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Prayer

Adult Bible Study

Mission:

To bring people to a greater understanding of the Bible, an awareness of God's living presence in Scripture and an appreciation of how the Bible can be applied to daily life.

Activities:

This study consists of personal study of Scripture, small group sharing and personal and shared prayer at the Stewardship Hall several days a week in the morning and evening. A variety of studies are available by different scripture teachers/experts, e.g. Catholic Sacred Scripture Study, Little Rock Scripture Study, Jeff Cavins, Father Robert Barron and Scott Hahn. Studies offered range from 4 to 24 weeks duration. Notify parishioners via church bulletin, website, and Catholic Advance notice.

Ellijah Cup

Mission:

Fostering vocations through family prayer. (This is a great activity for children)

Activities:

At the end of communion each weekend, the priest calls the scheduled family or individual forward to receive the Chalice. He asks them to take home this Chalice and pray for vocations during the week. On your scheduled weekend, you are to check in with the priest before mass to let them know you are the Elijah Cup family

Evening Bible Study

Mission:

To foster a love for and knowledge of the Bible so that we may better understand the Mass, the Sacraments, the Church, and ultimately, Christ himself.

Families of Military

Mission:

To provide a sense of "family" within the parish to those who have family members serving in a branch of the U.S. Military. Also to bring about awareness within our parish that people we know and attend our own parish are actively serving our country and need our prayers.

Activities:

Maintain an ongoing list in our parish bulletin of those family members currently deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, who are in most need of our prayers. There is also a display of these names in a case in our adoration chapel.

Family Prayer Committee

Mission:

To promote the rosary and other forms of prayer in the home.

Activities:

Providing prayer information and children's bulletins in the resource racks found in the vestibule of the church; sponsor an enthronement of the family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, writing articles for the Vernacular and distributing flyers other times of the year.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Rosary Group

Mission:

To promote a time once a week for parishioners to join together and pray the Rosary.

Activities:

Rosaries ares aid each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Other prayer services are also coordinated throughout the year which include May Crowning, October Respect Life Rosary & Benediction, Divine Mercy Sunday service.

Legion of Mary

Mission:

Aid the Pastor in performing spiritual works in the parish. Active members bring Holy Communion to the home bound, nursing homes, and Wesley Rehab patients. They participate in RCIA classes, vocation and evangelization work, and facilitate moving a statue of Blessed Virgin Mary to parish families and St. Francis school. They meet weekly on Mondays after the 8:00 a.m. Mass in the St. Bonaventure Center. Auxiliary members commit to daily recitation of the Rosary and the Legion prayers to further the work of Mary.

Liturgy of the Hours

Mission:

To come together and recite the prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours before Mass in preparation for the celebration of the Eucharist

Activities:

Recite the prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday meeting in the Northeast pews of the church.

Marian Mantle Prayer Group

Mission:

The Marian Mantle group unites ourselves and our loved ones to our Sorrowful Mother, finding hope in Mary's protection and her prayers. Every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Church, we pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all fallen away Catholics. Our goal is to work and pray together in the hope that every Catholic will someday see the return of their family or friends to the Holy Mother Church.

All are welcome! We are happy to pray for your intentions even if you are unable to attend. Please e-mail the first names of those you would like us to pray for to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Men's Prayer Group

Mission:

Men in the parish who get together to pray and discuss various writings and teachings of the Bible. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30.

Perpetual Adoration

Mission:

To encourage and promote Adoration of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament through 24 hour exposition in the Chapel.

Activities:

People volunteer to spend time (of their choosing) in adoration before the exposed Blessed Sacrament.

Prayer Chain

Mission:

To Promote our love of God through prayer for the needs and intentions of our parishioners and others.

Activities:

The prayer chain consists of either a phone chain or E-Mail chain. Volunteers offer their individual prayers and daily sacrifices for the intention of each request.

Phone Chain: The chair persons pass on the prayer requests through all prayer chain lists compiled from the stewardship volunteer forms. The daytime chain is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the evening chain from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prayers are passed down the chain

E-mail Chain: Prayers are received at your email address. E-mail volunteers do not pass prayers on to other volunteers.

Pre-Mass Rosary

Mission:

To pray the Rosary as a parish family in preparation for the Mass and to encourage more participation by parish members, either leading the Rosary or coming early to pray the Rosary.

Activities:

Coordinate volunteers to lead the Rosaries that begin approximately 25 to 30 minutes before each Saturday evening and Sunday Mass (except 10:00 Sunday Mass).

REGNUM CHRISTI

Mission:

REGNUM CHRISTI is an approved Catholic lay movement which helps us to be faithful to our baptismal promises. The group is both active and prayerful and offers an annual women's silent retreat. Brief daily prayers provide means of growing closer to Christ, other people and one's self. Regular group meetings and one-on-one dialogues help us stay on track. Our goal is building God's kingdom on earth, especially in our parish and through support of priests and religious. For more information, please visit their web-stie at www.regnumchristi.org

Activities:

Meetings are Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at SEAS or SFA.

Religious Vocations Committee

Mission:

To help foster priestly and religious vocations.

Activities:

Members assist the pastor and all parishioners to become more aware of the fact that Christ is calling everyone to a particular vocation in the church. Among those, we can be confident that some are called to be priests and some to be sisters. Committee members help to create an atmosphere in which the call may be heard and encouraged.


This committee welcomes all parish members to join one or more of its subgroups to help foster and support vocations.

  1. 31 Club: Individuals commit to offering a Mass and prayers one day each month for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
  2. Write to a Seminarian or person studying for religious life: Parishioners write letters to individuals studying for the priesthood or religious life.
  3. St. Francis Statue: Parishioners sign up to take the statue of our parish's patron saint home for a week and pray each day of that week for religious and priestly vocations.

Rosary Group

Mission:

Our mission is to gather weekly to offer our prayers for the needs of our families, our parish and the universal church.

Activities:

The Rosary is said at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings in the St. Bonaventure Center or at the home of one of the members. A list of members and weekly locations can be found in the vestibule of the Church.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study & Prayer Group

Mission:

To bring people to a greater understanding of the Bible, an awareness of God's living presence in Scripture and an appreciation of how the Bible can be applied to daily life.

Activities:

The group meets on Tuesday mornings for a personal study of Scripture which consists of video, group discussion and prayer.