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  • Syllabus  (102)
    • 2008-2009 Syllabus 

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    • 2009-2010 Syllabus 

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    • 2010-2011 Syllabus 

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    • Syllabus 2016-2017  (1)
      • 2016-2017 Syllabus 

        2016-2017 Syllabus (in Word Format) 2016-2017 Syllabus (in PDF Format)

    • Syllabus 2015-2016  (1)
      • 2015-2016 Syllabus 

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    • Syllabus 2014-2015  (5)
      • 2014-2015 Syllabus 

          2014-2015 Syllabus in PDF form

      • Child-Centric Parenting (or is it Helicopter Parenting?) 

        Summary As a parent, you want what is best for your child. We may not be able to choose our children's friends but if we make sure they are being surrounding…

      • Defending Marriage 

        Summary Charitably defending the definition of marriage can be challenging with the current trends in society, how do we do it? Objective The Catholic Church…

      • Holiness 

        Summary: Holiness: by doing ordinary things with extraordinary love. Objective 1Thess 4:3 “This is the will of God: your sanctification.” Our purpose in…

      • No Regrets - 10 Ways to Make Time for Your Children 

        Summary Live every day if it were your last! How do you as a Father balance your faith, family and work in this hurried world, every day? Learn how Father’s…

    • Syllabus 2013-2014  (32)
      • 2013-2014 Syllabus 

        Syllabus is available in 2 formats: PDF format MS Word format

      • Are We called to be Saints? 

        Summary In one sense, everyone who is baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection is a saint. This is not to diminish the special role of the canonized…

      • Are you a Good Friend? 

        Summary Do you really extend yourself as a friend to others? How can you do a better job of being a friend and serving the men of the parish, your workplace,…

      • Battling Addictions - Does God want to help you? 

        Summary You're making progress, you slip, you feel bad about slipping - so you fall farther. You start thinking, "What's the use after what I've done?" You…

      • Becoming a Better Listener 

        Summary Often when someone else is talking, we are either thinking of the next thing we want to say, or we are thinking of something else entirely. How can…

      • Catholicism Today - How Do We Respond to Attacks Against Our Faith? 

        Summary It seems that Catholicism is being attacked in the secular world in an increasing amount. How do you respond to these challenges? Discus how to…

      • Children: Respect & Discipline 

        Summary Excerpted from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy “…the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1785, 1788, 1797) … Indeed, most contemporary…

      • Dads and Daughters 

        Summary Between the day you hold her in your arms on her birth-day and the day you share a dance at her wedding reception, your experiences with your daughter…

      • Dealing With Temptation and Lust 

        Summary Nobody will ever be perfect or attain sinlessness while still on this earth, yet it is still a goal for which we strive. The Bible makes a very strong…

      • Do We Really Know Enough About Our Faith? 

        Summary We are Catholic Christians, but do we really know what that means? Can we explain what that means to others, or even ourselves? Can we defend our…

      • Do we truly understand the Mass and what it truly signifies or are we mindlessly going through a ritual and calling ourselves “Catholics?” 

        Summary The Mass is called the “source and summit” of our Catholic Faith, yet most of us Catholics know very little as to what is really going on during…

      • Four ways to Encounter Jesus in the Mass 

        Objective Pay more attention during mass and learn to encounter Jesus 1. In the community 2. In His Word 3. Through the Priest 4. Through the Eucharist When…

      • How do you go from being a parent to a mentor with your adult children? 

          Summary As our children get older, our interaction with them changes. No longer can our values and ideas be imprinted on them by virtue of being the…

      • How Do You Make Your Spouse Feel Appreciated? 

        Summary Whether it has been one year or fifty since your wedding, what are you doing to let the awesome person you married know that you appreciate them?…

      • How to commit to giving God 10 Minutes a day 

        Summary We are each called as Catholic Men to a deepening relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. A daily habit of committing 10 minutes for prayer should be…

      • How to get your career unstuck 

        Summary In a rut career-wise? Does it seem like others are getting much more out of their careers…. and you are struggling to find satisfaction in yours? How…

      • How To Read The Bible? 

