March 24, 31, April 7
On the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent we will celebrate the scrutinies at our 8am Masses. A scrutiny is a rite of self-searching and repentance. It is a time for the Elect (those to be baptized at the Easter vigil) – and for the entire community – to look at our lives under the light of the Gospel.
The scrutinies intend to uncover and strengthen any weak spiritual resolve in the Elect and to bring out and strengthen what is upright, strong and good.
The scrutinies demonstrate the growing intensity of Lent, the season of purification and enlightenment. They are opportunities for each of us to spend some time reflecting on what obstacles to gospel living exist in our own lives.
Along with the scrutinies, we will hear special readings from Cycle A of the Church year, including the gospel stories of the Samaritan woman at the well, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus.
A scrutiny includes a special prayer addressed to Christ, asking him to drive out the power of evil and replace it with the Holy Spirit. The prayer addresses the first person of the Trinity, concludes with a prayer to Jesus, and includes an imposition or extension of hands over the Elect for the invocation of the Holy Spirit.
Praying with Icons
In Dec 2018, Fr. Basil Hickman and Fr. Makarios presented an evening of learning and prayer to help us better understand and pray with the beautiful icons in our church. For more information about our speaker, visit St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
- Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video.
- View the reflection guide. Printed copies are available in the gathering space information rack.
- Our presenters also recommended two other video resources, Venerating Icons (5 min video) at this link and Prosopon School Process of Iconography (20 min video) at this link.
An Advent Evening of Reflection
In Nov 2018, Katie Patrizio presented an evening of learning and reflection to help us prepare for the season of Advent. For more information about our speaker, visit katiepatrizio.com
- Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video. Please note that the video is a bit out of focus due to lighting issues, but the sound quality is good.
Praying the Mass
In Sept 2018, Fr. Ray McHenry and Fr. Trevor Chicoine celebrated the Eucharist and taught about what the Mass is, the parts of the Mass, preparing for Mass, and praying the Mass.
The Book of Acts: A Four-Session Study
In April 2018, Katie Patrizio, M.A., Director of Faith Formation at St. Cecilia Parish in Ames, walked participants through the Acts of the Apostles describing how the salvation promised to the Jewish people in the Old Testament and accomplished by Jesus has now been extended to all peoples.
- Watch videos here.
Prayer & Spirituality: Preparing for Advent
In November 2017, Cindy Shaw, Director of the Emmaus House in Des Moines, shared practical ways to grow in your prayer life, as well as provided time for personal reflection.
Church History: 30AD to Present
Three-week series on Church History offered during May 2017, with Jason Collins, M. A. Click here for an overview of the sessions. Click here to view photos from the sessions on our parish Facebook page.
Grace, Love, and the Nitty-Gritty
In August 2016, Dr. Matt and Stacy Halbach shared their experiences of marriage and family life in light of Pope Francis' recent document, "The Joy of Love." Their witness highlighted the important role of grace, the need for mercy and forgiveness, and the joy that comes with embracing the messiness of marriage.
View and print the presentation slides.
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video.