St. Mary’s Men’s Group strengthens the faith through real discussions centered on the life-affirming message of Jesus Christ in our Catholic tradition. Experience true friendship in a relaxed and welcoming environment. As iron sharpens iron, St. Mary’s Men’s Group challenges each other to reach their full potential so as to best Learn, Live and Lead.

LEARN

Men’s Group Study

Understanding the power and purpose of men. Together, St. Mary’s Men’s Group gathers in a relaxed and casual setting to dive deeper into our faith to better understand what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world. The topics vary each gathering, but the discussion is always “real” and engaging. As we, as Catholic men, embrace our call to pursue heroic virtue, we become better husband, fathers and leaders.

“Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

LIVE

Men’s Group Social

Good times and laughter. The St. Mary’s Men’s Group social gatherings are a chance to hang out, relax and let off some steam. Activities vary and are an opportunity to interact with other guys in the parish.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” – John 15:11

LEAD

Men’s Group Fraternity

St. Mary’s Men’s Group welcomes men of all ages to be committed disciples of Jesus Christ and better husbands, fathers and men in their local community. Through interactions with other believers, and through developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Saint Mary’s Men’s Group equips men with the spiritual confidence and initiative to continue to grow in their journey of faith. In turn, when Jesus is the center of all we do, men are better fathers, husband, and leaders – in the home, in the parish and in the community.

“Hear, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life shall be many. On the way of wisdom I direct you, I lead you on straight paths.” – Proverbs 2:10-11

Fall 2022 Dates & Activities

The Saint Mary’s Men’s Group will gather this fall at Saint Mary’s, outside when the weather cooperates, and in the Gathering Place when the weather gets cooler. Join us around the fire for a drink and discussion. These evenings are open to all adult men of the parish, no matter your age. Come for one, come for all. You are welcome.

Questions or need more information? Contact the Parish Office at (630) 969-1063.

Fall 2022

This fall, we’ll run six sessions of Into the Breach interspersed with three social events. Into the Breach is a groundbreaking video series that seeks to answer what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world. Into the Breach tells men they are made for greatness and challenges them to achieve it by founding their lives on God and pursuing heroic virtue. Each episode explores a different aspect of authentic Catholic masculinity and features well-known Catholic speakers, including Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jason Evert and many others. The video episodes will be viewed together and guide the group discussion.

September 22, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Topic: Masculinity

The Church is facing a “man crisis.” Men are made for greatness. “Authentic masculinity” means to live for excellence. Discover the nature of true masculinity and how to live it.

September 29, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Topic: Brotherhood

Man was not meant to “go it alone,” but to be in communion with others. It is important to build close friendships with other men of faith. Lessons on the importance of brotherhood.

October 7, 2022 @ 7:00pm – Family Movie Night. Details TBD.

October 13, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Topic: Leadership

Men must become leaders through developing their character. True leadership seeks greatness and brings out greatness in others. Highlights the importance of being servant leaders.

October 20, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Topic: Fatherhood

The presence and involvement of a loving father is critical in the development of a child. True fatherhood models itself on God the Father. Former MLB player Mike Sweeney shares how the faith of a man should shape his role as a father.

October 30, 2022 – Trick or Treat Event. Details TBD.

November 3, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Topic: Family

There is a “battle for the very soul of the family.” Men’s service of their families requires sacrifice. Discover the true nature of marriage transformed their relationship and their family.

November 10, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Topic: Life

Human life is sacred. Men have a responsibility to protect society’s most vulnerable. Men’s participation in the healing, hope and testimony to the importance of life.

November 17, 2022 – Bags Tournament. Event details TBD.