The Greek word kerygma means “to proclaim.” Just as the apostles proclaimed who Christ is, all Christians are called to proclaim God’s Word in some way. In order to proclaim the Gospel, we need support and a strong prayer life. With this strong foundation, we are equipped to go out and invite others to experience the love of God. Kerygma groups are an excellent way to both prepare and proclaim the Gospel. Deacon Mike McKenna coordinates the Kerygma groups which meet weekly as small groups and once a month as a large group.
Kerygma groups are made up of eight to 10 members who meet to read and discuss the Gospel readings in preparation for Sunday Mass. This simple exercise prepares our hearts to receive the Word of God and to live it. The support of a faith community strengthens us and helps us to share and invite others to experience the Gospel. Small groups are a place to ask questions, pray, and grow in faith.
“The idea is that if you know someone who is curious about the faith, you can bring them to one of these groups,” Deacon Mike says.
Small faith groups are often an entry point to other opportunities. You will get to know other parishioners and often those parishioners are involved in other ministries. This can open your eyes and heart to all of the ways that you can serve through the parish. Deacon Mike sums it up with a brief story he heard from a priest.
“A priest met a young couple who asked what the parish could offer them,” he says. “The priest said, ‘You’re looking at it all wrong. What are you going to bring to the parish?’ That’s really where Kerygma is coming from.”
Each group meets at the parish or in someone’s home to discuss the upcoming Gospel reading. They often share food and time in fellowship. On the first Tuesday of each month, all of the Kerygma groups come together in the church at 6 p.m. Fr. Jose shares some teaching and reflection, recently covering the topic of the Eucharist in light of the Eucharistic Renewal. Kerygma groups are a place to bring everyone together in prayer and community.
“When we support each other, we have energy to go out and invite others,” Deacon Mike says.
To join a Kerygma group that fits your schedule, contact Deacon Mike McKenna at 386-445-2246.