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Winter Series 2020
South Bend Knights of Columbus Hall
553 E Washington St, South Bend
Tuesdays at 6:30pm

New Location! – Directions | Parking

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Dinner Buffet
Price: $6/person for the first 50 people (cash & cards accepted)
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present.

Series Theme:
     Reclaiming Goodness, Truth, & Beauty

Tuesday, January 28
     Reclaiming Gender – Dr. John Rice

John Rice is a medical doctor and board certified in pediatrics. He has been in practice for more than 20 years and currently practices at the South Bend Clinic. Dr. Rice attended the University of Notre Dame where he received his bachelor’s degree before moving on to the Indiana University School of Medicine where he completed his Doctor of Medicine and residency. Previously, he has presented on gender identity to help educate the staff of the Catholic schools of our diocese on this increasingly relevant topic. Dr. Rice is married and is the father of seven children.

Tuesday, February 4
     Reclaiming Science – Debate: Chris Baglow vs. Jay Martin

Chris Baglow is the Director of the Science & Religion Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, developing programs that assist Catholic leaders in bringing the Catholic faith and modern science into dialogue for the sake of the New Evangelization. He earned his B.A. at Franciscan University, M.A. at the University of Dallas, and Ph.D. at Duquesne University. In 2009, Chris published the first high-school textbook on the topic, Faith, Science and Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge. Growing up in New Orleans, he loves N'Awlins cuisine, N'Awlins music, Mardi Gras parades, and everything football. Chris is married to Christine and has four children.

Jay Martin is the Academic Advisor for the Science & Religion Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, assisting the Director in the creation, development, and execution of academic programming and educational content. He is a Doctoral Candidate in Systematic Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his Masters of Theological Studies. Jay will be playing the role of "Devil's Advocate" during the debate.

Tuesday, February 11
     Reclaiming Culture – Fr. Paulinus Odozor CSSp

Father Odozor is a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) and Theology professor at the University of Notre Dame. He received his initial formation in Nigeria and went on to graduate studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. Father Odozor's scholarly interests include African Christian theology and questions pertaining to inculturation. He also has interest in African history, African literature, African politics, and questions relating to change and contemporary African societies. He has authored or edited nine books and was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as expert assistant to the 2009 Synod of Bishops for Africa.

Tuesday, February 18
     Reclaiming Art – Stephen Barany, MDiv
     (Including an Art Exhibition)

Stephen Barany is a freelance designer and illustrator, a dreamer, and a thinker. He's ever-playful at heart and maintains (and frequently amends) a mental list of nonessential life goals that includes writing and illustrating a children's book, designing a deck of playing cards, and building a canoe. Stephen grew up in South Bend and attended the University of Notre Dame where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Industrial Design as well as a Master of Divinity degree. Most recently, he worked for the ND McGrath Institute for Church Life overseeing design and content production, and is now developing a portfolio for applications to Master of Fine Arts programs.

Tuesday, February 25
     Mardi Gras: Mass & Party! – at St. Joseph Church, South Bend

Conclude the winter series on Fat Tuesday by enjoying fellowship with your new friends! Celebrate Mardi Gras together before our Lenten fasting begins the following day on Ash Wednesday.

The festivities begin with Mass at 6:30pm in the church followed by a potluck dinner social in the Basil Moreau Room (church basement). For dinner, Cajun dishes of jambalaya, seafood gumbo, and red beans & rice will be provided from Chicory Cafe. If you can, bring a side dish to share and your favorite beverage, but don't let that stop you from coming. Feel free to drop off food before Mass.

Mardi Gras Directions: Mass will be held in St. Joseph Church, located at 226 N Hill St in South Bend. The party will take place in the Basil Moreau Room, located directly underneath the church. The stairs to the basement can be accessed either from inside the church through the sacristy or from the external door at the rear of the church building.



2019 Summer Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

We're back outside on the patio!
Villa Macri
225 Toscana Blvd, Granger – map
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present

Dinner Buffet
$8/person for the first 50 people (cash & cards accepted)

Series Theme:
     Extraordinary Everyday Purpose

Tuesday, July 16
     Relationships in a Hookup Culture – Timothy O’Malley

Timothy O'Malley is the author of the recent book Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World. Tim teaches in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he has discovered much from students in his popular course, Nuptial Mystery: Divine Love and Human Salvation. He holds a Doctorate in Theology from Boston College and works at Notre Dame as the Academic Director of the Center for Liturgy and the Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Tim is married and has two children, and is originally from Knoxville, TN.

Tuesday, July 23
     Human Purpose Without Exception – Serena Dyksen & Melanie Garcia

Serena Dyksen is a speaker and ministry leader who was raped at the age of 13, became pregnant, and had an abortion. She struggled with drugs and alcohol to numb her pain until she had an encounter with God that changed her life. She now inspires women by teaching them their worth and unconditional love in Christ. She also shares practical ways to impact people by showing hospitality and grace as she was once shown.

Melanie Garcia is the program manager for St. Joseph County Right to Life. A lifelong pro-life advocate and the oldest of ten children, she is committed to empowering people to share the gospel of life and defend the unborn with grace and reason.

Tuesday, July 30
     The Meaning of Work – Mike Seelinger

Mike Seelinger is a teaching professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. During his time on the faculty he has been awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce CSC Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year Award (twice). In the classroom, he is well known for what students refer to as "Story Time with Professor Seelinger," where he starts class with a story to teach a life lesson, such as how to be a more efficient learner, how to get the most out of a summer internship, and how to build good professional relationships. Mike earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include vision-guided robotics, motion control, machine vision, and space exploration robots.

Tuesday, August 6
     Superheroes & Heroic Virtue – Fr. Paul Ybarra CSC

Fr. Paul Ybarra CSC is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) and currently serves as pastor of St. Adalbert Church and St. Casimir Church. Father Paul is a "Triple-Domer" who has earned a Master of Divinity, Master's of Early Childhood Education and Teaching (through the ACE program), and Bachelor of Arts in Film/Cinema/Video Studies – all from the University of Notre Dame. As an avid Marvel fan, he will now put his film degree to work for us to discuss Superheroes.

Tuesday, August 13
     Summer Mass & Cookout! – at St. Pius X Church

Conclude the series by enjoying fellowship with your new friends from Theology on Tap! The festivities begin with Mass at 6:00pm in the church followed by a cookout at 6:30pm on the Athletic Fields. Grilled meats and water will be provided.

If you can, bring the following, but don't let these stop you from coming:

Directions: St. Pius X Church is located at 52553 Fir Road in Granger. Follow SR-23 to Fir Road, and then turn in to the church parking lot for Mass. The athletic fields for the cookout are located across Santa Monica Drive on the west side of the church, where there is additional parking. In the event of rain, the cookout will be held inside the St Pius Parish Life Center.



2019 Winter Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Mishawaka Columbus Club
114 W 1st Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544 – map
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present

Dinner Buffet
Price: $7/person for the first 60 people (cash & cards accepted)

Series Theme: Confronting a Broken World

Tuesday, February 5
     Sexual Abuse Crisis: What Can We Do? – Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He was ordained a priest in 1983, ordained the Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2004, and installed as our bishop in 2010. Bishop Rhoades served as a professor and then rector of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 1995 to 2004. He was elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to serve as chairman of the Committee on Doctrine and re-elected to serve on the board of directors for Catholic Relief Services.


Tuesday, February 12
     How Can Beauty Save the World? – Band of Men (including live music)

The Band of Men first coalesced to share the joy of music at a Catholic Peace Fellowship's benefit concert. As men in initial formation (i.e. the process of becoming a religious brother or priest), we have undergone several iterations: our founding member is in Mexico and several great musicians are at the Novitiate! As a result, the Band of Men describes not a specific list of religious men but a rotating collection, who, for love of God and neighbor, have become brothers. Our Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross describe "the great band of men" who passed before us and who beckon us to follow them. The Band of Men is our musical response to this call: to become great in our single-hearted pursuit of the Lord.

