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About Koinonia

"An opportunity for individuals to encounter Jesus Christ
through an experience of Christian Community"

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF KOINONIA?

Koinonia is a community experience in Christian living designed especially for adults.  It is a Catholic retreat program sponsored by the St. Cloud Diocese.

Koinonia has a two-fold purpose.

The first is to provide a time and a place for adult Christians to experience the reality of Christian community, fellowship and sharing...that is to say: "Koinonia".  St. Paul, in his letter, uses the Greek word 'Koinonia' to describe the early church, that newly formed group of Christian believers who looked to each other for faith-sharing support.

The second purpose is to provide a depth of faith-sharing support that allows and challenges inner renewal for each participant at his or her own level.  Renewal often brings about a desire to serve. Koinonia can rightly be called a "renewal" program in this respect.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

The theme of the Koinonia weekend is the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Jesus.  We take this central teaching of our faith and show how it applies to our daily lives.  During the weekend, the church year is expressed in three days.

On Friday, we celebrate Lent.  There is a communal penance service and the opportunity for individual confession through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

On Saturday, we devote ourselves to the celebration of Easter.  We focus on the implications that the Resurrection brings to the life of each Christian.

On Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost.  We examine our roles in the church and our call to spread the Good News in the way that is best for each of us.

WHO CAN MAKE A KOINONIA WEEKEND?

Anyone who is concerned about his or her relationship with God, would like to enhance their own spirituality, and is willing to spend time with a group of people with the same basic interest should consider making a Koinonia weekend.

A typical Koinonia weekend includes one or more priests, one or more religious (sisters and/or brothers), and thirty to forty other adult lay persons.

A Koinonia weekend usually has the same "mix" as any Sunday Mass, which makes it a true experience of Church.  The participants come from various walks of life and usually encompass a wide age span and a great variety of worship norms.

A Central Minnesota Koinonia weekend follows Catholic teaching and welcomes people of all faiths to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in the setting of Christian community.

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