Resources for Catholics

 

Faith-Sharing Group Logistics

Faith-Sharing groups are an opportunity for young adult Catholics to build community, create lasting friendships and support one another. Faith-sharing groups often meet over a potluck, informal worship service or to discuss a relevant topic.

Below are some resources, gathered by our 20/30 Leadership Team, about how to start a faith-sharing group. Contact cta@cta-usa.org for more information about how to form a faith-sharing group, or to let us know about the group in your area!

Starting a Small Faith-Sharing Group (from Voice of the Faithful): http://www.votf.org/Voice_of_Renewal/FaithSharingGroups.pdf

Starting a Guerrilla Communion: http://youngadultcatholics-blog.com/2014/01/17/guerrilla-communion-dit-do-it-together/

Prayer/Reflection Resources

Moment by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life:  by Carol Ann Smith and Eugene F. Merz: Book of 32 reflections based on the spiritual exercises. Each reflection questions that could be used for discussion in a small group setting.

Creighton University (Jesuits) Online Ministry: daily and weekly Scripture reflections, audio talks to download, and a 34-week online retreat.

Prayer Windows: http://www.prayerwindows.com/, resources, including a gallery, about how to pray with art, and an online retreat based on the spiritual exercises.

Living With Christ: Monthly missal/magazine. Highlighted writers include Joyce Rupp and James Martin.  Each issue includes two guides for a faith-sharing group; there’s a PDF at the bottom of the link that includes a sample of the guide.  It’s about $25 for a year’s subscription (as of 2013).

Sacred Space: Daily Prayer Online (Irish Jesuits), http://www.sacredspace.ie/: Daily scripture and online prayer, managed by Irish Jesuits. Available in many languages.

Loyola Press 3-Minute Retreathttp://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm#sthash.DyAGTj9C.dpbs, short, daily, multi-media reflections online or via IPhone app. Also available in Spanish.

CRS Operation Rice Bowl Reflections: http://resources.crs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/crs-rice-bowl-for-small-faith-sharing-groups-crs-rice-bowl-2013.pdf, reflection questions for faith-sharing groups to accompany Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten Operation Rice Bowl for solidarity with the poor.

America Magazine “Teacher Resources”http://americamagazine.org/issue/687/100/resources-teachers, popular articles from the magazine on a variety of topics such as social justice, the saints, and Catholicism and politics.

Congregation of Saint Joseph Weekly Peace and Justice Reports: http://www.csjoseph.org/peaceandjusticereports.aspx, concise, one-page reports linking faith and social action on various timely topics.

Clamor for Justice: Network Publication: http://www.networklobby.org/nep/resource/clamor, a fully bilingual publication that “brings Catholic Social Teaching to life through articles and reflection questions.”

Reflections on Advocacy: http://www.networklobby.org/files/advocacy_quotes.pdf, a collection of quotes about faith and social justice advocacy accompanied by photographs and artwork.

Praying With Refugees: http://www.jrsusa.org/Prayers, prayer page of Jesuit Refugee Service; scripture and reflection questions about topics relevant to their work. Online retreat also available.

FutureChurch Magdala Market: https://xfuturechurch.merchantquest.net/store/, some free and many very affordable resource downloads about women in the church and other topics.

Breath of the Spirit: http://www.dignityusa.org/breath, Dignity USA’s spiritual and liturgical resources by and for LGBT and allied Catholics.

Monasteries of the Heart: https://www.monasteriesoftheheart.org/, online monasticism, spiritual nourishment, and group faith sharing managed by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Education for Justice Resources for Prayer: https://educationforjustice.org/resources-prayer, prayers, prayer services, reflections, and retreats addressing social justice issues.

Mary’s Pence Lenten Soup Supper Packets: http://maryspence.org/lent.html