The ministry provides opportunities to deepen one’s faith through individual and group activities, studies, and prayer, as well as by supporting those experiencing loss or spiritual need.
The Spiritual Enrichment Ministry Leadership Team includes two Pastoral Associates, a Parish Council member, and an at-large representative. The team provides leadership and vision, planning and coordination of activities within the ministry, and maintains communication with the other five ministry areas of the parish.
Pastoral Staff, 367-2665
Kelly Skinner, firstname.lastname@example.org , 627-1462
Jayne DeBruyn, email@example.com
Small fellowship groups called base communities meet for friendship, mutual support, faith sharing, learning, prayer, and outreach. Members decide where and how frequently they will meet and the topics they wish to discuss. People interested in forming a base community can get help from the parish staff. Jim Urban, firstname.lastname@example.org, 367-2665
Eucharistic Ministers of
Have you thought about what it might be like to be deprived of the Eucharist? To someone homebound, in a nursing home, or hospitalized and unable to come to church, the Eucharist is of paramount importance. Parishioners who are trained as pastoral Eucharistic ministers bring Communion and visit with members of our parish or other Catholics who may be unable to leave their home or facility. For people who are suffering or recovering, having a visit from a compassionate Eucharistic Minister can be balm for their souls. Chose the day—once or twice a month—that you would be willing to give several hours to offer this corporal work of mercy visiting the sick.
There are several book clubs for men and women, who meet weekly throughout the year and focus on Catholic spiritual readings. Contact the parish office for information. Other groups meet for 2-6 weeks at a time to explore specific books. Watch the bulletin for announcements.
Jim Urban, email@example.com, 367-2665
Ministry of Consolation
The Ministry of Consolation team provides support for parishioners who have lost a loved one. This is done at the time of the funeral as well as through follow-up grief support through programs throughout the year and personally as needed. The team, with the priests, offers an Evening of Remembrance twice a year. They offer a program called A Ray of Hope: Facing the Holidays Following a Loss, and a Christmas holiday luncheon to honor the widows of the parish. They also facilitate the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Nancy Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 359-6424
The parish library includes books and religious magazines for adults, teens, and children on a wide variety of subjects. The library is located in the classroom wing of the parish center. If you have experience as a librarian or library aide, this ministry is for you!
Megan Raab, email@example.com
The Way of the Cross
Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart, one’s whole being, to God. Centering prayer opens us to an awareness of God’s presence and grateful acceptance of God’s action within. Individuals gather from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays at St. Patrick’s church for shared reflection on a brief Scripture reading (Lectio Divina), followed by silent, centering prayer. First-timers and interested persons are always welcome. Mary Lou Menches, firstname.lastname@example.org, 344-1125
Funeral Prayer Ministry
This ministry involves the corporal and spiritual works of mercy–to bury the dead and to pray for the living and the dead. Those active in the ministry are invited to attend funeral Masses at St. Patrick to pray for the deceased and their families. If you sign up, the parish will contact you prior to funerals either by phone or email and ask you to attend whenever possible, without a commitment to attend all funerals. Come as you are able. The ministry is a simple one, but it is vital to the spiritual well being of our parish community, and it is a great comfort to the family of the deceased. Nancy Olson, email@example.com, 359-6424
Parish Bible Studies
St. Patrick Parish Bible Study small groups offer a way to delve more deeply into the Sacred Scriptures to enhance our understanding of these God-inspired passages and apply them to our lives. Small groups meet on different days and times, and we would be happy to connect you with a group that works for you. The staff will help new groups form if you would like to gather friends to study God’s Word. We also have copies of the past programs we have offered that you may borrow from our offices for you to study at home. Click here to see more detail.
Jim Urban, firstname.lastname@example.org, 367-2665