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Groups, Movements and Apostolates


Small groups can be great opportunities to grow in our love of God and neighbor. Both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition help guide us on our journey—lighting our path with God’s Word of Truth and Love.

Small Church Communities

Some parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis offer faith sharing groups called "Small Church Communities." A Small Church Community (SCC) is a small group of adults, and at times children, who gather to reflect on their lives in the light of the Gospel and to share their Catholic faith through prayer, friendship, learning and service.

Call your parish to see if small church communities exist already. For more information and/or help starting small church communities in your parish, contact

        •Ken Ogorek



Tips and Resources for Parish Small Groups (PDF)
National Alliance of Parishes Restructuring into Communities


Some Archdiocese of Indianapolis Parishes that feature small church communities:

        •St. Barnabas 
        •St. Bartholomew
        •Saints Francis and Clare
        •St. Monica

Programs and studies to consider:


Called to be Community: A Guide to Living a Spirituality of Communion  
I Believe -A parish small-group resource utilizing the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Opening the Word - A video and journal program on the Sunday readings  
The Discipleship Series from Novo Millennio Press:  www.novomill.com  
The Mass:  Four Encounters With Jesus That Will Change Your Life and other resources 
          from My Catholic Faith Ministries:  www.mycatholicfaith.org 
A Study Guide to "Living the Catholic Faith" and other resources from Saint Catherine of 
          Sienna Press :  http://www.saintcatherineofsienapress.com
The "Pillars of Faith" Series by Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi: 

If you would like suggestions regarding other good resources to use in faith-sharing groups or adult faith formation in general, please contact:

Ken Ogorek
Director for Catechesis
1400 N. Meridian Street,
P.O. Box 1410
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1410
Local: 317-236-1432
Toll Free: 800-302-9836, ext. 1432
Fax: 317-261-3364


Central Indiana Cursillo Community

The Central Indiana Cursillo Community serves the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Diocese of Lafayette with a combined 230 parishes in 63 counties.  Cursillo is a Catholic Christian movement recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.  It is not a traditional retreat and is best described as an experience. It is an experience in discovering a better life in what is fundamental in Christianity.

Cursillo (pronounced "kur-see-yo") is a movement that promotes a spiritual revitalization of our world.  The transference of the values of Christ to others with whom we come in contact is the Christianization that Cursillo promotes.

During the three-day weekend, participants receive a deep and profound experience of Christian life:

        •We begin to know ourselves better (encounter self).
        •We experience the presence and love of Jesus Christ (encounter Jesus).
        •We see the goodness provided by a loving and caring Christian Community (encounter 
          with others).

The weekend helps us experience our Catholic faith more fully.  We become motivated to engage in a spiritual life filled with joy, laughter and enthusiasm; and to discover an enhanced relationship with God. The point of the Cursillo movement is ordinary people steadily growing in the love and service of God and his people for the rest of our lives.

For more information, please go to www.cursillo-cicc.org or email us at info@cursillo-cicc.org.


Christ Renews His Parish

We invite men and women who are seeking a difference in their lives, for a weekend of renewal.

We will enjoy each other’s fellowship, explore the Gospel and how it impacts our lives, and pray for grace.

With renewed grace, we hope to impact our families and communities in a meaningful way. This is how Christ renews his parish.


What is a Christ Renews His Parish Retreat?

        •It is a time to relax, pray, and rethink priorities.
        •It is a time to get to know others in the parish and grow as a community.
        •It is an opportunity to examine, rediscover, and /or intensify your personal relationship 
         with Christ.
        •It is a weekend of reflection and sharing of spiritual and real life issues.

What a Christ Renews His Parish Retreat is not:

        •It is not a silent retreat, yet there are periods of quiet reflection and prayer.
        •It is not a parish organization or clique
        •It is not a solitary retreat, your participation makes the retreat a spiritual one for you and 
         the other participants.
        •You will not be required to speak in front of the group, however, your participation in the 
         group discussion is a key to the retreat.

There are two sessions, one for men and the other for women. The two weekends are not mixed sessions and allow for a husband and wife to attend on the different weekends and still attend to family needs. Most participants are aged 25 and above.

What Happens during the retreat:

The retreat format involves short talks given by the Christ Renews His Parish team. Some examples of the talks that will be given are the Father's Loving Care, Scripture, Spirituality, and Christian Awareness.  You will be in small groups to reflect upon those talks and how they may be relevant to your life and your spiritual growth.

Space is limited so early registration is advised.

For more information, contact:

        •Jim and Tina Seebeck at 317-435-1798 or jimseebeck@comcast.net


Groups, Movements and Apostolates with Liaison with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis