Almost everyone belongs to one small group or another. Whether it is a football team, a book club, a CAFOD group or any of a number of other groups, we belong somewhere. As social creatures, humans feel the need to talk, to share and to belong. It makes sense that this feeling of belonging, of community, translates to our parish life.
Many churches have wonderful events bringing together the whole parish, allowing people to mix and feel part of God’s family. Small Communities allow for a closer relationship with God and each other, where life in the Church is not confined to one day a week or even a particular Mass time.
Small Communities are more than just small groups but in a very real way a path to deeper faith and fellowship with other Christians. They have the power, through a sense of belonging, sharing, trust and above all love to provide powerful witness to others (1 John 4:11-14).
Lay people, religious and clergy alike have seen the wisdom of small groups as essential to the life and mission of the contemporary Church. As Pope St John Paul II wrote in Redemptoris Missio, Small Communities ‘are a sign of vitality within the Church, an instrument of formation and evangelization’ (RM, 51). Your participation in one will enliven your personal faith and help you to be the evangelist we are all called to be (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 58).