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Faith Circles

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The idea of Faith Circles has been growing for some time, largely due to the positive feedback we receive for our Lenten and Advent programs. Many people desire to keep their group going throughout the year, noting the benefits of journeying in faith with people they have come to know, love and trust. 

All the evidence shows that living and growing in our faith is best done as part of a small group. It is for this reason that we are introducing Faith Circles – a free weekly small group resource based on the Sunday Gospel Readings and Pope Francis’ Catechesis.

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What is Faith Circles all about?

We usually attend church in rows, often with limited interaction with our sisters and brothers in Christ. As the name suggests, Faith Circles aims to turn these rows into circles, bringing about:

  • A sense of belonging and sharing of life through the lens of faith
  • A growing knowledge of faith
  • Group and personal prayerfulness and encounter with the risen Lord
  • Growing confidence to share faith with others, to evangelise
  • A place to invite people who are not attending church but who want to grow in faith

Three's a crowd

We’ve all heard the saying three’s a crowd. When Catholics come together in faith there is always an additional presence, as the Lord is true to his promise that, “For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them” (Matthew 18:20). For this reason we are encouraging people to form Faith Circles in their church community.

How to start and run Faith Circles

Faith Circles are easy to start. Just get two or more people keen to share faith and life and pick a time and a place to regularly meet. Sign up for our emails and we will send it to you, for free! You can then print the handout or maybe just read it straight off a smart-phone or tablet!

We are meant to be a growing Church! Faith Circles isn’t meant to be a closed club! Yes, it is a great resource to nurture those who come to Mass, but more importantly, Faith Circles provides a forum to draw back people disconnected from Church because of the welcome and care of a small group and an encounter with Jesus through prayer.

In other words, if your group isn’t growing over time, you are doing it wrong! When groups get to 6-8 people it is time to start talking about splitting, and figure out as a group, who you are going to invite to join you next?

You might start Faith Circles with members of your Lenten or Advent group. You might kick it off with three or four people you have coffee with. You may have some friends who love a morning walk, or a group of teachers who want to come together for prayer, well Faith Circles can be the catalyst for sharing life and faith together, and a deepening walk with Jesus. It doesn’t matter if you go for five minutes or an hour, the Holy Spirit turns up when we come together!

What is the Faith Circles resource?

Faith Circles will be a double-sided A4 sheet, based on Pope Francis’ Weekly Catechesis, with reflection questions and prayer points. It will be available to download via email subscription (see above to subscribe) or here. Faith Circles is free, no strings attached, we just want Catholics to be nurtured by doing life and faith in groups, not on your own! You can print as many copies as you like.

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Introduction to Faith Circles
WEEK 1 - Why have a Jubilee Year of Mercy?
WEEK 2 - The signs of the Jubilee
WEEK 3 - God was a Child
WEEK 4 - The Mercy of God
WEEK 5 - God hears our cry and makes a covenant
WEEK 6 - Mercy and justice
WEEK 7 - The Jubilee in the Bible: Justice and sharing
WEEK 8 - Mercy and power
WEEK 9 - Mercy and Correction
WEEK 10 - Mercy and Service
WEEK 11 - Mercy and Consolation
WEEK 12 - The Easter Triduum During the Jubilee of Mercy
WEEK 13 - Mercy Blots Out Sin at the Root
WEEK 14 - The Gospel of Mercy
WEEK 15 - Mercy and Almsgiving
WEEK 16 - I Desire Mercy, and Not Sacrifice
WEEK 17 - The tears of the sinful woman who is forgiven
WEEK 18 - Go and do likewise
WEEK 19 - Mercy and reconciliation
WEEK 20 - The little lost sheep
WEEK 21 - The Merciful Father
WEEK 22 - Mercy like Piety
WEEK 23 - Poverty and Mercy
WEEK 24 - Prayer as a Source of Mercy
WEEK 25 - Humble Prayer Obtains Mercy
WEEK 26 - The First Sign of Mercy: Cana
WEEK 27 - Mercy is Light
WEEK 28 - Mercy and Conversion
WEEK 29 - Mercy Purifies the Heart
WEEK 30 - Works of Mercy
WEEK 31 - Compassion for a Mother
WEEK 32 - Mercy as the Instrument
of Communion
2nd Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Baptism of the Lord
3rd Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Light of Faith
4th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Be-attitudes
5th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - A Light for the World
6th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - The Virtuous Life
7th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Love Your Enemies
8th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Trust in God
1st Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Into Temptation
2nd Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Being Transformed
3rd Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Thirsting for the Water of Life
4th Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Yearning to See
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