Be sure to invite parents, other groups, or friends if you want to get to know some others. Invite your Pastor!
This may seem a bit ridiculous but imagine one of your students meeting having dinner with someone they are interested in dating and "ruining it" because they lack good manners [...]
Ask your Pastor about a good engaged couple that your group could meet with. Have the couple come and talk about their faith and how they are preparing for marriage. [...]
Bring a car mechanic in to show it in great detail. Have the youth in your group actually go through their cars and make sure they have everything they need [...]
Take some time to ask questions about each other's families. This is great especially for new groups or if you feel like you don't really know your group yet. It [...]
This is a great human formation opportunity. Knowing how to change the oil in your own car can save you a lot of money over a lifetime. If you don't [...]
Many diocesan vocations offices offer visits. Join their offerings or plan your own! Be sure to connect with the seminary beforehand to ensure they are available to give you a [...]
This can be an incredibly powerful activity, especially at the end of a retreat or trip together. Pass out a sheet a paper for each person and have them write [...]
Whether someone gets married or becomes a religious, they will have a future spouse. Take some time to reflect on the reality that your future spouse is most likely out [...]
Typically every diocese has a Director of Vocations whose role it is to encourage healthy vocational discernment. They are often very open to visiting a parish, meeting with groups, giving [...]
Learn about the canonization and beatification process in the Church. References: CCC 828 YouTube Video by Busted Halo: How Does the Catholic Church Declare Official Saints? Have other good references [...]
Choose a patron saint for your group and allow that saint to develop the personality, activities, and spirituality of your group. You can do this by invoking the saint often [...]
Have your group commit to leading others in the parish on a study of the Saints. This could be done monthly in addition to the group commitment and could use [...]
People often ask whether or not we should read Scripture literally or not? The four senses of scripture provide much insight into the question. References: CCC 115-119 Got other good [...]
Take some time to look ahead at the upcoming week and find the feast days that will be celebrated. Spend a little time learning about and discussing a saint or [...]
Learning about the mysteries of the rosary can help one meditate better on them when you are actually praying the rosary. Take time to learn about each of the different [...]
This seems fairly simple, but praying the rosary as a group one time or every time you meet is often shared as one of the most fruitful things a small [...]
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This seems simple but it is intended to bring about a little more depth and intentionality than a typical small group discussion. A “deep question” often will require a little [...]