ACTS Retreats spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ among Catholic communities. Our goals are to strengthen our faith, to spiritually renew ourselves, and to build lasting friendships.
Retreats are presented by lay people and spiritual direction is provided by clergy. Discussions and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. Mens' and womens' retreats are open for adults age 21 and older.
Retreats will be on the following dates:
Women’s Retreat: September 20-23, 2018
Contact: Charlene Gaffney at .
Men’s Retreat: September 28th - October 1st, 2017
Contact: Chris Abohosh at 323-403-3126 or
For more information about upcoming training or retreats, please visit the ACTS Mission website at www.actsmissions.org . For more information about ACTS at St. Monica, contact Charlene Gaffney at 214-679-6398 or .
Adult Catholic Education
(Appropriate for Adults over 18 years of age)
Mission: To educate adults in the Roman Catholic church using fundamental Catholic teachings from the Catechism, the Bible, and authorized church sources.
Vision: Class participants will freely observe and discuss current topics designed to educate and stimulate Christians into a deeper relationship with the Catholic faith.
Sundays: 9:30 am
All classes are conducted in room #217 of the Family Center. Classes are open to individual sessions at anytime without prior registration. Teenagers are also allowed and day care is provided during the 9:30 a.m. class on Sundays.
- Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola
June 14 - August 23 (No class on July 5)
Video Presentation followed by Class Discussion
St. Ignatius Loyola designed the Spiritual Exercises over 450 years ago, to help retreatants discern those influences arousing discouragement and deception in their spiritual lives. Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. devotes this 10-part series to those same 14 rules, more relevant today than ever before. As they facilitate our drawing closer to God, they awaken new hope in those who practice them."
For details on textbooks, homework, and course sessions click here.
To register for a course call Chuck Suter at 972-401-0471.
Contemplative Prayer Group
The contemplative prayer group encourages the spiritual enrichment of those who participate in it through the contemplative practices of centering prayer and lectio divina. One of our main purposes is to encourage a widespread renewal of the Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel.
Centering prayer is a simple method for accessing the gift of contemplation, which is not so much something we do as it is something God does in us with our willing consent and cooperation. This is a silent, receptive way of praying based on the principle of the divine indwelling present within us as temples of the Holy Spirit. Centering prayer is an education imparted by the Spirit. Our participation in this educational process is what the Christian tradition calls self-denial. Jesus said, "Unless you deny your inmost self and take up the cross, you cannot be my disciple." Mark 8:34
Come and See, and learn the heart of centering prayer. The regular practice of this prayer initiates a dynamic of inner purification, healing and transformation where we move to intimacy with God.
The prayer group meets on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Narthex and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Family Center, Room 217. Contact Madeleine Hedrick at 214-890-0354 or . For more information view the Dallas Chapter website www.cellofpeace.com.
Dallas Vocation Guild
The Dallas Vocation Guild is a spiritual, charitable, educational non-profit Catholic organization of women dedicated to the promotion and sustaining of religious vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The DVG meets on the third Thursday of every month (September to May) at 11:00 am in the Family Center at St. Monica Catholic Church. The Rosary is prayed, Mass is celebrated by our Chaplain and lunch is served. Lenten and Advent reflections are also offered during these seasons. For more information contact Susan Owens at 214-673-4105 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirley Vilfordi at 214-369-7724 or .
Eucharistic Adoration Society
Jesus is in need of people willing to give Him one hour a week to save souls and to make reparation for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Him in the Blessed Sacrament. He hungers and thirsts for our presence because He loves us and earnestly desires to give us Himself which is our greatest need.
There are particular hours which are difficult for us to fill. There is a great need for personal commitment. Commitment requires sacrifice and willingness to change from adoration as an optional activity to adoration, a commitment of discipleship. Every moment that we spend in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament will leave our souls everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven because the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus, our Risen Savior, with all the glory and beauty of His resurrection flowing out on those who come into His Eucharistic presence.
Members commit to spend an hour per week with Our Lord in prayer. For details or to get involved contact coordinator Marge Giangiulio at (214) 769-4407.
|9, 10 & 11 am||Mary Thompson||Home: (214) 358-2683||Cell: (214) 789-2833|
|12, 1 & 2 pm||Kathy Gilbride||Home: (469) 644-6364|
|3, 4 & 5 pm||Theresa Martter||Home: (972) 490-0086||Cell: (214) 708-7060|
|6, 7 & 8 pm||Bill & Leanne Galyean||Home: (214) 357-5173|
|9, 10 & 11 pm||Wade Stanley||Cell: (214) 223-3422|
The St. Monica Chalice Program, which has over 200 families as participants, surely played a role in the great increase of seminarians. However, we still need more priests and you can help us! This is a program in which each family can help to overcome the vocation shortage by daily prayer in front of the Chalice in your home for one week. Our goal is to have someone, or family take home a chalice at every Mass, every weekend to pray for vocations. To participate call Don Wetzel at 214-368-3640 or email Eleanor Wetzel at
- A lay apostle walks closely with Jesus throughout each day. The first goal is the personal movement toward unity with Jesus.
- We serve Jesus through service to others. We learn to love Jesus through loving others.
We meet the first Thursday of the month from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., first in the chapel for rosary, and then in the JCLC Board Room in McManus Hall. For questions or more information contact coordinator Marge Giangiulio at 214-769-4407 or
Little Rock Sunday Scripture Study
“And such is the force and power of the Word of God that it can serve the Church as her support and vigor and the children of the Church as strength for their faith, food for the soul, and a pure and lasting font of spiritual life.”
Dei Verbum, Pope Paul VI, 1965
Whether you are a veteran or a beginner, Bible study is a rewarding way to deepen your faith and understanding of the Word of God. We meet on Sundays (except in the summer) in the Family Center immediately after the 9:30 Mass for about 1.5 hours. There are four essential elements to Little Rock Scripture Study: a) daily personal study (reading scripture and commentary, and reflecting on study questions); b) Sunday morning small-group meetings to share responses to the week’s study; c) wrap-up lecture following the small-group discussion; and d) prayer, both individually and with your group.
This fall we will start with the study of the book of The Gospel according to John and the Johannine Letters. No prior scripture study experience is necessary. The fee for the class is $15, which covers the cost of study materials. To register, or for more information, please contact Dan and Sally Cook at , or at 214-794-6575. We invite you to join us!
Monday Bible Study
The group meets Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Family Center room 217. Classes last about one hour. We offer an informal study of Sacred Scripture. Being a relatively small group (15-20 attendees) this class encourages open discussion. This year we will be studying the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament. A class schedule with material to be covered each meeting will be available at the first class. All are welcome. Contact Phyllis Conces at 214-546-6287 or at .
Triumph of the Immaculate Heart Cenacle
This group is a member of the Marian Movement of Priests which is "a spirit", a work of love that the Immaculate Heart is stirring up in the Church today to help all her children to live with trust and filial hope, to assist first and foremost the priests who are the sons of her maternal predilection. It is open to all priests, religious, and laity and its main purpose is the living out of the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact Geraldine Schafer 972-243-4321.
Tuesday Scripture Study
This group meets on Tuesdays in the upper lounge, room 201 of the Family Center, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. for fellowship, spiritual discussion, and study of the scripture. We meet in the fall and spring with a break for Christmas and the summer. Karen Jones facilitates the group and leads us on our spiritual journey. Call or email Karen Jones if you are interested at 404-754-5775 or .
Serra Club of Metropolitan Dallas
We are an organization of lay men and women who wish to grow spiritually by supporting our priests and seminarians through prayer and action. Contact Margie Giangiulio at 214-769-4407 or .