As we continue our celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, this is the year of parish revival. In turn, the Cathedral has launched a Lenten small-group series called the Jesus in the Eucharist series from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fr. Joshua Votruba hopes to see more parishioners engage in this form of faith formation. The small groups will meet on Wednesday nights or Tuesday mornings.
“More and more people are moving to and benefiting from small communities where they can share their faith journey and have a sense of community amongst each other,” Fr. Joshua says.
The Cathedral is a beautiful community, but it can be hard to grow in faith in a large group.
“A small group can help you to grow in a very intentional way,” Fr. Joshua says. “We can share in small groups — you hear other people’s struggles, and you realize you don’t need to be so hard on yourself. You hear other people’s struggles, and you can breathe easier.”
“As a parish, the Cathedral has seen rapid growth over the past few years,” says Becca LePage, a longtime small group member. “Small groups provide the ideal environment to take such a large community and break it down into groups that meet regularly outside the Sunday Mass to foster life-giving friendships among its members,”
Fr. Joshua likens small groups to his time in
“There are other people who are struggling but striving toward the same thing,” he says. “Coming to realize that was a huge support in my own faith journey.”
Becca’s group has walked together through the ups and downs of life.
“There is an intimacy and strength that comes from seeing how God is working not only in your life but in the lives of those around you,” Becca says. “Praise be to God that He places others around us to encourage us this side of heaven.”
The Lenten series is seven weeks long and includes a video and discussion with a small group. People need not attend all of the sessions in order to participate. Attendees may also continue meeting in a small group when the series concludes.
Fr. Joshua encourages everyone to be open to sharing in a small group.
“Each small group is unique,” he says. “Be open to hearing others and being yourself.”
“The beauty of a small group is the depth of friendship that comes from spending week after week together studying the faith, gleaning wisdom from the experience of others, and covering each other in prayer,” Becca adds.
The Lenten series began on Jan. 31. The evening series includes adoration at 5 p.m. and a meal. Call the parish office to register at 918-582-6247.