The SYNOD at The Church of St. Genevieve
Archbishop Hebda has a dream in which all Catholics are in a small group. He dreams such things because being in small groups can help our faith come more fully to life, can help people come to know Jesus better. Small groups helped spread the good news of Jesus in the earliest days of the Church and they can do it again today.
Starting in Lent 2024 we will begin Lenten Small Groups. Those who lead the groups will have options as to what program their small group would use. It could be a season of the series, The Chosen, a Little Rock Bible Study, a favorite book, the Gospels of Lent, or something else. We will begin signups in January and hope to have multiple time and day options.
To prepare, this fall a Small Group Leader Training is being offered through the Archdiocese. The 7-session training will be held at the Parish Community Center from 7-8:30pm on Thursdays September 21 - November 9 (no meeting on October 19). The training, virtually led by Bishop Joseph Williams, will begin in prayer with faith sharing, a teaching part and discussion before ending in prayer. The training will help you discern your gifts for leading a group and give you tools to do so. Not everyone who attends the training will be expected to lead a small group, but everyone will be better equipped to help the small group leader. Attendance at as many of the sessions as possible is requested.
Archbishop Hebda is inviting us to be bold--let's ask the Holy Spirit for the boldness we need to rise to his invitation.
You are invited to attend the Small Group Leader Training without registering but registering by filling in the survey below will help us better plan.
Please listen to Archbishop Hebda's video message about the Pastoral Letter:
Or listen to the Pastoral Letter and read along with it at the same time at this link.
Read the Pastoral Letter at this link.
Read the Catholic Spirit article on the Pastoral Letter.