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12 Four County Catholic October 2010

Growing into Christian Community with Why Catholic?

Starting this month, parishioners ter Veronica Mendez, R.C.D., the parishes which offer their members
throughout the Diocese of Norwich Pastoral Services representative to the this small Christian community
will experience Why Catholic?/¿Por diocese from RENEW International, process, provide a meaningful way
delivered a series of workshops for for people to grow in faith, talk about
By Deirdre Malacrea
volunteers from participating God, meet new people, and put faith
qué ser católico? for the first time. This parishes who will lead the small com- into action. Each person contributes
journey towards a deeper and richer munity experience. in some way to the development of a
Catholic faith takes place in the con- Workshop atten- healthy and positive
text of the “small Christian commu- dees lauded Sister community dynamic.
nity.” According to Small Christian Veronica for her ex- Sister Veronica offered
Communities: A Vision of Hope cellent job preparing a few tips to help “Why Catholic? Fits Parishioners to a ‘T’”. Two members of St. Mary’s
from RENEW International, “The the leaders in their parishioners have the Parish, Coventry show off their enthusiasm for Why Catholic? the adult
small Christian community is a face- role as facilitators for most rewarding possi- faith formation process beginning throughout the diocese.
to-face gathering of six to twelve peo- the new groups. ble experience as part
ple who invest time with one another “Sister Veronica was of their small Chris- Catholic Catechism for Adults. Then comments, the key is to still treat
for the common purpose of applying fabulous. She under- tian community: reflect on and observe how the ses- each person with respect.
Gospel values to every aspect of their stood how to relate Prepare— A few sion’s topic relates to your daily life as Express Yourself—Your input and
lives.” From the earliest moments of to us and helped to days before your small you go through the week leading up sharing is important to the health of
Christianity, small communities have allay any fears I had group gathering, read to your meeting. the group, too. Have the confidence
been a means by which people have as a leader,” commented Mrs. Kathy the coming week’s session, including Listen—During the meeting, lis- to offer your insights and experiences
been called to deepen and grow in Bergeron, a Why Catholic? leader the Scripture passages. You may wish tening is a key part of the experience. in a brief fashion.
their relationship with God. from St. Joseph Parish, New Lon- to delve into a topic by consulting Giving your total attentiveness to Relax—God is present and loves
In preparation for the upcoming don. the Catechism of the Catholic others includes turning toward and each person. Trust in the goodness of
small community faith-sharing, Sis- According to Sister Veronica, Church, or the United States looking at the person speaking and the people around you. Smile often.
letting go of your own comments Christian community is meant to be
until the person finishes. a joyful sharing with one another.
Support—Thank others for new The diocesan coordinators for
insights that were shared. Encourage Why Catholic? encourage parish-
one another by expressing concern ioners to still consider participating
for needs, and taking a moment for in a small community, adding, “It is
prayer for that person. Ask a quieter never too late to join a group for
person to share during a one-on-one Why Catholic? or ¿Por qué ser
conversation. católico?” For more information,
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