St. Titus: Cancelled

Greetings, Titans:

This is just to dispel any rumors you may have heard that we will not be having Titus tonight. So, to set the record straight: we will not be having Titus tonight.

Stay safe out there (or in there, as the case may be). Wash your hands. And for heaven’s sakes, change out of your pajamas, it’s nearly 3 pm.

Yours affectionately in Christ,


This Week’s Class Online Now

Dear friends,

This is to announce that our first ever St. Irenaeus class on video is now live on YouTube! You can watch it here:

Sorry to get this to you so late in the week. Turns out video editing is hard. (Who knew?) I’ll have the second part, on our Lady and St. Paul, uploaded some time this weekend.

I do hope this finds you all healthy and well. I imagine most of you have found some of the many live streaming Masses kindly made available to us while we wait out the plague. But if you’re still looking for a Mass to pray along with this Sunday, here are a few suggestions:

       St. Jerome’s, East Rochester:

       Bishop Robert Barron:

       Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (Latin Mass):

Also, be sure to have a spiritual act of communion handy, to pray at the time we usually would be receiving the Eucharist. Here is my favorite, written by St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Finally, what made our study the first week so great was more than anything all the thoughtful questions and comments from those of you who were there. It occurred to me that there might be some way of using technology to get a group together to discuss this week’s class, too. If that’s something you’d be interested in, send me an email and we’ll see if we can’t work something out.

Yours in Christ,


Classes Cancelled

Dear friends,

It seems prudent, given the times, to cancel classes this week and moving forward.

Taking a cue from our nation’s universities, we will continue our series, Perseverance Through Sufferingremotely. So keep an eye on your inboxes for a recording of our next class, on the Passion, our Lady’s seven sorrows, and St. Paul’s many hardships on the mission trail, arriving later on this week.

In the meantime, let us pray for each other and for our neighbors.

Grace be with you all,


Perseverance Through Suffering: Four Lenten Reflections

I’m pleased to announce our next study, four Lenten reflections on Perseverance Through Suffering, will begin the week of March 10. This is a series for anyone who has experienced pain and loss – which is to say, everyone.

The plan of the study is to take the first two weeks to gather around the Scriptures and hear what the Old and New Testaments have to teach us about suffering: not only how to endure, but how to conquer. In the third week, we’ll read together a selection of martyrdom accounts from the ancient Church, to see how the earliest Christians weathered state-sponsored persecution and laid down their lives in imitation of Christ. Finally, in our fourth week, we will look at the Catholic doctrine of reparation – ever wonder what the Church actually teaches about “offering it up”? We’ve got the answers.

I hope you can join us for one or all sessions. This will be not so much a lecture series as a collection of talks on related themes – meaning that if you have to miss a week, you can pick right up again when you come back without playing catch-up. This is also going to be a little more reflective, less classroomy than our studies on books of the Bible, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share.

For more information, including class times and locations, download the flyer here. And feel free to send this on to friends!

Announcing Our Next Study: Isaiah

Announcing Our Fall Scripture Study,

Studies in Isaiah:
A Prophet for Our Times

Six lessons

Among the written prophets of ancient Israel, Isaiah has always held a unique place in the hearts of the great teachers of the faith, because this prophet’s messages of justice, judgment, and hope speak with a special resonance to each generation. Called “the Shakespeare of the Old Testament,” Isaiah’s voice soars across the ages in some of the most piercing prophecies of Old Testament. Jesus quoted him often; and his prophecies of a coming Messiah are especially important in pointing to the Christ. Every student of the Bible needs to draw deeply from Isaiah.

See the flyer for more details, including a schedule of lessons.

Begins the week of October 15

in one of the following three locations:

– at the St. Irenaeus Center –

Tuesday Evenings: 7:15–9:00 PM at 542 Blossom Rd.

– in Charlotte –

Wednesday Evenings: 7:15–9:00 PM at 294 Burley Rd. (off Lake Ave.)

– at the St. Irenaeus Center –

Thursday Mornings: 9:30–11:30 AM at 542 Blossom Rd.

Price: We suggest $5.00 a session, but only pay what you can afford.

College students attend free.

Christ in Community Part 2

Dear friends,

We will begin the Fall with a short, three-week study on Christ in Community. Class begins the week of September 17. If you were with us in the Spring, you will recall that we ended the first part of Christ in Community early – well this is the second, concluding part.

We will be meeting Tuesday nights 7:15–9:00 at the Center, Wednesday nights in Charlotte, and Thursday mornings 9:30–11:30 at the Center. For more information, download our flyer here.

I look forward to seeing you all then!

Grace be with you,


P.S. If you weren’t with us for Part 1, don’t be at all apprehensive about joining us for Part 2 – we will begin with an introduction to make sure everyone is up to speed.

Class Canceled Tonight

We’ve decided to cancel classes tonight on account of bad road conditions. We’re sorry for getting word out so late: we were hoping conditions would improve as the day went on, but we hear roads are still pretty bad.

We are still on for tomorrow night in Charlotte and Thursday morning at the St. Irenaeus Center – hope to see you then!

Announcing Christian Prayer

This is an announcement that our winter Bible study will start in two weeks (the week of January 22). We will be going into a six-week series on Christian Prayer, drawing from Scripture and Tradition. Have a look at our flyer for details (here).

In the usual meaning of prayer, a person sets out to approach God, either in petition or praise. Regardless of the person’s understanding, this is no small thing. It is to enter the realm of the spiritual and to approach the Supreme Being from whom we have our being and every good gift. His nature is altogether holy in a majesty inexpressible, his power is absolute, and his glory fills the universe, though mortal minds can scarcely comprehend it.  Yet he has sent us his Son to show the measure of his love for man.  With infinite mercy and kindness, he beckons us to draw near. This is a wondrous thing indeed.

We hope you can join us as we begin to explore the glory of Christian prayer!

Announcing Advent Lights

Dear friends,

This week begins our Advent program, entitled “Advent Lights,” a two-week study on the Immanuel Songs of Isaiah 7–12. These gatherings will be more discussion-oriented than our usual classes: they should be a relaxed, prayerful way to shed some light on your Advent season. We hope you can join us!

Advent Lights will be Wednesday nights, from 7:15–9:00 PM and Thursday mornings, 9:30–11:30 AM at the St. Irenaeus Center on Blossom Rd.

Yours in Christ,

Ted J.