“It is Jesus [who] you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.”
Saint John Paul II
World Youth Day, August 2000
EDUCATION: Formed in His Communion

Small Groups

All St. John's parishioners are encouraged to participate in a small group experience whether it be within the family, a gathering of friends or other groups that are formed here in the community. Small group companionship allows the encounter with Jesus to be experienced "in the flesh" through relationships of authentic love and friendship.

For more information on small groups at St. John's, you are welcome to contact one of these small group leaders:

Legion of Mary (Contact: Angelica Fernandes, President)
The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in the early 1900s and has extended its presence to over 170 countries and accounts for over 4 million active members. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Praesidium of the Legion of Mary at SJE meets every Saturday morning at 10AM in the Kennedy Room of the Main Church at St. John the Evangelist to pray the Holy Rosary. Our members do a minimum of 2 hours of work each week which include visiting nursing homes, the elderly and/or auxiliary members as well as evangelization. For additional information, please click here.

Church Ladies Lite (Contact: Peg Daly)
In the Spring of 2003, a second Church Ladies group was formed as a means to gather young moms for prayer and friendship.  One of the moms that was with us early on, coined us "Church Ladies Lite", as our agenda seemed simple: gather moms for prayer and friendship and follow the Holy Spirit. After about two years, the Lord settled on eight moms that would meet weekly to pray. We read the Gospel of the upcoming Sunday and reflect on questions that challenge us to look at how we are living out this Gospel in our daily lives. Our relationships with one another have enabled us to grow and deepen our faith in ways that we could not have imagined. About five years ago, we have added a monthly meeting to include our spouses, as a Couples Group, with a Chaplain to guide us. The focus of this monthly meeting is to deepen the spirituality in our marriages and again, identify and nurture how God is working in our lives. We are grateful for the gift of openness to the Holy Spirit, as it continues to enrich our lives. We would be happy to share our experience and mentor those who are looking to start a prayer group. 

Church Ladies Lite West (Contact: Kristin Dukes)
We are a group of ladies, all of whom have young children.  We meet once a week, in the morning, at someone's house, with our children in tow.  Our group has been together for almost two years.  We are loosely structured - each week we read the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday, discuss it with the help of discussion questions, all while caring for our children and drinking coffee.  We are a support system for one another, and have helped each other through life events, both good and bad.

Church Ladies (Contact: Mary Beth Newkumet )
Our small group of friends has met for over 22 years for a couple of hours each week to pray together for the needs of our families, parish, the Church and the world. Through the years, we've read and discussed the writings of the saints, the Popes, Scripture and other works of sacred tradition. We are happy to help other groups get started, and highly recommend the small group experience.


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Prayer for small groups

Powerful, sovereign Queen, come to our aid. Speak for us to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Who can do it better than you, who conversed so intimately with him here on earth, and now so fully possess him in Heaven? Speak to your Son for us! Amen.

-St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

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