Parishes: Small Groups

01/01/2015 12:39 pm

Small group discussions around tables

Here you will find three evangelisation-themed sessions for use in small groups in our parishes.

The sessions are timeless so can be used any time during 2015 and beyond to initiate prayer and reflection about the foundation stones of Catholic evangelisation.

Each session includes a story, questions to ponder, a Scripture reading, prayer and extract from Evangelii Gaudium.

The materials aim to inspire a practical and local response to the call to share our faith.


The three sessions plus guidance notes on how to use these materials are provided in a simple format to facilitate easy and low-cost printing.

Meeting Jesus: The only one who can save me
1: Meeting Jesus 379.90 kB

Learning to be a Missionary Disciple: Sitting at the feet of Jesus
2: A Missionary Disciple 329.00 kB

Jesus is Alive: Go and tell my brothers
3: Jesus is Alive 360.91 kB

'How to...' Guide
Guidance Notes 1.65 MB

Additional Materials

Supplementary Materials

Additional prayers, hymns, quotes, discussion questions and suggested next steps for you or for your parish to take in response to what you have read.

Supplementary Materials 380.42 kB

Presentation Resources 

Three presentations are available for download to provide a helpful focus during parish gatherings when the small group sharing leaflets are used. There is one presentation to accompany each of the three sessions. Please see too the ‘Notes’ to accompany the PowerPoints which are also offered for guidance.

1: Meeting Jesus - Presentation - PDF 1.91 MB
1: Meeting Jesus - Presentation - PPT 1.95 MB

2: A Missionary Disciple - Presentation - PDF 2.33 MB
2: A Missionary Disciple - Presentation - PPT 2.47 MB

3: Jesus is Alive - Presentation - PDF 2.76 MB
3: Jesus is Alive - Presentation - PPT 2.60 MB

Presentation Notes 173.18 kB

The Westminster Agency for Evangelisation has created a video presentation to support the use of the Proclaim small group materials in parishes. It takes the viewer through the sessions step by step and offers helpful tips and suggestions. See too a presentation of the diocesan vision for evangelisation on the same web page.


“The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelisers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented.” Evangelii Gaudium 28

Proclaim ’15: Small group materials lead team member: Fr Philip Inch, Archdiocese of Liverpool

Proclaim ’15 is being coordinated by the Bishops’ Conference Home Mission Desk which is as an instrument of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis. The Department is chaired by Bishop Mark O’Toole, Plymouth.


Clare Ward
Home Mission Desk


Guidance Notes

guide-to-using-sml-grp-sessions-PDF.pdf 1.65 MB

A guide to using the small group sessions provided to help local communities explore some of the themes and issues that will be raised through the Proclaim ’15 initiative.


1: Meeting Jesus

1-grp-sharing-proc15.pdf 379.90 kB

'Meeting Jesus – the only one who can save me'. First faith-sharing session for small groups. Proclaim '15.  


2: A Missionary Disciple

2-grp-sharing-proc15.pdf 329.00 kB

'Learning to be a missionary disciple - sitting at the feet of Jesus'. Second faith-sharing session for small groups. Proclaim '15.


3: Jesus is Alive

3-grp-sharing-proc15.pdf 360.91 kB

 'Jesus is Alive: Go and tell my brothers'. Third faith-sharing session for small groups. Proclaim '15.