I wanted to find a way for us to stay connected to one another, and to continue to help one another grow in the knowledge and love of God! We are starting some online prayer groups that will meet via Zoom! Everyone is welcome to join! I hope this will help the quarantined-at-home crowd to feel connected to our parish family, as well as friends of St. Joseph’s who are former parishioners that have moved to other cities and states!
This is the “online” route I decided to take our parish, rather than a livestreamed Mass. This is active rather than passive, and will- I hope- be an aid to you in building the “domestic Church”, the Church-at-home.
Right now there are four to choose from, with varying times and commitment levels and group sizes!
I don’t think there is any prep time or homework for these (unless your group decides otherwise)
Please make a note in the comments if you would have signed up for a group if there had been space, or if you would’ve joined if something else were offered!
Leader: Sherry Duesing
Next meeting: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7 pm
Our group was formed in 2016, at which time we took on the mission of serving the elderly of St. Joseph’s Parish. We send cards, make visits and make phone calls to the elderly, especially those in our nursing homes and assisted living homes. We have also delivered prayer shawls to the elders for the Prayer Shawl small group. In addition, we are also responsible for taking care of the planning and set up for the Mass of Remembrance to honor our deceased members of our families and friends who had died in the previous year. This is held each year on November 2 at St. Joseph’s Church.
Each meeting opens by members catching up with each other and our families as the group is gathering in our home or on Zoom. We then open the meeting with prayer, during which we include “popcorn” prayers when we ask each other to pray for any special requests that are laying heavy on our hearts.
After we have had conversation and opening prayer, our meetings vary by blocks of time. Sometimes we are studying the Bible; other times it will be sharing about a Saint that we have read about; or perhaps watch a video series together about a spiritual topic. We have also taken a day-long pilgrimage to a local site: such as Cross in the Woods in Indian River. We also spend a meeting or two to plan the Mass of Remembrance. We generally plan the upcoming year during the summer so that we are prepared for a new start-up in September.
We welcome new members to join our group, to learn more about our faith, to grow in our own faith journey and to share that knowledge with others.