As adults may be spending more time indoors during this winter, the Office of Religious Education of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown offers new online opportunities for adults seeking to learn more or deepen their understanding of topics in faith and Catholic Church practice. Online winter courses include “Finding Peace and Letting Go of Stress,” led by Nicky Uerling; “Elementary Catechesis,” led by Marcy Fessler; and “Sacred Fire,” led by Maureen Hall. Other courses include “Practice Makes Catholic,” “Toward the Sunrise,” “Practicing and Teaching the Beatitudes,” and “The Heart of Welcome.” During Lent, lifelong learners can also explore seasonally based scripture courses.
These online sessions allow flexibility in schedules, because learners can read, reflect, and respond at any time of the day. Materials are provided and assignments posted at the beginning of a given week, and participants have the week to respond, until the following week’s learning is posted. Different courses vary in the number of weeks, from three to eight. Course fees vary depending on costs of materials and length of time.
Course dates and descriptions are found by going to go to the Office of Religious Education’s Catechist Café website, (https://catechistcafe.weebly.com) under “For Catechists/Catechist Courses.” For more information, contact the Office of Religious Education by phone, 330-744-8451, ext. 302, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.