking on “Who is my Neighbor?  Do we Practice What we Preach?”

Tuesday, March 15:  in Veranda Room. 7:30 p.m. Book Discussion:  Future Church by John Allen  

Thursday, February 10: @ 7:30 p.m. Paul Ford, "Advice from Narnia: spiritual insights from C.S. Lewis" 

Sunday, January 23:  Interfaith: Orcutt Harvesting for food pantries

Thursday, January 20: Fr Martin Henry on Parables in the Gospel of Matthew.

Tuesday evening bible study  The Gospel of Matthew (John Reeve/Kate Smirnoff) from 1/11/2011 to 5/10/2011.
The Bible group will return in September with The Gospel of John.


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