Starting a Men's Group in Your Parish
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Please complete the parish group form if you would like to add your parish group or if you would like to update the information for your existing parish group.
Men's Programs to consider when starting a group:
That Man Is You
That Man Is You! is one of the premier men’s leadership and formation programs in the Church today—running in 475 parishes across the country as of fall 2014 with about 20,000 men attending each week. The program honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. It is particularly indebted to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and St. John Paul II. Men attending That Man Is You! typically consider the content to be the program’s greatest strength, rating it 9.4 on a 10-point scale.
The three base years of the program cover the three main relationships man has: Year 1, “Becoming a Man After God’s Own Heart,” focuses on man’s relationship with God; Year 2, “A Light to the Nations,” focuses on man’s relationship with his spouse; and Year 3, “Revelation of the Father,” focuses on man’s relationship with his children.
That Man Is You! is designed as a 26-week interactive multimedia men’s program capable of appealing to men in a media-dominated culture. It meets once per week, for 13 weeks in the fall and 13 weeks in the spring. The vast majority of the programs run from 6:00am to 7:30am on a weekday morning. Each session has three essential elements: social gathering over a meal, DVD presentation, and small group (where the men discuss the content of the presentations in the context of their own lives, sharing their challenges, struggles, failures, realizations, and new commitments going forward—supporting one another and helping to hold each other accountable).
That Man Is You! has been the catalyst to help thousands of men to date transform their lives—growing in their faith, deepening their spirituality, and in the process becoming better men, better husbands, better fathers—as they come to understand and accept their responsibility to be spiritual leaders in the home and in greater society.
The Kings Men
The kings Men is a national laymen’s apostolate focused of forming and building up men as leaders, protectors and providers through regular local meetings and activities that include prayer, and education, healing and action (the four pillars)
Additionally, to enhance the mission of building up and uniting men, TKM has developed a challenging and invigorating weekend for men – Into the Wild. Building on the principle that “Grace builds upon nature”, Into the Wild is primarily an outdoor, skill-oriented weekend focused on providing men with experiences linked to a man’s natural vocation of Leader, Protector, and Provider.
The King’s Men pillar of ‘healing’ resulted in the need to develop an outreach whereby men can heal from their past hurts and existing trials and struggles. Through the Samson program, men are united in a brotherhood with other men who are seeking freedom and meaning from their past pain. The journey towards freedom, healing, forgiveness and peace begins, continues and ends for some at our spiritually intensive Samson retreat weekends.
And finally, the pillar of action is primarily exemplified in the No More Porn Tour, in which local TMK members pray outside of a sexually oriented business holding signs and engaging patrons, employees and passerby’s in the truth about the disorder of sexual sin.