3725 Blackburn Street, Dallas, TX 75219

Young Adult Small Groups 2021

Welcome!

We are so glad that you’re interested in participating in our young adult small group movement across the Diocese of Dallas! We believe that small Christian communities are what the Church needs right now. We believe that a small Christian community is what YOU need right now. Don’t be afraid to jump in.

The Summer Road Trip begins memorial day!

This small group season is unlike any others- it still has the Sunday Gospels, still follows the liturgical calendar, is still relevant to Dallas Young Adults- but we are shakin’ it up!

  • Podcast/ Video Episodes highlighting an adventure in our own backyard- a tour of Dallas-area landmarks that tell our Dallas Catholic History
  • Sunday Gospel Reading
  • Small Group Discussion Questions Surrounding the Theme of the Episode & Gospel
  • Encouragement to “get up and get out!” to visit the awesome places we have just a drive away
  • 14 weeks: 12 landmarks plus 2 bonus stops!

Season Notes

  • This season provides 14 weeks of content, but every parish determines their own schedule. After every set of 4 weeks, there is a “special week” at which time a parish can decide to continue with the Sunday Gospel or take a break- either to have a week off or plan a special trip/ activity as a group.
  • This Summer Road Trip is virtual unless you decide otherwise! Our episodes will “bring” you to each location to learn about its importance to Dallas Catholic history and some of its best features. We highly recommend you visit each location in person, but do your research! Call ahead when necessary, take Covid precautions into account, etc.

Summer Road Trip Schedule

Week #1: Monday, May 31- Sunday, June 6

Week #2: Monday, June 7- Sunday, June 13

Week #3: Monday, June 14- Sunday, June 20

Week #4: Monday, June 21- Sunday, June 27

Week #5: Monday, June 28- Sunday, July 4*

Week #6: Monday, July 5- Sunday, July 11

Week #7: Monday, July 12- Sunday, July 18

Week #8: Monday, July 19- Sunday, July 25

Week #9: Monday, July 26- Sunday, August 1

Week #10: Monday, August 2- Sunday, August 9*

Week #11: Monday, August 9- Sunday, August 15

Week #12: Monday, August 16- Sunday, August 22

Week #13: Monday, August 23- Sunday, August 29

Week #14: Monday, August 30- Sunday, Sept 5

*Special Week

Join a Parish Small Group

Why a parish?

Parishes are the local presence of the Catholic Church. They are communities open to God’s grace and dedicated to continuing the mission of Jesus Christ. Without strong communities, our Church is unable to function as it was intended. Our diocese encourages all Catholic individuals to make the commitment of belonging to a parish and supporting its mission by devoting time, contributing financially, and offering unique skill sets where needed.

What if I don't have a parish already?

You may not have a parish at this time that you call home. Or, you may find that you call several parishes home. That’s okay! Check out the list of parishes we have participating in each season. Along with their particular small groups offerings, peruse their websites and social media. Check out their mission. See what they’re about. See young adult small groups as an opportunity to discern a parish community. 

How should I choose a small group?

  • Location: Especially during Covid times, everyone has different comfort levels with gathering in person. Using its best judgment, each parish will make an individual decision about whether to host small group gatherings virtually and/or in person. You need to be comfortable with whatever location you choose.
  • Days of the Week: Most small groups will meet for an hour and a half. The day of the week is dependent upon the availability of the parish small group facilitators. 
  • Demographics: Small Group Coordinators will be grouping you with individuals in a similar life stage. Parishes may offer groups that are gender specific, for those who are single or dating, those are married, and those who are married with children. Additionally, some parishes may offer groups that are specific to your self-description of faith: if you consider yourself to be “Green to Christianity”, “Looking to Go Deeper”, or “All in”. 
  • Language: Small group content is provided in both English and Spanish. Some parishes will be offering small groups in both languages.

Will I definitely get a spot in a small group?

Small groups are first come, first serve. Small group space is limited because each small group needs a trained facilitator. The sooner you attempt to register for a small group, the better your chances of getting in a group. If the small group you wish to join is full, we encourage you to put your name on a waiting list and in the meantime, consider joining another small group, even if at another parish.

Can I sign up with a friend?

