The group of parish leaders who serve on one of our five Commissions: Administration, Community Life, Formation, Outreach, and Worship – met on July 10 for their monthly working meeting.
Administration Commission has taken on a new assignment to look broadly at the systems the Parish uses to collect and manage information and records for parishioners, those receiving sacraments here, occasional visitors, prospective new volunteers, and even bookstore customers with the intent to find new ways of utilizing information to re-contact, re-engage, and further deepen relationships and participation in our parish.
Community Commission is focusing on ways to invite more parishioners to get involved in a team approach for planning and hosting favorite Parish events, such as the Parish Picnic, Christmas Emporium, and St. Ignatius in the Neighborhood. The group will also be introducing pot-luck suppers during the year beginning this fall.
Formation Commission began considering new goals for the coming year, discussing ideas, such as forming a parent engagement committee supporting Children’s Faith Formation, ways to expand the service opportunities available to our Confirmation students, and other ways to enrich the children’s and youth programs.
Outreach Commission is coordinating plans for the Parish to begin utilizing the assistance of an experienced Catholic Charities case manager who will be available for needs assessment and referrals to Catholic Charities resources for both parishioners and those we encounter in our church. More information and details about this new program will be introduced to the Parish in coming weeks.
Worship Commission gives direction to the liturgical life of the Parish through the planning and preparation of our church environment throughout the year. They also have oversight of the recruitment, formation, and scheduling of all our liturgical ministers who serve as acolytes, choir members, greeters & ushers, Eucharistic ministers, and lectors. The Commission began discussing the introduction of new family liturgies and events focusing on the needs of our CFF students and their families.