By KATIE BORKOWSKI
BREDA – St. Bernard’s will host evenings of reflection to discuss the film Full of Grace on June 25 and 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the St. Bernard school gym. The cost for the evenings is a free-will offering.
Eric Groth, president/CEO of Outside da Box (ODB) Films and executive producer of Full of Grace, and Bob Perron, a speaker from ODB Films, will lead the two evenings of reflection on ODB Film’s 2015 feature film, Full of Grace: The Story of Mary the Mother of Jesus.
Sunday evening will include the viewing of the entire full-length film, discussion and prayer. Monday evening will include viewing of segments of the film, discussion, prayer and Adoration/Benediction led by Father Mark Stoll, pastor at parishes in Breda, Arcadia and Mount Carmel.
“This event is meant for every Catholic – those who are highly engaged in their parish, those who are moderately engaged and those who come to Mass twice a year,” said Father Stoll. “I hope parishioners from around the diocese will join us for this event as we dive into the questions of what makes us Catholic and how can we evangelize our communities – especially in the face of many challenges, such as Ministry 2025.”
Full of Grace tells the story of the Blessed Mother’s final days on earth. Surrounded by Peter and the remaining Apostles, the film recounts the beauty and mystery of Mary’s experiences with her son.
The priest encourages high school youth to attend each evening along with their parents and grandparents. The movie is family-friendly for all ages.
Outside da Box
Groth and Perron, part of ODB staff, will share inspiring stories from their journey in making the film and lead participants to reflect and pray on faith and life concepts from it.
“ODB (Outside da Box) Films is an award-winning, not-for-profit, Catholic video production ministry,” said Groth. “Its mission is to help foster an encounter with Christ through artfully-made, spiritually-rich films.”
He pointed out over the past 12 years, ODB Films has produced 200 short films, including the 60-film Video Catechism series for teens. In January 2016, ODB Films released its first feature film, Full of Grace. The film received a Gabriel Award for Best Family Feature.
“As a ministry, we love to engage people in faith dialogue around the films we create,” said Groth. “Over the past two years, we have had the privilege of facilitating several dozen events we call Evenings of Reflection in the U.S. and all of the world.”
“Eric and Bob are regular Catholic men who have stepped up to become more engaged in the church to help teens and adults to be more engaged,” said Father Stoll.
Father Stoll was first introduced to ODB through a DVD series for use in high school faith formation and youth ministry.
“He (Groth) and his team produce short, dynamic, inspiring Catholic videos for use with teens,” said the priest. “I was hooked from the first moment I saw the videos and knew they would be very valuable for use in the faith formation and youth ministry at Immaculate Conception in Moville, where I was pastor at that time.”
Father Stoll used many of the videos for his confirmation class and even for some adult faith formation sessions at Moville.
“The parish and I became involved in ODB’s 2008 Campaign for Jesus in the fall of 2008 and a video contest we entered in 2010,” said Father Stoll. “Because of my use of these videos and the 2008 campaign, Eric and I became acquainted. On Oct. 1, 2015, the full-length movie, Full of Grace, was released to a limited number of theaters.”
With the release of the movie, Groth and his team introduced Parish Evening Reflection sessions to provide guided reflection and meditation on this movie at parishes around the country.
“This event intrigued me and when I arrived as pastor of the parishes in Breda, Mount Carmel and Arcadia in August 2016, I began considering inviting Eric,” said Father Stoll.
According to the film’s website, “Full of Grace is a new genre of film. It is intentionally paced in a manner that draws the viewer into deep spiritual reflection. It causes viewers, not only to reflect on the struggles of the characters, but also to ponder their own personal walk with Christ.”
A Full of Grace Youth Rally will be held for youth who are going into sixth through ninth grade from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 26 in the St. Bernard School Gym/Parish Center/Church in Breda.
“Because of the expertise of Eric and Bob, we decided to host a Catholic youth rally on Monday during the day,” said Father Stoll. “This will be ‘kind of’ like a mini-Steubenville Youth Conference available for youth who are unable to attend a Steubenville youth conference and/or in addition to Camp CAYOCA, Totus Tuus or a Vacation Bible School.”
The theme of the rally will be “What makes you Catholic?” Catholic youth from around the Diocese of Sioux City are invited to attend. Cost for the rally is a freewill offering. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch.
Registration forms are available at the churches, by calling the parish office (712) 673-2582, or by visiting the parish website: http://christthekingcatholiccommunity.org.