Bible Studies & Faith Enrichment Programs
“They were faithful to the teaching of the apostles, the common life of sharing, the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
At St. Brigid, we offer a variety of faith building opportunities. Below are listed Bible studies and small Christian communities which you can participate in to enrich your faith. If a contact is not listed, please feel free to contact our Adult Faith Coordinator, Debra Schneider, at 210-696-0896, ext. 209.
Café y Pan Dulce
Café y Pan Dulce is a gathering of parishioners after the 8:00 am Liturgy which consists of reflections on the Sunday Lectionary Readings, on our Catholic traditions and fellowship. Participants are welcome to share their favorite dishes or traditions. The event is bilingual.
Se ofrecerá un estudio biblico durante el otoño, dependiendo en el interés de la comunidad hispana y también de la disponibilidad de el presentador.
Singles Serving Christ is one of our newest ministries at St. Brigid. We are looking for Singles, 25 to 55 in age, who would like to grow in faith with like-minded individuals for spiritual gatherings and exciting outings. This is not a group for dating. It is a group for singles who want to serve Christ through ministry, service, and also plan some social gatherings. Meetings are being held on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Deacon Paul Heye Room (McKenna Bldg., Rooms 201/202). For more information being a part of Singles Serving Christ, please contact Carmina Reyes at 210-685-4186 or Rose Mary Hernandez at 210-317-9165.
Small Christian Communities
Ecclesial communities meet in various homes at different times and are a source of renewed self-understanding and hope for the entire Church. Rooted in scripture and small in size (6 to 12 persons), these small church communities provide opportunities to reflect deeply on the Christian message and the call to respond in service to the small community itself as well as to the larger faith community and the universal church. Many of the Small Christian Communities study the Sunday readings together and share thoughts, fellowship and prepare for the upcoming Mass. SCC members may include persons who are single, married, families, or intergenerational. The members gather as a large community on special dates throughout the year. For more information, please contact Minerva Mendoza at 210-687-4726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pequeñas Comunidades de Fe
Las pequeñas comunidades son comunidades de seis a doce personas que se reunen seguidamente en un hogar para leer la sagrada escritura, reflexionar sobre el mensaje de Dios y como se puede vivir ese mensaje, en comunidad pequeña como en la comunidad de la parroquia.
To express an interest in being a part of a Small Christian Community, click on and print out the following form…then return to Debra Schneider by scanning and emailing to her at DebraSchneider@stbrigidcc.org or faxing to 210-696-7319.
St. Brigid Faith-based Mental Health Family Support Group
In collaboration with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), this ministry is currently hosting a 12-week NAMI Family-to-Family workshop at St. Brigid on Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm, from January 21 through April 8. All year, except for the months of August and December, support meetings take place monthly on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am-12:30 pm. For more information, please contact Carmen Ortiz at 210-521-9161.
St. Brigid’s The Learning Well
The Learning Well is a place where anyone can come to learn for the first time about Church history or get a refresher on Bible events.
On Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings, parishioners come together to learn about the Bible and their Catholic faith. For many years now, participants have studied The Great Adventure, a program developed in 1984 by Jeff Cavins, a Protestant minister who later returned to the Catholic Church in 1995. Participants have found this program, developed when Jeff realized that many Christians did not grasp “the big picture” of the Bible, to be very helpful in better understanding the Word of God. With basic background, participants are able to take their own journey through Scripture. Now, Mass readings can be put into the context of the bigger picture, allowing them to enter into a great adventure when hearing God through His Word more clearly. Participants have studied series books: The Bible Timeline, the Gospel of Matthew, Acts, the Gospel of Luke, Mary, The Early Church (EPIC), and the book of James. Other series, such as Symbolon and Wisdom, are authored by well-known writers and endorsed by The Great Adventure program and offer great insight into our Catholic faith.
During the Fall of 2017, we will begin with Wisdom, an eight-part Bible study featuring Jeff Cavins. In this study, Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith examine biblical wisdom as it relates to daily life. Drawing on the wisdom literature of the Bible-Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and Ecclesiastes- Wisdom will teach you how to actively seek out sound guidance and increase your sense of peace in navigating life. Sign-ups will take place in the Narthex on the weekends of August 5/6 & 12/13.
For more information, please contact Debra Schneider, Adult Faith Coordinator, at 210-696-0896, ext. 209, or DebraSchneider@stbrigidcc.org.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
This group meets on most Tuesday mornings from 9:15 am to 10:15 am. The Bible study prepares you for Mass with open (shared) discussion of upcoming Sunday readings. While the focus is usually on the Sunday Lectionary readings, the topic may vary according to the liturgical season.
This Bible study opportunity also allows you to visit and pray with others. If interested in being a part of this group, you may contact Mary Catherine at 210-696-8976.
Writing With Angels
Would you like to share your stories through a creative writing process? Whether we write to remember, to share our life in community, or because we are inspired to respond to life’s goodness, our work is a beautiful reflection of our life experience. We share faith, write, and provide supportive feedback. You are welcome to join us on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 am—12:30 pm, in McKenna Bldg., Room 203. Bring writing paper, and pen or pencil. Facilitator: Mary Olivia Patiño, 210-558-1302.
Please note: This group often takes the summer off. Please call during the months of June-August to confirm sessions are taking place.
Men of ACTS
This group meets each 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:30—10:30 am. If you’ve attended an ACTS Retreat, join us for prayer, fellowship, and spiritual renewal. This is a great opportunity for all our Brothers to spend time with our Lord and be refreshed. For more information, please contact: John Galindo at email@example.com.
Men of St. Joseph
This ministry meets every Tuesday morning from 5:30 am to 6:30 am in McKenna Bldg., Room 206. This early hour of fellowship gives men new ways to reflect on life and to be better servants of God and to their families. So, come grow in your prayer life and your commitment to the Word of God, and learn about the Catholic Faith!
That Man Is You!
This group meets on Saturday mornings, 6:45 am – 8:30 am, in the Spring and Fall. This early hour of fellowship gives men new ways to reflect on life and to be better servants of God and to their families. So, come grow in your prayer life and your commitment to the Word of God and learn about the Catholic Faith! For more information, please contact Gilbert Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women of ACTS
This group typically meets monthly, but can vary depending on parish events. You can join us even if you haven’t yet attended an ACTS Retreat. We do a variety of spiritual activities including but not limited to reading of scriptures and praying the rosary. This is a great opportunity to spend time with our Lord, participate in fellowship, and be refreshed. For more information, please contact: Linda Castillo-Trevino at 210-860-4450 or email at email@example.com.