CHURCHES PLAN 'UNIVERSITY' PROGRAM WILL OFFER OVER 60 CLASSES.Byline: Holly J. Andres Staff Writer
With the approach of Lent - a traditional time for spiritual and personal growth - seven Roman Catholic parishes in Ventura County are joining together to offer the opportunity to make positive changes in people's lives.
``The University'' is an adult education program offering more than 60 classes in morality, ethics, marriage and family, contemporary Christian issues, prayer, church history and social justice. Sessions begin Feb. 10 - the day after the beginning of Lent.
``Faith follows you everywhere - it's not just for Sunday. Lent is a good time for improving yourself and getting closer to God,'' said Grace Casas-Kolodin, the volunteer director at St. Maximilian Kolbe Maximilian Kolbe (January 8, 1894–August 14, 1941), also known as Maksymilian or Massimiliano Maria Kolbe and "Apostle of Consecration to Mary," born as Rajmund Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village.
```The University' is going to be a wonderful opportunity to meet people and ask questions of people you wouldn't normally meet. It's going to be really fun and exciting.''
Most classes will be held 7:30-9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, taught by clergy and lay leaders and held at the one of seven participating parishes. For the first time in its four-year history, the program will include a few classes in Spanish.
Participants do not need to be Catholic - or even Christian - to attend, organizers say.
Scheduled speakers include Cardinal Roger Mahony His Eminence Roger Michael Cardinal Mahony (born February 27, 1936) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as the fourth Archbishop of Los Angeles, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1991. , who will talk on who the next pope might be; Bishop Thomas Curry of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region The Santa Barbara Pastoral Region is a pastoral region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the Roman Catholic Church. It covers Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in the state of California, USA. The current regional auxiliary bishop is Bishop Thomas J. Curry. , who will talk about separation of church and state
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``I think the classes are for people who have an interest in growing their faith at this point in their life or for the devout Catholic group who think that their faith is the most beautiful thing in their life, as I do,'' said Steve Jones Steve or Steven Jones is the name of:
The fee is $5 per class in advance or $7 at the door, and includes an option to bring a friend at no extra charge. Light refreshments will be served, and four free concerts are scheduled.
``People have made instant friends standing in a line,'' joked Beverly Bryde, the director of ``The University'' who will present a discussion on Christianity and coaching sports on March 1.
``We do so much in isolation. This is inspiring adults to come out and learn more about their faith in a community - not in isolation reading a book on a topic - and to have the opportunity to question what we believe.''
``The University'' will run from Feb. 10-March 17. Pre-registration ends Jan. 31, which also is the deadline for buying a $60 pass that is good for all classes. A catalog of courses is available at participating parishes: St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks, (805) 496-0222; St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village, (818) 991-3915; St. Jude the Apostle
Jude (or Judas) is a Christian saint. He is also called Thaddaeus, Thaddeus or Judas Thaddaeus. in Westlake Village, (818) 889-1279; St. Julie Billiart in Newbury Park, (805) 498-3602; St. Mary Magdalen Magdalen: see Mary Magdalene. in Camarillo, (805) 484-0532; Holy Cross in Moorpark, (805) 529-1397; and St. Rose of Lima Saint Rose of Lima, (20 April, 1586 - 24 August, 1617), the first Catholic saint of the Americas, was born in Lima, Peru. Biography
St. Rose was born April 20 1586, in the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. She received the baptismal name Isabel Flores de Oliva. in Simi Valley, (805) 526-1732.
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Grace Casas-Kolodin, Beverly Bride, Anna Gallotta, Wendy Gigliotti and Steve Jones, from left, are on the planning committee for ``The University,'' a Catholic adult education program.
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