Resources for Growth

"Adult faith formation, the center of the church’s educational mission, is a gift, a necessity, a challenge, and an inspiration for every adult today" (Deepening Faith, p. ix)

"Deepening Faith: Adult Faith Formation in the Parish" by Janet Schaeffler, OP
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"Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States"
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Gaudete et Exsultate "Rejoice and Be Glad" On the Call to Holiness in Today's World

Discussion Guide for Small Groups

Gaudete et exsultate is the third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, dated 19 March 2018. It addresses the universal call to holiness, with a focus "to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time". Pope Francis tells us that each of us is called to holiness, to be saints. He invites us to live the Beatitudes as a path to holiness, and shows us that this path can be made up of small gestures chosen each day.

This 5-week discussion guide explores this document to allow us to reflect on Pope Francis' message and apply it to our life. The resource can be downloaded as an A4 booklet, or as separate weekly sheets (4 pages per session).

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Rejoice and Be Glad Discussion Guide Booklet


Week 1- The Call to Holiness

Week 2 - Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness

Week 3 - In the Light of the Master

Week 4 - Signs of Holiness in Today's World

Week 5 - Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment

Evangelii Gaudium "The Joy of the Gospel"

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security” (Evangelii Gaudium, #49)