Open Our Hearts

Open Our Hearts

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

Author: Donna Ciangio, O.P.

Author: Thomas Iwanowski

Price: $5.95

Format: Booklet

Pages: 96

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-276-0

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 25, 2011

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This perennial favorite from pastoral experts Sr. Donna Ciangio, O.P., and Fr. Thomas B. Iwanowski returns for Lent (Cycle B). Open Our Hearts is a Lectionary-based, small-group booklet that contains everything needed for a successful parish-based Lenten program, including meatless soup recipes for groups that want to begin faith-sharing with a simple meal. It provides a basic introduction, guidelines for six weekly, small-group faith-sharing sessions, and daily scripture meditations to keep participants engaged throughout each week.

Sunday gospel texts are printed right in the booklet, and citations with brief commentaries on the first and second readings appear as sidebars. Group sessions link the scriptures with informative and practical commentary and reflection questions, space for written responses, prayers, and suggested activities help reinforce the week’s message.


"Friendly, self-directing, and solidly rooted in the Lectionary."

"Sr. Donna Ciangio and Fr. Thomas Iwanowski offer a comprehensive tool for serious Lenten faith development. Open Our Hearts is friendly, self-directing, and solidly rooted in the Lectionary. It offers Catholic teaching and tradition, but also guides users to connect daily life and their faith. For Catholics who want to deepen their faith in a small-group setting, this is a great resource."

Bill Huebsch
Director of
Author of The Growing Faith Project

"A wonderful resource."

"The authors 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. Open Our Hearts 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

"Perfect for new and experienced small groups alike."

"This is an ideal small-group, Lectionary-based resource for Lent 2012. The inclusion of prayers, Gospel readings, reflection questions, and soup recipes for a light Lenten meal makes Open Our Hearts perfect for new and experienced small groups alike."

Harry Kocurek
Pastoral Associate
St. John The Baptist Catholic Church
Edmond, Oklahoma


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