CONNECT - Small Group Experience 2019 Spring Registration
“CONNECT - Small Groups” Spring Season is ready for you with new, exciting programs. Register for a group (or more) now and enjoy the fellowship of those you see at Mass, learn their names and share the wisdom of other group members. GROUPS WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF APRIL 28, 2019 UNLESS THE FACILITATOR INFORMS OTHERWISE. Current participants - please update your registration.

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Saints for Moms (and Dads)
Parents can sometimes face difficult times. With warmth and wisdom, Lisa Hendey, the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com, continues her work of nurturing hearts, minds, bodies, and souls through the rich tradition of the Catholic communion of saints. Hendey links personal stories, scripture, prayer, and simple soul-strengthening exercises into this rich spiritual resource. The group will study one saint per week to offer companionship and guidance for the challenging, often under-thanked vocation of Catholic parenthood. Find, and share, practical, spiritually rich action steps that help parents incorporate the wisdom and exemplary faith of each saint. The group meets at the facilitator’s home or as agreed by participants. This group invites young children to attend for playtime.
Searching for and Maintaining Peace
This group will be reading and reflecting on "Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart" by Father Jacques Philippe. Fr. Phillipe's book will benefit anyone looking for spiritual guidance in the modern world. What must we do to overcome the moments of fear and distress which beset us and how can we learn to place all our confidence in God and abandon ourselves into his loving care? This group invites young children to attend for playtime.
Beloved
Does Marriage Matter? In our throw-away culture, this is a relevant conversation. Long before cultures or governments ever discussed marriage, God placed on the human heart a longing for the unique, lifelong commitment, and total self-giving love found in the Sacrament of Matrimony. What does God's design mean for us in our daily lives together? A remarkable assembly of experts shows us the answer. This study is for every married couple, whether your marriage is great, good, not so good, old or new or somewhere in between. And if your spouse won’t come with you...that’s ok too. This is a repeat of the popular Beloved program first offered in the January session. Part two of the Beloved will be offered in the Fall session.
Lectio divina and the Gospel
Using the upcoming Sunday gospel and other readings, explore what God is saying to you and what He is calling you to do. Lectio involves hearing the reading, listening for a word or phrase that stands out, hearing the reading a couple more times and then responding to what you hear God saying to you through that reading and what the reading calls you to do. Groups meeting throughout the week at various times.
Living a Christian Life
The session will open with guests Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND who heads the diocesan Parish Life and Development Office, Father Rob Reidy, Sagrada Familia pastor and Camille Gill, managing attorney for Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services will be discussing Catholic Social Teaching and "Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst." The group will also spend time later in the Spring session reflecting on prayers we've been saying since childhood, but maybe have never paid enough attention to - like the "Lord's Prayer" and the "Creed." First meeting will be Wednesday, May 1st in Pfeiffer B, Later meetings will be in the Parish Life Center Lounge. All meetings are Wednesdays and start at 6:30 p.m.
Centering Contemplative Prayer
Learn and practice the habit of centering prayer. Each meeting begins with fifteen minutes of sharing, followed by thirty minutes practicing inner stillness in the chapel. Each week is built around an appropriate liturgical theme and uses an abbreviated form of Lectio Divina with the readings for each week. There’s no need to have any prior experience with contemplative prayer to participate. Regular practice of quieting the mind helps to bring the message of the Gospel into our daily life.
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