We pray and receive sacraments so the life of Christ can flow in our veins. We help you develop consistent life of prayer that will draw you to His Presence and plug you into the Body of Christ. You should feel responsible to design your own daily time of prayer according to your needs, possibilities, spirituality, state of life and current situation.
We expect that you will start your journey with the Word by praying (read, meditate, pray, contemplate, activate) the Scriptures on a daily basis. We will accompany you in your journey of discovering how to renew your mind through the Word.
We recommend that you would spend min. 20-30 min daily on spiritual reading. Suggestions are found on our Resources page.
If you are Stone to Flesh School of the Heart or Ministry School student, you will receive weekly Assignments for Lectio Divina and Spiritual Reading. You can also refer to our Resources page for great books for Spiritual Reading.
We are aiming at covering each HUB in prayer by having a weekly prayer meeting in each one, thus eventually having daily Stone to Flesh prayer meetings in various locations. For right now, we pray weekly at South El Monte HUB on Mondays at 6:30 am.
Bi-weekly Gatherings on Tuesdays are a time of praise, sharing testimonies, preaching and teaching from the Word and ministry time. We will start new series in September 2018.
All Stone to Flesh School of the Heart students must participate in Gatherings. Life Groups are optional for them as they have their own Encounter Groups meeting bi-weekly during Tuesday Heartbeats.
This is where the the tribe becomes a community: we go beyond the surface and build close relationships leading to communion with each other by sharing, praying, interceding. Life Groups meet monthly at the HUBS and are the last part of most Gatherings.
Women's Life Groups
Men's Life Groups
Monthly Adoration is our life line. This is when we worship extravagantly and unreservedly.
One Saturday a month, 9am - 4pm (or longer) we allow you to dive deeper into to life of a disciple by learning from great apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers. We highly recommend to sign up for each Ministry School (five monthly sessions) to secure a spot. Prophetic School will take place in Aug - Dec 2018.
All people identifying as Stone to Flesh Community members should give sacrificially to the causes that God puts on their hearts. Catholics do not have a vibrant culture of giving and most Catholics give scraps not the first fruits. We will learn what does it mean to live a simple lifestyle, fast frequently and contribute to the Community's fund which will be used for community expenses (separate from STF School of the Heart). You may set monthly donation or give check or cash during our monthly Mass. Yearly financial report will be available to all contributing members of a community. How much should I give? You should give sacrificially, remembering of your financial priorities to which regular Starbucks should not belong. :-)
All Stone to Flesh School of the Heart students participate in Ministry School and Adorations.
Recuperate in the Presence.
All Stone to Flesh School of the Heart students participate in two fasts and have their own retreat.
Families are extremely welcome! What kinds of meet-ups and events are most suitable for you if you are looking to connect with other families?
Kids: monthly Adoration and occasional Sat Vigil Mass - do not hesitate to move around with your child if needed, strolling included. Unless your child is very rowdy for longer than few minutes, try to walk around the church. During Adoration, come up close to the altar and explain what's happening, pray and adore for few minutes with your kids.
Heart Night: occasional date nights for couples with intentional conversations oscillating around topics of interest.
Can a parent or married person participate in our bi-weekly Gatherings or go successfully through Discipleship Path (Alpha, Stone to Flesh School of the Heart, Ministry Schools, Diakonia)? Yes, of course! It all depends on adjusting your lifestyle to the demands of becoming a disciple of Jesus and making a decision to step boldly into the counter-cultural trend of prioritizing Gospel centered values. Also, if you are sleep deprived or not. :-)