The Visioning Process that started as part of our parish's 125th Anniversary Celebration continues in a vibrant and productive way. Resulting from the Visioning Conferences and the Parish Survey, five "Action Teams" were formed. In their work, they've dared to dream, explore and now much has already "become."
This group has a two-fold purpose. First, to look at our present buildings and set priorities to help better accomplish our mission in the short term, and make better use of what we already have available to us. Second, is to look long term toward a new facility which would better respond to the changing needs of the parish. When we attempt to put these programs into place, there will be opportunities to look for new ways to implement more of the suggestions coming from our parish survey.
This group 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. The first Sunset Liturgy Mass was held on Sunday, October 2, and was a huge success!
This group has been working on a forum to provide presentations on some of the good work which has been going on within our parish and wider community — named "The Gospel in Action." They've created an opportunity not only to hear about the work, but also to engage people in a way that connects us to these good works or agencies. The first such opportunity will take place at the Masses on the weekend of Oct. 8-9. The team is also considering work on other ministry initiatives.
The Spirituality Team has been active with several initiatives in the Spring and Summer. Taize services were held on two Sunday afternoons in the summer. 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. 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.
The Youth Group has been very active this year, including events over the summer. The group includes youth who participate from 6th to l2th grade, with the majority coming from the 8th grades on up. Summer plans included a bowling evening, a Family Fun Day and sponsored a "Make your own Sunday" event. Plans are in the works for an active Fall.