Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Feed Your Faith

A Taste of Firstfruits

Women attending recent Firstfruits were asked “What did you like best?”

“The strong program & music & love & cafe atmosphere was wonderful.”

“The gracious atmosphere that fed my body and soul.”

“It inspired me in many ways. I liked that it was just women and felt very at home there.”

“Everything was so well done.”

“The joy displayed.”

Reflections by Joan Carey

Have you been wanting to read the Bible but didn’t know how or where to start?
Or maybe you are reading the Bible but having a hard time making sense out of what you are reading.
Joan Carey,  executive director of Firstfruits, provided scripture reflections at Simply the Word Catholic bible study at Christ King Parish for six years. The audio tapes of those reflections are now available here on the Firstfruits website.  Use them in your personal prayer time to begin finding the treasures in God’s word.
This first series is from the Gospel of Luke with a focus on Discipleship.

Lesson One

  • Luke 5:1-11
    Call of Simon the Fisherman
  • Luke 5:27-32
    The Call of Levi
  • Luke 6:12-16
    The Mission of the Twelve

Lesson Two

  • Luke 9:1-6
    The Mission of the Twelve
  • Luke 10:1-2
    The Mission of the Seventy Two
  • Luke 12:22-34
    Dependence on God

Lesson Three

  • Luke 9:23-27
    Conditions of Discipleship
  • Luke 9:46-48
    The Greatest in the Kingdom
  • Luke 9:57-62
    The Would-Be Followers of Jesus
  • Luke 14:25-33
    Sayings on Discipleship

Lesson Four

  • Luke 8:9-10
    The Purpose of the Parable
  • Luke 10:17-20
    Return of the Seventy-two
  • Luke 10:21-22
    Praise of the Father
  • Luke 22:24-30
    The Role of the Disciple

Lesson Five

  • Luke 6:27-36
    Love of Enemies
  • Luke 6:37-42
    Judging Others
  • Luke 10:25-28
    The Greatest Commandment
  • Luke 10:29-37
    Parable of the Good Samaritan

Lesson Six

  • Luke 6:20-26
    Sermon on the Plain
  • Luke 12:16-21
    Parable of the Rich Fool
  • Luke 14:7-14
    Conduct of the Invited Guest and Host
  • Luke 18:9-14
    Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Lesson Seven

  • Luke 6:46-49
    Two Foundations
  • Luke 8:16-18
    Parable of the Lamp
    (also see Luke 11:33-36 Simile of the Light)
  • Luke 12:13-15
    Sayings Against Greed
  • Luke 21:1-4
    The Poor Widow’s Contribution

Lesson Eight

  • Luke 12:35-48
    Vigilant and Faithful Servants
  • Luke 13:22-30
    The Narrow Door
  • Luke 16:19-31
    Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
  • Luke 18:18-30
    The Rich Official
  • Luke 21:34-36
    The Exhortation to be Vigilant