"A Home of Small Christian Communities"
Under the leadership of Rev. Ignatius Plathanam, CMI, the small parish of St. Monica in Palatka, FL in the Diocese of St. Augustine, has become just that. Fr. Ignatius came to the parish in 2006 and immediately introduced RENEW: Spiritual Renewal for the 21st Century. Many of those original small groups have continued to meet over the years and are participating in RENEW's Why Catholic? program of adult faith formation and evangelization.
Fr. Ignatius is an enthusiastic believer in the power of small Christian communities, as evidenced by St. Monica's Mission Statement:
To be a Home of Small Christian Communities,
In each issue of the parish newsletter, Saint Monica Messenger, a different small group is featured. In the April 2012 issue, the "Saint Simon Community" tells a bit about how it was formed and what the group is currently involved in. They are one of the founding small communities at St. Monica.
helping each other to connect life and faith,
and welcoming all to the compassionate love of Jesus.
The same issue also contains an article about the recent parish mission conducted by Br. Bob Moriarty, S.M., PhD., a well-known proponent of small Christian communities. During the mission, Br. Bob noted,
"When Small Christian Communities become a lifestyle, when we regularly and actively make a difference in each other's lives while building up the life and mission of our parish, God's gathered and sent Eucharistic people ... we enrich all of our doing with being, being in touch with ourselves, others, and the presences of God in our lives."