Here at the Church of St. Mary, we acknowledge that formation of the gift of our faith is a blessing from God to be cherished, nurtured, and grown throughout our lives. Truly, a significant aspect of our Parish Mission statement recognizes that formation of faith is a lifelong process with which each baptized person has been graced.
Young adult, small group faith sharing program
BECOMING THE SALT OF THE EARTH
Young adults in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to join us for small group faith sharing and conversation. How we can incorporate the happiness of the Gospels into our everyday lives? We will look at Social Catholic Teachings and how we can be ‘Salt of the Earth’.
Of course, we will feed you while you are here.
For more information contact Maureen Billa at firstname.lastname@example.org
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
15Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.
16Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
Join us this Lent: Saturday March 16, 23 & 30 @ 6:00pm
Church of St. Mary
7-week Lenten journey with the Sunday Scriptures
WITH JESUS TO THE CROSS
In a small group setting, each week, you will experience prayer, scripture, discussion and personal reflection, that will encourage you to continue your Scripture reading and prayer throughout the week.
How can we come to a deeper understanding of what Christ did for us through the cross? Can the power of the resurrection affect our own
Small group lives? As we reflect on the Sunday Mass readings during Lent using With Jesus to the Cross, we discover that the paschal mystery is the doorway through which we truly become a new creation in Christ. Jesus won our freedom, and now we can shake off the chains that bind us and live our lives in a whole new way!
ALL GROUPS WILL MEET AT THE CHURCH OF ST. MARY AT CLINTON HEIGHTS
Sacred Book Club
Our Christian faith formation does not end with the sacrament of confirmation. Although the Church calls us to continually renew, learn, and evangelize our faith, our busy lives often prevent us from fully devoting ourselves to these efforts. We also spend too little time reading and contemplating sacred Scripture. Yet it is critical for adult Catholics to study the Bible for the fundamental reason that, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” (St. Jerome)
As part of our adult faith formation this fall, the Church of St. Mary is offering parishioners the opportunity to attend a “Sacred Book Club” which will be reviewing the Gospel of St. Luke. This monthly gathering will not be a traditional class with an instructor with students. Instead, it is intended to be an informal group examination of the Gospel that will be guided by facilitators. The intent is to learn about Mark’s Gospel through group discussion that will lead, hopefully, to a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
We are excited to begin the Sacred Book Club, to meet among friends and neighbors to share in an examination of the Bible as part of our continuing faith formation. Taking time to review Scripture is especially important for a reason long ago noted by St. Ambrose; since we were not present to physically witness and hear Jesus when he came into this world, the Gospels enable us to directly connect with Christ when we read about His life, His words, and His deeds. All are invited to attend and may either participate or just listen as we explore and reflect on St. Mark’s Gospel.
The Sacred Book club continues to meet the fourth Wednesday evening of each month.