90 Participating in Year of Mercy Small Faith Groups

small group for Year of Mercy

Earlier this month, my parish, Christ the King, began hosting six small faith groups with 90 total participants gathering weekly for four weeks to reflect on Scripture passages related to the Year of Mercy.

  • Two of the groups are being led by our Associate Pastor, Fr. Matt Litak, while the other four are being led by parishioners, including me.
  • Two of the groups are meeting in the rectory, three are meeting in homes, and one—my group—is meeting in the private room in a local pub (ala Theology on Tap!), just a mile from the parish.
  • Groups are meeting on Sunday afternoons, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, and Wednesday and Friday mornings.
  • We are using materials for the Year of Mercy that I made available here last month.

We are particularly proud of this level of participation since, on any given weekend, our Mass attendance hovers around 500, which means that we have nearly 20% of weekly Mass attendees participating in small faith groups! Here is a post from a couple of years ago on what’s involved in hosting small faith groups.

(Above is a picture of my group meeting during the first week.)

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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.

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