The purpose is to help parish adults break open the Bible to more fully understand its message, its context, and how it relates to their lives. We will have day and evening groups to accommodate busy schedules.
Would you like to join a Bible Study? Contact the parish office at 616-754-4194.
Adult Faith Formation Small Groups coming in the Fall
Is this “new news” or “old news”? It’s both, but more importantly, it’s GOOD NEWS!
We have had small groups in our parishes for years. They typically have been groups of 5-10 people led by a facilitator doing a Bible Study, using materials recommended by our Adult Faith Formation coordinator. While the topic or study has been the same for all the small groups, the individual groups choose the time and location to meet that works for them, purchase their study guides, and the coordinator provides the schedule and DVDs for use. In addition, there are other small groups that have formed flowing out of Cursillo retreats and parent groups of schoolchildren.
The “new news” is that we will have more choices available. The need for these choices has grown out of the fruitful experiences of groups that desire to stay with a topic longer, along with initiatives from the Grand Rapids Diocese, and excellent programs from Formed.org. This is not to overwhelm people with the thought, “I can’t do all of these!” We ask that you consider choosing one.
If you have been part of a small group, invite someone new to join you. If you haven’t, be open to the great benefits of starting a group or joining an existing group. We live in a challenging world that needs the goodness, truth, and beauty of the Catholic Church. We can grow in our knowledge of this so as to be holy witnesses in our homes, parishes, and community.
Registration begins in September
Genesis Part II: God and His Family – 12-week study Cost $14.00
Chapters 12-50 of Genesis uncovers the rich details of the life of Abraham and the history of his descendants, the very human family through whom God promised to eventually right all that had gone wrong in creation.
In this study, you will encounter the infinitely tender love of God for humanity and observe His relentless initiative to do whatever it takes for men to know and love Him as He originally intended.
Come to understand Jesus and the Gospel better by the study of Genesis. See how the Catholic Church has taken seriously every word of truth in this book and enables us to remain connected to God’s original design for His creation. Times already scheduled: Sunday at St. Charles 10:30 a.m. – noon, Monday 1:00- 2:30 p.m. home study. Tuesday at St. Charles 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday at St. Joseph 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., and Thursday at St. Charles 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Sessions will begin the second week of October.
Symbolon: Knowing the Faith – 10-week study Cost $10.00
Too often, we try to live a faith we don’t know or understand. Some of us stumble along with it, going through the motions. Others simply walk away. That’s why the time is right for Symbolon: Knowing the Faith. Presented by the most trusted and compelling teachers and filmed around the world with stunning cinematography, Symbolon: Knowing the Faith explains the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a way that will inform our minds and inspire our hearts. Groups will form based on preference of day and time.
Diocese of Grand Rapids initiative: Healing Our Church – 6-week study October-November Cost $8.00
The recent wave of news about clergy sexual abuse and the coverup by some Church leaders has left many of the faithful angry and shaken in their relationship with the Church. Amidst the other difficulties the situation presents, how do dioceses and parishes find a way to minister to these hurting parishioners?
RENEW International has created Healing Our Church, a small-group resource that faces the issue head-on and helps the faithful begin the healing process and move forward, with the clergy, as a family of faith. Times already scheduled: Sessions will begin the second week of October Wednesday at St Charles 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday at St. Joseph 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Book Study The Body Reveals God – 9-week study Cost $14.00
Whether you’ve never heard of Theology of the Body or you’re familiar with St. John Paul II’s jam-packed lectures, this book is for you. You’ll gain new understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches – and why – as you read through St. John Paul II’s profound Scriptural reflections on the whole panorama of salvation. Best of all, this book can be read either individually or as part of a discussion group in order to break open the challenging vocabulary to strengthen your faith and to impact the lives of those around you.
Please prayerfully consider which of these topics you may be called to explore. Look for times and locations coming soon. Contact Molly with questions or interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.