Spiritual Ministries | Saint George Church - Erie, PA

Saint George Church offers plenty of opportunities to get involved with the parish family and community. Come together with other members of our parish to rejoice and praise in the name of God. We have multiple spiritual ministries to get involved in such as:

Blue Army Cadets - World Apostolate of Fatima 

The goal of the Blue Army Cadets at Saint George Church is to lead children to Mary and she will then lead them to God. We promote 5 first Saturday's and participation in Mass as readers and cantors.

"For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed."
(Luke 1: 48)

Eucharistic Adoration

The Saint George Church Adoration Chapel is open for private prayer daily, with an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all day and night on Fridays. Eucharistic adoration takes place in the ‘Mothers' Chapel’ from 9 am Friday after the school mass or 8 am (if there is no school) through Saturday at 8 am. Parishioners are encouraged to commit to an hour in the chapel during the exposition. This prayer ministry is vital in supporting the spiritual life of our parish. 


Hearts to God

At Saint George Church, the Hearts to God ministry calls to prayer for all parishioners and their special intentions as written in the parish book of prayers. They are dedicated to a joyful worship of God through the offering of various prayer events throughout the liturgical year.

"Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God."
(Matthew 5: 8)

Knights of Columbus - Saint George Church in Erie, PAKnights of Columbus 

The mission of the Kings of Columbus council at Saint George Church is to promote family life and vocations. There are ten meetings a year on the first Thursday of each month.

"As one has received a gift,
use it to serve one another as good
stewards of God's varied grace."

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a worldwide organization of Catholic men and women aimed at deepening their own spirituality and offering services to their pastor to aid him in performing spiritual works in the parish.

"The Mighty One has done great things
for me, and holy is his name."

Ministry of the Bereaved

The men and women of the Ministry of the Bereaved at Saint George Church meet with families at the time of the member's death to assist them with the funeral Mass decisions.

"Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted."
(Matthew 5: 4)

Prayer Shawl

The Prayer Shawl ministry includes a group of women who knit and crochet shawls and small lap robes for anyone that could use a prayer shawl. They work at their own pace at home or gather twice monthly. The shawls are made with a continued prayer for those who receive this gift of love. 

Rosary Society

The men and women of the Rosary Society at Saint George Church pray the rosary daily. They meet once a month for a regular meeting followed by Benediction and rosary. Their ministry is in addressing the needs of the church.

"With all prayer and supplication,
pray at every opportunity in the Spirit."
(Ephesians 6: 28)

Contemplative & Centering Prayer

Christian Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions, whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, thinking, feeling and choosing; even closer than consciousness itself. The root of all prayer is interior silence. Though we think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, this is only one expression. Contemplative Prayer is a prayer of silence, an experience of God’s presence as the ground in which our being is rooted, the Source from whom our life emerges at every moment.

For the Church's first sixteen centuries Contemplative Prayer was the goal of Christian spirituality. After the Reformation, this living tradition was virtually lost. Today, with cross-cultural dialogue and historical research, the recovery of the Christian contemplative heritage has begun. The method of Centering Prayer, in the tradition of Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures), is contributing to this renewal.

Rosary Society - Saint George Church in Erie, PA

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer, which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer. It consists of responding to the Spirit of Christ by consenting to God’s presence and action within. It furthers the development of contemplative prayer by quieting our faculties to cooperate with the gift of God’s presence.

Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God. At the same time, it is a discipline to foster and serve this relationship by a regular, daily practice of prayer. it is Trinitarian in its source, Christ-centered in its focus, and ecclesial in its effects; that is, it builds communities of faith.

Centering Prayer is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert, Lectio Divina, (praying the scriptures), The Cloud of Unknowing, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. It was distilled into a simple method of prayer in the 1970’s by three Trappist monks, Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating at the Trappist Abbey, St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts.

"Look kindly on the prayer and petition of your servant,
O Lord, my God, and listen to the cry of supplication 
which I, your servant, utter before you this day." 
(1 Kings 8: 28)

Made2Worship (M2W)

Made2Worship at Saint George Church involves a prayer experience of praise and worship held twice yearly on the Wednesday evenings of the month.

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