Parishes determine for themselves whether or not they can accommodate requests to be in a small group with a friend. If the parish does allow “friend requests”, they will ask for this information on their registration form.

What if I can't make every week?

Consistent attendance is vital creating positive dynamics within a small group. Parishes may wish to note a minimum number of small group gatherings you must be able to make when participating in a small group (for example, some parishes might note that you must be able to make a certain number of gatherings). We encourage you to look at your calendar, plan ahead, and make attending your small groups a priority in your schedule.

Can I become a small group facilitator?

Parish small group coordinators are responsible for determining their facilitators. Facilitators are incredibly important to the success and fruitfulness of the small groups, and therefore, you cannot simply sign up to be one. Facilitators need to have an established history with the small group coordinators and attend training for the role. If you wish to be considered, you are also welcome to contact the coordinator at a particular parish. However, we ask that you be respectful of their responsibility they hold for the small groups and the systems they have in place.

Parishes Joining the Summer Road Trip

Holy Spirit- Summer Road Trip
Holy Spirit, Duncanville

Small Group Format: Virtual

Meeting Day(s): Thursdays

Types of Small Groups: All Young Adults Welcome

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? Registration will be open all Summer!

Small Group Coordinator: Devyn Buschow

All Saints- Summer Road Trip
All Saints, Dallas

Small Group Format: In Person @ Homes

Meeting Day(s): Mondays & Wednesdays

Types of Small Groups: All Male & All Female, 18-35

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? While small group registration will close, if you are new to our community and would like to be involved, please contact us so we can start new groups!

Small Group Coordinator: Erika Winland

St. Mary- Summer Road Trip (1)
St. Mary, Sherman

Small Group Format: Virtual or In-Person @ Parish

Meeting Day(s): Mondays

Types of Small Groups: All Young Adults Welcome, 18-35

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? Registration will be open all Summer!

Small Group Coordinator: Hannah Truetken

Mary Immaculate- Summer Road Trip
Mary Immaculate, Farmers Branch

Small Group Format: In-Person @ Parish

Meeting Day(s): Thursdays

Types of Small Groups: Co-ed, dating/ single

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? Registration will be open all Summer!

Small Group Coordinator: Felipe Sanchez

St. Jude- Summer Road Trip
St. Jude, Allen

Small Group Format: Virtual or In-Person @ Parish

Meeting Day(s): Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Types of Small Groups: Co-ed, dating/ single

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? While small group registration will close, if you are new to our community and would like to be involved, please contact us so we can start new groups!

Small Group Coordinator: Katie Dell

OLOL- Summer Road Trip
Our Lady of Lourdes, Dallas

Small Group Format: In-Person @ Parish

Meeting Day(s): Sundays

Types of Small Groups: All Young Adults Welcome, 18-35

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? Registration will be open all Summer!

Small Group Coordinator: Brenda Chavez

St. Patrick- Summer Road Trip
St. Patrick, Dallas

Small Group Format: In-Person @ Parish (Large Group Format followed by Small Group Breakouts)

Meeting Day(s): Wednesdays

Types of Small Groups: All Young Adults Welcome, 18-35

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? Registration will be open all Summer!

Small Group Coordinator: John Banowsky

St. Elizabeth- Summer Road Trip
St. Elizabeth, Plano

Small Group Format: Virtual & In-Person @ Parish

Meeting Day(s): Tuesdays

Types of Small Groups: All Young Adults Welcome, College-35

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? Registration will be open all Summer!

Small Group Coordinator: Jeri Phillips

Come journey with Seton Emmaus Young Adult Small Groups… explore and grow!

St. Cecilia- Summer Road Trip
St. Cecilia, Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts/Dallas

Small Group Format: Virtual & In-Person @ Parish

Meeting Day(s): Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

Types of Small Groups: All Young Adults Welcome, College-35

Language(s): English

When do I need to sign up by? While small group registration will close, if you are new to our community and would like to be involved, please contact us so we can start new groups!

Small Group Coordinator: Amanda Benevidez

 

Don’t see your parish listed here? Keep checking- your parish may still be planning on opting in! You are also welcome to join with another listed parish.

Otherwise, contact your parish leadership for more information or contact the diocesan office: kaguilar@cathdal.org.