Seasons of Hope Guidebook : Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-01
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Pr

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Seasons of Hope is a comprehensive program for pastoral leaders, guiding them through all the necessary steps of creating and sustaining small bereavement groups. This program offers twenty-four scripture-based sessions, organized into four, six-week, non-sequential seasons. Each season has its own Participant Journal for at-home follow-up by group members. All group sessions follow the same simple format and flow with a comforting blend of scripture, prayer, group exercises, faith-sharing, and Catholic traditions. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

"Seasons of Hope Prayer"p. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Foreword: A Pastor's Perspectivep. 13
Introduction: Welcome to Seasons of Hopep. 15
About Seasons of Hope
The Decisionp. 21
Does your parish need a Christ-centered bereavement support group?
First Stepsp. 31
Where do you begin?
Faith Sharing, Facilitators, and Fellowshipp. 53
What is the essence of faith sharing?
What do facilitators do?
How does fellowship fit in?
About Weekly Sessionsp. 65
What are the unique traits of Seasons of Hope meetings?
About the Participant Journalsp. 84
How does the booklet enhance group sessions?
Why does home journaling help participants?
Session Footprints
Point of Departure: For Whom Are You Looking?p. 91
Path to Understanding: Our Source of Consolationp. 97
Obstacles on the Journey: Shattered Dreamsp. 101
Path to Inner Healing: Finding Joyp. 105
Way of Suffering: The Way of the Crossp. 108
Final Destination: Untie Himp. 111
Point of Departure: Rememberingp. 115
Path to Understanding: Seeking Consolationp. 121
Obstacles on the Journey: Stumbling Blocksp. 125
Path to Inner Healing: Living Hopep. 129
Way of Suffering: The Crossp. 132
Final Destination: Do Not Be Afraidp. 135
Point of Departure: Believingp. 138
Path to Understanding: Knock and the Door Shall Be Openedp. 143
Obstacles on the Journey: Our Infirmitiesp. 146
Path to Inner Healing: Blinders to Faithp. 149
Way of Suffering: His Woundsp. 152
Final Destination: Do Not Weepp. 155
Point of Departure: Last Encounterp. 158
Path to Understanding: The Garden of Gethsemanep. 163
Obstacles on the Journey: Crown of Thornsp. 166
Path to Inner Healing: Gift of Caringp. 169
Way of Suffering: Golgothap. 172
Final Destination: Be My Witnessesp. 175
Sample Brochurep. 179
Sessions-at-a-Glancep. 181
Participant Journals-at-a-Glancep. 185
Suggested Sound Recordingsp. 189
Helpful Resources for the Teamp. 190
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