Here’s the 411 on 815Catholic
By Elizabeth Palmer, Observer Correspondent
March 16, 2017

What is it?

815Catholic is a group of young adults seeking to foster a community of individuals in which they can grow together in faith and fellowship.

815Catholic does not push a program, or a “cookie-cutter” model of what it means to be Catholic or some new Christian clique.

“We simply want to live life to the fullest (John 10:10) and we believe that to do that, we need to invite Christ into our everyday lives. We believe that God wants to meet us at work, in coffee shops, or while we’re out going to bars, not just at Church on Sundays,” says the Facebook page.

Why is it?

The idea for 815Catholic came from some conversations at a local coffee shop, where organizers realized they were all seeking the same things: authentic community, opportunities to grow in faith, and fun, not only for themselves but also for young adults all over the Rockford area.

The simple goal is to foster a community of individuals who can do Catholic life together.

Who’s behind it?

The ministry is sponsored by St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park with help from the Life and Family Evangelization Office.

Who’s it for?

Catholics from 18 to 35-ish. Any and all young adults are welcome to join for the various events 815 Catholic hosts throughout the year.

When do they meet?

On the third Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., — next gathering is March 21 — at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. in Rockford, for beer, friendship, and a little formation. Everyone gets one free (age-appropriate) beverage.