        Summary Reading the Bible can be intimidating and confusing.” What did the writers intend?” “Does my interpretation count?” “Is it literal or…

      • Live for a Bigger Purpose - It should exist for God 

        Summary Do you have a bigger purpose for your life? Life is better when you have a purpose that goes beyond your own material needs. Living for a higher…

      • Live for a Bigger Purpose - It should exist for God 

        Summary Do you have a bigger purpose for your life?  Life is better when you have a purpose that goes beyond your own material needs. Living for a higher…

      • Man and His Wife-What Kind of Marriage Do You Have? 

        Summary If a stranger were to ask you, “What kind of marriage do you have?” would the question catch you off guard? How would you respond on such short…

      • Many Parts, One Body: Different Catholic Spiritualities 

        Summary The saints have left us the legacy of their spiritual journeys to God. We will look at St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. John of…

      • Mentor – Do you have one? Do you need one? 

        Summary Mentor – are they only for new employees? Have you ever wondered if you need a mentor? Or how you would go about getting one? Have you considered…

      • Pornography 

        Summary A repeat subject and we will take a harsher stand this time. Objective What is porn and what are its effects? How do we resist the temptations and/or…

      • Prayer Life 

        Summary How do we develop a strong prayer life and does it really make a difference? What are the different prayer forms? Objective: “Every one of us needs…

      • Servant Leadership 

        Summary Servant leadership is a leadership style that puts others first. Jesus was the greatest example of a servant leader. You do not have to be an official…

      • Shared Dreams 

        Summary You might have dreams. Your wife might have dreams. But do they align? More importantly, do you have some common dreams? Objective We got married,…

      • Strategies for Keeping Your Kids or Grandkids Catholic 

        Summary A child’s faith trajectory is fairly established by the time they reach 14 years of age. Young adults are considered one of the most un-churched…

      • Talking and Listening to God 

        Summary Any relationship – needs interaction. Do you have a shallow relationship with God? When do you talk to Him? When you’re in a bind or need something?…

      • The Holy Rosary 

        Summary We, as Catholics, know and understand that the Mass is the most powerful prayer since Jesus commanded us to “do this in memory of me”. As Vatican…

      • What Did My Dad Teach Me? 

        Summary We all have our own personal stories when it comes to words of wisdom we learned from our Dads. This topic will be a shared dialogue as we all…

      • When Bad Things Happen, Are You Prepared? 

        Summary Life marches on, but what if the proverbial “getting hit by a bus” actually happens? Is your family prepared if the worst case scenario would occur…

      • You & Your Wife - Differences in Spiritual Lives 

        Summary You and your wife invariably have different views on all sorts of things. What if one of these differences is how you practice your faith? Perhaps one…

    • Syllabus 2012-2013  (31)
      • 2012-2013 Syllabus 

        The 2012-2013 Syllabus in PDF format: 2012-2013 Syllabus.pdf

      • Are you a Good Friend? 

        Summary Do you extend yourself to other men? How can you do a better job of serving the Men of the Parish or your workplace? Objective Jesus is the finest…

      • Balance in Our Life: What can we learn from St. Benedict and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta? 

        Summary Are you in control of your day? The Rule of St. Benedict offers wisdom into balancing our life and ministering to our body, mind and soul. Can you…

      • Dealing with Loss 

        Summary It is inevitable. At some point in most everyone’s life, the pain of the loss of a loved one must be confronted. What do you when you face the…

      • Disciplining Your Children: Love in Action 

        Summary Did you know the experts (American Mental Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians) have…

      • Divorce - Is your marriage at risk? 

        Summary Divorce is a reality for almost 50% of all couples, is your marriage at risk? Do you know the warning signs, the key life changes that stress…

      • Do you believe in miracles? 

        Summary No, we’re not talking about Al Michael’s famous call of the 1980 Olympic Games when the USA beat Russian in hockey. Well, then again, maybe we…

      • Empty Nesting - How do you deal with the children moving on? 

        Summary Have your children all gone off to college or moved away for a new career? Perhaps you’re a stay at home parent and you’re sending your last one…

      • Getting Through Spiritual Dry Spells 

        Summary Ever feel like you are just going through the motions. Like you are going to church because you know it's right, but it just isn't making that special…

      • How do you go from being a parent to a mentor with your adult children? 

        Summary As our children get older, our interaction with them changes. No longer can our values and ideas be imprinted on them by virtue of being the parent.…

      • How Do You Make Your Spouse Feel Appreciated? 

