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Released July 6, 2016:

MERCYQUEST

CELEBRATING THE JUBILEE OF MERCY

MercyQuest Spring 2016

A full color four session booklet for general parish use designed around four parables of mercy. MercyQuest will be useful for small groups, parish organizations and individuals.

Click here for more details.

Released July 5, 2016:

Step back, Slow down, Listen to the Quiet Program -
November 16, 2016

Busy, distracted, restless? Welcome to the club. We often hate the hectic pattern of our lives, but we love it as well. We're jaded by it all. Even in spite of ourselves, we are all children of our age. What does it take to be able to hear the "still small voice" of God in this harried and tarried world of activity? In this time set apart, we will reflect together on the pressures of life in today's world. We will be invited to notice our lives more closely. We will listen for the sound of God's presence in the midst of it all. Join Bro. Robert K. Moriarty, S.M. on November 16, 2016 at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center to Step Back, Slow Down, Listen to the Quiet!

Click here for more details.

Released April 18, 2016:

Summer Reflections 2016 Booklets

The Summer Reflections 2016 booklets are available now. Order your new book before the new season begins May 22, 2016. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released December 23, 2015:

Spring Quest 2016 Booklets

The Spring Quest 2016 booklets are available now. Order your new book before the new season begins January 17, 2016. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released August 7, 2015:

Fall Quest 2015 Booklets

The Fall Quest 2015 booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins September 13, 2015. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released April 10, 2015:

COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY

Sharing Faith in Everyday Life Conference

Featuring Joan Kennedy, MTS on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT.
The cost including lunch is $20.00.
Call 860-242.5573 x 7450 to get tickets or email info.scc@aohct.org.

Click here for the brochure.

Released December 3, 2014:

Spring 2015 Quest Booklets

The Spring 2015 Quest booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins January 18, 2015. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released November 7, 2014:

SCC 30th Anniversary Celebration Speakers

Christ Renews His Parish Retreat Reflections




Embracing Pope Francis ‘call for a “new evangelizing fervor,” we present the Christ Renews His Parish (also known by its acronym, CRHP) retreat experience as a pathway to the development of small Christian communities.

 

On October 8th, 2014 Small Christian Communities celebrated it's 30th Anniversary. Bro. Robert K. Moriarty introduced the Christ Renews His Parish retreat (also known as CHRP) which is originally a mid-western parish retreat format that was first developed by a pastor in the Cleveland diocese about 30 years ago. It has since been offered in over one thousand parishes in 35 U.S. dioceses.  Fr. Art Baranowski of the Archdiocese of Detroit, has modified the retreat format and the team formation process leading up to the retreat for small Christian communities. While the retreat is meant for parishioners in general, Fr. Art’s and our own special concern is to promote an evangelizing outreach to younger adults, men and women, in their 30s and early 40s.

Bro. Robert K. Moriarty and the following four speakers shared their journey with us at the 30th anniversary celebration. Click here to read what they had to say. Fr. Tom Sievel, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul parish in East Haven, CT; Fr. Stephen Sledesky, pastor of St. Bridget and St. Bartholomew parishes in Manchester, CT; Mr. Michael Ronan, part of the men’s CRHP leadership at St. Rose parish, Newtown, CT in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, who along with other men from St. Rose were instrumental in helping us get started this past year; and Mr. Dan Dionne, member of St. Bartholomew parish, Manchester, who served as Lay Director for the first CRHP retreat we offered at St. Vincent de Paul this past May.

Released July 23, 2014:

Fall 2014 Quest Booklets

The Fall 2014 Quest booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins September 14, 2014. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released December 18, 2013:

Our Phone Number Has Changed

Please make a note of our new phone number. Effective December 9, 2013 our phone is now (860) 242 5573 x 7450. Thanks for your patience while we make the transition.

Released November 18, 2013:

Spring 2014 Quest Booklets

The Spring 2014 Quest booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins January 19, 2014. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released August 2, 2013:

THE CHURCH:
Communion and Community Conference

October 5, 2013


Small Christian Communities is proud to present THE CHURCH: Communion and Community in the letters of Paul Conference on October 5, 2013 at St. Thomas Seminary. Fr. Frank J. Matera, a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford and one of our premier American biblical scholars will lift up major themes from the letters of Paul to deepen our engagement of what it means for big church and small to be the Body of Christ. After almost twenty-five years of teaching at the Catholic University of America, Fr. Matera has returned to parish ministry in the archdiocese. He serves as pastor at St. Mary, Simsbury. The conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes lunch. The total cost is $20.00 per person. Call 860-761-7450 to reserve your seat or click here to contact us for more information.

