we create a culture of encounter.
we want to learn how to encounter Jesus and those whom He loves.
Occasionally and seasonally:
we desire to seek our Creator from the hidden centers of our hearts.
we desire to learn how to pray and worship.
we desire to encounter God and others.
We desire to follow the Holy Spirit in creating the culture of encounter where we form our hearts to receive Father's love which will prompt us to enter onto the path of becoming missionary disciples.
KERYGMA. METANOIA. DIDACHE. KOINONIA. MARTURIA. DIAKONIA. LEITOURGIA.
Proclamation. Conversion. Teaching. Community. Witness. Service. Worship.
Love of the Lord. Spirit of the Lord. Word of the Lord. Worship of the Lord.
Catholic spirituality seeks not to exclude but to embrace the whole truth revealed by God to mankind. Therefore we are both traditional and charismatic. Embracing the mystical and charismatic experience of the Catholic Church, we are searching for God who wisely reveals Himself in ways of His choosing. He graciously makes Himself accessible to human hearts that yearn for freedom and love. Reaching deeply into the well of Catholic prayer, we dive into the Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina and Adoration with the same zeal as to Bible studies, Spiritual Reading, praise and worship, and spontaneous, creative expressions of faith empowered by the Holy Spirit present in us and in our midst. Acknowledging humbly the supernatural presence of I AM WHO I AM, we recognize the charisms of the Holy Spirit working among us and encourage the pursuit of charisms for the good of the whole Body. We reject stereotyping people's encounters with God by labeling them with this or that 'category' of spirituality. We embrace insightful, biblical and doctrinal explanations and descriptions of God's activity for the purpose of understanding God's ways with better clarity and for preparing hearts to meet God.
All CHRISTIANS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEETINGS.
Our first goal is to ENCOUNTER THE LIVING GOD who will AWAKEN THE HEARTS to His love; to understand His ways revealed in the past in Scripture and the life of the Church (deep2deep courses), to follow His heart's desires in the present, and to seek His wisdom for the next minute, the immediate future and above all, for eternity (Fridays and Adoration). What must I do to be saved? What is one thing that will never be taken from me? How can I enter the happiness and joy of the Risen Lord? How can I find the comfort and peace of the Suffering Servant? How can I become a loyal disciple of the Good Shepherd? We search for these answers and share our knowledge, experience and expectations with each other while intentionally building close friendships among ourselves.
Our second goal is to CONTINUE THE JOURNEY OF CONVERSION without fear. With boldness we persevere on a road of BECOMING DISCIPLES OF CHRIST: those that not only recognize Christ as their Redeemer and Savior, but also as the Lord of their lives. He is always the first to serve us and stands ready to guide us if we embrace His leadership. We continually encourage and challenge each other, while respecting personal choices and their consequences. Our aim is to become authentic Christ-bearers, engaged in this world but set apart for God and the world to come.
We are not interested in social activism, neither are we a homeschooling enrichment program seen as one of the opportunities for 'church consumers' to pick and chose what suits their wants the best. The primary idea of building a community is communio sanctorum, based on the book of Acts, heroic examples of Christian lay movements throughout Church's history and locally discerned direction standing on the fundamental understanding of ecclesial community formation.
Our third goal is to assist people in the understanding of God's GREAT PLAN AND VISION FOR EVERYONE'S LIFE. Discovering stories both old and new, we pray to step into our destiny without any hesitance, empowered by the virtue of hope and assisted by the continual grace of the Holy Spirit. Natural gifts and supernatural charisms, the desires of human heart, self-discipline, asceticism and the ability to receive God's revelation are continually being recognized, encouraged and mentored. Doctrinal, philosophical and spiritual preparations for the work of evangelization in every state of life is nurtured and underlined. Leniency, coziness and acedia are exposed with love (yeah, right). Inviting witnesses who share their life journeys within specific chosen vocation is an ongoing goal.
Our fourth goal is to actively EVANGELIZE AND SERVE those whom God puts on our path. Our monthly training of Encounter. Group leaders is the beginning of a wider plan to reach nominal or alienated Catholics, and others who are searching for happiness in the wrong places. Preparation of mind and soul is necessary for this battle against the Evil one and his hordes who constantly accuse believers and attempt to destroy every good thought and deed. Reflections on people's existential questions leads us to an engagement in local and global mercy projects (Misericordia: Sienna Nursing Home and Misericordia: House and Garden Project).
Advent 2011, Lent 2012: Chanted daily Morning Prayer at the Majors' house for neighborhood families and kids.
Fall 2012: Seeing the need to understand the Psalms and their biblical context, Old Testament course starts in September 2012.
Advent 2012 and Lent 2013: we repeat chanted daily Morning Prayer. A desire for a prayer group grows independently in few people's hearts, adults and teens.
Winter 2013: Conversation with Fr. Jonas Shell about starting a prayer meeting for young people.
April 2013: first Encounter. meeting takes place in April 2013. It starts as a prayer meeting but very soon the recognized needs are greater than school of prayer. Short teachings, prayer, worship and Lectio Divina are quickly absorbed.
Fall 2013: New Testament course, Junior Bible course and Spiritual Reading course as part of discipleship process accompany Friday meetings. First Friday Adorations are starting in October 2013, and are being held in different parishes in Steubenville, OH. Quickly developing friendships prompt deeper engagement in intentionally built Encounter.Groups.
Advent and Lent Morning Prayer of 2013/2014/2015 are held in St. Peter's parish.
Spring 2014: Mercy projects are being incorporated into monthly goals. Retreats, trips, parties and Cinema Divina grow as an expression of communal life.
First six weeks long Parish Mission in the spring of 2015.
Mom's Bible Study starts in Summer'15.
First missionary goes to Mexico in August 2015
Training of disciples starts in the fall of 2015. Training of Encounter. Groups leaders continues. Pre-evangelization continues. Spiritual Reading 2015/16 continues and focuses on WYD preparations.
26 people go on one month World Youth Day'2016 Pilgrimage in Poland, taking active part in personal, street and parish evangelization (personal testimonies, pantomimes, dances, kerygmatic preaching, worship leading, liturgical music) of WYD participants and becoming WYD volunteers in close association with HalleluJah Community from Wroclaw, Poland and International Evangelization Center for the WYD in Krakow, Poland.