REACH

REACH

REACH is a space for adults to encounter Jesus in a meaningful way through prayer, study and fellowship. We offer a variety of classes and Bible studies to choose from, each one focused on growing in discipleship.

The Latin word for “the stars” (Sidera) also happens the root of Desire. In a certain sense, the stars can serve as symbols for what is beautiful, mysterious and ultimately desirable about the universe--and yet utterly unattainable on our own steam. In a similar way, our natural longing (or desire) for God, whether we are aware of it or not, can only be satisfied from outside of nature--that is to say, supernaturally.
No matter how we attempt to quell the interior storms with the balm of the world, ultimately only disappointment and frustration will result. Rather, it is only when we encounter Jesus that our lives begin to make sense; to take on new meaning. It is then that we start to discover a happiness never previously known.

So, let us REACH for the stars!

See below for the different types of our “REACH” programs.

Catholic Accompaniment

Often for very legitimate reasons, many Catholics find themselves at times plateauing in the spiritual life, unsure of where to go next, and devoid any qualified guides to assist them on the way. By focusing on where you have been, spiritually, and where you would like to go, the parish is offering a tailor-made spiritual game plan for anyone interested in going farther and deeper in their walk with Jesus. Please contact Michael Garibaldi at adultfaith@stgacc.org or (480) 595-0883 (x8218).

Crux Bible Study Program

Stories are an important part of our day-to-day lives. We lose ourselves in their pages, we read them to our children, and watch them unfold before us on stage and screen. They help to reveal us to ourselves and often inspire lasting change. Even the structure of stories resonates with us, in large measure because they mirror the very structure of our lives: from the highest peaks to the deepest depths, the hero undergoes a journey that she hopes will end in success.

Similarly, we are the protagonist/hero in the narrative of our own lives, but without a deep and abiding knowledge of God’s story of salvation and our place in that story, we can at times feel spiritually aimless and without a clear sense of purpose. If you have ever felt this way, perhaps the CRUX is for you. Come join us in August!,

The CRUX is a five-week online Bible study for adults that offers a deep-dive into the most essential parts of God’s story, along with opportunities for discussion and fellowship. It is completely free, and there is no required homework from week to week.

STAGE-3

STAGE-3, is a new apostolate at St. Gabriel the Archangel, dedicated to the ongoing catechetical formation of adults in preparation for a deepening sense of mission in their lives.

This is a sixty-minute class to be held in the church every first Saturday of the month, immediately following the 8:15AM Mass. So come for Mass and say for Class!

Stage-3 is an opportunity for continuing formation in the faith directed not only to the individual Christian, to accompany them in their journey towards holiness, but also to the Christian community as such so that it may mature also in its interior life of love of God and of the brethren as well as in its openness to the world as a missionary community.

The desire of Jesus and his prayer to the Father are an unceasing appeal: "May they all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me". (General Directory for Catechesis)

Approaching this ideal, little by little, demands of the community a great fidelity to the action of the Holy Spirit, the constant nourishment of the Body and Blood of Christ and continuing education in the faith, listening all the time to the word.

To learn more about these programs and how to join please contact Michael Garibaldi: adultfaith@stgacc.org or call the church office at 480-595-0883.

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