        Summary Whether it has been one year or fifty since your wedding, what are you doing to let the awesome person you married know that you appreciate them?…

      • How to be Happy in Life 

        Summary God wants us to be happy. Objective While researching this subject it became clear that true happiness comes from the continued study of the word of…

      • How to talk about and manage money within your family 

        Summary Money issues can drive a wedge between husband and spouse and can be a source of conflict among siblings, and between parents and children. How we…

      • I Didn’t Know I Married My In-Laws, Too 

        Summary Who did you really marry? At the altar, the real question might be “ Do you take this woman, her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers,…

      • Knowing God's Will 

        Summary Christ taught us that knowing God's will and living in obedience to that will is the key to it all! God is the potter; we are the clay. God keeps us…

      • Letting Our Children Fail 

        Summary No one wants to let their child fail. It can be one of the hardest and rewarding things we do for our children. When do we let them fail? How do we be…

      • Love Thy Neighbor 

        Summary Who really is your neighbor? Is it just those that live near you, those that you know or is it other people? In today’s world, we seem to be…

      • Making Dinner Table Conversations Count 

        Summary Dads, do you make good use of dinner table time to communicate with your children? Do you even make time for dinner as a family? How can you take an…

      • Membership in the Church Militant and the Catholic Spirit of Knighthood 

        Summary Are you a member of the Church Militant wearing the armor of God? “The spirit of knighthood is available to all of us. It’s a vocation every…

      • Mentor - Do you have one? Do you need one? 

        Summary Mentor – are they only for new employees? Have you ever wondered if you need a mentor? Or how you would go about getting one? Have you considered…

      • Reconciliation 

        Summary Reconciliation is a Sacrament that many Catholics tend to exclude from their lives. Many of us grew up and “went to confession” because either our…

      • Religion in the Media 

        Summary Religion in the media… How is it portrayed? Do you think it is accurate? Are there any good places to get the truth in the media about religion? If…

      • Sex in your Marriage: Is it as God intended or not at all? 

        Summary Who can you talk to about the sex in your marriage, are you talking to your spouse about it, is your marriage healthy from a physical point of view as…

      • Shared Dreams and Communications 

        Summary What are Dreams? Remember when you were kids, young adults, and you could spend hours on the phone with your sweetheart talking about nothing in…

      • Strategies for Keeping Your Kids or Grandkids Catholic 

        Summary A child’s faith trajectory is fairly established by the time they reach 14 years of age. Young adults are considered one of the most un-churched…

      • Supporting Aging Parents 

        Summary As children, our parents made decisions for us, and provided us guidance. When we become adults and parents, our parents become peers and mentors as we…

      • Taking Care of Ourselves Physically & Emotionally 

        Summary We take care of our family and your responsibilities at work. What are we doing to take care of ourselves? Objective We have a lot on our plates.…

      • Taking Catholic Truth to the Voting Booth 

        Summary While the Catholic Church does not tell the faithful whom to vote for, she offers us strong guidance on the truth and what candidates should and should…

      • Talking and Listening to God 

        Summary When do you talk to God? When you’re in a bind or need something? Talking to God is important, and we should resonate to Him when times are tough.…

      • Teaching your Children the importance of God, Family and Friends 

        Summary Do we take it for granted that our children will know the importance of God, family, and friends? One of the most important things we can do in life…

      • Why do we "have to" go to Mass??? 

        Summary Have you ever heard or even muttered the phrase -why do we “have to” go to mass - on a Sunday morning? It would be so much easier to just stay in…

    • Syllabus 2011-2012  (30)
      • 2011-2012 Syllabus 

        2011-2012 Syllabus.pdf

      • Accepting Children with Special Needs 

        Summary Fathers all react differently when they learn about a child with special needs. We, as protectors and providers, can learn about the tolerance,…

      • Am I Putting Dad Last? 

        Summary How do I sincerely place members of my family above me and my desires? Objective As the family leader I am most able to determine its spiritual,…

      • Apologetics – Defending the Catholic Faith 

        Summary Have you ever been asked “why are you a Catholic”? Did you pause or feel incomplete in your response? Learn how Apologetics is not only a way to…

      • Changes to the Mass per the Roman Missal 

        Summary Have you been “going through the motions” at Mass by repeating prayers and responses that you know by heart and have become automatic? Well, the…

      • Disciplining Your Children: Love in Action 

        Summary Did you know the experts (American Mental Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians) have…

      • Do you believe in the saying: "You are who you hang out with"? 

