Faith Sharing Small Groups
“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.” – Luke 12:49
Inquire about a faith sharing group today!
Respond to Father Steve’s invitation to enrich your walk of faith by sharing it with others through this powerful opportunity and gift. It is amazing how our own faith is strengthened and enriched by sharing it with others, and how we can experience so much more of what God is saying to us when we are prepared to encounter his Word–join a faith sharing group to experience the transformative power of putting these two approaches together for an hour each week. This experience will help you to become a more engaged and deliberate disciple of Jesus Christ.
What are these?
Faith sharing groups are adult, small (8-12 member) faith-sharing opportunities, which meet weekly to provide relationships in a positive setting that fosters growth as disciples of Jesus Christ and personal accountability. These groups give you a way to strengthen your faith and enhance your experience of God in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist at Mass: engage in a weekly hour gathering to reflect more deeply on the scriptures, to grow in a prayerful relationship with Jesus, and to develop deeper bonds of faith with fellow parishioners.
Who are they for?
Faith-sharing groups are the way the first Christians gathered and continue through today--they are meant for everyone! All parishioners are encouraged to participate in a group. Pursuing this kind of opportunity flows out of the success seen at other parishes, and also from our own parish community’s experiences of RENEW and LIVING THE EUCHARIST. All who wish to be intentional in growing as a disciple of Jesus should participate.
When & where do they meet?
Companions in Christ groups meet in the homes of group members or at the parish in the evenings and during the day. As more join, more groups will be available. Groups are intended to meet weekly for a defined period of time. Plan to be faithful to your group as much as is possible from week to week–this is why the group leaders are asked to start on time with prayer and end on time with prayer at 75 minutes. Though these groups can meet year-round, the parish will promote seasonal opportunities.
What is the material?
Faith sharing groups are meant to enrich Christian discipleship, especially concerning the source & summit of our faith: the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist of Jesus Christ. Groups will reflect on the upcoming Sunday lectionary readings, focusing on each individual’s lived faith as prompted by guiding questions that facilitate spiritual, deep conversation. The material for Companions in Christ groups comes from Emmaus Journey, a free, online resource that provides guidelines and reflections from reputable, theologically sound Catholic ministers across the nation and world. The discussion questions are designed to engage the heart and stimulate conversation around growth in Christian discipleship.
How can I become involved in a Companions in Christ group?
Join a faith-sharing group by signing up online. For assistance, please contact Nick Coffman to find a group that fits your needs. All groups and prospective leaders are asked to register with the parish office to receive materials, training and to receive support from parish staff.
Learn More by watching this instruction video:
Leaders are needed at this time to help direct the group gatherings. As leaders volunteer, there will be both group and individual leader training provided by the Director of Adult Education at the parish. Please contact Nick Coffman if you are interested or have questions.