NEXT INFOMRATION SHARING SESSION SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 8:30 - 12:00 IN THE PIPER COMMUNITY CENTER
We, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, consider ourselves a family. Together with the Holy Spirit and the unending support of our pastor, Fr. Eric Ritter, we would like to extend an invitation to everyone to share their faith and love for God with other members of our parish community. A Small Faith Community is the Biblical context for living the life in the Spirit. The first Small Faith Communities existed as means to live and spread the authentic Catholic Faith, which was received from the apostles. These first Catholics were of one mind in faithfully and joyfully living out the call to follow Jesus Christ. “They devoted themselves to the teachings of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers (Acts 2:42).”
In the same way, He is calling us to live out our baptisms with each other just as deep and fulfilling as in the Acts of the Apostles. Small Faith Communities are formed through the power of the Holy Spirit to grow and seek nourishment in the Word of God, sacred Catholic tradition, and the teachings of the Magisterium.
Practical Purposes of participation in a Small Faith Community:
- Encourage the participants to read daily the Word of God.
- Encourage the use of prayer as means for divine intervention in the participants' hearts and lives.
- Encourage the participants to learn about the teachings of the Catholic Faith & Church.
- Encourage participants to grow with each other through testimonies of their ongoing conversions to Christ.
A small faith community is a group of individuals (approximately 8-12, couples, singles, males, females) that meets on a mutually agreed upon date at an agreed upon location and time. The focus of the meetings is lead by the host and their choice of Catholic spirituality. The host strives to prepare a variety of spiritual activities to enhance the Catholic faith, and devotion to the Catholic Church, and to each other. Through these spiritual processes and the dialogue that occurs in reflection and discussion enables the group to not only to share their faith but to grow closer to each other and to God through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. All meetings consist of an opening and closing prayer with the breaking of bread (meal) and fellowship prior to the spirituality focus of the meeting.