Building Community at Notre Dame
One of the first things Christ did in his public ministry was to gather a community of disciples around him. At Pentecost he gifted his followers with the Holy Spirit and the church. The early church embodied these gifts, in part, by meeting in small communities.
The Sunday Eucharist gives us the Word made flesh and the Word made flesh makes us a church. In this way small Christian communities (SCC’s) come from and return back to the Eucharist. Meeting in SCC’s enfleshes the cycle that should be part of our lives as Catholic Christians: celebrating our identity as the Body of Christ united; coming together often to hear anew the Word of God and reflect on it as the source of our salvation, freedom, and renewal; and going forth to live what we have just experienced. Developing trust, participants read Scriptures that speak to the parish’s pastoral theme and our baptismal spirituality of stewardship, share their stories of faith, pray, and support one another in each’s faith journey. SCC’s foster mature faith, deepen friendships with one another, form lay leaders, and encourage active participation in the life of the church.