Our work matters to God! This excellent small group experience connects Monday through Saturday work lives to our faith. These reproducible guides include many quotations from workers, engaging questions, practical suggestions, and thoughtful commentary. It explores how God is already present in our workplaces and how we are called to live as disciples in the workplace
This resource is a great way to attract new people into a small group experience. The specificity of the materials and the opportunity to gather people of the same occupation provides a unique opportunity that can convince people who have otherwise avoided small groups. It also offers a great chance to evangelize and encourage your parishioners to welcome co-workers, family members, neighbors, or friends to join a group for their occupation.
The guide includes clear small group "ground rules," leader guidelines, and an appendix with suggested next steps and resources.
Each session includes:
- Opening and closing prayers
- A short background reading specific to the given occupation, with reflection questions
- A scripture passage, with reflection questions
- An "action response" challenge for the next week
This guide can be used by homemakers who juggle other jobs or are not otherwise employed. It talks about parenting, but will also work for those who aren't parents.
This reproducible eResource is sold with a lifetime license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email these to members of your team or participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any web site without explicit permission to do so. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.
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The Pastoral Center
Ann Naffziger has her MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology and MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley. Ann has worked in a variety of parish roles, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, scripture instructor, and adjunct faculty member at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. She has written articles in the field of spirituality and scripture for America, BustedHalo.com, Commonweal, The National Catholic Reporter, Spiritual Life: A Journal of Contemplative Spirituality, and other publications. Ann is the author of The Catholic Way, annual Advent & Lent bookets, and a variety of other pastoral resources published by The Pastoral Center, which she co-directs with her husband Paul Canavese. She is also a Master Gardener and girls' softball coach. She lives in Alameda, CA, with her husband and two daughters.
Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (PastoralCenter.com), author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs GrowingUpCatholic.com (focused on coaching parents) and GospelLiving.org ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.