Speakers and current musicians include:
    • Tom Bodart CSC
    • Julian Druffner CSC
    • Andrew Fritz CSC
    • Gabriel Griggs CSC
    • David Slonkosky CSC
    • Brad Stalcup CSC


Tuesday, February 19
     Why Does God Allow Suffering? – Fr. Raphael Mary OP

Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo OP is a Dominican priest pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He was born in Oregon and raised fundamentalist Protestant. After becoming Catholic when he was about fifteen years old, he had a spiritual experience in Mass that gave him the very strong feeling that God was calling him to the priesthood or religious life. While resisting that call and wrestling with his "Cafeteria Catholicism," he earned a Bachelors of Applied Physics and then went on to earn a Masters degree. Eventually, he discerned a call to the Dominican religious order, being attracted to their emphasis on doctrinal preaching and study as well as their strong community life with a streak of monasticism.


Tuesday, February 26
     Religious Freedom or Discrimination? – Phillip Muñoz

V. Phillip Muñoz is a concurrent Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the founding director of the undergraduate minor in Constitutional Studies and directs the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy with a focus on religious liberty and the American Founding. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state case reader, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities. Muñoz's current project is a scholarly monograph on the natural right of religious liberty and the original meaning of the First Amendment's Religion Clauses.


Tuesday, March 5
     Mardi Gras: Mass & Party! – at St. Joseph Church, Mishawaka

Conclude the winter series on Fat Tuesday by enjoying fellowship with your new friends! Celebrate together before our Lenten fasting begins the following day on Ash Wednesday.

The festivities begin with Mass at 6:30pm followed by a potluck dinner social in the parish school. Fr. Chris Lapp will be celebrating Mass. For dinner, Cajun main course options will be provided from Yats. If you can, bring a side dish to share and your favorite beverage, but don't let that stop you from coming. Drop off food before Mass at the parish school (right next to the church on W 3rd Street).

Mardi Gras Directions: Mass will take place in St. Joseph Church, located at 225 S Mill Street in Mishawaka. The party will take place in the parish school, located at 230 S Spring Street. Use the entrances for the church and the school that face W 3rd Street. Park in the nearby lots on 3rd Street or Spring Street.



2018 Summer Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

We're back outside on the patio!
Villa Macri
225 Toscana Blvd, Granger – map
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present

Dinner Buffet
$8/person for the first 60 people (cash & cards accepted)

Series Theme:
     Navigating Current Culture

Tuesday, July 17
     Technology: Plugging into Holiness – Fr. Eric Burgener

Fr. Eric Burgener is the Associate Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana. He grew up at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Fort Wayne before discerning a call to the priesthood while studying at Indiana University Bloomington. After graduation, he studied theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and was ordained a priest in 2017. Fr. Eric enjoys teaching the Catholic faith and reminiscing about playing the tackle position in high school football.

Tuesday, July 24
     Feminism: Women in the Church – Jessica Keating

Jessica Keating is the Director of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives in the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. She engages in scholarship that strives to recover the concept of human dignity for the theological and philosophical imagination. Her writing has appeared in America Magazine, The Catholic Catalogue, and Aleteia. Jessica holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Tuesday, July 31
     Bioethics: Are We Playing God? – Teresa Manion

Teresa Manion is an attorney with a passion for bioethical issues. She earned a bachelors degree in biological research before receiving her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Teresa has interned for the Bioethics Defense Fund, largely created the curriculum and syllabus for a Masters course entitled "Law and Bioethics" for the University of Mary, and completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center certification program. More importantly, she has a great love for her Catholic faith, enjoys following developments in law and science, and strongly believes that there are times that science goes too far and other times where science uncovers very helpful discoveries that may be unnecessarily feared.

Tuesday, August 7
     Polarization: How Christ Narrates Unity – Fr. Kevin Sandberg CSC

Fr. Kevin Sandberg CSC is a priest and member of the Congregation of Holy Cross religious order. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Kevin received his BA in economics and an MDiv from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in theology from the Graduate Theological Union/Jesuit School of Theology, and his PhD in religion and education from Fordham University. His research interests include theological reflection, pedagogies of compassion, and the neglect of listening and its restoration through religious education. Prior to pastoral ministry, he was a trust officer with the Northern Trust Bank and a financial economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. Fr. Kevin was the founding director of the young adult community at St. Clement Church in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 14
     Summer Mass & Cookout! – at St. Pius X Church

Conclude the series by enjoying fellowship with your new friends from Theology on Tap! The festivities begin with Mass at 6:00pm in the church followed by a cookout at 6:30pm on the Athletic Fields. Grilled meats and water will be provided.

