"On Fraternity and Social Friendship"
On the feast of St. Francis last October, Pope Francis released his latest encyclical. The parishes of Saint John of the Cross and Saint Francis Xavier invite you to explore ways to create a more peaceful society through the strengthening of family bonds and personal relationships.
It is not session necessary to have read ‘Fratelli Tutti’ to participate. All background material will be provided prior to the gathering. Sessions will be held on Zoom. The link will be emailed to you prior to each session.
"Once kindness becomes a culture within society it transforms lifestyles, relationships and how ideas and opinions get discussed and shared.”
Session One: “If we want to encounter and help one another, we have to dialogue.”
January 21, 2021 (7:00 pm to 8:15 pm) Session One is Full
Encounter Pope Francis’ key ideas, reflections and recommendations found in this encyclical. Explore how we may engage our friends, families and community in discussing difficult topics that often divide us.
Session Two: "The Good Samaritan:
Who is my Neighbor?"
January 28, 2021 (7:00pm to 8:15pm)
Explore how our own perceptions, personal interests and cultural norms impact who we see as our neighbors as worthy of our concern, love and engagement.
Session Three: "Self-gift as the Key to Deeper Fulfillment"
February 4, 2021 (7:00 pm to 8:15 pm)
Explore practical actions we can embrace in our personal lives and families in response to the call to build a more just post-pandemic world.