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Small Groups Lenten Study – More Fun with Friends!

Are you ready for a Lenten Study for your Small Group? Give this study a try; free through ENGAGE using St. Matthew Flocknote.

Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Lively Virtues
8 weeks (Beginning the week of February 10)

You can meet in your small group meeting space or virtually. (See below for tips on meeting virtually.)

Free PDF of Leader and Study Guides through wofdigital.org. You have a free membership through St. Matthew. See below for details.

Based on Dante’s writings, Bishop Barron shows us how to counteract the seven deadly sins,  pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice and lust, through a conscious process of opposition, which are the “seven lively virtues.”

The seven lively virtues offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness.

How to access the Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues Series with leader and participant guides.

To get access to Word on Fire ENGAGE, you will need to access your Flocknote and sign-in.
To access Flocknote visit: https://stmatthewcharlotte.flocknote.com/dashboard.

Once logged in to Flocknote, click “My Dashboard” and a big banner will appear with an orange button that says “Visit WoFDigital.org.” 

From there you can search through all of Bishop Barron’s studies free to you from St. Matthew. Find Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Lively Virtues study. From there you have access to each video and all study materials for both leaders and participants.

Small groups are for everyone! They are generally around 5 to 12 people. Small groups often have a central book or video program that is used to foster conversation and faith-sharing. Suggestions will be provided here! 

Yes! you can still meet digitally online to stay connected. Ask us how, send an email to jstumbo@stmatthewcatholic.org

 FORMED 

Follow these simple instructions to register for FORMED.
Go to formed.org/signup
Select your parish
Register with your name and email address
Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED

Meeting with your small group using ZOOM

Watch this short video by Colin Maclver from Ascension Press to see how you too, can effectively run a virtual Small Group during quarantine.

Small Group Studies

Saints for the Month

January

1    Mary Mother of God

2    Saint Basil, Bishop and Doctor

2    Saint Gregory Nazianzen Bishop and Doctor

3    Epiphany of the LORD

4    Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

5    Saint John Neumann Bishop

10  Baptism of the Lord

13   Saint Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop and Doctor

17    Saint Anthony of Egypt Abbott

20    Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr

21    Saint Agnes

23    St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr

24    Saint Francis de Sales Bishop and Doctor

Our Lady, Queen of Peace

25   Feast: The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

26    Saint Timothy, Bishop

26    Saint Titus, Bishop

28   Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor

31   Saint John Bosco, Priest

Book Recomendations

Into His Likeness Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ, by Dr. Edward Sri

Love Unveiled the Catholic Faith Explained, Dr. Edward Sri

After Suicide There’s Hope for Them and For You, Chris Alar, MIC and Jason Lewis, MIC

The Gift of Peace, Personal Reflections by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

The Case for Catholicism Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections by Trent Horn

Understanding “Our Father” Biblical Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer by Scott Hahn

The Life of Faustina Kowalska The Authorized Biography by Sister Sophia Michalenko, C.M.G.T.

Lessons from the Lives of the Saints by Father Joseph Esper

Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church by Steve Weidenkopf

The Glory of the Crusades by Steve Weidenkopf

The Real Story of Catholic History Answering Twenty Centuries of Anti-Catholic Myths by Steve Weidenkopf

Consuming the Word: The New Testament and The Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn

The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross by Scott Hahn

The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages by Scott Hahn

It is Right and Just by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley

The Adventure of Discipleship by Daniel A. Keating

Check back each month for new content on saints, prayers, book recommendations, and bible studies we share with you to help you and your small groups foster, grow and fellowship a deeper more meaningful relationship with Christ and each other. For inquiries regarding small groups; please contact Judy Stumbo, at jstumbo@stmatthewcatholic.org.

 

Ten Tips for Small Groups

  1. Pick a book or video series that challenges you to think and ask questions.
  2. Agree on an attainable amount of weekly content.
  3. Come open-minded.
  4. Let people finish their thoughts – even if it takes them a minute or two to unpack them.
  5. Put your phones in the middle of the table, face down and silent.
  6. Let the conversation flow – try not to hog the topic.
  7. Make your point once, and engage on peoples’ reactions to your point.
  8. If you don’t understand someone’s point, ask!
  9. Don’t be afraid to speak up!
  10. Find at least 1 thing from each book that challenged you and made you think in a different way and apply that to your life.

Small groups are a great way to grow in faith and become part of a small Christian community. For many years, we have had small groups during Lent. This year, groups have two options, a web based option and a book based option. If you have previously been in a Lenten group, check with your host to see if you will meet.