What are Small Christian Communities (SCC)?
Small Christian Communities are a unique way for parishioners to share in their Faith Journey with other members of St. Monica. People who come together to form Small Christian Communities provide mutual support to each other, foster strong relationships, and encourage each other to grow in faith, while creating a sense of belonging to the parish.
These are not new concepts for the Church. From the earliest beginnings of our Faith, Christians met in small groups in each other's homes to share faith and break bread.
"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved."
- ACTS 2:46-47
Father Thumma views the development of Small Christian Communities as a crucial part of the overall pastoral direction set by parish leaders. This direction envisions St. Monica as a "community made up of many small communities, praising God and sharing goodwill among the people" centered in the Eucharist and committed to live as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.
This invitation for everyone to form Small Christian Communities stems from our pastoral planning and a recognition that families at St. Monica Church are seeking ways to connect with the parish community and grow in their Faith. Our own parish shares a humble beginning as a small church community and mission church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma. Since our founding in 1960, we have grown to over 1,500 families and are welcoming new members to our church every day.
Now, we are excited to launch this new form of parish life for everyone at St. Monica to embrace, gathering parishioners together to share faith and support each other.