If you can, bring the following, but don't let these stop you from coming:

Directions: St. Pius X Church is located at 52553 Fir Road in Granger. Follow SR-23 to Fir Road, and then turn in to the church parking lot for Mass. The athletic fields for the cookout are located across Santa Monica Drive on the west side of the church, where there is additional parking. In the event of rain, the cookout will be held inside the SPX Parish Life Center.



2018 Winter Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Mishawaka Columbus Club
114 W 1st Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544 – map
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present

Dinner Buffet
Price: $7/person for the first 60 people (cash & cards accepted)

Series Theme: Bridging the Divide

Tuesday, January 16
     Darkness & Light: Finding Hope in Hard Times – Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades
     (combined session with TOT Downtown organized by the St. Joseph Young Adults)

There are so many horrible things going on in the world right now and so much fear – mass shootings, terrorism, natural disasters, environmental destruction of the planet, societal/political polarization, young adults largely missing from the Church, and more. What does it all mean? Is it the End Times as some suggest? What can we do about all of this? How are Christians to live amidst it all? How do we escape feeling helpless in a flood of darkness, and instead find the light of hope amidst these difficult times?

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He was ordained a priest in 1983, ordained the Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2004, and installed as our bishop in 2010. Bishop Rhoades served as a professor and then rector of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 1995 to 2004. He was recently elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to serve as chairman of the Committee on Doctrine and re-elected to serve on the board of directors for Catholic Relief Services.


Tuesday, January 23
     Heaven & Earth: Calling on Your Team of Saints – Sarah Yaklic

Sarah Yaklic is the Director of Grotto Network, a digital media outreach to young adults by the University of Notre Dame. She previously served as the Director of Digital Media for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC after starting as the Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry for the archdiocese. Sarah regularly calls on a team of saints for heavenly assistance throughout daily life, and you can too!


Tuesday, January 30
     Science & Religion: Searching for Truth – Phil Sakimoto, PhD

Phil Sakimoto is the Director of the Program in Academic Excellence in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies program. He received his B.A. in Physics from Pomona College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from UCLA. Phil spent close to 15 years at NASA, most recently as acting director of the NASA Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program, then joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2005 as an education and outreach specialist for the Department of Physics.


Tuesday, February 6
     Catholic & LGBT: Dispelling Misconceptions – Fr. Raphael Mary OP

Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo OP is a Dominican priest pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He serves as a chaplain for Courage, a spiritual support system that assists men and women with same-sex attractions to live chaste lives in fellowship, truth, and love. This Catholic ministry has helped thousands of men and women find peace through community, prayer, and the Sacraments.


Tuesday, February 13
     Mardi Gras: Mass & Party! – at St. Monica Church, Mishawaka

Conclude the winter series on Fat Tuesday by enjoying fellowship with your new friends! Celebrate together before our Lenten fasting begins the following day on Ash Wednesday.

The festivities begin with Mass at 6:30pm followed by a potluck dinner social in the parish rectory. Fr. Jacob Meyer will be celebrating Mass. For dinner, Cajun main course options will be provided from Yats. If you can, bring a side dish to share and your favorite beverage, but don't let that stop you from coming. Drop off food before Mass in the parish rectory (right next to the church on Mishawaka Ave).

Mardi Gras Directions: St. Monica's Church is located at 222 W Mishawaka Ave in Mishawaka, just north of the St. Joseph River and two blocks west of N. Main Street on the corner of Ann Street. Park in any of the small parking lots nearby or on the street.



2017 Summer Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

We're back outside on the patio!
Villa Macri
225 Toscana Blvd, Granger – map
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present

New Meal Setup: All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
$8/person for the first 60 people (cash & cards accepted)

Series Theme:
     Shaping a Changing World

Tuesday, July 18
     Pro-Life Whole Life – Josh & Rosary Comeau

Josh Comeau was diagnosed in 2014 with stage IV glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. This was the same diagnosis as Brittany Maynard, who very publicly and tragically ended her own life in 2014. With the help and support of his wife Rosary, Josh was able to place his life and suffering in God’s hands. Josh and Rosary recently celebrated the 3-year anniversary of the diagnosis and now see the cancer to be a blessing to their family.

