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As they have done since September 9, 2007, every Saturday morning, from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM, men gather in the St. Jerome hall to hit the “pause button” on life. As one week ends and another begins, led by our pastor, we meet for a brief 90 minutes to share their stories and to give and receive perspective, insights, and guidance for becoming better husbands, fathers, grandfathers, sons, workers, and members of the community.
Every sixth week the men hold a structured prayer session in the church sanctuary followed by a discussion of the prayer in the church hall. Examples of Men’s Ministry readings and questions are below. The bottom of this page offers several reflections the men have had about the inherent spirituality in their everyday life experiences.
The St. Jerome Society, Men of Faith and Action, is designed to help parish men of all ages realize what it means to be a Catholic man today. The group’s primary mission is to help men enrich their relationships with Jesus Christ and apply their faith to their daily lives.
The men work to achieve these goals by joining in small groups to discuss their successes and struggles, praying together, studying the Sacred Scripture, and holding each other accountable to their Christian values by the way they live their lives. Through this fellowship, they learn that they are capable of realizing and committing to their true priorities, and living that commitment. In fostering this, the St. Jerome Society, Men of Faith and Action, strives to bring its members closer to God, their families, the community, and each other.
If you would like to meet other men facing the challenges of being Catholic in today’s world, we invite you to join us and see what we’re all about. If you would like more information, please get in touch with one of the Contacts listed below.
From a Translator article on the Men’s Ministry
Bob Saraceni, who founded the group, says, “Our purpose is to realize our enormous capacity to connect to God through each other in a way that is unique to men. Through the stories and discussions shared we can live more vibrant spiritual lives, become better husbands, fathers, grandfathers, workers, Catholics, Christians and members of the community. We meet every Saturday from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM and we stick to that schedule so we’re home early and our meetings don’t interfere with weekend family activities. We select a topic for discussion over a six week period. At the beginning of each new session we have a catered breakfast to change it up and socialize a bit more.”
Examples of Men’s Ministry Readings and Questions
For the first three years of the Men’s Ministry six-week discussion cycles revolved around a particular theme, such as “Attitude Adjustment: Down but Not Out” or “Men At Work: Performance Anxiety.” A typical meeting begins with a Scripture that is e-mailed to the membership on Thursdays, such as Mathew 20:1-16, the Workers in the Vineyard, for a discussion titled, “Who Is the Boss?” At Saturday’s meeting the group tackles three questions inspired by the reading, in this case: 1. What role does work play in your life? Is it in balance? 2. In your dealings with God are you a bargainer or a truster? 3. What changes would you like to make in the work part of your life?
Examples of some previous discussion cycles are available here.
From mid-2010 until mid-August 2012 the format changed to using the next day’s Sunday Gospel, sometimes the First or Second Reading, and occasionally personally-chosen Scripture passages, as the jumping-off point for questions related to “The Challenge of the Sacred in Everyday Life.” In late summer 2012 a five-man rotation began writing the discussion questions based on the Sunday Gospel, or on selected Scripture passages, or on prayers or meditative writings that each of the five men personally chose in turn. Every sixth Saturday the men hold a prayer service in the church sanctuary, followed by a discussion of the prayer service in the church hall.
Men’s Ministry Reflections
From time to time the men of the Men’s Ministry share their reflections in writing. These honest and revelatory reflections often revolve around the inherent spirituality in everyday life experiences.
On October 23, 2009 twelve of the men from St. Jerome’s Men’s Ministry gathered at The Joques Retreat House in Cornwall, NY. This video is a meditative, pictorial depiction of their retreat. The Cornwall retreat was held annually from 2009 through 2012.
An extended reflection on the meaning and impact of the three days of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil) by a member of the Men’s Ministry is available here.