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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
For many Catholic adults today, life is hectic, noisy and often filled with too many distractions. For most of us, it has likely been decades since we last had an opportunity to study our Catholic faith in any formal way. In an effort to address this need, St. Gabriel the Archangel has launched STAGE-3, a new apostolate intended to provide ongoing catechetical formation for busy adults.
These sixty-minute classes are held in the church every first Wednesday of the month, and facilitated by a series of engaging speakers. They begin with a time of fellowship in the narthex (vestibule), a teaching on some aspect of the Catholic faith, and conclude with a concrete call to action.
Our hope is that participants will grow in three fundamental ways. First: in understanding (and appreciation) of the rich intellectual tradition undergirding their Catholic faith. Secondly: in communion with their fellow parishioners; and, thirdly, in greater openness to living life as a mission-minded disciple of Jesus Christ in the Diocese of Phoenix.
All upcoming STAGE-3 events will be advertised in the weekly parish bulletin and through Flocknote. If you would like to learn more about STAGE-3 or any of the programs listed above, please contact Michael Garibaldi: email@example.com or call the church office at 480-595-0883.