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Adult Faith Sharing

Welcome to St. Mary's Adult Faith Sharing page. Here you will find information on several faith sharing groups that meet regularly, along with some information on additional ways to enrich and share your faith.

Wednesday Night Men's Discussion Group: A men's discussion group has been meeting since April 2013. The group typically discusses a book relevant to our faith or a topic of the group's choosing - with or without a featured speaker. Past readings have included Pope Francis' exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospels" and the book "Jesus: A Historical Portait" by Daniel J. Harrington, SJ. Going forward, meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 730 to 900pm in the St. John Room. All men are welcome. Join us for some faith enrichment and fellowship.

Wednesday Morning Men's Faith Sharing: The Men's Faith Sharing group meets on Wednesday mornings from 630-730am in the St. John's room. We read and discuss the upcoming Sunday gospel and other resources relevant to our faith.

The daily scripture readings can be found by clicking on the appropriate date on the following web page
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website

The group has been meeting for over 13 years and is open to all men, regardless of faith or parish.

No advance preparation is required. Do come join us!! You will find it very enriching. Coffee, juice, and a small snack are provided.

Wednesday Morning Women's Faith Sharing: This group meets Wednesdays at 915am in the Chapel. All are welcome! No preparation is needed. The group follows the Lectio Divina format of discussion, reflection, and faith sharing focusing on the upcoming Sunday gospel. The group closes with a prayer, usually within an hour.

Thursday Morning Faith Sharing: This group is open to both men and women and meets Thursdays at 915am in the Coffee Run Room. All are welcome! No preparation is needed.

Additional Opportunities for Faith Sharing

Click on the titles below to be forwarded to websites with information on how to further share and increase your faith with friends, co-workers, or family:

WilCYA - Wilmington Catholic Young Adults: A young adult community seeking to re-establish a young identity in Wilmington. A community and a network, WilCYA exists to meet the social, spiritual, and intellectual needs of young adults (ages 21-35).

Annual St. Mary’s Men's Cornerstone Retreat: A 26-hour retreat held at St. Mary's for men to connect, share, and grow closer to our Lord. The 5th annual 2018 Cornerstone retreat will be held on February 2-3, 2018.

Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center - Wilmington DE: Local retreat house offering workshops, retreats, group prayer and spiritual direction opportunities. Located at 2501 Milltown Road just off Kirkwood Highway.

Cape May Marianists Family Retreats: Family retreats in Cape May Point NJ

Layman's Retreat League - Malvern PA: Retreat house in Malvern PA offering weekend group and individual retreats year round.

Annual Philadelphia Men's Spiritual Conference: The 2018 annual conference will held on March 3 at St. Joseph University's Hagan Arena.

Annual Maryland Men's Spiritual Conference The 2017 annual conference will be held in the March 25 at Morgan State University with guest speaker Scott Hahn.

Catholic Men for Jesus Christ (Central NJ) The 2018 annual conference will be held in the February/March timeframe at a location in New Jersey. Periodic Evening of Reflection events are also held throughout the year.

Online Resources

Catholicism DVD Series: In this 10-epsiode DVD series entitled “Catholicism”. Father Robert Barron leads viewers on a virtual pilgrimage to holy places and significant sites in the history of Christianity, bringing our faith alive on video. This groundbreaking series gives a visual context to the Bible, the Catechism, our practices, and our traditions.
Video trailers and media ordering information may be found on the website.

Symbolon DVD Series: The Catholic faith is explained by some of the best contemporary Catholic speakers and educators in this 20-epsiode DVD series produced by the Augustine Institute.
Video trailers and media ordering information may be found on the website.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Catholic information including an online Catholic Bible.

Catholic Diocese of Wilmington: Serves Delaware and the eastern counties of Maryland. Includes a listing of all Catholic parishes in the Diocese along with their address, phone number, and website.

St. Mary of the Assumption Church - Hockessin DE: Mass schedules, ministries, parish history, etc. Daily mass offered at 630am and 830am Monday thru Friday and 830am Saturday.

Catholic Information Service: Online booklets and audio resources courtesy of the Knights of Columbus. Series include: New Evangelization, Luke E. Hart lessons, Veritas lessons.

The Catholic Directory: Find a church in the U.S. or worldwide. Great resource when traveling for vacation or business.

FaithND - University of Notre Dame faith website: Sign up for daily reflections sent to your e-mailbox.

The Neumann University Institute for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development: Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. Believes that sport possesses an inescapable spiritual and ethical dimension that merits academic exploration and practical application.
Through the lens of athletics, transforms perspectives and inspires behavior that reflects a n awareness to God's presence in our lives.

Dynamic Catholic: Catholic resources – books, audio CDs, videos, events. Founded by Catholic motivational speaker Matthew Kelly.

Lighthouse Catholic Media: Audio CDs featuring Catholic speakers. Many parishes have a Lighthouse display rack where you can pick up the latest CDs. Suggested donation $3 per CD to defray costs. At St. Mary's, look for the large wooden CD rack in the gathering space.

St. Joseph’s Communications: Catholic CDs and DVDs.

American Catholic: Catholic news and information.

America: The National Catholic Review: Excellent & reliable background article on Catholics' study and/or prayerful reading (lectio divina) of the Bible.

The Jesuit Post: News and columns written by members of the Jesuit religious order of the Roman Catholic Church.

Busted Halo: Faith website under the direction of the Paulist Fathers which reaches out to “seekers who are desperately trying to find deeper meaning in their lives but whose journey has little to do with traditional religious institutions… In their 150 years as missionaries to North America, the Paulists have been on the cutting edge of publishing, radio, TV & film, and now the internet.”

Cross Links: Insights into the weekly Sunday Gospel and short essays on relevant topics by Father Herb Yost of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.

Sacred Space: Commentaries on the daily Mass readings on a praer site run by the Irish Jesuits.

Service Opportunities

Knights of Columbus: International Catholic fraternal, service, and evangelical organization with more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Click on “Become a Knight” to find a Council or Assembly near you.

Knights of Columbus - Coffee Run Council #6768: Local council serving the Newark and Hockessin DE communities. Meets at St. Mary of the Assumption.

St. Mary of the Assumption: Opportunities for men abound in this large and extremely active parish, whether your interest is in faith enrichment and sharing, church and community service, or working with youth (athletics, scouts, catechists).

Interested in learning more about becoming Catholic???

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults: This is the process for those adults being fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. It is also an opportunity for adult Catholics to grow in their faith by being sponsors or part of the RCIA team. Contact Deacon John or Flora Giacci at (302) 239-7100, Ext. 32 to inquire.

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