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Sat Oct 1, 2016 Bryan Mercier on “Following the Pathway to Love” for Catholics/Christians

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites you to join us for a special talk by our guest speaker Bryan Mercier on “Following the Pathway to Love” on Saturday October 1, 2016 starting at 6:30pm.  The talk (open to Catholics\Christians 21+, both single and married) will focus on the 4 levels of love: Attraction, Desire, Goodwill, and Marital Love as well as discuss some common pitfalls in dating and what it takes to reach happily-ever-after.

Suggested donation of $10, which will cover our guest speaker’s talk fees and transportation as well as applied towards our continuing support for Food for the Poor.

After the talk, which will end around 8pm, the group will go to a nearby venue for a social.

About our Guest Speaker: For over 20 years, Bryan Mercier (age 41 and resident of Milford, CT) has been an international Catholic speaker and retreat leader on practical topics such as spirituality, faith formation, and apologetics. Bryan has spoken at retreats, seminars, regional gatherings, parish missions, and conferences. He was aired on an 8-week television show covering Catholic apologetics, and on a 2-week radio show covering the Catholic Church. Bryan has taught a young adult Bible Study for over 10 years. He has written many Catholic apologetics tracts and has recently started a blog. He has spoken in front of crowds ranging from 30 to 3,000, and has been aired on both TV and radio in different states. Bryan has also spent 10 years as part of the R.O.C.K. (Revival of Catholic Kids) Ministry Team. He now heads this retreat team, which puts on all-day, half-day, and weekend-long retreats for Confirmation classes and other teen groups.

For more info about Bryan, visit his website at www.catholicbryan.org.

Venue:

The Church of the Holy Innocents

Lower Church

128 West 37th Street

Between Broadway & 7th Avenue

New York, NY 10018

www.innocents.com

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Saturday Decembe 13, 2014 in NYC: Arleen Spenceley on “Chastity is for Lovers – Single, Happy and (Still) a Virgin” follow by Social

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites young adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s for a talk on Saturday December 13th starting at 6:30PM at The Church of the Holy Innocents – Lower Church (128 W37th Street, NY, NY) by our guest speaker, Arlene Spenceley.

***Description of the Talk:***
In her debut book, “Chastity is For Lovers,” seasoned journalist and self-professed “happy virgin” Arleen Spenceley offers a mature, funny, and relatable vision of Catholic teaching on chastity for young adults.

Her book provides perspective on a variety of topics — the difference between chastity and abstinence, how virginity is an affirming and valuable life choice, how the word “purity” can be harmful in ministry settings, how to date well, and why sexual self-control is the best form of marriage preparation and gives single adults the best possible chance to find true love. She carefully avoids using language that shames readers and instead presents a view of chastity that is joyful and positive.

Arleen identifies three commitments adults in all states of life must make in order to practice chastity in a culture that says we shouldn’t: commitments to critical thought, to community, and to Christ.

***About our speaker:***
Arleen Spenceley, age 29, is the author of Chastity is For Lovers (Ave Maria Press, 2014) and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. She is a contributing writer at the Catholic Match Institute, the Chastity Project, and Ignitum Today. Arleen is a SCORRE trained speaker and have spoken at young adult ministeries and Theology on Tap in the the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Diocese of San Diego and Diocese of Orlando. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, both from the University of Florida. To learn more about Arlene, go to http://www.arleenspenceley.com.

***Social:***
After the talk, we invite everyone to a nearby pub/lounge for Happy Hour. Details of the social be provided at the event.

Venue for the talk:

The Church of the Holy Innocents – Lower Church

128 W37th Street

Between Broadway & 7th Avenue

New York, NY 10018

http://www.innocents.com

 

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Westport, CT Sat Jul 20th Catholic Professionals Mass, Talk & Social

The Catholic Fellowship of Connecticut invites all Catholics in their 20s, 30s and 40s, both single and married, for the 5PM Catholic Professionals Mass on Saturday July 20th at The Church of the Assumption in Westport, CT. 

Following the Mass, meet the group in the Fr. McGrath Hall (beneath the Church) for by a talk starting at 6PM by our guest speaker Fr. Juan Gabriel Acosta, Parochial Vicar of The Church of the Assumption in Westport, CT, on “Facing the Challenges in Marriage Life in the 21st Century.”  

The talk is for both single and married young adults.

The talk will focus on the couple understanding the nature of the commitment they are going to make in marriage life by explaining the four major stages which social scientists have observed marriage moves through, and the four stages by which marriage works. It is important to recall that each stage presents a unique learning path in the spiritual, human, and psychological sphere of human relationships.

***About our Guest Speaker***: 
Fr. Juan Gabriel Acosta, age 30, is one of the young adult priests newly ordained for the Diocese of Bridgeport.  He was born in Cáqueza, Cundinamarca, Colombia. He is the only son of Juan de Jesus Acosta and Maria Quevedo Acosta. His parents and a sister, Miryam, currently live in Bogotá, Colombia, where they are members of San Antonio de Padua Parish. He went to elementary and high school in Bogotá, and attended the Seminario Mayor de San José where he was the champion of the double tennis tournament in 2004, and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, graduating in 2006 with high honors (Summa Cum Laude) with a concentration in philosophy and theology. Following graduation, he taught at the Colegio Nuestra Señora de Chiquinquirá in Bogotá.

He worked as an assistant of pathology in the laboratory, and studied medicine at the Universidad Manuela Beltran. A friend who is a seminarian for the Diocese of Bridgeport suggested that he consider serving as a priest in this diocese, and he came to Connecticut in 2009. The Church of the Assumption in Westport is now his home parish where he serves as a Parochial Vicar. Fr. Juan has completed his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.  

After the talk, the group will go to a nearby venue for a social. 

Venue: 
The Church of the Assumption 
98 Riverside Avenue 
Westport, CT 06880 
http://www.assumption-westport.org  

Directions:  
By car, take I95 to Exit 17 for Westport or Merritt CT 15 to Exit 41 for Westport.  

By train, take Metro North to Westport Station. There are cabs at Westport Station, which will take you to the Church in 5 min.  Commuting time from Grand Central to Westport is about 1 hour.

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