ROUND-UP: 5 Lenten Small Group Studies

Holy Christmas, Batman — is it time to plan for Lent, already?!

In short, yes.

Hoping this round-up will give you some inspiration as you gather your resources for your own respective ministries. This is not an exhaustive list, just a way to get your creative/planning juices flowing. (To see my second round-up of Lenten Small Group Studies, click here. )

If you want to get a full month of marketing/promotion for your Lenten small groups before your official launch date, then now is the time to get those orders in! Here’s a sample of what the publishers are offering:

#1) Wondrous Encounters by Richard Rohr (2010)

  • Price: $8.99/book
  • Click here for more information.
  • Click here to read Amazon Customer Reviews of the book.

Description from publisher, Franciscan Media:

“There are two moments that matter. One is when you know that your one and only life is absolutely valuable and alive. The other is when you know your life, as presently lived, is entirely pointless and empty. You need both of them to keep you going in the right direction. Lent is about both. The first such moment gives you energy and joy by connecting you with your ultimate Source and Ground. The second gives you limits and boundaries, and a proper humility, so you keep seeking the Source and Ground and not just your small self.”—From the Introduction

#2) Sacred Reading for Lent 2017 by The Apostleship of Prayer

  • Price: $1.75/booklet
  • Click here to sample and read reviews of the book.

Description from publisher, Ave Maria Press:

Lent is a season of solemn repentance that leads to the most important celebration of the Catholic Church year, the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. The Apostleship of Prayer—an international Jesuit prayer ministry—leads you through the season in an accessible, six-step process that will help create moments of serenity during your busy day so you can listen to God’s Word, prayerfully respond, and easily explore ways the gospel reading can be applied to your daily life.

#3) Fast, Pray, Give edited by Mary Carol Kendzia (2012)

Description from publisher, Franciscan Media:

Fast, Pray, Give looks at Lent through the lens of discipleship, encouraging us to adopt practices that bring us more fully into an appreciation of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every week, it offers:

  • quotes from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • inspiration about each topic
  • questions for reflection and discussion
  • a saint for the week
  • a Lenten practice
  • a prayer

#4) The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2017 by Tom Fox

Description from publisher, Ave Maria Press:

…offer[s] practical insight and spiritual wisdom from popular Catholic preachers, speakers, and homilists. A new voice each season and a simple format invite Catholics to embrace the living Word of God as revealed in the daily gospel readings and in their everyday lives.

Popular Catholic columnist, blogger, and podcaster Deacon Tom Fox guides you along the path to renewal with simple, yet spiritually challenging devotions for every day of Lent, the Triduum, and Easter Sunday. These daily gospel-based devotions will thoughtfully lead you from the solemnness of Ash Wednesday and the passionate sorrow of the Cross to the exuberant joy of the Resurrection.

#5) Disciples on the Journey: A Lenten Lectionary Resource for Small Groups by Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria, Texas

  • Price: $25.00/1 pack of 10 booklets
  • Click here to sample.

Description from brochure:

This inspirational lectionary-based resource will:

  • Help deepen one’s personal relationship with God
  • Inspire and encourage participants to live as Jesus’ disciples in daily life
  • Enliven faith by personal reflection on Scripture
  • Provide new insights into the Sunday readings through the commentaries and discussion sharing with others
  • Enhance the ability to hear and be open to the Word of God proclaimed at Sunday liturgy.

This post has been updated — originally published December 2013.

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