Tuesday, July 25
     Interfaith Dialogue with Muslims – Gabriel Reynolds

Gabriel Reynolds is Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Yale University and his research focuses on the Qur'an and Muslim-Christian relations. Dr. Reynolds and his family are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger. In his spare time, he follows Notre Dame football, plays soccer, and watches science fiction movies.

Tuesday, August 1
     Environmental Stewardship – Tim Ruggaber

Tim Ruggaber is the Lead Optimization Strategist at EmNet, LLC in South Bend, where he focuses on developing Smart Sewer and Water systems to improve water quality in rivers and lakes across the country. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Notre Dame in Civil/Environmental Engineering and has been focused on combining technology with environmental stewardship ever since.

Tuesday, August 8
     Summer Mass & Cookout! – Msgr. Michael Heintz – at St. Pat's Park

Conclude the series by enjoying fellowship with your new friends from Theology on Tap! The festivities begin with Mass at 6:30pm followed by a cookout. Grilled meats and water will be provided.

If you can, bring the following, but don't let these stop you from coming:

Directions: St. Patrick's County Park is located at 50651 Laurel Road in South Bend. From SR-933, take Darden Road or Auten Road west to Laurel Road, and then head north until Laurel Road ends at the park. There is no gate fee that night. Follow the TOT signs to the Berta Shelter (pavilion).



2017 Winter Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

New Location!
Mishawaka Columbus Club
114 W 1st Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544 – map
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present

New Meal Setup: All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Price: $7/person for 60 people (Cash & cards accepted)


Series Theme:
     Catholic Adulting: The Struggle is Real

Tuesday, January 31
     God, Church & You: Defining the Relationship – Fr. Jacob Meyer

Fr. Jacob Meyer grew up at Holy Cross Church, South Bend and St. Pius X Church, Granger. After graduating from Ball State University, he discerned a call to the priesthood and entered seminary at The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He was ordained a priest in 2012 and is now Pastor of St. Monica Church in Mishawaka. Fr. Jacob is an energetic and engaging speaker, and recently celebrated the opening Mass of the annual Young Adult Retreat.

Tuesday, February 7
     Dreams & Expectations: Are We There Yet? – Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Woo recently retired from her position of President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Previously, she was Dean of the top-rated Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame, giving up tenure there to serve the poor and vulnerable through CRS in 2012. In 2015, Pope Francis invited Woo to the Vatican to help present his encyclical Laudato Si'.

Tuesday, February 14
     Community: You Can't Do It Alone – Raquel Falk

Raquel Falk is a 2013 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. After college, she became a member of the intentional community of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker house in downtown South Bend, and is still active in serving the homeless through the extended Catholic Worker community. Raquel is currently Director of Academic Empowerment for Iron Sharpens Iron, working with youth to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 21
     Things I Wish I Had Known as a Young Adult – Paolo & Susan Carozza

Susan and Paolo Carozza have been married for over 26 years and have five children ranging in age from 23 to 7. Susan left a career in development economics to be a stay-at-home mother, before becoming a middle school religion teacher at St. Pius X School in Granger. Paolo, a law professor and Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, was recently appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He also leads the local community of the Catholic ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. They have lived in Europe and Latin America, and love cycling, hiking, cooking, gardening, art, music, and books of all kinds.

Tuesday, February 28
     Mardi Gras: Mass & Party! – at St. Monica Church, Mishawaka

Conclude the winter series on Fat Tuesday by enjoying fellowship with your new friends! Celebrate together before our Lenten fasting begins the following day on Ash Wednesday.

The festivities begin with Mass at 6:30pm followed by a potluck dinner social in the parish hall. Fr. Jacob Meyer will be celebrating Mass. For dinner, Cajun main course options will be provided from Yats along with paczki for dessert from West End Bakery. If you can, bring a side dish to share and your favorite beverage, but don't let that stop you from coming. Drop off food before Mass in the parish hall (downstairs from the church).

Raffle: Each time you come to a session, get your TOT card punched for a raffle ticket. If you social share these events on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #TOTSouthBend, you can earn one punch each week for an additional raffle ticket. The raffle will include gift cards and books donated by Ave Maria Press.

