To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Nativity is organizing Faith Sharing Groups to study the book, “Divine Mercy”. The study delves into Old and New Testament passages and stories that make known to us that God’s fundamental attribute is mercy. God, revealed in Scripture, suffers with his creatures and has a heart for the poor and lost. Again and again, God demonstrates faithful love for the world and call his people to a joyful and abundant life.
What is small group Faith sharing?
A gathering of people (usually 6-12) that:
- Pray, listen and theologically reflect upon Scripture together
- Share ways the Word of God relates to one’s life experience – connect everyday life with faith.
- Take on responsibility for living as Church in the world
- Encourage and support one another
- Are sent in mission to serve others
Faith Sharing is a process in which we relate the story of the people of God with our own story. We draw a connection between how God has acted - as seen in Scripture, creeds, liturgy and history and how God is acting to draw us closer to God in our own lives. Our personal history; our relationship with the Church; our gifts and vocation; and the context of our lives, with their relationships, responsibilities and opportunities, are reflected upon in faith sharing.
One of the wonderful things about faith sharing is that there are no “right” answers. When we share faith we are sharing from our own experience. Members share what the readings say to them in reference to their own lives.
Faith Sharing groups are Not:
Bible study groups though Scripture is an important part
Counseling groups but they can be therapeutic
Prayer groups although prayer is the foundation
Social groups though relationships and caring are essential
Teaching groups but catechesis (faith
formation) is an essential element
Justice groups although they work to transform society
How Will this benefit my Life?
- Deepening of relationships with God and others
- Challenge to grow as a person.
- Deepening one’s commitment to family, work, neighborhood and community.
- Support in living as a follower of Jesus Christ, working to transform society.
How will the parish benefit?
Parish life studies show that Small Group Faith Sharing yield s long-term benefits. Parishioners are:
1. more interested in on-going catechesis; they pursue Scripture study and take seriously the call to discipleship,
2. more likely to assume parish responsibilities and enter the pool of potential parish leadership, and
3. more involved in evangelization and outreach.
Who should join?
Anyone who wants to grow as a person of faith – adults, young adults, youth and families are invited to participate.