Prayer Groups

For a directory of our parish Prayer Groups, please click here.


Introduction.  The spiritual movement toward parishioners meeting in small sharing groups for prayer, friendship, and service, is at the heart of the new evangelization.  However, this is not really a new development in the history of the Church.  Rather, it is the restoration of one of the primary components of the old evangelization, in which fellow believers support each other in their quest to make their faith active in love at the core of a Christian lifestyle that is at the heart of their daily lives.  From this core, the gospel spreads to the larger community around us and beyond us.


Membership.  People are invited to meet, either in the homes of fellow parishioners or at the parish facilities, to engage in these small church communities of prayer, friendship, and service.  A suggested format for these gatherings include the following components, but each group can develop their own way of organizing their meetings, in consultation with the pastor as our moderator.


Suggested Format.  The following is a suggested format for holding prayer group meetings.  Prayer groups may also just use the the four "R's" of: Read, Reflect, Respond, and Rest for their meetings.

Gather: We gather together as a community of faith, and place ourselves in the presence of God.  Listen: We listen to the Holy Scriptures and other spiritual writings as the focus for our meditation.  Reflect: We reflect on what we have heard, so that we can share what God is doing in our lives.  Resolve: We resolve to make a difference in the world by living out our faith in practice each day.  Pray: We pray that the inspiration we have received may become a blessing to others this week.

For more approaches to prayer group formats, please research "Lectio Divina" as a spiritual method of personal and group reflection on the Sacred Scriptures for your growth in faith, hope, and love.


Leadership.  The leaders of each prayer group meet together with the pastor on a quarterly basis, to assess the progress of their groups, to share resources for further spiritual development, and to promote the establishment of more prayer groups in our parish community.  The new evangelization, just like the old evangelization, is based on small prayer groups within the larger parish community.  Thank you for helping make our large parish more personal through these small prayer groups!


Directory.  Here is a list of our parish adult prayer groups.  For information about joining a parish prayer group, please contact the parish office.  A good way to start is by attending one of the pastor's meetings.  Our prayer groups usually take a summer break and various holiday breaks.  Please contact the parish office, or consult the online calendar, to confirm the meeting dates.

  • Sundays at 6:00 p.m. - New Evangelization Group, enter in the Narthex
  • Mondays at 7:00 p.m. - Pastor's Forum, enter in the Narthex
  • Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Bible Study Group, enter by the Parish Office or the RE Office
  • Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. - Religious Education Parents, enter by the RE Office 
  • Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. - Deacon's Forum, enter in the Narthex
  • Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. - RCIA Program, enter by the RE Office
  • Fridays at 9:00 a.m. - Pastor's Bible Study, enter by the parish office door
  • Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. - Pastor's Prayer Group, enter in the Narthex
  • For young adults, please contact the parish office about forming your own group
  • For parishioner homes, please contact the parish office about forming your group

To join one of these adult prayer groups, or to start your own prayer group in your home or at our parish facilities, please contact the parish office for information.  God bless you all!


Prayer Life.  All prayer group members are encouraged to attend daily Mass, and to keep up with their daily prayers through Magnificat magazine or another spiritual resource.  Regular Confession is also an important part of our spiritual growth as Intentional Disciples.  In regard to Bible Study, we highly recommend the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible for its excellent footnotes, which are in full accord with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Let us all grow together in faith, hope, and love!


P.R.A.Y.E.R.  Do you know how to pray? The letters of the word "prayer" give us an answer.  "P" is for prepare.  Get ready and focused by reciting prayers, for example.  "R" is for read.  Whether it be from the Bible or another spiritual book, read for inspiration.  "A" is for apply.  Apply the teaching to your daily life.  "Y" is for yield.  Entrust yourself to God's grace to carry out his will in your daily life.  "E" is for exercise.  Execute the plan that you have prayerfully discerned through this process.  The final "R" is for repeat.  This exercise is worth doing better each successive time.  Finally, remember that to "try to pray" is to pray.  Let this kind of daily prayer become part of your lifestyle!

 

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Ignatius Study Bible

For prayer groups who are engaged in Bible Study, we highly recommend the Ignatius Study Bible, which has many helpful footnotes that are based on the Sacred Tradition of our Catholic Christian faith.



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Moving forward in hope,

Leading onward in love,

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For information about the New Evangelization, please click here!  For information about our parish pastoral plan, please click here!


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