A Lifetime of Advent

November 20, 2017



CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!

Advent is a special time for “Preparing” –  something we are actually doing throughout our Lifetime.  This Advent, we have an opportunity for you to continue preparing with a new spiritual tool by trying out a LIFEgroup (small group) for 3 short weeks.

  1. PREPARATION:  Form a group of 6-8 friends or family members.  Go to the LIFEgroups page and register your group.  *Your group can continue on after Advent with something new or not – your choice!  
  2. HOW IT WORKS:  Your group will hear Fr. Elien’s 3 part-Homily Series “A Lifetime of Advent” each weekend at Mass Dec. 2/3, Dec. 9/10 and Dec, 16/17.  Have at least one person  get a bulletin where you will find the discussion guide to go along with the homily and the video.  Decide where you will meet – making sure you have internet access and a FORMED log-in to watch the video.  The bulletin insert will guide you through your time together!  Eat snacks or share a meal, share your highs and lows, laugh and enjoy this time growing closer to the Lord and each other.

WEEK ONE: CRUX DISCUSSION GUIDE

WEEK TWO: KENOSIS DISCUSSION GUIDE

WEEK THREE: BLAZE DISCUSSION GUIDE

3. GETTING STARTED: The video series ANIMA on FORMED.ORG has three videos and a more in-depth study guide.  If you have never been on the FORMED.ORG website, follow the instructions below.  If you are already on FORMED.ORG, log in, click on STUDY, scroll down to the heading that says DISCOVER THE CATHOLIC FAITH and you will find ANIMIA.  Click on the tile and it will take you to where you can choose which session to watch.  Once you click on a session, if you scroll down past the video, you will find the  discussion guide with all the answers to the questions in the bulletin insert.

  Create your personal login to access FORMED wherever and whenever you want, using smart phones, tablets or computers.

Directions to create a password:  Go to formed.org.  Scroll down to enter the parish password (d7c6d7). Follow the instructions to create your own username and password.  Keep that in a safe spot for logging on to watch ANIMA and to experience your Catholic Faith in a whole new way.  NOTE: video’s on formed don’t seem to stream when using FireFox.  Google and Internet Explorer work well.

“In Advent we rediscover the beauty of all being on a journey … across the paths of time.”   Pope Francis

For questions please contact Linda Abel-Thomas at lmabel-thomas@st-patricks.org