Released August 2, 2013:

Fall 2013 Quest Booklets

The Fall 2013 Quest booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins September 15, 2013. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released April 2, 2013:

Holy Easter 2013 - He is Risen!


 

Released January 24, 2013:

Priest Advertising Campaign - 2013


 

Share Your Faith

Check out our advertising campaign in the February 2013 issue of Priest Magazine. Help your Small Christian Community group share their faith with Quest and Summer Reflection books.

Released September 17, 2012:

New Advertising Campaign - 2012

 

GO DEEPER

Check out our go DEEPER advertising campaign in the September 6, 2012, September 20th, 2012 and October 4, 2012 issues of the Catholic New Yorker. Help your Small Christian Community group go DEEPER with Quest and Summer Reflection books.

Released August 21, 2012:

Fall 2012 Quest Booklets Are Now Available!

The new Fall 2012 Quest booklets have arrived. Order your book before the new season begins September 16, 2012. Check out ordering options by clicking here, email us at orders@sccquest.org or call 860.761.7450.

 

 

 

Released July 25, 2012:

Fall 2012 Quest Booklets

The Fall 2012 Quest booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins September 16, 2012. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

 

 

 

Released May 31, 2012:

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For questions, please contact the Small Christian Community office at (860) 761-7450 or email us at info@sccquest.org.

Released March 23, 2012:

Hearing the Lord's Gospel Conference Rescheduled

April 21, 2012

The Hearing the Lord's Gospel - Hearing the Gospel's Lord conference is rescheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012. The conference will be held at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT from 9:00AM - 2:30PM. The fall 2011 edition of Quest introduces a new refined approach tested by 56 small church communities in 16 states. On this day of reflection, Brother Robert Moriarty will share the vision that animates this new approach to go ever deeper into the experience of hearing, receiving and responding to the Lord and his gospel. This is an exploratory program for small church community members, facilitators, pastors and staff. The cost is $15.00 with lunch included. Sign up early to reserve your space. Click here for the full color brochure in PDF format.

For questions, please contact the Small Christian Community office at (860) 761-7450 or email us at info@sccquest.org.

Released March 15, 2012:

Summer Reflections 2012 Booklets

The Summer Reflection 2012 booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins May 27, 2012. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

 

Released December 9, 2011:

Spring 2012 Quest Booklets

The Spring 2012 Quest booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins January 22, 2012. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

 

Released November 11, 2011:

Postponed

Hearing the Lord's Gospel Conference - October 29, 2011

The Hearing the Lord's Gospel - Hearing the Gospel's Lord conference scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2011 was postponed due to winter storm Albert. The conference will be held sometime next year at St. Thomas Seminary. A news release will be posted on the website, Facebook and Twitter. For questions, please contact the Small Christian Community office at (860) 761-7450 or email us at info@sccquest.org.

Released September 27, 2011:

Hearing the Lord's Gospel Conference - October 29, 2011

Small Christian Communities presents, Hearing the Lord's Gospel - Hearing the Gospel's Lord conference on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at St Thomas Seminary from 9:00AM - 2:30PM. The fall 2011 edition of Quest introduces a new refined approach tested by 56 small church communities in 16 states. On this day of reflection, join Brother Robert Moriarty share the vision that animates this new approach to go ever deeper into the experience of hearing, receiving and responding to the Lord and his gospel. This is an exploratory program for small church community members, facilitators, pastors and staff. The cost is $15.00 with lunch included. Sign up early to reserve your space. Click here for the full color brochure in PDF format.

Released August 5, 2011:

New Format for Quest Books

In spring 2011, many Quest readers were given the opportunity to test a new Quest format and offer feedback to help us create a community experience rooted more deeply in scripture. This new format is now available in the Fall 2011 Quest edition. Click here to review the results of the feedback from Quest users across the country in PDF format. Brother Bob Moriarty, director of Small Christian Communities, adds his reflections about these changes and the test group responses. Click here to review his reflections in PDF format.

Order your books before the new season begins September 18, 2011. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

 

 

Released April 7, 2011:

Summer Reflections 2011 Booklets

The Summer Reflection 2011 books are now available. Order your book before the new season begins May 29, 2011. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Summer Reflections icon to the right.

