The Church of West Austin is offering a series of free movies to explore “What Is My Purpose?”


At some point in everyone’s life, introspection begins and you ask yourself, “Why am I here? What is my goal ? What happens when I die?

To answer these questions, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5455 Bee Cave Road, is offering a free film series called “The Search” to explore these topics and more in seven episodes, followed by table discussions from the May 3. which run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. most Tuesday evenings through June 28, are open to all.

Easter is a time of renewal and the most hopeful day in the Christian faith. So Pastor Dean Wilhelm invites everyone to explore the central questions of their life without judgment or arm-twisting in Westlake Catholic Church.

“The intention is to invite people in search of their purpose, to enter the shallow waters rather than the deep. It’s just an invitation,” he said. “If they choose There is no obligation to participate in this program.The purpose is not to recruit members into the Catholic Church, but to expose someone to the opportunity of a personal relationship with Christ. “

The high-quality cinematic videos were produced by the Augustin Institute, named after the influential Christian philosopher and theologian Saint Augustine. Several experts from the fields of science, medicine, psychology, art and religion examine the place of humanity in the history of our existence.

Each session will last two hours. Speakers are invited to share dinner and discussions in small groups. People do not need to attend every session.

According to “The Search” website, “whether you’re an experienced investigator or a jaded skeptic, the film series will speak to you,” either reassuring your faith, finding your faith, or challenging your thoughts and leaving you with think a lot about.

Wilhelm hopes that fulfilling human interaction will be an added benefit for those attending the film series and talks.

“I think a lot of people yearn for that now in the post-COVID world,” he said. “We have become very disunited, but things like this will bring people together.”

Naturally, church attendance has declined during pandemic closures, but research studies have shown that it started to decline before.

“People disaffiliated from organized religion, because of the secular culture,” Wilhelm said. “Now we have generations of children who grew up with no experience in organized religion of any denomination. If your parents are very secular and practicing faith is not important or part of of your life, it is much more difficult for it to be passed on to the next generation.

“Our offering is to take people on a simple walk to encounter a personal relationship with Christ, with no definite expectations in mind,” Wilhelm said. “My prayer is that the people who need to be there will be.”

‘The research’

For more information and to register, visit sjnaustin.org/thesearch.

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