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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)
February 21: Taco Bar
- Beef and Chicken Taco Meat
- Flour and Corn Tortillas (Gluten-Free option)
- Grilled Peppers and Onions
- Assorted Toppings
- Beans and Rice (Vegetarian)
- Chips, Salsa & Guacamole


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 husband are parishioners of St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend. Professionally, Kathy has spend years in the plastics business starting her own company, originally called A to Z Plastics and later Plastics Fabricating. Kathy has also spent time serving the Church in many ways as the needs opened. She has generously served as sacristan, extraordinary minister of communion, CCD Director, women's discussion group leader, and many other roles as well. We are excited to welcome Kathy as she shares the joy of service and how to listen to God's voice when he asks you to serve in a particular way.

Tuesday, January 26
     Suffering: Drawing Us Closer to God – Phil & Claire Hayes

Phil and Claire Hayes are dedicated parishioners of St. Pius X Church. Phil is General Manager at Glaval Bus, a CCD teacher, and an avid tennis player. Claire sings with the St. Pius Choir and volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul and Tri Kappa. They have three daughters, three grandchildren, and this February marks their 35th wedding anniversary. In 2012, their oldest daughter died suddenly. Come hear how their faith increased from this tragedy.

Tuesday, February 2
     Lent: Making the Most out of 40 Days – Fr. Tom Shoemaker

Fr. Tom Shoemaker serves as Pastor of St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend. He attended Wabash College and the Indiana University School of Dentistry before hearing a call to the priesthood.  After practicing as a dentist for two years, he studied at St. John's Seminary in Boston and was ordained a priest in 1990.

Tuesday, February 9
     Mardi Gras: Mass & Party! – at Little Flower Catholic Church

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. For Mass, the homilist will be the dynamic barefoot-Franciscan Fr. David Mary Engo FFM. For dinner, the main course of jambalaya and red bean with rice (from Chicory Cafe) will be provided along with paczki for dessert. 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 church).

Mardi Gras Directions: St. Thérèse the Little Flower Catholic Church is located at 54191 Ironwood Road in South Bend. It's on the west side of Ironwood Road, between South Bend Ave/SR-23 and Douglas Road.



2015 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: Catholicism Meets World

Tuesday, July 14
     Living Counter-Culturally – Fr. David Kime

Fr. David Kime is a diocesan priest and member of Opus Dei. He graduated from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan before being ordained in 1997 for the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. Fr. Kime currently serves as Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Lake Station, Pastor of St. Mark Parish in Gary, and Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Gary.

Tuesday, July 21
     Faith in Pop Culture – Fr. Nick Monco OP

Fr. Nick Monco OP was born and raised in Chicago. After studying philosophy and economics at Claremont McKenna College in California, he joined the Dominicans (Order of Preachers). After further preparation at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, he was ordained to the priesthood in 2013. Fr. Nick currently serves as a theology teacher at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. He enjoys good books, good movies, and good food but not exercising (though he does that anyway).

Tuesday, July 28
     Persecution & Martyrdom – Daniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott is a Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. He earned a PhD from Harvard University and is a scholar of international relations, political philosophy, and reconciliation. His current research concerns religion and reconciliation in politics.

Tuesday, August 4
     Marriage & Family – Mike & Annie Nolan

Mike & Annie Nolan have been married 18 years this August and have 7 children. Mike is a musician and works for MaryTV, a lay apostolate in the Catholic Church. Annie is a homemaker and homeschools their younger children. Together, they enjoy sharing insights into living out marriage and starting a family in today's culture.

Tuesday, August 11
     Summer Cookout! – at St. Patrick's County Park

Conclude the series by enjoying fellowship with your new friends from Theology on Tap. Grilled meats and water will be provided. If you can, bring a side dish to share, any additional beverages (no glass containers), and your favorite lawn games, but don't let those stop you from coming.

We'll also be collecting non-perishable goods for the Catholic Worker's outreach to the homeless in our community. They especially need: jelly (without artificial sugar, like high fructose corn syrup), canola oil, sugar, Kroger gift cards, razors, deodorant, dish soap, laundry detergent, underwear, and socks. Bring what you can to help out our friends!

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. Drive around the Red Barn and down the hill to the picnic shelter along the river near the boat launch.



2015 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 – map


Series Theme: The Living Church

Tuesday, January 20
     Understanding Sacred Architecture – Duncan Stroik

Duncan Stroik is a practicing architect, author, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His award-winning work includes the Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in Santa Paula, California and the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. A frequent lecturer on sacred architecture and the classical tradition, he co-edited Reconquering Sacred Space and has recently authored The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence and the Eternal. Stroik is an inaugural member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and founding editor of Sacred Architecture Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Yale University School of Architecture.

Tuesday, January 27
     The Power of the Saints – Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo 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. After finally making the Blessed Mother part of his life, 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 3
     Living the Mass – Timothy & Kara O'Malley

Timothy O'Malley is Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy in the Institute for Church Life. He also teaches in the area of liturgical and sacramental theology in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a Doctorate in Theology from Boston College and is the author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love.

