Recommended Books for Small Groups

Title:   Embracing he Kingdom: A Bible Study on Conversion by Rich Cleveland

Description: If your group has never done a Bible study, or are experienced in Scripture reading and study, consider using this book. The study emphasizes applying God’s Word in Scripture to our daily lives, importance of prayer, importance of being part of a community of believers, ongoing work of conversion, and deepening of our faith.

Recommended Meeting Time: 60-90 minutes

Number of Meetings: Can be tailored to meet the needs of the group (6-8 meetings or throughout a year)

 

Title:   Mission of the Messiah by Tim Gray

Description:   If your group wants to do a Bible study on the Gospel of Luke, consider using this book. The study presents the messianic mission of Jesus as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. It also shows how the plan of God revealed in the Old Testament is fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The review questions at the end of each chapter provide fresh material for group discussion (or individual reflection).

Recommended Meeting Time:  60-90 minutes

Number of Meetings:   Can be tailored to meet the needs of the group (eight sessions are provided)

 

Title:   Mystery of the Kingdom by Edward P. Sri

Description:   If your group wants to do a bible study on the Gospel of Matthew, consider using this book. The study focuses on the “kingdom of God” and why it is the heart of Jesus’ teaching. The provocative study questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for group study (or individual study).

Recommended Meeting Time:  60-90 minutes

Number of Meetings:   Can be tailored to meet the needs of the group (11 sessions are provided)

 

Title:   At Home with the Word 2010 by Margaret Nutting Ralph, Daniel J. Scholz, John P. Imler, Maria Leonard, Mary Caswell Walsh

Description:   At Home with the Word is your guide to a deeper understanding of all the Sunday readings for the liturgical year. This year’s annual provides you with all the Sunday readings for Year C, offers insights into the readings from pastoral ministers, and suggests ways to practice the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. With prayers to begin and end your scripture reading, this is a great way to help yourself, your children, and other adults prepare to listen to God’s word at Mass.

Recommended Meeting Time:  60-90 minutes

Number of Meetings:   Can be tailored to meet the needs of the group (enough sessions are provided for the liturgical year)

 

Title:   Love and Responsibility by Pope John Paul II

Description:   Drawing from his own pastoral experience as a priest and bishop before he became Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla has produced a remarkably eloquent and resourceful defense of Catholic tradition in the sphere of family life and sexual morality. He writes in the conviction that science–biology, psychology, sociology–can provide valuable information on particular aspects of relations between the sexes, but that a full understanding can be obtained only by study of the human person as a whole.

Recommended Meeting Time:  60-90 minutes

Number of Meetings:   View the below website for information about how Can be tailored to meet the needs of the group (6-8 meetings or throughout a year)

Websites: 

Starting your own Love & Responsibility (L&R) Discussion Group: http://www.catholicculture.com/new_group.html

Example of structuring a L & R Group:  http://www.catholicculture.com/past_discussions.html

 

Title:   Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West

Description:   According to Pope John Paul II, if we live according to the true meaning of our sexuality, we “fulfill the very meaning of [our] being and existence.” The human body is a “theology” because it is meant to be a sign of God’s own life and love in the world. With clarity and precision, Christopher West unpacks John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, translating it into a language everyone can understand.  Theology of the Body for Beginners explores the profound interconnections between sex and the deepest questions of human existence.

Recommended Meeting Time:  60-90 minutes

Number of Meetings:   Can be tailored to meet the needs of the group (eight sessions are provide)

 

**From http://www.sfcatholic.org/adultformation/Content.aspx?id=480&office=AdultFaithFormation

 

Prayer Resources to use with Small Groups

For those who  want to go deeper in their prayer life in a group setting, below are some links to practical ways to boost your prayer life.

  1. Praying With Ignatius of Loyola by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Marie Schwan
  2. Meeting Christ in Prayer by John E. Sassani and Mary Ann McLaughin
  3. Love, A Guide for Prayer by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Marie Schwan
  4. The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.
  5. Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell