Dad isn’t doing too well these days; what should I do to help him? I just got a cancer diagnosis; do I really need to do the chemo? My doctor told me that my baby in utero has a major handicap; what should I do? All of us have been confronted with some big questions in life. Answering them can be scary when we do not know what the right thing may be. Thankfully, Jesus gave us His Church to teach us how to make some of these decisions. If you, too, have had these questions, you are not alone.
Come join us for an informative series called “What to Do: A Conversation on Life and Death Issues” on four Tuesday evenings, March 12 – April 2. The series hopes to combine Catholic teaching regarding life, the meaning of death, and what our options are regarding health care with real-life, real-world cases. We will have speakers who are experts in moral theology and medicine. Evenings begin at 6:45 p.m. with hospitality in the Faith Community Center; presentations will follow at 7:00 p.m. Here are the topics:
Tuesday, March 12, 7-8:00 p.m. Monsignor Steven Rohlfs will present, “Respecting Life at its End: Principles and Problems.” Monsignor Rohlfs has his doctorate in moral theology and will share with us Catholic moral teaching on the meaning of life, the meaning of death, and will examine real-world cases when cases are not so clear-cut.
Tuesday, March 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Deacon Stephen Najarian will present, “Medical Ethics.” Deacon Najarian, a former chief of residents at Mayo Clinic, and former chief of surgery in the Twin Cities, will discuss ordinary v. extraordinary care, cooperation with evil, double effect, health care directives, and proxies. Using real-world medical cases, Deacon Najarian will apply these principles to help us enact this knowledge.
Tuesday, March 26, 7-8:00 p.m. Father Matt Quail and the Life Matters ministry will present, “Standing Up for the Vulnerable.” Given what we will have learned from Monsignor Rohlfs and Deacon Najarian, what are concrete ways we can stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves? In addition, equipped with knowledge and resources, and actions we can take, we are empowered to build a culture of life.
Tuesday, April 2, 7-8:00 p.m. Father John Floeder will present, “Living a Consistent Ethic of Life.” Father Floeder, a moral theologian at the Saint Paul Seminary and former parochial vicar at Saint Stephen’s, will share with us the beauty of joyfully living our Catholic teaching. Informed by the writings of Saint John Paul II, Father Floeder will share how our Catholic teaching on life applies to all people, at all ages, and how that influences how we treat one another.
We would love to have you come to all of the sessions, or as many as you can make.