Kara O'Malley is presently working as a stay-at-home mom. In the past, she has served as Director of Christian Formation at St. Joseph Parish in South Bend and as Director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, MA. She earned a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame through the Echo Program. Kara and Tim have been married for nine years.

Tuesday, February 10
     Mary, Mother of the Church – 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 is active on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), including the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth.


Tuesday, February 17
     Mardi Gras Party!

Conclude the winter series on Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras party! Come enjoy a festive trivia night event and celebrate together before our Lenten fasting begins the following day on Ash Wednesday.




2014 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 – map


Series Theme: Spiritual Warfare

Tuesday, July 22
     Combatting Sin & Evil – Msgr. Michael Heintz, PhD

Msgr. Michael Heintz is Pastor and Rector of St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend. He was ordained a diocesan priest in 1993 and went on to receive a Doctorate of Theology in patristics (study of the early Church) from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in theology, he also serves as the Director of the Master of Divinity Program at ND. Father Mike is a native of Elkhart and has enjoyed being an umpire for college, high school, and little league baseball.


Tuesday, July 29
     Divine Intervention: Miracles – John Cavadini, PhD

John Cavadini is a Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, having served as Chair of the Department from 1997-2010. He is also the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life. His main areas of research and teaching are in patristics (study of the early church), with a special focus on the theology of St. Augustine and on the biblical spirituality of the Fathers of the Church. He has published extensively, including on the theology of miracles. He has served as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Doctrine since 2006. In November of 2009, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission.

Tuesday, August 5
     Putting on the Armor of God through Works of Mercy – Mary Ann Wilson, MDiv

Mary Ann Wilson is the Director of Adult Faith Formation for St. Matthew Cathedral Parish in South Bend. Originally from Alabama, she worked as a high school campus minister before earning a Master of Divinity degree at the University of Notre Dame in 2013. Mary Ann, her husband Ben, and their son, currently live as part of the Catholic Worker extended community near downtown South Bend.




Tuesday, August 12
     Discernment of Spirits: Distinguishing Ally from Enemy – Fr. Brian Dunkle SJ

Fr. Brian Dunkle, SJ was ordained in 2009 as a priest of the Society of Jesus religious order (Jesuits). He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Boston College and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in historical theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has published a book "Poems on Scripture," a translation of St. Gregory Nazianzen's poetry on encountering Christ in the Bible. Father Brian has spoken around the country at "Hearts on Fire†retreats for young adults as well as at our local young adult retreats and Theology on Tap.

Tuesday, August 19
     Summer Cookout at Holy Cross College

Conclude the series with a Summer Cookout! Enjoy outdoor fun and games with your new friends from Theology on Tap, gathering together on the campus of Holy Cross College (54515 Indiana 933, Notre Dame). The Diocese will provide grilled meats and water. Please bring a side dish to share, additional beverages (BYOB alcohol), and your favorite lawn games! Enter HCC campus from SR-933 and follow the signs.




2014 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 – map


Series Theme: Purifying our Passions in Pursuit of Holiness

Tuesday, February 4
     Happiness – Fr. Brian Dunkle, SJ

Fr. Brian Dunkle, SJ was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) religious order in 2009. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Boston College and is currently pursuing a PhD in historical theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has published a book "Poems on Scripture," a translation of St. Gregory Nazianzen's poetry on encountering Christ in the Bible. Father Brian has spoken around the country at "Hearts on Fire†retreats for young adults including the retreat in South Bend in 2011, a well as at our local young adult Lenten Mini-Retreat in 2013.

Tuesday, February 11
     Love & Sex – Lisa Marino

Lisa Marino serves as the Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) at St. Matthew Cathedral, while additionally giving presentations around the diocese on Blessed Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" to a wide variety of audiences, such as engaged couples, seminarians, and priests. Lisa and her husband, Nick, have been married since 2001. They are the proud parents of five children, ranging in age from 1 to 12 years old.


Tuesday, February 18
     Health – Sr. Jane Marie Klein, OSF

Sr. Jane Marie Klein, OSF is a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration. She serves as Chair of the Board for Franciscan Alliance, a 13-hospital Catholic health care system in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois, serving over four million patients each year regardless of their ability to pay. In 2013, Sister Jane Marie addressed Congress to urge the passage of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act and received the People of Life Award from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Tuesday, February 25
     Wealth – Dr. Martijn Cremers

Dr. Martijn Cremers is a Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to that, he was a faculty at Yale School of Management. Hailing from the Netherlands, his undergraduate degree in Econometrics is from the VU University Amsterdam. Professor Cremers' research focuses on investments and corporate governance. His research has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics, as well as covered in newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.


Tuesday, March 4
     Mardi Gras Party!

Conclude the winter series on Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras party! Come enjoy a festive trivia night event and celebrate together before our Lenten fasting begins the following day on Ash Wednesday.


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