Adult Faith Formation and Events in the Seeker of Souls & Good
Shepard Area Faith Communities of Our Lady of Manannah, St. Gertrude's in Forest
City, St. John's in Darwin and St. Philip's in Litchfield.
The Scripture Meditation Ministry:
If you are being called by the Spirit to reach out to people in our
communities through the scriptures, contact Mike McNeil @ 693-7801. New
ministers have the option of which of several sites to visit as a team.
If God is acting in your life, sooner or later you probably notice a
desire in your heart to reach out to people and share the good news. You
may have already informally done this. Or you may have served in a
formal church ministry before.
part of the scripture ministry team is a formal ministry of the Church,
like being on the RCIA team or serving as liturgical minister, in that,
you are sharing your gifts with others with the blessing of the formal
blessing of the Church. Unlike holding a informal bible study in your
home being part of scripture meditation is under the guidance of the
Area pastor and you are representing the Church. If you are visiting the
jail you will need to fill out and send in a back ground check.
It is hoped that being active in SM you will:
Grow in your identity as a lay ecclesial
Grow in you familiarity with scripture meditation that one day, if
God asks, you could direct a similar program.
Share God’s love with the marginalized people
in our community.
OK, OK so what do we do?
Well technically we pray the scriptures with a small group of people
using a Lecio Divina style of prayer. See and follow the instruction on
our Lecio Divina sheet.
the Lecio Divina style because we are encountering ordinary or even
challenged people. We want to allow time for the Spirit to engage the
heart more than we want to pass on bible facts. Notice, we want to
welcome the Spirit into our group more than anything else.
The idea of reading to discover a
meaning beyond the literal sense of the biblical text, was perhaps first
articulated by Origen in third century. He described scriptural reading
for the purpose of finding a hidden message from God.
Two hundred years after Jesus’ death
and resurrection people began to move into the dessert to dedicate
themselves to a life of prayer. They would spend their time in private
prayer, and with crafts that they would make and sell in town for food.
They would also come together for prayer. Even today this is the style
of prayer of many monastic houses.
Lecio is done well people contribute and conversation moves around a
circle of learners. It is tempting to allow conversation to move in a
top down manner. This is the university model of bible study which
dominates in our day. Lecio Divina is the way the church approached
scripture before universities came into being.
times team members will use a signal of tapping the lecio sheet and
saying , “We are getting off track.” That is a signal for the other team
member to help focus the group back to the questions on the
really don’t need to remember much since we really learn by doing.
formal (and trained) lay ecclesial minister you are asked to: 1. Wear
a cross when you are visiting.
and bring a ministry folder with you.
This will have the schedule, a bible story or two, the Lecio Sheets for
a group, the prayer of Oscar Romero, a note pad, and the history of
Lecio Divina. You need to always bring your folder because what if your
partner forgets their folder? The show can go on.
The Annual Pedal
bikers on the 2013 Pedal Pilgrimage enjoyed nearly perfect
cycling weather as they made their way from St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church
in Forest City to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring Minnesota.
pilgrims join about 300 people atop of Chapel Hill for Mass afterwards they
had pizza in town and were either picked up by friends and family or were
driven back to Forest City to load up their bikes.
pilgrimage is always on August 15, the feast of the Assumption, and open to
folks of all faith traditions.
Formation in the
Shepherd & Seeker of Souls AFC
Sunday Morning Four Week Introduction to Catholicism:
Gertrude’s, 9:00 a.m., for people who may want to join the
Church, are new to the faith, or who want to brush up on their faith. These
video viewing and discussions being the week of Sept 15 and continue into
Monday Night Catechism of the Catholic Church:
At St. John’s Darwin at 7 p.m. Start Date TBA.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study:
At St. Philips, 9:30 a.m., Acts of the Apostles with Jeff Cavins DVD
Bible Study, Starts .Sept 24th–Apr. 1st
Tuesday Night Catholic Movies:
At St. Philips, 7:00 p.m., a very casual evening of movies and popcorn in
the parish hall, running every Tuesday.
First Tuesday, Eucharistic Adoration:
9:30 a.m. concludes with at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Morning bible study:
At St. Gertrude’s, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., every Wednesday, Book study of Ed
Sri’s Dawn of the Messiah ($10.99) by Ed Sri, Sept 18 to Nov. 20th
Wednesday Reflection on the Sunday Readings:
At the Education Center, come for reflections at 6:20pm.
First Friday, Eucharistic Adoration:
at 8:30 a.m., concludes with Benediction at 5:00PM.
Friday Eucharistic Adoration
At Manannah, 6:30 a.m. with Benediction before 7:30 a.m. Mass.
Daughters of Isabella women’s retreat, at St. Philips. 8:30 a.m.
to 2:00p.m. Fr. Paul Schumacher’s talk is “Really Jesus-you want me to
live the Beatitudes?”, Coffee, talk ,lunch and Mass. The cost is $12,
pre-register by calling Sylvia Johnson at 320.693.2039
Around the Area
September 28, Olivia, New Ulm’s Faith Formation Day for Catechists
Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 19 New Ulm Council of Catholic Women workshops
Oct 12, 2013, All Day Rediscover Catholic Celebration St. Paul MN
Saturdays 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM, Marshal MN Foundations