CATHOLIC ADULT FORMATION AND EDUCATION
Director of Religious Formation
Phone: (248) 243-0251
More on Circles
This week, I’m continuing the conversation about small group gatherings for discussion and mutual support. I previously asked if you ever had a time when you just needed someone to talk to? …when you needed someone to listen and not judge? I think we can all agree that this type of support is invaluable. The thing is, though, that …if we are blessed enough to have these people in our lives… they are often the people who we are closest to, and that in itself can be a bit of a problem. How so? The problem is that our family and closest friends aren’t always going to give us objective feedback. Because they, themselves, have a relationship with the individuals involved in your life, they may find it difficult to hear what you are actually trying to say. Their own opinions of the individuals involved comes in and precludes them from that objectivity. One example would be someone having difficulty in their marriage.
A “circle,” or small group gathering, can provide the objectivity that allows participants to simply listen. Freed from all of the mental “clutter” of their own relationship with the individuals involved, they can truly hear what YOU are saying. Added to that is the backdrop of having a group with a shared sense of spirituality, morality, etc. This shared foundation of, in our case Christianity, allows members to understand motivation and aims that non-believers might not be able to understand. They aren’t psychiatrists or councilors, and shouldn’t try to be. A circle is a place where members aren’t trying to “fix” you. They accept you for what you are.
I’ve had a couple people who have expressed interest in starting a circle. One group will be for men, and the other for women who have lost a child through death, miscarriage, infant loss, etc. If either of these groups interest you, if you would like to offer input, or if you have interest in another type of group please contact me.
Peggy Casing, MAPS, MC—Director of Formation
Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251.
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Christian Classics Book Club
Are you looking for a good summer read? Our next book is, Hotel of the Saints, by Ursula Hegi. This collection of eleven short stories would be a great “grab and go” book for the beach, or to drop into a tote for something to read when you want more than a magazine, but don’t have the time to get into an entire novel. Hegi is a bestselling author who “takes rickety, empty lives and sees them beyond their plainness, until they glow with meaning — historical meaning — and become saints” (S. Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times). Read the book over the summer, then join us on September 18, at 7:45 PM, for a discussion with a great group of readers! Feel free to contact me if you’d like further information.
Know Someone in Crisis?
We have a special outreach ministry here at St. Mary’s. We are happy to help those individuals in need of comfort in a time of sorrow, illness, or struggle. We provide that support through prayer and blankets or shawls that are knitted, or crocheted, by members of our volunteer ministry. If you know of a parishioner, or their family member who’d benefit from this ministry, call Peggy Casing at (248) 243-0251.