Small Christian Communities

Small Christian Communities - Parish Renewal Experience

Program Details

St Rose Parish is excited to offer this Parish Renewal EXperience (PREX) as a jump start for our new Small Christian Communities (SCC). SCC will help our St Rose parish community to continue to grow into a vibrant, self-sustaining, community of communities who love and worship our Lord.

We have chosen to use an excellent program called The Choice Wine as the basis for the PREX. While The Choice Wine program’s focus is on married couples, the content of most sessions is applicable to all Catholics looking to grow in their knowledge and love of God. We believe that all parishioners, married or single, will find the program to be engaging and fulfilling. Come with an open heart and let the Spirit move you!

Click here for more FAQs.

If you have any questions please contact Bryan (Discipleship Coordinator) in the office at 623-465-9740 x101 or


Small Christian Communities is being rolled out across the parish over the next several months. Click here for the complete schedule for all communities.

Parishioners in the community of Ephesus (Parkside west) have already started their kick-off retreat. Parishioners in the communities of Jerusalem (Parkside east) and Rome (Tramonto’ish, south of Carefree Hwy) are next to benefit from this amazing renewal.

  • Sat Sep 23: 9am – noon
  • Sun Sep 24: 12:30 – 3:30pm
  • Sat Sep 30: 9am – 2:30pm
  • Sun Oct 1: 12:30 – 6pm (including fellowship and Mass)

*Note: snacks and child care will be provided.


Besides updates in the bulletin and on our web page, all registered parishioners will be receiving mailers and a personal phone call inviting you to participate over the next weeks.

Small Christian Communities - Parish Renewal Experience FAQs

Q: What is PREX?
A: Parish Renewal EXperience is an exciting retreat held over the course of two weekends. The program we have selected is known as “The Choice Wine.” It integrates the latest findings from modern science with the teachings of our faith.

Q: What happens if I attend the first part of the retreat and something comes up and I cannot finish?
A: There will be a total of eight retreats held. Anyone who cannot attend the retreat they have been invited to attend, or cannot finish it, can be reassigned to a future retreat.

Q: What does attending the retreat cost?
A: Attendance is free. Including all of the materials that are provided most of which have been funded by generous donations from Catholics who have attended a previous program. At the end of the retreat participants will be asked to consider a donation to assist future participants. The decision to do so is a personal one.

Q: Does this retreat focus on married couples? I’m not married; should I attend?
A: The Choice Wine program was originally designed to assist married couples in the development of a Superabundant Marriage as understood by the Church. However, the content of the sessions can be applied by all Catholics looking to grow in their love and knowledge of God. It will provide a strong spiritual foundation that will truly prepare all participants for the next step in our journey which is the creation of our Small Christian Communities.

Q: What are Small Christian Communities?
A: SCCs are a means to develop community through faith sharing and reading the Bible. The parish has been divided into eight geographical communities. Each interested person will be assigned to a community as close to their home as possible. An SCC will consist of approximately 8 to 10 people with one person acting as the facilitator. Meetings will be held once per week in participant’s homes and will normally last between 60 and 90 minutes. It is not a Bible study; but through group discussion and sharing attendees will find their understanding of scripture will be greatly enhanced as well as their overall spiritual life.

Q: I have heard other churches such as CCV do something like small community meetings but does the Catholic Church, especially in the United States, support them?
A: Oh yes! Pope John Paul II said this in his Apostolic Exhortation in 1999: “The Church as Family cannot reach all her possibilities as Church unless she is divided into communities small enough to foster close human relationships.”

Q: What if I join a SCC and decide that I really don’t fit in or can’t meet on their schedule. Is it possible to be assigned to another meeting?
A: Yes. It is very important that all members of a SCC are compatible and are able to bond with everyone. While we expect these situations to be few, our parish’s new Discipleship Coordinator will be able to assist.

Q: What if I have other questions?
A: Contact Bryan (Discipleship Coordinator) in the office at 623-465-9740 x101 or

Parish Renewal Experience Community Map & Revised Schedule

PREX dates by Community (subject to change)

Community of Ephesus Aug 26 & 27; Sep 9 & 10
Community of Jerusalem Sep 23, 24 & 30; Oct 1
Community of Rome Sep 23, 24 & 30; Oct 1
Community of Galatia Oct 28 & 29; Nov 11 & 12
Community of Thessalonica Oct 28 & 29; Nov 11 & 12
Community of Colossae Jan 20 & 21; Feb 3 & 4
Community of Philippi Feb 17 & 18; Mar 3 & 4
Community of Corinth Feb 17 & 18; Mar 3 & 4