After the 12 Weeks - What Next?
Your group has found safety and support with each other on the parish property. That's a good thing and you want to help them keep coming back. Here's how:
Invite them to 12 more weeks of CDSG.
People usually benefit from a second 12-week group where they will see and hear things they did not catch the first time. "I was in a different place after 12 weeks; I'm glad I did it again!" is a common response we hear from group members. Invite them back for no charge (they already have their Personal Guide) and encourage them to be a support to the new people. Don't let them pop in and out, though. Each group should be comprised of those who can make a commitment to be there all the way for each other.
Dig more deeply into our faith.
Did Christopher West stir some interest when you watched the DVDs? Do you want to deepen your prayer life, or understand how to deal with emotions from a Catholic perspective? Ascension Press DVD programs and study guides make it easy. Resources are available for no risk trial periods. Check it out!
Start your own bible study.
The Great Adventure bible resources are a fun and easy way to start. Don't try to wing it or it may be the blind leading the blind! Use recommended resources that are faithful to Church teachings and that can guide you.
Host an Annulment workshop.
Ask your local diocesan tribunal if someone would be willing to offer a workshop at your parish. Canon law is complex...because people's hearts are complex...so don't rely on someone who may unintentionally confuse or mislead. If you need some assistance in this area, call Tara Cabral at Ascension Press (317-603-6199) to bring a workshop to your area.
Start a Book Study.
Give your group a list of books on
the last night and ask if they want to continue with a 6-week or longer
study. Order the book How to Understand and Petition for your Decree of Nullity and then download the book study guide here. Some churches use Rose's book Dear God, Send Me a Soul Mate for an 8-week group. For tackling parenting problems, any of Dr. Ray Guarendi's books are easy and fun to read/discuss. Jesus Shock by Peter Kreeft is short and an easy read but a profound book on authentic spirituality. Keep it simple.