June 3, 2018
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me? Psalm 116:12
In the most recent survey the Pastoral Council asked parishioners to complete, one question was “would you be interested in exploring any of the following aspects of faith?” You could select more than one option. Here is a summary of the responses:
461 English responses / 69 Spanish responses
Helping the poor 52.5% 62.9%
Ways of praying 51.2% 56.5%
Experiencing faith as a
relationship with God 50.1% 53.2%
Experiencing the power of the
Holy Spirit in my life 46.2% 50.0%
Understanding Mass better 43.0% 37.1%
Understanding suffering 36.1% 30.6%
How to share faith with my
children 28.8% 48.4%
Praying with my spouse 28.0% 27.4%
Basics of Christian faith 25.6% 29.0%
Faith sharing group 23.0% 29.0%
For the next few weeks I will try to give some options to explore these topics. Some are available right now, others are being planned for the near future.
Note that the first four most selected areas were the same for both English and Spanish-speaking parishioners, with helping the poor being the highest selected option.
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers respond directly to individuals who live in our parish and request help with food, lodging, transportation, or other necessities. These volunteers do great hands-on work, and would welcome more volunteers. We also serve simple bag lunches Monday-Friday from 11-1 to our hungry neighbors = both the homeless as well as elderly folks who need help making ends meet. You can help by making sandwiches, filling or handing out bags, even cleaning up afterwards.
On Fridays parishioners offer a hot meal to all who come to the parish hall from 5-6 p.m. We need volunteers to cook, clean, set up, serve, and just talk with our guests.