DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAY MINISTRY
Are you new to the parish? Do you have questions about faith?
Come to Alpha
Alpha is a two hour meeting of people from different faiths and backgrounds. It starts with dinner, followed by a video then a conversation on topics starting with “Is there more to life than this?” There’s not very many places where we can talk about our beliefs and restle with questions about faith and God. We provide a safe space in a non-judgmental environment where you can ask any question in open and honest conversation. Prayerfully discern and try the first night only or come to all sessions. For more information email: [email protected].
The 11th Season of Alpha is closed. Please join us for the 12th Season of Alpha in the Spring, 2024. For more information contact [email protected]
GROWING IN FAITH
Christ in Our Neighborhood
Christ in Our Neighborhood is an invitation to break open the scriptures for each Sunday in a small group setting. Through the weekly study of Scripture and conversations, participants come to know Christ and make Him known. What better way to prepare for Sunday Mass than to study the scripture before each mass.
For more info: http://christ-ion.com/
Catholic Christian Outreach
CCO faith studies help students learn more about their faith and how they can live it out. The material references Scripture verses from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other Christian writings. They also employ analogies, useful in sharing spiritual realities in common terms. The studies are intended to fuel discussion in a comfortable, small group setting. The five studies are called Discovery, Source, Growth, Obedience, and Commission.
ROOTED IN FAITH
Divine Renovation: Bring Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission by Fr. James Mallon
Based on the norms of today's secular world, Christendom no longer exists. We are in a new Jerusalem. Divine Renovation provides 10 building blocks, 10 steps to help parish culture shift from maintenance mode to mission. Fr. James Mallon's presentation at the 2017 Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles was the catalyst that set St. Rita’s on a path of renewal and discipleship.
For more information, visit https://www.divinerenovation.org/
Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell
Sherry Weddell has interviewed over 100,000 Catholic bishops, priests, and lay leaders. The interviews have provided clarity on the stages of conversion and evangelization for intentional discipleship. Fifty copies were given to members of the English and Spanish ministries and were invited to a parish book read in the summer of 2019. This book is being updated to include new statistics of the Church and Sherry's continuous field studies. The first chapter to be updated is "God Has No Grandchildren." The new edition will be utilized for a future parish book read.
Unlocking Your Parish: Making Disciples, Raising up Leaders with Alpha
by Ron Huntley & Fr. James Mallon
Alpha is a safe place for people to explore their faith and ask questions about life and God. This book shows how Alpha transforms culture as the Holy Spirit inspires disciples and leaders to take an active role in the Mission of the Church. Since September 2018, St. Rita’s Parish has provided the Alpha experience twice a year even taking it from in-person meetings to Zoom gatherings due to Covid. Alpha has been a fruitful experience opening the doors to new studies to equip the holy ones for ministry.
Rescued: The Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel by Fr. John Riccardo
Fr. John Riccardo, Executive Director of XXIX in Detroit, provides a 21st Century view of the Great Story, the Kerygma through a biblical lens that is so relatable as we face a more secular world. This book shows how Jesus rescues us each and every day to bring us back to God our creator.
For more information, visit https://www.actsxxix.org/
Rebuilt – The Story of a Catholic Parish
by Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
Nativity Parish in Timonium, MD is the basis of this book in how they brought their parish to be on a mission. The Rebuilt movement has opened its doors to St. Rita’s members in their efforts of Making disciples by helping parishes make disciples. With radical hospitality they have welcomed us into their small group sessions to help us in the major principles:
For more information, visit https://www.rebuiltparish.com/
Revive Parish is a FREE online platform designed to help parish leaders learn, grow and renew their parishes. They provide fifteen courses and are master classes on topics such as parish renewal, evangelization, stewardship. The presenters are at the top of their ministry in the U.S. Catholic Church which includes Patrick Lencioni, Christ Stefanik, Katy Prejean McGrady, and Julianne Stanz. Their passion shines through the knowledge they share. Study guides are provided for each of the courses. Every course is great and if you're new and want to explore, start with Tim Glemkowski's course on Parish Renewal.
For more information, visit: https://reviveparishes.com/
COMPLETED TRAINING 2022