 

Released January 4, 2011:

Spring 2011 Quest Booklets

The Spring 2011 Quest Reflection books are now available. Order your book before the new season begins January 23, 2011. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

 

Released November 16, 2010:

Creation, Communion and the Universe Story

On November 13, 2010, Small Christian Communities hosted the Creation, Communion and the Universe Story conference, located at St. Thomas Seminary. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies spoke to us about our connection to nature and offered new insights to our inter-connection with all living things. The conference was well attended and a huge success. Special thanks to Sandy Miller, Mary Fitzpatrick and Dolka Bianchi for their hard work behind the scenes making the event a truly special day. The slideshow below offers a glimpse of the event and attendees accompanied by a selection of music from the Fall 2010 MusicQuest CD.

Released November 15, 2011:

Spring 2011 Quest Booklets

The Spring 2011 Quest booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins January 23, 2011. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

Released September 15, 2010:

Creation, Communion and the Universe Story

On November 13, 2010, Small Christian Communities proudly presents, Creation, Communion and the Universe Story conference, located at St. Thomas Seminary from 9:00a.m. - 2:30p.m. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies will help us understand our connection to nature and offer new insight to the inter-connection of all living things. Join us in this special presentation to increase our understanding and deepen our spiritual role in the universe story. The cost is $10.00 which includes lunch. Space is limited so call early to reserve your seat! Click here for contact info and directions. To mail in your reservation click on the PDF link below to download the brochure, complete the form and mail it to the provided address.

Click here to download the Creation Brochure in PDF format.

Released August 10, 2010:

Fall 2010 Quest Booklets

The Fall 2010 Quest Reflection booklets are coming soon. Order your new book before the new season begins September 19, 2010. Check out ordering options by clicking on the Quest icon to the right.

 

Released May 10, 2010:

2010 Spring Appreciation Lunch

On May 5, 2010, the staff at Small Christian Communities served a gala appreciation luncheon in honor of the writers, artists, music directors and printers who have been the backbone of Quest and Summer Reflections publications and MusicQuest for 25 years. These talented individuals contributed their time and energy to help create the high quality publications we provide to an international population of small Christian communities.

View a 25 year compilation of artwork and images by multi-media artist Fr. John McHugh and illustrator Aleta Gudelski accompanied by instrumental music from the 2010 Spring MusicQuest CD arranged by Elizabeth Husmer.

Released March 24, 2010:

2010 Summer Reflections Booklet Orders Now Being Taken

The new 2010 Summer Reflections booklet orders are now being taken for shipping the first week of May. Get your order in early. Click on the Quest icon to the right and find out how to order or renew your subscription. Don't get left behind.

Released December 23, 2009:

New 2010 Spring Quest Available

The new 2010 Spring Quest reflection booklet and MusicQuest are available for shipping the first week of January. Make sure you order your new subscription. Click on the Quest icon to the right to find out how to order.

Released December 23, 2009:

Advertising Campaign

Look for our print ad in the January/February issue of Today's Parish Minister magazine.

Released November 6, 2009:

Catholic groups should strive for universality, speaker says....

Father Ronald Rolheiser, an author and columnist addresses 330 people attending the 25th Anniversary celebration of Small Christian Communities.
November 2009 edition of The Catholic Transcript
Read more...

Released October 27, 2009:

Communion and Community

Sr. Catherine T. Nerney, SSJ of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia will speak about Communion and Community, Saturday November 14th, 9:30am to 2:30pm at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT. This program will explore from both experiential and critical perspectives the theology of church and the spirituality that grounds the small church community experience. The cost is $15.00. Coffee will be available at 9:00am and lunch will be served at 12:00pm.
RSVP by November 4th. Click here to view the brochure in PDF format.

Released July 20, 2009:

25th Anniversary Dinner

Join us for dinner Thursday, October 1, 5:30pm at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pastoral Department for Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Hartford, with Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, DD presiding and a special presentation by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, President of the Oblate School of Theology (San Antonio, Texas), syndicated columnist, and best-selling author of Holy Longing, The Search for a Christian Spirituality.
RSVP by September 17th. Click here to view the official invitation in PDF format.

Released July 15, 2009:

Advertising Campaign

Look for our print ads in the September issue of U.S. Catholic magazine, the September 4th issue of the National Catholic Reporter, and the October 1st issue of Deacon Digest.

Ongoing Item

Paul, The Apostle - Enrichment Sessions

In response to the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI to a time of special attention to the writings of Paul, The Apostle, The Pastoral Department of Small Christian Communities will offer several enrichment sessions for small church community members and others called, "From Paul's Corinth to Big Church and Small in North America Today." The sessions will examine the social, cultural and religious scene in Paul's Corinth to enrichen our understanding of what Paul was writing and why. The sessions will take place throughout the Spring and Summer, led by Bro. Bob Moriarty, S.M., Director of SCC.