        Summary Many times we have good friends that may not be the best influence. How do we handle this type of situation in our daily lives? Is this an opportunity…

      • Eucharistic Adoration 

        Summary Lifestyle hectic? Kids, work, meetings, sports, school – it all adds up. How do you take a break, clear your head, and focus on what really centers…

      • Family Relationships 

        Summary Do you have a family member who you haven’t talked to in a long time? Perhaps a brother, sister, aunt or uncle that you just can’t seem to get…

      • Finding a Spiritual Advisor 

        Summary A Catholic without a spiritual director is like an Olympic athlete without a coach.To be a Catholic means that you are in a race for heaven. It means…

      • Four ways to Encounter Jesus in the Mass 

        Objective Pay more attention during mass and learn to encounter Jesus 1. In the community 2. In His Word 3. Through the Priest 4. Through the Eucharist…

      • Getting Through Spiritual Dry Spells 

        Summary Ever feel like you are just going through the motions. Like you are going to church because you know it's right, but it just isn't making that special…

      • My Career and Me 

        Summary How does my career define me? Am I happy with my career? Looking for change or reaffirmation? Do I have the right balance of work & family?…

      • No Regrets - 10 Ways to Make Time for Your Children 

        Summary Live every day if it were your last! How do you as a Father balance your faith, family and work in this hurried world, every day? Learn how Father’s…

      • Our Lady of Guadalupe – The self-portrait and its message 

        Summary The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe hangs in our meeting room, but what did it say to the indigenous people of Mexico 500 years ago to convert 9 million…

      • Our Relationship with our Spouses – Fighting Fair 

        Summary All married couples have arguments, or rather fights. How you fight is the key to whether or not you will have a successful, long term marriage. This…

      • Pornography – The Drug of the New Millennium 

        Summary Imagine a drug so powerful it can destroy a family simply by distorting a man’s perception of his wife. Picture an addiction so lethal it has the…

      • Reinventing Date Night 

        Summary "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."- Aristotle, Greek Philosopher (384 - 322 BC) Simply spending quality time together is…

      • Respect (my wife and) your mother 

        Summary As a child’s independence is developed, mothers are often treated poorly by their offspring. This can be particularly difficult for moms. How do we,…

      • Sharing your Growing Faith with Long Time Friends 

        Summary How do you share your blossoming faith with old friends who "knew you when..."? Do you slide back into the old routine when you're with them or do you…

      • Simplicity 

        Summary Step out of the rat race and enjoy life. How can we achieve a less stressful life with an over-scheduled family that has too much to do and never…

      • Stages of Fatherhood: Changes of the 8’s – Age 0-8, 8-16, 16-24 

        Summary We recognize stages of marriage; here we will examine the stages of Fatherhood. From birth to 8 years old – you are the most important man in your…

      • Stages of Marriage 

        Summary This week’s topic should help every man understand where he and his spouse are in their “stage” of marriage. Deacon Dave Shea will reprise this…

      • Supporting Your Parish 

        Objective Is your parish a place you look forward to visiting or just a place to go to Sunday mass? The parish is our religious home base. A place where we…

      • Talking and Listening to God 

        Summary Talking to God is important. However listening to God is imperative. Do we only know how to talk to God and ask or tell Him what to do or are we trying…

      • The Seven Gifts Holy Spirit 

        Summary What are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit? Do you have them? Have you asked for them? Are you prepared to receive them? Objective The Objective is…

      • Theology of the Body 

        Summary God has a plan for you as a man, husband and father? Do you know what it is and are you living it? You are invited this coming Friday morning to hear…

      • Understanding and Living God’s Will 

        Summary Christ taught us that knowing God's will and living in obedience to that will is the key to it all! God is the potter; we are the clay. God keeps us…

      • Understanding the Non-Negotiables in Politics 

        Summary Pope Benedict has stated that the Catholic Church’s principal focus in the public square is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the…

      • Why Does God Allow Suffering? 

        Summary Some wonder how to reconcile the evil and suffering in the world with a God who is all-powerful and all-good. God really does care… He loves…

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