The people of Saint Brendan are moving into the Easter season with a new message series called “Bold Moves.” Each week, we’ll highlight a different step you can take to prepare for the bold move God wants you to make.
In last week’s message, Father Roger said that the Church has “the resources and the desire to help you take that next step towards your bold move in faith. Just reach out and we’ll get you linked in, because, as believers, we have to face the future together.” The discipleship step for you to consider last week was getting involved in one of the parish’s crucial ministries of greeting, hospitality, and welcome that bring people together.
This week’s message focuses on the need to prepare for a bold move by learning more about our faith. What God tells us in the bible and through the sacred tradition of the Church will guide and inspire you to move in the right direction. The discipleship step for you to consider this week is joining one of our fifteen thriving small groups or starting one of your own.
“Small groups are an incredible way to get connected to other people,” said Sister Angela, Saint Brendan’s Small Group Coordinator. “But they’re also a an effective vehicle for learning more about the faith.” Every group offers a different topic area as its focal point. For instance, Alpha is a weekly course that fosters thought and discussion about the basics of Christianity over food, drinks, and open conversation. Other groups focus on Marian devotions, study of the Bible, Ignatian spirituality, various spiritual books, the contemplation of God through nature, and the task of living a Christian life as teenagers, young adults, couples, and parents.
“Anyone can start a small group at Saint Brendan,” said Father Roger. “All you need is three or more of your friends or fellow parishioners to commit to meeting regularly to discuss some aspect of faith. We’ll give you all the support and resources you need to get started.” Indeed, a number of new groups will be forming in Fall, including prayer using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, young couples with infants, men, and liturgical movement.
“I can imagine many other interesting groups,” said Saint Brendan Parish Manager, Lisa Rosenlund. “Those drawn to the intellectual tradition of the Church, for instance, may want to consider a study group on papal and conciliar documents, or empty nesters could form a support group to accompany each other in this new phase.”
Whatever your interest or stage of life, small groups are a great place to explore, ask questions, and grow. They will help you go deeper, understand more, and gain knowledge about your faith, all in the supportive environment of people you can trust. For more information, contact Sister Angela at (415) 681-4225, or explore on our website at www.stbrendanparish.org/small-groups.