NEWMAN SMALL GROUPS FAQ
What are Newman Small Groups?
Most of our Newman Small Groups are made up of 4 to 12 people who want to grow spiritually and connect with other people going in the same direction. The best description is simply a group of people who want to make some friends and become more like Christ. All we ask of you is to attend your small group consistently, with mind and heart open to knowing Jesus and the members of your small group. There is no preparation/study required of you unless specified by your small group leader. If you have one, bring your Bible to the small group meetings, and your small group leader will facilitate a reflection on selected Bible passages.
Why Should I Join a Newman Small Group?
Here are 3 quick reasons:
To learn about your Catholic FAITH, To experience HOPE in life, and To grow in greater LOVE
Also, you will make some new friends and connect as part of a community rather than just being a face in the crowd. You will grow spiritually and become more Christ-like. Finally, you get the opportunity to engage with others on their spiritual journey.
How Often Does a Newman Small Group Meet?
Our Small Groups meet from 1 to 4 times a month at a scheduled day and time, for example, Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. Some of our Small Groups meet year round.
What happens at a Newman Small Group Meeting?
Every group is different but there are some common threads. Most groups have a time for socializing and talking about the week and the topic for group discussion. The central component is a study of something relevant to the members of the group. It may be the study of a book of the Bible, or of a Vatican document such as Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on the environment, or a study that expands the Pastor’s weekly series on the Mass. Our groups are designed to facilitate friendship, encourage discussion, pray in community and engage and serve each person in the process.
How Long Does a Typical Newman Small Group Stay Together?
Our groups meet for about 8-week sessions during the regular school year: fall, winter, and spring. Some groups meet year round. This allows leaders and members to meet and then have a break, which is good for learning and good for the soul. You could join one group for 8 weeks, and then change to a new group, or stay with the same group for as long as you like.
Where Do Newman Small Groups Meet?
Each individual small group will decide where to meet. While some groups may meet at the Newman Center, others may choose to meet at a cafe, on campus, a member's apartment, in the dorms, etc. A few of our groups also meet in local restaurants or school building.
What if I Don’t Like the First Small Group I Try?
We want to encourage you to stay with the group you choose for at least three sessions. It may take this long for the group process to gel and grow on you. On the other hand, we want you to have a good fit! If the group truly is not what you expected, try another!
How Do I Get Into a Group?
There are 3 options:
1. Go to UONewman.org > “Connect” menu > Small Groups > “Inquire” button at bottom of page > fill out the “Small Group Interest Form” and click on the “Submit” button
2. Request information using the Newman Small Groups Interest Card available in the Chapel and the Office
3. Stop under the canopy after Sunday Mass and ask
Do I have to register to be part of a small group?
Yes. We require registration for small groups. It is necessary for us to have your information so that we can contact you about your small group placement. Registration is open for the first few weeks of every quarter.