Seasons of Hope Guidebook: Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups

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Seasons of Hope is a comprehensive program for pastoral leaders, guiding them through all the necessary steps of creating and sustaining small bereavement groups. This program offers twenty-four scripture-based sessions, organized into four, six-week, non-sequential seasons. Each season has its own Participant Journal for at-home follow-up by group members. All group sessions follow the same simple format and flow with a comforting blend of scripture, prayer, group exercises, faith-sharing, and Catholic ...
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Overview

Seasons of Hope is a comprehensive program for pastoral leaders, guiding them through all the necessary steps of creating and sustaining small bereavement groups. This program offers twenty-four scripture-based sessions, organized into four, six-week, non-sequential seasons. Each season has its own Participant Journal for at-home follow-up by group members. All group sessions follow the same simple format and flow with a comforting blend of scripture, prayer, group exercises, faith-sharing, and Catholic traditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594711114
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents


"Seasons of Hope Prayer"     9
Acknowledgments     11
Foreword: A Pastor's Perspective     13
Introduction: Welcome to Seasons of Hope     15
About Seasons of Hope
The Decision     21
Does your parish need a Christ-centered bereavement support group?
First Steps     31
Where do you begin?
Faith Sharing, Facilitators, and Fellowship     53
What is the essence of faith sharing?
What do facilitators do?
How does fellowship fit in?
About Weekly Sessions     65
What are the unique traits of Seasons of Hope meetings?
About the Participant Journals     84
How does the booklet enhance group sessions?
Why does home journaling help participants?
Session Footprints
Season 1
Point of Departure: For Whom Are You Looking?     91
Path to Understanding: Our Source of Consolation     97
Obstacles on the Journey: Shattered Dreams     101
Path to Inner Healing: Finding Joy     105
Way of Suffering: The Way of the Cross     108
Final Destination: Untie Him     111
Season 2
Point of Departure: Remembering     115
Path to Understanding: Seeking Consolation     121
Obstacles on the Journey: Stumbling Blocks     125
Path to Inner Healing: Living Hope     129
Way of Suffering: The Cross     132
Final Destination: Do Not Be Afraid     135
Season 3
Point of Departure: Believing     138
Path to Understanding: Knock and the Door Shall Be Opened     143
Obstacles on the Journey: Our Infirmities     146
Path to Inner Healing: Blinders to Faith     149
Way of Suffering: His Wounds     152
Final Destination: Do Not Weep     155
Season 4
Point of Departure: Last Encounter     158
Path to Understanding: The Garden of Gethsemane     163
Obstacles on the Journey: Crown of Thorns     166
Path to Inner Healing: Gift of Caring     169
Way of Suffering: Golgotha     172
Final Destination: Be My Witnesses     175
Appendix
Sample Brochure     179
Sessions-at-a-Glance     181
Participant Journals-at-a-Glance     185
Suggested Sound Recordings     189
Helpful Resources for the Team     190
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