Category Archives: Adult Faith Formation

New Summer Evening Scripture Study at St. John Begins Thursday, July 11

Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus

All members of the Collaborative are warmly welcomed to join in a study of God’s Sacred Scripture this summer. The Book of Hebrews highlights both the supremacy and the approachability of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Cost: Little Rock Scripture Study books and Commentary Guides will be available for purchase at our first evening for $17.

Sessions: Thursdays, 7pm – July 11 through August 22

Location: St. John the Evangelist Parish, Powers Hall

New Summer Morning Bible Study at St. Paul Begins June 12

All are  invited to join our Summer Morning Bible Study in June and July.

We shall begin where everything began – The Book of Genesis

Wednesday June 12, 19*, and 26; July 3 and 10
10:30am St. Paul Parish Hall

Books will be available at the first meeting. For more information please contact David Horn.

Stay tuned for an Evening Summer Bible Study coming in July and August!

*On the 19th we will be in the Lower Rectory Meeting Room.

Saturday, March 30: Ministry to the Homebound – A Two-Hour Mini Retreat at St. John

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus sends seventy-two out in pairs to do the work of His mission. Jesus sent these lay ministers out with His authority, with a mission to care for His people, especially the sick. Nothing has changed since that time. Jesus is still very much with us, and seeks to send us out with a commission to spread His love to those who need it. Ministry to the sick and homebound is a unique, intimate and beautiful one.

Sr. Evelyn Ronan will join us for a spiritual journey through this ministry, followed by an informal discussion over breakfast. If you feel called to visitation of the sick and homebound please join us for an enriching morning.

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00am in St. John Chapel

Begins Monday, March 18: “Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future” at St. John

All parishioners in the collaborative are invited to study the work of Dr. Phyllis Zagano, PhD. In her recent book, Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future, Dr. Zagano explores the tremendous growth of the permanent diaconate, and the lingering questions about women deacons. She highlights the evident need for more women in ministry and its subsequent need for careful evaluation of historical roots, contemporary ecclesiastical realities and creative future possibilities for women in the diaconate. In August 2012, Phyllis was appointed by Pope Francis to the Papal Commission for the Study of Women in the Diaconate, which convened in Rome in 2016.

The 4-session study guide for this exploration was written by Sister Donna L. Ciangio, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell and the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Mondays: March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
7:00pm at St. John in Powers Hall

Update on the Summit

Prelates attend the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Evandro Inetti, pool)

Click below to read this update from America magazine:

Pope Francis presents 21-point “road map” to guide discussion at abuse summit

Lent 2019: Renewal


Please click here for our Collaborative Lenten program of liturgies, lectures and events.

Tuesday, February 19: Continuing the Conversation Surrounding Women in the Diaconate

Join us at 7:45pm in the St. John Parish Center Board Room – all are welcome!

Tuesday, February 12: Afternoon and Evening Activities Cancelled

Winter_Weather_CancellationsDue to the predicted storm, all afternoon and evening programs in the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, including Adoration at St. Paul and Marian Movement (Rosary) at St. John, are cancelled. The Book Group scheduled for tonight at St. John has been postponed to Tuesday, February 19.   Please be safe!

Evening for Women: Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30pm at St. John

All women of the collaborative are invited to share in an Evening for Women event as we continue to explore Blessed is She, a year in contemplation of the Beatitudes. Laurie Jacob will join us, sharing her reflections on the impact grief ministry has had in her spiritual life. Laurie holds a Master of Theology degree from Boston College and is a certified Spiritual Director. Laurie was also integral in bringing The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents (a one-day spiritual retreat) to our collaborative. Laurie offers a powerful message of hope found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Please bring a dish to share and gather at St. John in Powers Hall at 6:30pm. Chapel reflection begins at 6:45pm, after which we will break bread together.

Marian Movement Cancelled Tonight

Winter_Weather_CancellationsDue to continuing weather concerns, Marian Movement  (Rosary) is cancelled this evening.