Small Church Communities
As our parish community changes and grows with the consolidation of our churches, we want to be sure no one gets lost in the shuffle. Fewer priests means less availability to minister to individual people. This means we have to take responsibility for helping each other to grow closer to Christ in as much as we can. We're not diminishing the value of priesthood by any means - we still need priests for the Sacraments and teaching and so many things! But we can help each other when it comes to sharing our stories and being there for each other during the ordinary (and extraordinary) moments of our lives.
Much like the early Church, in small groups, also known as small church communities (SCC) we will learn how to devote ourselves to the teaching of the apostles (the Church), the communal life (support each other in how to practically live our faith in the world), the breaking of the bread (increase importance of the Eucharist and all Sacraments), and to prayer (learning to pray more intently individually and together).
Since Lent of this year we have been training leaders and meeting together to plan the best way to implement these groups and get people off to a great start. Small Church Communities aren't for "religious" people; they are for everyone, even those with busy, demanding schedules.
Each group leader will host their group either in their home or somewhere in the churches. A variety of times are offered.
Questions? Contact Amy Mosbacher at 814-336-1112.
Small Church Communities will run weekly from the first week of October to the third week of November, then pick up again the third week of January and run to the third week of February. When not meeting weekly, the groups will meet every other week to focus on praying with the Sunday Scriptures.