Mardi Gras Directions: St. Monica's Church is located at 222 W Mishawaka Ave in Mishawaka, just north of the St. Joseph River and two blocks west of N. Main Street on the corner of Ann Street. Park in any of the small parking lots nearby or on the street.




2016 Summer Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Villa Macri
225 Toscana Blvd, Granger, IN 46530 – map

Series Theme:
Unity in Diversity: The Church Gathering a People

Tuesday, June 28
     Eastern Catholic: Breathing with Both Lungs – Brett Perkins

Brett Perkins is a Campus Minister at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves as Assistant Director of Sacramental Preparation. Although baptized Roman Catholic, he was drawn to the Eastern liturgy and has chosen to be a parishioner of Saint Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, which celebrates the Eucharist in the Byzantine rite. Brett earned a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Note Dame and enjoys helping students learn more about what it means to be a Catholic Christian in our world today. When not working, he likes to cook, work on his house, read, go camping, and make retreats at monasteries.

Tuesday, July 5
     Latin Mass Catholic: Preserving Tradition – Msgr. John Fritz FSSP

Msgr. John Fritz is a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a community of Roman Catholic priests who celebrate and promote the Traditional Latin Mass. He went to Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, earned a Licentiate in Theology through the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and eventually became the Chancellor of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois. After years of celebrating the ordinary rite in English, Msgr. Fritz was drawn to the extraordinary rite in Latin and joined the FSSPs. His current assignment is Pastor of St. Stanislaus Church in South Bend, a personal parish for anyone desiring to belong to the Latin Mass community.

Tuesday, July 12
     Political Catholic: Voting as Faithful Citizens – Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He was ordained a priest in 1983, ordained the Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2004, and installed as our bishop in 2010. Bishop Rhoades served as a professor and then rector of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 1995 to 2004. He has been active on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presently serving on the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth and as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Tuesday, July 19
     Charismatic Catholic: Living in the Spirit – Nicole Scheidler & Brian Stoyell-Mulholland

Nicole Scheidler is a PhD student in Biology at the University of Notre Dame who first came into contact with charismatic Catholics as an undergraduate student at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Brian Stoyell-Mulholland is a PhD student in Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame who grew up in charismatic circles. They each bring different perspectives stemming from their different introductions to the charisms of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, July 26
     Summer Mass & Cookout! – at St. Patrick's County Park

Conclude the series by enjoying fellowship with your new friends from Theology on Tap! The festivities begin with Mass at 6:30pm followed by a cookout. Grilled meats and water will be provided.

If you can, bring the following, but don't let these stop you from coming:

Raffle: Each time you come to a session, get your TOT card punched for a raffle ticket. If you social share these events on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #TOTSouthBend, you can earn one punch each week for an additional raffle ticket. The raffle will include gift cards and books donated by Ave Maria Press.

Directions: St. Pat's Park is located at 50651 Laurel Road in South Bend. From SR-933, take Darden Road or Auten Road west to Laurel Road, and then head north until Laurel Road ends at the park. There is no gate fee that night. Follow the TOT signs to the Berta Shelter (pavilion).



2016 Winter Series

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Villa Macri
225 Toscana Blvd, Granger, IN 46530 – map
Babies and infants welcome and commonly present

Special menu with a selection of $5 entrees!

For the first time, we will be giving away some fantastic prizes including gift cards, books, apparel, and more at the final session!!! Each time you attend a session you will get a punch on your card and the total number of punches will be the number of entries you receive for drawings at the Mardi Gras Party. Be sure to come out for all four speaker sessions to have the best chances of winning.


Series Theme: #LentIsComing

Tuesday, January 12
     Prayer: Growing in Relationship with God – Sr. Maria Gemma OSF

Sr. Maria Gemma is a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka. She earned a bachelors degree in Theology from Ohio Dominican University before entering the convent in 2006. Sr. Maria Gemma currently serves in Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame and as Assistant Director of Vocations for her religious community.

Tuesday, January 19
     Service: Where is God Leading my Life? – Kathy Pask-Painter

Kathy Pask Painter and her husba


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