Adult Spiritual Growth

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Gesu Parish provides opportunities for enriching all faith dimensions of an adult life. Experiences that promote a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith include, but are not limited to, Bible studies, book clubs, retreats, speakers and discussions. For information on these programs contact Marcia Leous and/or watch the bulletin or parish E-Newsletter.

BIBLE STUDIES

The Church of the Gesu offers regular group opportunities throughout the year for exploring the Bible.

  • Saturday Bible Study
    The Saturday Bible Study will explore "Introduction to the Bible" September 10 – October 15. Sessions will be held in the Sacred Heart Room at Gesu 12:00-2:00 pm. This study will be helpful to both newcomers and experienced students. The accompanying text by Stephen J. Binz, presented by Little Rock Scripture Study, will lead you to discover or rediscover the Bible. Participants can obtain the text on Amazon or on litpress.org

    Please register for the study using this link: https://gesuchurch.wufoo.com/forms/z18jc07q03qgtut/.

  • Bible Study with Fr. Vincent
    This group will meet two or three Wednesday mornings a month, beginning on Wednesday, September 14, until late May. The first three or four sessions will be devoted to completing our study of the Book of Psalms. The remaining sessions will be a study of the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Church at Corinth. Fr. Vincent will have available a book on the First and Second Letters to Corinthian Christians.

    If you are interested, please e-mail Fr. Vincent at [email protected] for a complete list of dates. All are welcome. The first gathering will be on Wednesday morning, September 14, at 9:15 am in McAuley Hall.

  • Gesu Women’s Bible Study - Fall 2022

    Tuesdays, August 23 – September 27
    8:30-9:30 am Virtual and In-Person
    The Words of the Risen Christ: A Bible Study on Jesus' Resurrection, by Rich Cleveland

    What did the risen Christ say to his followers when He appeared to them? What do His words say to us today? In this Emmaus Journey, lessons delve into the significance of Jesus resurrection appearances. His final words, such as “Go make disciples” and “Do you love me?” set the tone to explore themes of the Holy Spirit, community, reconciliation and evangelization.

    The study will begin after the 7:30 am Mass. We’ll meet in-person in McAuley Hall, and via Zoom. The book can be ordered online.

    For more information, please contact Debbie Bruening at [email protected].

THE INNER CHAPEL MINI RETREAT - FALL 2022

How do we recognize and respond to the God who loves us in the midst of our busy lives? Becky Eldredge addresses this question in her book, The Inner Chapel (Loyola Press, 2020). Join together with others in reading and discussing this text, based on the author's personal and professional experiences. Eldredge is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director and retreat facilitator, writer, wife and mother...read more >

READING GROUP WITH FR. HYDE

During the coming Fall and Winter months, Fr. Hyde is offering to guide a reading group centered on selected articles from Commonweal Magazine. Articles to be considered for discussion include, among others, Catholic Citizenship, How Does Church Teaching Change,  Environmental Spirituality, Transforming Parishes Today, The Art of Conversion, Moral Economies and Catholic Thought, and Catholicism and Art. At our first meeting, the group can decide which articles they would like to include for discussion. Articles and discussion questions will be e-mailed to the participants a couple of weeks in advance of the meeting.

Our first organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 4:00 pm in the Sacred Heart Room, at which time we can discuss the best time for our meetings and the topics we would like to read about and discuss. Please let Fr. Hyde know if you are interested. His e-mail is [email protected].

BOOK CLUB

Gesu Book Club meets monthly to discuss various Catholic works of literature and share fellowship. Watch the bulletin or e-News for more information.

IGNATIAN PRAYER AND FAITH SHARING

Each month, there is a gathering for prayer in the Ignatian traditions of imaginative Gospel ContemplationLectio Divina and the Examen. A facilitator guides participants in prayer and reflection with a focus on Sacred Scriptures for the coming Sunday. For information on our next meeting, contact Marcia Leous.

PARISH RETREATS

Retreat experiences at the Church of the Gesu and at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, OH, help parishioners to develop a deeper spiritual connection with God and one another.

IGNATIUS LIBRARY

Visit the Ignatius Library in the Pastoral Center and browse our 500 selections on Ignatian Spirituality, Jesuit history, inspiring lives, prayer, sacraments, the Mass, Bibles, Catholicism and more. To view a list of available titles, click below:

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IGNATIAN THREADS

Click here to view our weekly blog, Ignatian Threads, which offers insights and reflections on Ignatian Spirituality and ways to infuse it into our daily lives. 

 

 

 
ONLINE RESOURCES

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