Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community Invites You to its

Annual Spirituality Day in Memory of Mary Ann Schoettly, RCWP


Spirituality and the New Science

Gazing at God through the Context of Our Time

 Presented by

Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Walter Lynch Senior Center, Bldg. 40, Knoll Heights Village, Sparta, NJ 07871

This program will explore new ways of seeing the depth dimensions of faith relevant for our time. The Spirit of God reveals God’s love now as God has always done. It behooves us to become aware of this and to live in hope. We will reflect on the teachings of our tradition and our responsibility as God-bearers in the light of present day revelations, in particular those coming to us from the scientific discoveries of the 20th and 21st century.


We will gaze at spirituality through the context of our time, consider the increasingly important connection between science and spiritual transformation, reflect on the expansion of consciousness that is being opened up for us, and use this new vision as a way to dialogue, to explore, to take back ownership of our personal God-quest, and to find food for the journey in each other and in God.


God wants our hearts to burn. Do they?


Barbara Fiand is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She gives retreats, workshops and courses throughout the country and abroad on issues related to holistic spirituality, prayer, religious life, feminist spirituality, transformation of consciousness, quantum spirituality, and the psychology and spirituality of human maturation. She is the author of ten books and numerous articles.  For more information, visit her website: www.barbarafiand.org


9:30 AM                     Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM                   Spirituality and the New Science

12:30 Noon                Lunch

1:30 PM                      Spirituality and the New Science Continued

4:00 PM                      Sunday Liturgy

5:00 PM                      Adjourn


Registration deadline Wednesday, October 8


Suggested Offering:  $50     Make check payable to Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community


For more information, contact Colleen Walsh-White at irishcolleen613@gmail.com or 973-579-1026.

For information about Sophia, visit website: www.sophiainclusivecatholiccommunity.org



Directions to the Walter Lynch Senior Center, Bldg. 40, Knoll Heights Village,

(39 Trapasso Drive) Sparta, NJ 07871


From I-80 via Route 15


1.  I-80 (from east or west) to Route 15 North


2.  Route 15 North: pass first Sparta Exit: “Sparta, Lake Mohawk, Business District”


3.  Continue on I-15 North to next exit – almost 3 miles

Three signs will say:

“Sparta, Franklin, 1 mile”

“Ogdensburg, Newton, Next Right”

“Sparta, Franklin, Next Right”

4.  Take exit


5.  At end of exit ramp, turn left onto County Route 517


6.  Go through three traffic lights on County Route 517


7.  After third light, at the intersection with Route 181 where the Methodist Church and the Shell Gas Station are on your right, immediately get in left-turn lane and turn left onto Knoll Road.


8.  Within 100 feet, drive almost straight ahead but slightly to the right onto Trapasso Drive


9.  Follow Trapasso Drive about 0.2 miles to Walter Lynch Senior Center on left.

Landmarks: Flag pole, sign and parking lot in front of Senior Center building.



Registration Form for Spirituality and the New Science



Email address:

Best phone number:

Mail bottom of this page with your check to payable to Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community to

Colleen Walsh-White, 20 Wilson Place, Newton, NJ 07860


Our Mary Ann Schoettly, beloved friend and co-pastor of our community has moved on to the next journey of life.  Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly was an ordained Roman Catholic Woman Priest, held Masters Degrees in Theology, Administration and Supervision, and Science, as well as certificates in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction.  Mary Ann was a life-long teacher – teaching biology at Newton high school, theology at colleges, religious education programs (CCD, Confirmation, RCIA, Renew 2000), Stephen Ministry and retreat work, along with courses for other online educational programs. Mary Ann most currently pastored Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, in Sussex County, NJ, volunteered as a Spiritual Caregiver with the Chaplain’s Office at Newton Medical Center, led a Spirituality Group for Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, and facilitated a small faith-sharing community, in addition to volunteering for Pathways to Prosperity in Newton.  She was active in CTA, VOTF and her local Catholic Communities.  We will miss her every single day….with love and peace….

What we’re about…

We are a welcoming, inclusive community practicing the discipleship of equals found in early church communities. All gifts are honored and all gifts are offered in service to the People of God. In each of our lives, we seek to bring the joy, light, compassion and peace of Christ to those around us, especially to those most in need.

Our liturgies serve as an alternative to the regular celebration of Mass experienced in most parishes.  Please Join us!  Come and See!

Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 10am, at the Walter C. Lynch Senior Center in Knoll Heights Village, 40 Trapasso Drive, Sparta New Jersey.

On the 2nd Sunday of each month at 1pm we celebrate at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 100 Harter Road, Morristown, NJ.