Contemplative Prayer is a method of silent prayer or meditation to help us listen to God's word within us. Whether you are interested in learning about this type of prayer or are already practicing, all are welcome. After our prayer, we read and discuss the upcoming Sunday readings which can result in some lively discussions due to questions and differences of opinion. We meet every Wednesday night in homes near Zilker Park.
Contact: Janice Godwin
Our community of mothers of young children gathers for prayer with each other and our children, shares the Gospel and enjoys fellowship with other Catholic mothers. The mission of our community is to know and serve Jesus Christ through our children and the larger community.
We accomplish this through faith sharing on the upcoming Gospel reading, discussing books related to parenthood or spiritual growth, hosting speakers, and participating in community outreach and social events with our children. Such events have included caroling at Westminster manor, a community La Posada, Moms day retreat and parish Kids Stations of the Cross.
Contact: Jennifer Kirsch
The Seekers SCC meet at the home of Marilyn Ross,
Contact: Marilyn Ross
“Sundays with the Word” SCC is a family oriented community whose members are parents with children, and one grandmother. The core of the community is faith sharing, but we also work hard to share our faith gospel values with our families. As the name implies, we meet every other Sunday evening for faith sharing and a chance to socialize. Our community follows the Lectio Divina model for sharing the Word, and we also allow time for sharing family news and general visiting. In addition to our regular meetings we hold additional events that include the entire family. These events include 2 or 3 volunteer activities each year and 3 family parties or picnics. We don’t forget about the adults and hold 3 dinners or parties each year just for the SCC members and their spouses. “Sundays with the Word” started around 1995 as a group of parents with young children interested in doing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. After completing the Exercises the group wanted to continue to meet and transitioned into a Small Christian Community. Membership has changed over the years but the members have always been very committed to each other and have provided support physically, spiritually and emotionally when needed.
Contact: Mike Debner
Our community is so named because we are women nurturing and rejoicing in the holy life within each other, as Mary and Elizabeth nutured and rejoiced in the holy lives of Jesus and John the Baptist within them. Our community consists of approximately sixteen women, most of who are in the second half of life. We are single women, widows, wives, mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, all seeking to share our faith with one another in a loving, prayerful and respectful environment. Our focus is faith sharing on the Gospel, and we value the continued learning element of SCCs by frequently reading and discussing a book of a spiritual nature. Many of our members are actively involved in ministries related to St. Austin parish such as St. Louise House, Prayer Blanket, Communion Outreach, Eucharistic, Feeding Homeless Youth and Martha ministries, as well as ministries outside our parish community such as Results and Hospice Austin. Some members belong to another Small Christian Community as well as our SCC. Our sharing and mutual support of one another nourish us spiritually as we go out into the larger community to "manifest God's transforming love in the world," as the St. Austin parish mission statement proclaims. We strive to be prayerful and loving companions to each other on this spiritual journey, seeking to discover God's loving and healing presence in its many hopes and joys, sorrows and losses. We meet on the First and Third Thursday mornings of each month and weekly during the Advent and Lenten seasons.
Contact: Sandra Martin
Because of our large numbers and need for additional meeting accommodations, one of our members has agreed to facilitate another daytime SCC. For information about this other Daytime community please contact Judy Smith.
Our Vincentian Community # 1 was formed on the basis of those who wished to follow
Spirituality of Saints Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Elizabeth Ann Seton. Our Mission is to serve and discover Jesus Christ in persons who are poor and marginalized
and to support one another in doing so through prayer, action, and listening to others.
We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the homes of various
members. We welcome new members who feel a call or already serving persons who
are poor and vulnerable and to reflect with others on the Gospel and on the spirituality
of the Vincentian founders.
Contact: Eloise Sutherland
We are located in central Austin in the following neighborhoods: Brykerwoods, Tarrytown and Treemont. We meet every other Wednesday 6:45–8 p.m. during the school year. Our focus is faith sharing on the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday. We are a community of different denominations, Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran. Besides discussion on the scriptures, we discuss our different places in life. Some still have children at home or some are away at college. We have two traditions that bring us all together with are families, a Seder Supper in the spring and a Posada at Christmas. We are open to new members.
Contact: Myra Bull