Session Descriptions

Below are descriptions of the themes for the 6 small group sessions for Healing Our Church

Week 1: Facing the Truth
We'll express our feelings about the sexual-abuse scandal and its impact—first and foremost on the victim-survivors, but also on us and all the faithful. We listen to the experiences of others, respecting their feelings and emotions. We'll face the truth, so we can begin to move forward.

Week 2: Healing Our Wounds
Acts of sexual abuse and the coverups have deeply wounded the whole people of God. Healing is an ongoing process that takes place over time and in several stages. The treatment is truth, compassion, transparency, and prayer. Each of us must play a part in the process of healing and transformation of the Church.

Week 3: Rebuilding Our Church
We'll identify and explore the complex, multiple factors that have contributed to the sexual abuse and coverups. We claim our role in rebuilding the Church. We'll recall that in the history of the Church, whenever human sin and weakness have caused scandal, the Holy Spirit has inspired great women and men to respond and challenge the Church to personal and systemic changes.

Week 4: Why Do I Remain a Catholic?
We'll read stories from people sharing why they remain Catholic, and what they treasure about the Church. We'll express our own reasons for remaining Catholic. We'll stand with Peter, saying, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Week 5: We Believe
We'll refocus on our connection to Christ, whom we meet in the sacraments and the Scriptures in the community of the faithful. We'll explore ways of articulating to others why we stay.

Week 6: A Way Forward
We'll refocus on our connection to Christ, whom we meet in the sacraments and the Scriptures in the community of the faithful. We'll explore together what we believe and why.