Renew - Be My Witness

Renew - Be My Witness

RENEW—Be My Witness

Sign-Ups are Starting Soon!

We are still looking for more Small Group Leaders

Please contact Julie to obtain more information or (815) 933-8285 ext. 115.


We are excited to announce a new program here at Maternity called Be My Witness.  This program draws its inspiration from Pope Francis’ landmark document on evangelization, The Joy of the Gospel.  This program helps parish leaders view everything that we do through the lens of evangelization and then gets us praying, discussing and planning ways to center our parish on constant missionary outreach.  

Be My Witness invites all parishioners to become partners in the New Evangelization using parish-based small groups - a proven way to encounter Christ, reawaken faith, and motivate missionary outreach.  In this program, small group members explore key insights from The Joy of the Gospel and develop the attitudes and behaviors of missionary disciples.

This program has:

  • 12-session Participant Book deepens understanding of the call to be evangelizers (6 weeks in the fall and 6 weeks during Lent)
  • Companion video DVD presents real-life Catholic witness stories
  • Scripture and prayer offer a rich spiritual foundation
  • Recommended action steps encourage living and reaching out as Christ's missionary disciples.

When you join a small group, you will meet with your group for 6 weeks in the fall, and 6 weeks during Lent.  That's all the commitment needed.  We will place you in a group that conveniently fits into your schedule.  

"In all its activities, the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.  It is a community of communities...and a center of constant missionary outreach"

- Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel.

 We are asking for donations to cover the cost of the participant books. 

Each book costs $16.95. (Spouses are welcome to share)

Please donate whatever you can afford.

There will be approximately 6-8 parishioners in a small discussion group

Spouses and Friends can Sign-Up Together



Be My Witness - Small Group Sign Up

We will try to accommodate your preferences the best we can. If we can't accommodate your 1st or 2nd preference, we will give you a call.

Someone will contact you through email or phone to let you know which group you're in, and when and where you'll meet.



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