Liturgy
Action Team

Vision Statement

We acknowledge our celebration of the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith. We are called to becomewhat we receive at the Table of the Lord, that we might be the presence of Christ to one another and to our world.We are committed to providing an environment that invites the full and active participation of the entirecommunity through Christ-centered worship, inspiring music, relevant homilies and active liturgical ministries.

Update

The Liturgy Team has been active with meetings over the summer to prepare a Sunset Liturgy, which would be held at 5:00 PM on one Sunday a month. The music for this liturgy would differ from the other liturgies and be provided by a contemporary ensemble. Following the liturgy, there would be simple meal in the school gym, along with an activity, presentation or discussion geared for families, adults and younger children.

Sunset Liturgy

Sunday, October 2, a new event took place at our parish.  After months of visioning, surveying, meeting, discussing and deciding, Our Mother of Good Counsel held it’s first Sunset Liturgy.

The idea of the Sunset Liturgy came out of the Visioning process, and our Liturgy Action Team was challenged with the task of making it happen. So the team of about 15 people met long and often to discuss how best to research, evaluate, plan, coordinate and implement this new liturgy. And then they rolled up their sleeves and did it!

Sunset Liturgy 1On Sunday, October 2, more than 250 men, women and children - families, singles and religious alike - attended an incredible mass. The energy, excitement and comraderie could be felt as soon as you entered the doors of the church. A contemporary group of musicians played traditional songs with a bit more "oomph" than usual, then Fr. Denny welcomed everyone and proceeded to preach on our blessings and how we are to share them with the world.

Sunset Liturgy 2Following the liturgy, a huge majority of the attendees made their way to the gym and welcomed Fr. Jim Martinez, who gave a very brief history of the Visioning process and then prayed with us. A delicious meal of pizza and salad was then shared by all. There was much community building and discussion among parents and children. It was a truly beautiful evening!

The next Sunset Liturgy is set for Sunday, November 6 at 5 pm.  Please plan on joining us!

 

Survey Responses

Parishioners were asked to rank from 1-5 how much they agreed with these statements:
(1 = strongly disagree; 2 = disagree; 3 = neutral; 4 = agree; 5 = strongly agree; not all answered)

1. Our parish liturgies ...

1

2

3

4

5

4s + 5s

...have full and active participation of the entire community

4%

12%

24%

32%

22%

54%

...are Christ-centered worship

3%

1%

7%

30%

47%

77%

...have inspiring music

7%

4%

11%

29%

40%

68%

...have relevant homilies

4%

3%

12%

32%

34%

66%

...have active liturgical ministry (eg. Greeters, Lectors, etc.)

4%

1%

7%

30%

48%

77%

2. Which Mass do you prefer to attend?

5:00 – 23%;   7:30 – 23%;   9:30 – 41%;   11:15 – 27%
(Totals over 100% because of multiple responses.)

3. How often do you attend Sunday Mass?

Weekly – 79%;   Few times a month – 12%;   Monthly – 2%;   Few times a year – 3%
(Not all answered.)

4. In a few words, what might foster growth in each of the areas of our parish liturgies above?

The most frequent comments were:

  • Family, multigenerational events
  • Youth driven liturgies
  • Less formality, more relaxed atmosphere
  • A little more upbeat music
  • 21st century homilies for the young
  • Addressing current issues
  • Challenge us to put our faith into action
Survey Notes

A look at the survey results show a majority of parishioners with a positive perception of our parish’s liturgies.All five ranked categories were scored “4s + 5s” more than 50%, with rankings for “Active liturgical ministries”and “Christ-centered worship” scoring the highest at 77% combined “4s + 5s.”

All Mass “times” were represented, with 9:30 Mass the highest percentage. Interestingly, we were also able to hear from people who do not attend Mass weekly – over 20% of the responders. That, plus the fact that some responders did give lower rankings appear to show we have an honest beginning look at where we see ourselves today. Up to one-half of the responders left additional comments on how we might foster growth in each area of our parish liturgies. The comments seem rich in ideas with which to raise questions and opportunities.