Centering Prayer & Lectio Divina
". . . But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you." MT 6:6
Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. The Christian contemplative tradition can be expressed as "resting in God" beyond thoughts, words, and emotions.This prayer is done while sitting comfortably with eyes closed as a symbol of letting go of what is going on around and within us. The minimum time for this prayer is 20 minutes. Two periods are recommended each day.
The principal fruits of centering prayer are experienced in daily life and not during the prayer period. Centering Prayer familiarizes us with God's first language which is silence.
Our weekly Centering prayer group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Chapel to encourage, support and share the spiritual journey. We 'Center' for 20 minutes, followed by offering verbal prayers and petitions to God.
Once a month (on the first Tuesday) a period of Lectio Divina is offered after Centering Prayer. Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) is a reflective reading of scripture that leads us into the deeper meaning of scripture and the transformation of our lives. It is a way of listening to the texts of scripture as if we were in conversation with Christ and He was suggesting the topics of conversation. There are moments of listening and pondering the chosen passage. It is listening with the "ear" of the heart.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to join our group, come to the Chapel every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. or call the Parish Office to be put in touch with Barbara Main.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed every Friday from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Chapel. Take the time from your busy schedule to visit.
Prayer & Praise
Our charismatic group meets on Mondays at 7 pm in the Chapel to joyfully praise God.
Small Christian Communities
Small Christian Communities (SCCs) are gatherings of Christians who come together regularly to pray, to share their human stories and their faith with one another, to read the scriptures together, and to seek ways to respond to God's presence.
Mercy Prayer Group
Now forming - a group to meet once or twice a month to pray and discuss how to use our Godgiven gifts to live our lives in service of others. We will be inspired by the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Join us in the Chapel every Saturday at 4:15 pm to honor our Heavenly Mother and to bring all our needs for her intercession.
Grupo de Oración
Nos encuentramos lunes y viernes a las 7 pm en la capilla de San Francisco en Oceano. La Noche de Alabanza es el último viernes del mes en la iglesia de San Patricio a las 7 pm.