An Update on Small Faith Groups at Christ the King Parish

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I can happily report that our venture into creating small faith-sharing groups during Lent at Christ the King Parish in Chicago has been successful; thanks be to God! Seven groups met for the first four weeks of Lent to reflect on the upcoming Sunday Gospel readings using materials that I provided through my blog. Each group averaged between 10 and 15 participants and met in homes or in the rectory on different days and times, led by parishioners who acted as facilitators.

The groups were very prayerful and, after folks got used to one another and to the format, the discussion was very fruitful and inspiring. I was impressed with the depth of sharing that took place and the wonderful wisdom that was shared. As one participant put it, “There is likely more accumulated wisdom around that table than in many corporate boardrooms or legislative committees!” I’ve no doubt!

Here are a few testimonials from participants.

This was a great idea! We had the hostess with the mostest. Thank you, Michelle! It was great to meet new people from the neighborhood and share thoughts and stories while our babies ran around and we ran after them. 🙂 It is a comforting feeling to know we are never alone in parenting or in prayer! —Jessica R.

It’s been so nice to have a great mix of old and new acquaintances, and Karen has worked hard to present each week. What a wonderful exercise it has been for Lent and for our parish. Brings back memories of the Christ Renews His Parish days! —Carol D.

I’m really enjoying our small group. It’s been very enlightening exploring the Gospels during Lent with my fellow parishioners. I’ve learned so much from the various viewpoints, and Deacon Matt is a great moderator. It’s been a faith-filled experience for me. Thank you for the opportunity! —Tammie S.

We have a lively group where everyone feels comfortable participating and sharing. After citing the text, we bring it closer by sharing what that means in our lives in 2016. Our varying ages are also beneficial, showing how far the Church has come from the Baltimore Catechism. —Mary S.

I enjoyed our meeting very much. Maura and Jim were very welcoming. The group was delightful and the discussion went well. The idea of “words” was brought up. Such a simple concept but I find myself thinking of the importance of words—positive and negative—during the day. I am glad that I joined. Thanks, Joan P.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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