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Men who are interested in learning how to facilitate a men's group in their own parish or how to renew their existing men's group are invited to attend the following groups and/or contact the group's leaders, listed below. In addition, please review some of the materials included at the bottom of the page for ideas on starting new men's groups.

location/when and who/time

St. Gertrude's
7630 Shawnee Run Rd.
Madeira, OH 45249     2nd and 4th Saturdays
Contact: Kevin Lynch
(513) 469-0310     7:30-9:00 A.M.

St. Bartholomew
9375 Winton Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45231     2nd and 4th Saturdays
Contact: Dan Gibbons
(513) 761-6500     7:00-8:30 A.M.

All Saints
8039 Montgomery Rd.
Kenwood, OH 45236     1st and 3rd Saturdays
Contact: Kent Linneman
(513) 793-7519     7:30-9:00 A.M.

Nativity
5935 Pandora Ave.
Pleasant Ridge, OH 45213     2nd and 4th Saturdays
Contact: Fred Robertshaw
(513) 731-3713     7:30-9:00 A.M.

Northern Kentucky     
Contact: Gerry Benzinger
(859) 341-2084

Northern Ohio     
Contact: Dave Langenkamp
(419) 629-2942


complementary plans

  • Celebrate mass during the year. For example, Christmas & Easter.
  • Conduct a reconciliation service on an annual basis.
  • Look for other sources such as tapes and live speakers.
  • Plan 5th Saturday programs around wives and families.
  • Organize a Prayer Chain

 

operating principles

These are a few principles we recommend you follow to make your Fellowship Group for Men successful.

  1. Spread out the preparation work for the meeting. The leader meeting leader should concentrate on the discussion topic, another man volunteer as the song leader, and another men set up the coffee and any food. Everyone helps clean up at the end.
  2. Organize the group in a circle so that each man's "ritual space" is respected.
  3. Use one or two facilitators to maintain standard and keep the men on track.
  4. Keep the structure non-hierarchical and encourage feedback and suggestions.
  5. Pre-plan each meeting, but be flexible, responsive, and able to adjust to an individual's needs.
  6. Establish a predictable and comfortable format that fosters spontaneity.
  7. Take some time at the start of each meeting for men to "socialize" and get to know each other.
  8. Encourage personal witness and testimonies to build faith.
  9. Do not establish rules or regulations, or over commit the men.
  10. Meet the men "where they are at" and avoid making demands.
  11. Be sure to end the meeting on time.
  12. Keep brief reference notes on each meeting and maintain a resource library.
  13. Make plans for the men to attend the Answer The Call Conference together, with their Pastor and any other Parish men, fathers and sons.
  14. Initiate a weekend retreat when the Fellowship Group for Men is in the start-up phase and on an annual basis thereafter.

 

 

Newsflash

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