Adult "School of Prayer"
I have been discussing and planning different prayer opportunities for our parish with a team of parishioners (School of Prayer” team). We have a vision that is actually the vision of the Church: To create and grow Disciples of Christ in our Catholic Community at St. Jude of the Lake Church.
The “School of Prayer” team has focused on finding ways to increase adult prayer, knowledge of our Catholic faith and involvement in the church. This would be accomplished by providing speakers and classes to grow in the teaching of the church, creating small faith groups to build community and encouraging new members to take part in our small faith groups or in ministry. This team has already lined up speakers and retreats for the next two years.
To fully take advantage of these upcoming opportunities, I would like to strengthen and create small faith groups in our community now. I would love these small faith groups to gather and discern the direction the Holy Spirit wants us to go as a parish.
These small faith groups could build on the bonds already created within a group you are in (e.g., choir, parish council or book clubs, etc.). I would love to see these groups further come together in prayer and in support of the overall St. Jude parish vision. What I envision is that all the groups come together and receive a teaching that each group would then take to their small group to further explore and apply to their ministry/lives. I think we could learn a lot from each other, while at the same time, continue to explore Christ’s call for you in the small Christian community that you are already in.
How would we make all of this happen? I would like to use the “Called and Gifted” workshop, a process of discernment that some in the parish have already begun. The “Called and Gifted” workshop, which would be led by me, is a three part discernment process intended to help lay Catholics discern their charisms given to us by the Holy Spirit.
While this may be a different approach from what you have preciously experienced in your faith journey, there are a number of parishioners that have participated in the “Called and Gifted” workshops in the past year and are excited by the possibilities they are learning about in their own lives and for the overall parish.
The fathers of St. Joseph is a confraternity of men who follow the timeless wisdom and example of the man who was father to the Son and son of the Father. With St. Joseph as our leader, each father strives to become as he became – an icon of God the Father. As God the Father entrusted His Son to St. Joseph’s care, we also strive to entrust ourselves as children, who are fathers, to this father who will teach us to father, and lead us to the Father. This way of fatherhood is called Joseph’s Way – The Call to Fatherly Greatness. Join us on this journey to discover the power of authentic fatherhood.
Join us on this journey every 1st & 3rd Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in the church. All men welcome!