Small Groups offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parishioners while enriching our faith. Those involved in small groups consistently cite a greater feeling of community as well as better clarity in what it means to live out their faith on a daily basis.
Every Advent and Lent, various groups gather together once a week to read and discuss books on faith. We aim to deepen our faith and commitment to Christ and His Church through prayer, fellowship, and learning. The groups meet at different times and places, join one that fits your schedule!
Advent Small Groups
Groups are starting to form and will begin meeting the first week of November. This season, we will be reading:
“Mary: God’s Yes to Man,” St. John Paul II’s Encyclical Redemptoris Mater with an introduction by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict) and Commentary by Hans Urs von Balthasar. As Ratizinger writes, “Advent is a Marian time: the time when Mary made room in her womb for the Savior of the world and bore within her humanity’s hope and expectation. Celebrating Advent means becoming Marian, imitating Mary’s unconditional Yes which is ever anew the place of God’s birth, the `fullness of time’.
As we are celebrating the Centennial Celebration of the Apparitions at Fatima as well as the 500 year anniversary since Martin Luther delivered his 95 theses, this Encyclical is ever-more relevant and meaningful as it is deeply ecumenical, noting that it is Mary’s model of faith that binds Christians together and draws us into the heart of Christ.
If you are interested in facilitating a small group or would like to start a group with your family or friends, please email Kelly Hernandez at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will order books and provide materials. Groups can meet in the comfort of home or there is space available to meet on parish grounds.
Meets every Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm In the Chapel
Have you thought that you should try meditation? Our meditation group is for beginners as well as advanced meditators. This ancient form of Christian prayer, rooted in the Gospels and St. Paul is offered weekly. Come when you can.
Contact parishioner Paul Thompson at 734-646-5591 for more information or just show up.
PRAYER SHAWL KNITTING MINISTRY
“Blanket those in our community in Prayer, Healing and Love.”
Do you like to knit or crochet?
We use the craft of knitting/crocheting to create shawls for those in the community who might derive comfort, warmth, and spiritual sustenance from them. People such as the homebound, chronically ill, those experiencing a crisis, and a mom with a first baby are typical recipients.
The Knitting Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Library, located off the gathering space of the church. To get a broader perspective on what this is all about, visit: www.shawlministry.com
We attach this note: “Crocheted by hand and threaded with prayers of love and hope, this item is a gift to you. May it bring blessings of comfort, gifts of warmth and the knowledge that you are loved. – St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Prayer Shawl Ministry”
For more information, including pattern and yarn recommendations, please contact Kathleen Ardan at email@example.com or 734-717-0685.