Augustine Institute releases Symbolon program on DVD

Credit: Augustine Institute.

The Augustine Institute has released on DVD the first ten episodes of “Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained,” a formation program that comprehensively covers the Catholic faith.

Edward Sri, Augustine Institute theology professor and director of the Symbolon program, said it is intended to address “a fragmented understanding of the faith” common among many Catholics.

“We wanted to build a series that walks through the entirety of the Catholic faith in a way that would shape their lives,” he noted in a March 12 statement.

“They might know there are 12 apostles, ten commandments, seven sacraments and three persons of the Trinity, but how does it all fit together?”

The program aims to provide pastors and others with “authentic and engaging catechesis” as a resource for the New Evangelization.

The program includes video presentations with Augustine Institute professors such as Gray, as well as other speakers including Johnette Benkovic, Patrick Coffin, Teresa Tomeo, Jim Beckman, Leah Darrow, Sean Innerst, Curtis Martin and Father Leo Patalinghug.

Presentations were filmed in Rome, the Holy Land, and Calcutta and at the Denver-based Augustine Institute.

Tim Gray, the Augustine Institute’s president, said that Symbolon is gaining recognition as “one of the most powerful tools the lay faithful can use to educate others in the faith and evangelize.”

The series' first part, “Symbolon: Knowing the Faith” is now available for pre-order in a DVD box set format, ahead of a March 17 release date. Its ten episodes focus on Catholic beliefs such as the Trinity, redemption in Christ, the Church, the Bible, Mary and the Saints, creation, the fall and the Last Things.

The second part of the series, “Symbolon: Living the Faith,” will be released in fall 2014. It focuses on the encounter with God in the sacraments as well as the moral life.

The series is intended for individual use and for parish use in Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults programs, adult faith formation, men’s groups, women’s groups, family life ministry and catechist formation.

The series includes resource guides for leaders and participants.

The leader’s guide provides an outline for each session, opening and closing prayers, discussion questions, and practical application suggestions. It includes background material, additional resources and tips for leaders.

The participant’s guide provides space for note-taking and reflections on the content. It helps participants explore Catholic teachings in more detail at their own pace, the Augustine Institute said.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has praised the Symbolon video series as “outstanding in every sense.”

“Beautifully produced, rich in content and pleasing to watch, Symbolon is not just a great adult tool for teaching and learning the Catholic faith, but a joy to experience.”

George Weigel, a Catholic commentator and scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., noted that recent Popes have called on every Catholic to be a “missionary disciple.” He said these Catholics must be “well-formed.”

“This splendid series will help prepare Catholics to enter mission territory every day, offering others friendship with Jesus Christ.”
 
Besides the video series, other parts of the Symbolon program include diocesan leadership training for RCIA and adult faith formation.

Sample video clips from the DVD and order information are available at the website www.SymbolonCatholic.org.


Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 13, 2016

  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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