In the last paragraph you wrote "We put our data". Did you mean to write "Rafael concluded the meeting by asking us to reflect on what we accomplished at the mtg, how we want to input our data, what we have done, and what do we want to do?" MINUTES FOR SPIRITUALITY PILLAR MTG. ON OCTOBER 25, 2023
Submitted by Mary C. Weisenburger, Secretary
PRESENT: (Sign-In List)
Dcn. Paul Weisenburger
Sr. Maureen Harris
Leo and Betty Reiter
Marta Rodriguez Perez
Rebekah reviewed her notes from the Sept. Mtg.
Rafael reviewed Fr. Bob’s notes from the last Clergy-Pillar Mtg. He informed us that Pat Dyer is working behind the scenes to develop a common bulletin. One bulletin will eventually cover all our parishes’ events. That way we will know what everyone is doing – all the activities.
Later in the meeting, we came back to this topic of a common bulletin. We discovered that Pat does currently send out all of our parishes’ activities info, but currently each parish publicizes this info in a different way: in the bulletin, in a bulletin insert, or in one sheet posted on a Church wall. The problem is that each bulletin has very little “space” as things stand now. A common bulletin should solve this problem. We also discussed that currently each parish does have a website with a calendar listing all our FOP info.
Rebekah reviewed our Spiritual Life Pillar Plan, which is in the process of being developed. We have already gathered info from all the parishes of what we have in place already, and Rebekah has organized this material into our Spiritual Life Pillar Plan with Year 1 Goals, which we need to schedule and communicate.
Currently, we have an annual Women’s Retreat in October, developed and led by Betty Reiter.
NEW: Liturgy Ministries Retreat for youth and adults
Men’s Retreat (it was suggested that Betty could either give input on this retreat, and/or develop it.)
Communication Plan: Flyers, bulletin, announcements, promoted by Spiritual Life Committee Members
SMDP: previously every Sunday. Parish Goal: possibly re-start every Sunday, every other Sunday, or weekly. Currently, it is recited every Mother’s Day.
St CB: Marta would like greater promotion of their multi-ethnic rosary on Zoom on Mondays at 7 PM.
BT: has a Friday rosary on Fridays after the 11 AM Mass in the chapel. Parish Goal: does the bulletin need to explain in greater detail where the chapel is?
STL: has no regular rosary at present. Parish Goal: Does there need to be a goal to re-start the Rosary at STL, and when?
FOP Rosary Goal: to organize info about every parish’s rosary day and time in one additional separate announcement, either to be sent to Pat or promo’ed by our committee so that anyone wanting to find a rosary devotion can go to this announcement and find it immediately.
NOVENAS: no parish is currently doing Novenas.
At present, our FOP has Eucharistic Adoration on Holy Thursday at the conclusion of the Holy Thursday service. Should we make it a Parish Goal to offer Eucharistic Adoration more often?
At Sts CB, the friars have begun a First Friday Holy Hour at 6:30 PM, which includes Eucharistic Adoration, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Night Prayer. Marta and Betty will find out if there is any more info, which needs to be added to this.
FOP Eucharistic Adoration Goal: once parishes have established additional Eucharistic Adoration days and times, to organize all this info in one additional separate announcement, so that anyone wanting to find a Eucharistic Adoration can go to this announcement and find one immediately.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: During Lent, every Friday except Good Friday.
PRAYER GROUPS: SMDP is trying to resurrect its Prayer Group.
Sts. CB: every Sunday at 10 AM before the 11 AM Mass.
BT: Tuesdays at 4 PM Zoom.
SMDP: has a Bible Study Group.
FOP Bible Study Goal: to organize info about every parish’s Bible Study day and time in one additional announcement, either to be sent to Pat or promo’ed by our committee so that anyone wanting to find a Bible Study can go to this announcement and find it immediately.
LIFE IN THE EUCHARIST:
Joyce Davis has done the Life in the Eucharist training. She explained that our group should develop a sub-committee to eventually work with the Liturgy and Faith Formation Pillar sub-committees to plan events for our FOP. Joyce will be meeting with Pat Dyer, Paula Hunt, and Olivia on Nov. 13 10:30 AM (correction) to start LITE planning. They will pull ideas from the LITE Planning Book.
In order to better familiarize our Pillar members with the LITE Initiative, Rafael will invite Sr. Louise Alff to speak with us at our next meeting.
OPPORTUNITIES TO COMPLEMENT THE SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT WITHIN FAMILY 21:
NEW: TO PLAN A “GETTING TO KNOW YOU” EVENT FOR ALL FOUR PARISHES.
We will choose a date near Valentine’s Day, using the theme ”God Loves You.” The event will begin with a Prayer Service in Church. Betty has agreed to help plan the Prayer Service. Then there will be a “food event” (potluck?). The venue and further details will be planned at our next meeting, using a laptop or phone with the FOP events calendar. Pat will be emailed our chosen date.
SPIRITUAL LIFE PARISH RESOURCES;
Lenten and Advent Books
NEW GOAL: Develop an FOP Brochure/Pamphlet Resource listing books/devotionals/websites for spiritual enrichment. Joyce mentioned that she subscribes to The Word Among Us – she receives a new book each month. Rebekah mentioned the Website for Take Five For Faith
MEMORIAL EVENTS: We could develop a new emphasis on spiritually healing parish events centered on Bereavement, as many hospitals do each month. Parishes could “celebrate” around All Souls Day by having a ceremony before or during Mass reading the names of parishioners who have died during the year while a family member or friend lights a candle in their memory. (StL did this for years, and SMDP did this in 2021. The Diaconate Community also does this.) We could also plan an FOP Spiritual Event centered on Bereavement.
Edit: "Rafael concluded the meeting by asking us to reflect on what we accomplished at the mtg, how we want to input our data, what we have done, and what do we want to do?"
NEXT MEETING: WED. NOV. 29 at STCB at 6:30 PM.