R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and Continuing Catechesis for Catholics

St. John Cantius Parish offers catechesis classes both for those wishing to become Catholics, as well as for Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith.

These classes are for adults who have the desire to convert to the Catholic faith, as well as for adults wishing to take a “refresher” course in understanding the Catholic faith.
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Sancta Missa

In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum, The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have created a unique online resource about the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The website (http://www.SanctaMissa.org) provides training for priests in offering the Tridentine Latin Mass, as well as a tutorial for Altar Servers and a complete explanation of the Rubrics and Spirituality of the Ancient Roman Rite of Holy Mass.
Learn more: www.sanctamissa.org

Marian Catechist Classes

The Marian Catechist Course is an catechetical apostolate founded by Fr. John Hardon, S.J., at the request of the Holy See. The purpose is to evangelize by spiritually and intellectually forming teachers of religion.
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CCD – Religious Education

The St. John Cantius Parish Religious Education Program serves both families who provide formal catechesis at home for their children, as well as those families requesting classes given at St. John Cantius.
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Understanding the Mass

This course teaches the to “pray the Mass” (Pope St. Pius X) with greater fervor, devotion and understanding. The spirituality of the Mass will be discussed as well as the history of the Sacred Liturgy.
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Communio Group

The Communio Group of St. John Cantius meets to discuss Catholic theology. The group, lead by Dr. Dennis D. Martin, Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University, considers various points of Catholic theology and stresses loyalty to the Holy Father and to the Magisterium of the Church.

Dr. Martin earned a A.B. degree in history at Wheaton College (Ill.) in 1974 and M.A. and PhD. degrees in history at the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1975 and 1982. A Fulbright scholar at the University of T’bingen (1976-77), he taught at the Associated Mennonite Seminaries in Elkhart, Ind., before coming to Loyola in 1991. His main research focus is medieval monastic history and spirituality, with secondary interests in the Reformation (particularly the Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions) and in contemporary Catholicism (John Paul II, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and hagiography and popular religion).

Dr. Martin has published Fifteenth-Century Carthusian Reform (Brill, 1992) and Carthusian Spirituality (Paulist, 1997), co-edited two denominational encyclopedias, and translated several volumes by Hans Urs von Balthasar. His essays have appeared in Theological Studies, Catholic Historical Review, The Journal of the Historical Society, The Journal of the History of Ideas, Church History, Mennonite Quarterly Review and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book on late medieval Carthusian monastic writers who covered everything from the spirituality and practice of, e.g., agriculture, law, and grain merchandising to mystical theology and the development of the Rosary. His long-term research involves the social and intellectual history of cleverness and naivete.