Monsignor Benvegnu Lectures at St. Vincent de Paul Parish

Lectures will take place in St. Vincent Parish Church at 7:00PM. All are scheduled for Monday evenings.

October 30, 2017: Can Catholic Laity Administer “Last Rites”?

Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, Pastor Emeritus, St. Vincent de Paul Parish

It is commonplace to hear people today say there is no such thing as” Last Rites” any more. This lecture will question this assertion and argue that, while Catholic laity are not authorized to give the Anointing of the Sick, there is, in fact, a collection of prayers called the Commendation of the Dying, which laity may use with a dying person. This lecture will propose a perspective on ministry to the Dying that is surprising.

November 20, 2017: Developing a Lively Understanding of the Gospels

Rev. John E. Norman, Pastor, St Vincent de Paul Parish

The four Gospels are the foundation of the Catholic faith. Along with the entire body of Sacred Scripture, the Gospels are the basis of the sacramental and spiritual life of the Church. This presentation will provide some tools to assist in the reading and understanding of the Gospels. We hope to assist the faithful reader in approaching the reading of the Gospels with confidence and enthusiasm.

December 11, 2017: Correcting Catholic History

Marie Mischel, editor, The Intermountain Catholic

We all know that the Inquisition was one of the most frightening crimes in Catholic history; that Pope Pius XII was rightly called “Hitler’s Pope”; and that the crusades were the result of Catholic greed for more land. Based on the research of Rodney Stark, a first-class (non-Catholic) historian, Marie Mischel, editor of the “Intermountain Catholic” will show how many of these widely-held beliefs are false and mythological.

January 8, 2018: Are Catholics and Protestants Coming Together?

Deacon Scott Dodge, St. Olaf Parish, Bountiful, Utah

Recently Christians observed the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. This is a good time to assess how far Catholics and Protestants have come toward achieving unity. Do Lutherans and Catholics now have a common belief in the Real Presence? What do Protestants think of the ministry of the Pope? Has Protestantism been influenced by Vatican II, and in what way? These topics are both of historical and contemporary interest.

 March 12, 2018: Understanding Holy Week

Ruth Dillon , Director of the Office of Liturgy, Salt Lake City, Utah

The center of the liturgical year is the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). This lecture, designed to help prepare parishioners to celebrate the Triduum, will examine the rites, history, and spirituality of Holy Week. When Catholics are more attuned to the meaning of Holy Week, there will be more interest in celebrating the rich Easter Triduum with a greater devotion.

May 7, 2018: Controversies in the Early Church

Rev. Christopher Gray, Parochial Vicar, The Cathedral of the Madeline, Salt Lake City, Utah

The history of the early church was not always calm and peaceful. There were often severe controversies even violence and murder around theological matters. Yet the Church survived because of the fact that is was inspired by the Holy Spirit. This lecture will examine particularly the controversies around the Nicene Creed, which we profess at Mass every Sunday.

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