FAQs for Facilitators
1. Can a group have more than 12 people?
It is not recommended to have a group with more than 12 participants. The format of this study
is for each participant to present a topic. The purpose of this format is to encourage self-study and confidence when sharing the faith. While many would like to "sit in and listen," in doing so they would not receive the fullness of what the Our Catholic Faith study has to offer.
2. Is it possible to have a group with less than 12 participants?
Yes. The minimum number recommended for a group is 8. Since there are 12 topics that need to be presented, you may either have participants in your group present more than one topic, or ask a participant from another Our Catholic Faith study group to present a topic.
3. Can study groups be co-ed?
Yes. Many times couples like to participate together. Just the same, it is not encouraged for couples to present a topic together. Each person should present his or her own lesson.
4. Can non-Catholics participate in the Our Catholic Faith study?
Yes, provided that the pastor and facilitator have authorized their participation. It is recommended that non-Catholics have Catholic partners to assist them in preparing their topic and presenting it.
5. Do we have to meet once a week?
Yes, your group should meet once a week. Spacing the meetings further apart will cause a loss of momentum for the group.
6. Do participants have to attend all 12 sessions?
Yes. Since the lessons presented build upon each other, it is highly recommended that participants miss not more than 2 sessions.
7. Can resources other than those listed in Our Catholic Faith be used?
It is required that each participant use the Catechism of the Catholic Church and a Catholic Bible. Participants may also use other resources in addition to those listed in the Study Guide. However utmost care must be taken to make sure all resources teach authentic Catholic doctrine..
8. Do the presentations need to be given in order?
The study is divided into 3 sections. The first part presents the historical foundation of the Church, the Bible and the Catechism. The second part addresses the sacraments. And the third part studies topics that can be difficult to explain as well as misunderstood by many. It is important to keep the 3 parts in order. However, should the need arise to present a topic out of order, it is best to doso within its category. The one exception is the Sacrament of Reconciliation which should always come before the topic on the Holy Eucharist.
9. Can a participant bring in "an expert" on his or her topic to help present the lesson?
No. It is important that the participant teach his or her own lesson. The only "expert" who may attend a presentation is a member of the clergy.