“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
Servant of God Dorothy Day
Small Communities of Faith
Small Communities of Faith at St. Charles are groups of 6-12 people in a similar state of life who meet regularly (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) to grow in faith together. These meetings center around the four pillars of Christian discipleship as expressed in the St. Charles Challenge. Small Communities of Faith...
...LEARN together through reflection on God's Word and through other resources suited to their needs (e.g. videos, books, or small group guides) under the advisement of the Pastor or his staff.
...PRAY together through shared prayer and the testimony of God's workings in their life.
...CELEBRATE together through the liturgy and the sacramental life of the Church via Sunday Mass and regular Confession.
...SHARE the love of Jesus with each other through authentic conversation and mutual accountability, and spur each other on to share the love of Jesus with others through evangelization, service and giving.
Please Note: We continue to train new leaders in an effort to keep up with the desire of our parishioners to participate in Small Communities of Faith, but at present those numbers exceed our capacity, especially among high-demand demographics. If you would like to be updated when more small groups open up, contact Adam Arehart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, we have other groups that will also connect you with others to grow in faith and are still open to newcomers, such as Walking with Purpose for women (email@example.com) and Borromeo Brothers for men.
If you would like to explore becoming a Small Community of Faith leader so that we can offer this fruitful ministry to others, please contact Adam Arehart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Group: Borromeo Brothers
Saturdays, 7:30-9:00am in Benedict Hall
Men of all ages on pilgrimage together to know and love God striving to become whom He has called us to be. Join us each Saturday morning for brotherhood and discussion about living out our vocation as Christian men. Meets in Benedict Hall.
Women’s Group: Walking with Purpose
2019 Summer Study
Alternating Tuesdays, 7:15-9:00pm in Benedict Hall
Meeting dates: 4/30, 5/14, 5/28, 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, and 8/20
Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible study for women that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Christ. Through personal study and small group discussions, the group helps to link our everyday challenges with solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.
Every other Thursday after the 9am Mass
Come join us every other Thursday in Room 103 after the 9:00 am mass for pastries, playtime, and sisterhood. Upcoming dates are Thursday, August 8 & 22, 2019. Mothers of any age children, and children of all ages are welcome!
In addition to our bi-monthly meetups, the Mothers Group will also coordinate service projects, Meal Trains for our Parish's expectant mothers, playground outings, and other activities!
For more information contact Mary Anne at email@example.com.
Support for Couples Experiencing Infertility or Miscarriage
Every last Saturday of the month after the 9am Mass
If you've been struggling with infertility or have experienced a miscarriage, please join us on the last Saturday of each month for Mass, Breakfast, and a time to share your thoughts on how St. Charles may support you on this journey. For more information please contact the parish office, 703-527-5500.
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm starting September 5, 2019 for 13 weeks
Are you grieving the death of a loved one? If so, know that you are not alone. In addition to offering up our continued prayers for loved ones who have died, the St. Charles Church family welcomes you to join GriefShare, a weekly support group that features biblical teaching on grief topics.
Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you're feeling in a safe space where you can learn and grow together.
GriefShare will be held weekly at St. Charles on Thursday evenings, starting September 5th, from 7-9pm. There is no cost to join and materials are free. This is a 13-week program, and you are welcome to come to one, some, or all of the sessions. Please spread the word to help us create a community for those needing extra comfort and support during life's most difficult times. We are also seeking folks who are two or more years out from their loss who are interested in volunteering to be GriefShare co-facilitators for the fall semester. Please prayerfully consider this volunteer opportunity to love and serve your community in this special way.
Register as a participant here: https://www.griefshare.org/groups/111185
For questions or to join as a co-facilitator, please contact Dayna Wolter at Dayna513@gmail.com.