UPCOMING PRESENTATION – November 21st, 2020
Speaker: Rev. Cornelius O’Mahony, Vicar for Education, Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton
Presentation begins at 9:30 AM EST.
To be presented at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Waterloo or online. Please stay tuned for announcement.
What do you need to participate in the webinar? A laptop or computer with microphone & webcam, and Google Chrome browser.
Welcome to WHY@Breakfast!
I love to learn and to discover with others on how to deepen our relationship with Christ!
A few years ago, while sipping my coffee in a local cafe on a Saturday morning, I saw a few fellow parishioners who were enjoying their cup of Joe, reading the local paper. I had this aha moment of why weren’t we all sitting in our church Parish Centre, sharing information with each other?
As a cradle Catholic, I have always felt that I adopted a lot of “traditions” without asking, going along with the motions. I am pretty sure there are meanings behind a lot of those traditions. If they were taught to me when I was in elementary school, I am sorry to say I did not retain much from those years. I was also confident that I was not the only Catholic in this predicament of ignorance. If professionals need to take courses or attend seminars for continuing education points for the renewal of their status every year, it makes sense to me that Catholics should have some good system for their “continuing education.”
In December of 2011, with the question “Why does the church talk about Mary if Jesus is our Savior?”, I organized the first WHY@Breakfast talk in Waterloo, Ontario. It was a very enjoyable experience where everyone enjoyed their breakfast with coffee/tea. We had a good fellowship and had our myths cleared up and questions answered.
Since then, I have been organizing two to three talks every year. Topics to this date include angels and demons, purgatory, human sexuality, forgiveness, recognizing Trinity in humanity, understanding our Scriptures, etc. (For the full list of past presentations, just click on the “Past Presentations” tab above.)
Originally, the goal of these presentations was to inform Catholics on our church teachings on various topics, dispelling myths and to give directions to those who would like to dig deeper into the topics. However, many of the topics were equally important for all Christians, regardless of the denomination. In 2017, as both the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church chose to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 together, I helped organized a few Together In Christ sessions in Waterloo with the eagerness and collaboration of a few Lutheran and Catholic pastors. It was an amazing experience to have Lutherans and Catholics coming together to study, pray and learn from one another. Since then, the WHY@Breakfast presentations have been designed to encourage fellowships among local Christians in town. Going forward, presentations under the label WHYforChristians are intended to serve all local Christians. Other presentations from WHY@Breakfast will continue to present Catholic church teachings or perspectives on current issues.
I do hope to you will join us at one of the breakfast talks soon!
It’s fun to learn and it’s so much more enjoyable to learn with others!