While adult faith formation is to be “the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age” (General Directory for Catechesis
, no. 275; Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us
, no. 5), the typical parish scale of resources and efforts is tipped toward the faith formation of children and teens. It’s difficult to get busy adults to any adult faith offering—even if they’re interested in the topic.
Small groups, Christian communities, faith-sharing groups—whatever they’re called in your area—are vital to the faith formation of many adults. Adults often commit to a short-term group and decide to continue meeting. Many groups meet regularly long after parish renewal programs (e.g., Christ Renews His Parish, Renew) during which strong bonds formed. Groups are made up of couples, singles, mothers, retired folks, widows/widowers, businessmen—or a mixture of these and others.
How well are you resourcing the small groups in your parish? What do you know of their interests and needs? Every Day Catholic
is an engaging and user-friendly resource for small groups. Every issue is topical, and the short columns approach the topic from different perspectives.
Topics address the challenges and questions faced by typical Catholics as they try to live their faith in today’s world. Every Day Catholic
helps readers realize that their Catholic faith is relevant.
A free small-group guide
is written for each issue. These guides simplify the job of the catechetical leader and give volunteer facilitators a step-by-step process to follow.
Consider Every Day Catholic
for your small groups in the coming program year. If you’re already familiar with Every Day Catholic
, please take a few minutes to tell us what you think. How do you use it? What do you like or dislike? How can we better meet your needs and serve your parish? Take our short survey
, and we’ll use your feedback to develop new Every Day Catholic
issues. Please complete the survey by May 18. Thanks!