Catholic Galena, IL

Catholicism has the power to change your life.  Would you like to better understand  the Catholic faith?   Then please come join other adults to learn more about the Catholic faith and to discuss our experiences of it.

For the 2018-2019 year, we will gather to watch and discuss Bishop Robert Barron’s highly acclaimed video series, “Catholicism.”  In this video series, Bishop Barron travels around the world to teach us what Catholics believe and why.  The videos are beautifully done, and have been filmed at more than 50 locations in 16 countries.   

Bishop Barron is perhaps the most innovative, eloquent and learned teacher of the Catholic faith alive today.  His compelling videos on the Catholic faith have been viewed by over 30 million viewers.  He is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published fifteen books.  Bishop Barron has given lectures about religion at the headquarters of both Facebook and Google.

There will be a total of eleven sessions.  They will be on Saturday mornings in the St. Mary Church basement (Bally Hall), Galena, Illinois.  Each session will last 1 1/2 hours and will begin at 9 am.  The first session is on October 13th and the last session is on April 27, 2019.  (There will be a break for the Thanksgiving holidays and for the month of December.)

These are stand-alone sessions.  So, even if you miss the first and several other sessions after that, and attend only one session, that one session will still be perfectly understandable.  Naturally, the more sessions you are able to attend, the more you will get out of the program, but attending even one session should be beneficial for you. 

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John Scott will lead the program.  He is a parishioner at St. Michael’s who has led this program for the past three years.  He also has served as a catechist at St. Mary's and St. Michael's for the past 12 years.

We will have free coffee, juice, donuts and cookies.  The program and handouts are also free.

To sign up or for more information about this year’s program, please contact John Scott at or 773-610-4385 or Heidi O’Shea at or 815-541-4528.  Please feel free to text.  While we encourage you to sign-up, walk-ins are also most welcome!!!