Into the Breach

Chairman Faith Programs


Deepen member spirituality and formation to combat the crisis of religious faith in our world. Councils will institute men’s study groups to read the Apostolic Exhortation Into the Breach and use copies of the Into the Breach Booklet and Study Guide as a resource.

Click on this link Into the Breach for an introduction to this great series, and links to resources which will help councils run the program.

Also see an exciting new 5-part series in this program: The Mission of the Family

Overview

In his Apostolic Exhortation Into the Breach, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted outlines the challenges faced by men of faith in the world today. Into the Breach is a call to battle for Catholic men which urges them to wholeheartedly embrace masculine virtues in a world at crisis. By reading and discussing Bishop Olmsted’s inspirational words and the accompanying study guide with like-minded men of faith, councils will prayerfully examine the enormous breach in the battle line that lies before them. In doing so, they will begin to devise a personal plan of spiritual battle.

Chairman Role and Responsibilities

• Contact your pastor to gain his guidance and recommendations on starting an Into the Breach discussion group at your parish.

• Promote the program in your council and parish to ensure that a viable group of men are dedicated to participating in regular meetings.

• Lead meeting discussions or secure a designated leader for each meeting.

• Complete and submit all associated reporting forms to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission.

Action Steps

1. Working with your pastor, obtain his permission and recommendations on starting a men’s discussion group to read Into the Breach.

2. Order the Into the Breach Booklet and Study Guide through Supplies Online, the supply ordering portal available on Officers Online.

3. Build public interest for the group! Promote your Into the Breach discussion group in your parish and larger community through a variety of efforts:

• Prominently display promotional posters (which can be ordered through Supplies Online)

• Bulletin announcements

• Pulpit announcements

• Posting on your council and parish website / social media pages

4. Hold weekly meetings. Discuss readings as a group using the meeting structure provided in the Into the Breach Booklet and Study Guide:

• Begin each discussion with a simple prayer: Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be

• Discuss progress on spiritual goals outlined in the previous meeting’s “Call to Battle” section

• Discuss the text using questions provided under “Understanding the Breach”

➢ In this portion of your discussion, consider using quotes from “Bricks for the Breach”

• Meditate upon the suggested scriptural passages under “Sword of the Spirit”

➢ Consider having a member read this aloud using the Lectio Divina format

• Announce the practical spiritual goals for the week based upon the “Call to Battle” section

➢ Remind members that you will discuss progress on these goals at the next meeting

• Conclude with the suggested prayer and encourage members to recite this prayer each day before the next meeting

5. To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Remember to retain copies for your council records.

Please Note:Conducting an Into the Breach study group does not satisfy the programming requirements for the Building the Domestic Church Kiosk Program. The two activities are separate and cannot be double-counted.

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