Open Our Hearts

Open Our Hearts

A Small-Group Guide for an Active Lent (Cycle A) 

Author: Donna Ciangio, O.P.

Author: Thomas Iwanowski

Price: $5.95

Format: Booklet

Pages: 96

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-260-9

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 29, 2010

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Open Our Hearts: A Small Group Guide for an Active Lent (Cycle A) is the perfect weekly Lenten resource for small faith-sharing groups.

Following last year’s sellout printing of this Lectionary-based program, pastoral experts Sr. Donna Ciangio, O.P., and Fr. Tom Iwanowski are back. They artfully connect Cycle A readings to the spiritual and doctrinal wellsprings of the Catholic Church and to everyday life. Daily scripture reflections and suggested action steps enhance weekly small-group materials.

This Lectionary-based, small-group booklet contains everything needed for a successful parish-based Lenten program, including soup recipes for groups that want to begin or end each session with a simple meal. The booklet provides a basic introduction, guidelines for small-group faith sharing, and daily scripture reflections to keep parishioners engaged throughout each week.

  • Built on the Gospel: Meeting outlines provide the Sunday Gospel readings, thought-provoking commentary, conversation questions, prayer, activities, and suggestions for Christian living.
  • Focused on Mission: The conviction and commitment of the authors’ work on behalf of the Kingdom of God comes through in every aspect of this timely project, which is both challenging and empowering.


"A great resource."

"Sr. Donna Ciangio and Fr. Thomas Iwanowski offer a comprehensive tool for serious faith development. Open Our Hearts is friendly, self-directing, and solidly rooted in the Lectionary . . . a great resource."

Bill Huebsch, Director of


"An insightful exploration of the Lenten scriptures and realistic reflections on daily life. . . . A fine resource for Lent!"

Zeni Fox, Professor of Pastoral Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

"A wonderful resource."

"Sister Donna Ciangio and Father Tom Iwanowski inspire us to be attentive to God's word during the season of Lent as the Church embarks on her annual retreat up the mountain toward Easter. It is a wonderful resource for both personal use and parish faith formation.

Sandra DeMasi, S.S.J., Director of Liturgy and Worship
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Short Hills, New Jersey