Prayer Partners: Small groups of fellow believers support each other in faith, hope, and love. These gatherings can be held at home, at church, in a coffee shop, etc. A regular time and place, with about two or three regular disciples, is core component of the Great Spiritual Reset at our parish. Please accept this invitation to start or join a small group of Prayer Partners today. Here are some helpful starter questions for a Prayer Partners small group gathering.
- Knowing: How did I grow in my personal relationship with Christ in the past week? What can I do to deepen my commitment to Christ and his teachings in the coming week? Let us win souls for Christ and promote the salvation of the world through Christ our Savior.
- Loving: How did I grow in my relationship with fellow disciples in the past week? What can I do to deepen my spiritual friendships with other parish community members in the coming week? Let us spiritually build up faithful disciples in prayer, learning, and service.
- Serving: How did I grow in my efforts to practice and share my faith with others in the past week? What can I do to be more fruitful in my spiritual outreach to prospective disciples in the coming week? Let us send forth missionary disciples into the world for Christ!
Conclusion: These gatherings should begin with a Scripture reading and a reflection. They should always end with shared prayer. Nobody should ever leave without setting a time and a place for their next Prayer Partners gathering. Together, let us be an integral part of the Great Spiritual Reset in our Church! For more information about joining or starting a Prayer Partners group, please send an email message to Prayer@StDaniel.org. Thanks!
“God made us to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world, so that we would be happy with him forever in heaven!”
Larger Group Meetings: In addition to the weekly small group meetings of Prayer Partners, the parish will offer regular assemblies for all our Prayer Partners. These larger assemblies will be scheduled on an annual, semi-annual, quarterly, or other basis, in consultation with the small group leaders of our parish Prayer Partners. Here is a sample agenda for these larger group gatherings, which would be coordinated with our small group leaders.
- Gathering: The large group assembly would begin with some form of a fellowship meal, leading up to an opening prayer service, with optional songs of praise or other music. This would take about a half-hour or so.
- Presentation: A spiritual presentation on a key aspect of Intentional Discipleship would help the Prayer Partners grow in their personal relationships with Christ and his Church. This would take about a half-hour or less.
- Small Groups: The small groups of Prayer Partners would then hold their regular weekly meetings, which would include a discussion of the spiritual presentation that was just given. This would take about a half-hour or so.
- Summary: Short reports from each small group could be given. Then the convener would provide a brief summary, and lead everyone in closing prayer, with optional songs of praise or other music.
Conclusion: Further spiritual support and pastoral encouragement for our Prayer Partners may be found in the adult formation programs of our parish. In this regard, the ChristLife course and the parish Catechism course play a key role in the Great Spiritual Reset of the Church! For more information about joining or starting a Prayer Partners group, please send an email message to Prayer@StDaniel.org. We hope to hear from you!
Let us continue to devote ourselves to “the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.”
Information for Prayer Partners: Although you can set up your small sharing group by yourself from these instructions, our parish spiritual leaders are here to help your small sharing group get started, and to provide resources for your continued spiritual growth. Please note that the graduates of our parish ChristLife course are well prepared to both participate in and to lead the Prayer Partners in our parish! Here are three options to consider.
- First Option: You can independently start a Prayer Partners group on your own. Ongoing pastoral support is always available.
- Second Option: You can meet individually or in a small group with a parish leader, who will help you get your group started.
- Third Option: You can attend a general parish training seminar, in which parish leaders will help you become Prayer Partners.
Conclusion: For more information about Prayer Partners, please send an email to Prayer@StDaniel.org. If you register your Prayer Partners group with the parish office, we can send you information about forthcoming programs, events, and updates for our parish Prayer Partners. Together, let us be part of the Great Spiritual Reset of the Church. For more information about the Great Spiritual Reset at our parish, please click here. God bless you always!
Let this be our spiritual goal in life: “Instaurare Omnia in Christo!” – To Restore All Things in Christ!
Special Preparations for Prayer Partners: If you sense that you may not be ready to join our Prayer Partners just yet, here are some ideas to prayerfully consider as you continue on your spiritual journey of faith. We are all here to assist each other through this life on the way to heaven!
- Experiment: Try it out for a while to see whether Prayer Partners is really for you or not – send an email to Prayer@StDaniel.org.
- ChristLife: Take the ChristLife course first to get ready for joining our Prayer Partners – send an email to ChristLife@StDaniel.org.
- Pastor’s Forum: Participate in our Pastor’s Forum to get ready for our Prayer Partners – send an email to Forum@StDaniel.org.
- Spiritual Direction: Explore whether individual Spiritual Direction may be beneficial to you – please click here for spiritual direction.
Thank you for considering Prayer Partners at Saint Daniel Church! As always, you can also contact your priest at Pastor@StDaniel.org. Whatever you decide, we pray that you will become a vital part of the Great Spiritual Reset of 2021 by fully embracing a Catholic Christian Lifestyle in the community of the Church!