Growing in Faith
St. Margaret Church and St. Mary Magdalen Mission
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. ~ Acts of the Apostles 2:42
Like the first followers of Jesus, we seek to grow closer to God by learning more about God and the faith that has been handed down to us. We seek to share and celebrate that faith as a community. Come, deepen your faith and draw closer to God!
Small Christian Communities
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. ~ Matthew 18:20
Small Christian Communities, or faith sharing groups, are vital to life in Christ. In our smaller communities, we are able to grow together and support one another along our faith journeys. While always rooted in Christ and the mission of His Church, the focus of any given group will vary based on the spirit of the particular group.
If you are interested in joining, creating or learning how to facilitate a faith sharing group, please email Michelle Sullivan or call the parish office at 410.838.6969, ext. 126. The following is a list of some of our established groups.
Fishers of Men
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
8:00 – 9:00 pm – Friday Evening Holy Hour ~ Church
Our mission is two fold:
- to bring mentogether to strengthen their Catholic faith through formation and fellowship
- to send menout to their families, parishes and communities to put that faith into action
At each meeting the group tackles a different topic that is relevant to the lives of Catholic men today, with a presentation led by Fr. Matt DeFusco, Parochial Vicar, St. Margaret.
The group also sponsors a weekly Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration on Friday evenings from 8:00 – 9:00 pm at St. Margaret Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in the baptistery during the holy hour.
For More Information: contact Rob Dauses at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Morning Mom’s Group
9:15 – 10:45 am ~ Mondays from late September through May
Grow in faith-filled friendship with other moms to reflect on various topics of faith and family life. Contact Shannon Dauses for more information.
At Home with the Word
Many of our groups read and reflect on the Scripture readings that will be heard at our weekend masses, using reflections and discussion questions to help spark the conversation. Interested? Email Michelle Sullivan or call the parish office at 410.838.6969.
Catholic Men’s Fellowship
Sunday evenings ~ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
It is through small group gatherings that men help and encourage each other to work to increase their spirituality, faith and knowledge of Church teachings through evangelization and discipleship. For more information, contact Jack Dempsey 410.803.2111.
Centering Prayer Group
2nd and 4th Thursday of month ~ 7:00 pm
Centering prayer is a prayer of quiet that helps us to open ourselves to God’s presence. We share, learn, support one another and pray together. For more information, contact Gene Popiolek 443.567.6214.
Encountering God in sacred Scripture is a powerful way to deepen one’s relationship with God and each other. The parish has several groups that seek to deepen their faith through learning about, praying with and sharing through Bible study.
Ladies’ Bible Study: Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday mornings at 10 am ~ Sept. – May. Contact Michelle Sullivan for more information.
Wednesday Evenings Bible Study: Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, Sept – May. This group is on hiatus due to COVID-19. Contact Jack Dempsey 410-803-2111 for updates.
Learning About Catholicism and Becoming a Catholic
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult (RCIA)
I have called you by name: you are mine ~ Isaiah 43:1
The RCIA is a journey toward full communion in the Roman Catholic Church. It is designed for adults who are either unbaptized or who were baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition who are interested in becoming Catholic. RCIA is also for people who are already baptized Catholic but have not received the remainder of their Sacraments of Initiation (Holy Communion and Confirmation). The RCIA program involves many members of our parish community. Through the RCIA, the parish community ministers to those seeking to learn about Catholicism and to become Catholic. For more information email Michelle Sullivan or call the parish office at 410.838.6969, ext. 126.
Have you registered for your FREE subscription to FORMED.org? This website has hundreds of videos, eBooks, movies and more about our Catholic faith and is the parish’s gift to YOU! Check out the Opening the Word video series for a reflection on the Sunday readings.
Confirmation Preparation For Adults
For adults who were already baptized, Adult confirmation preparation sessions are offered periodically throughout the year. If you are 18 years or older and interested in being confirmed, please contact Michelle Sullivan.
Have you been away from the Church? Are you feeling called back? The doors are always open. Give us a call, and we will walk with you! Email Michelle Sullivan or call the parish office at410-838-6969, ext. 126.
Serving as a Catechist
Do you feel called to learn more about the Catholic faith and share it with others? Consider becoming a catechist. Catechists journey with and prepare people to receive the sacraments. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, please email Michelle Sullivan or call the parish office 410.838.6969.
Serving as a Sponsor Couple for Marriage Preparation
When engaged couples come to the parish to celebrate the sacrament of holy matrimony, we connect them with a couple in our parish to mentor them as they plan for married life. Sponsor couples share their experience of marriage and help the engaged couple to discuss important aspects for healthy relationships such as communication, finances, faith, family, living habits and personal time. If you would like to learn more about serving in this enriching ministry, including the training process, please email Michelle Sullivan or call the parish office at 410.838.6969.