Spirituality
Action Team

Vision Statement

We continue to explore our spirituality at a deeper level with God as our Center. Our spirituality derives from our connectedness to God, self, others and nature. Through our spirituality we follow the mandate of Micah 6: act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with God.

Update

The Spirituality Action Team has been active with several initiatives in the Spring and Summer.

  1. Taize services were held on two Sunday afternoons in the summer.
  2. The Spirituality Library was started in the early part of this year and has plans to be open on Sundays after Mass, in addition to weekdays.
  3. A Men's Spirituality Group has been meeting since last October and looking forward to starting up this Fall after a short break in the Summer.

The Team also expects to work on planning a reflective series for the next Advent and Lenten seasons.

Survey Responses

Parishioners were asked to rank from 1-5 how much they were interested in pursuing these forms of spirituality and prayer:
(1 = not interested ... 5 = extremely interested.  Not all answered)

1. If our parish were to offer...

1

2

3

4

5

4s + 5s

...Spiritual discussion groups

12%

10%

16%

18%

13%

31%

...Evenings of reflection / mini-retreats

10%

7%

18%

22%

16%

37%

...One-day retreats

13%

11%

18%

13%

17%

31%

...Guided spiritual direction

11%

10%

17%

14%

13%

27%

...Centering prayer

10%

10%

20%

16%

10%

27%

...Novenas

15%

12%

14%

14%

11%

25%

...Rosaries

15%

10%

14%

15%

14%

28%

...A spirituality library

13%

9%

12%

15%

13%

28%

...Guest speakers on prayer and spirituality

7%

3%

13%

23%

29%

52%

2. What other recommendations might you have or other areas of spirituality would you like to learn about?
See below.

Survey Notes

All suggested areas received positive responses. And since not all responders answered this question, the percentages are best taken as a relative ranking, rather than an absolute indication of interest. This leaves much room for exploration of ways we may seek to increase our sense of spirituality as a parish.

The highest-rated form was for “Guest speakers on prayer and spirituality” (52% rated as “4s+5s”). Other group-related forms ranked second-highest, such as “Evenings of reflections,” “One-day retreats,” and “Spiritual discussion groups.” And even third-tier-ranked forms found a sizeable following. A good number of responders offered additional comments also worth reviewing and adding some insight into the meaning of these rankings.