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Parish Action Plan Success Stories – Faith Formation

Objective: Identify and provide resources and opportunities for adult formation responding to the various life stages and cultural needs of the parish adult community.

Parish Action Plans

Mary Queen, Friendswood

Action Plan:
Provide theological training for adults.

Success Story:
Mary Queen hosted the Formation Toward Christian Ministry program to help educate its parishioners as well as those from surrounding parishes in theological training. With so many participating, the parish plans to continue a series of training classes on Basic Formation for Catechetical Leadership.

Web site: maryqueencatholicchurch.org

Queen of Peace, La Marque

Action Plan:
Provide more spiritual development opportunities to parishioners and the community-at-large.

Success Story:
Parishioners offer a spiritual bouquet of prayers with different intentions monthly. A Eucharistic Adoration is also held every Friday at the parish.

Adult bible classes are held every Sunday and Monday. The classes are filled to capacity and parish leaders are delighted more parishioners are involved and being nourished with the Word of God.

St. Laurence, Sugar Land

Action Plan:
Engage parishioners in spiritual growth and holiness through Small Faith Communities.

Success Story:
The parish developed Small Faith Communities that meet in parishioner's homes during Lent. More than 500 parishioners participated.

Web site: stlaurence.org

St. Martha, Kingwood

Action Plan #1:
Improve retention of the Word using PowerPoint slides during homilies.

Success Story #1:
Priests and deacons use PowerPoint slides/pictures to further the homily message. Not only has this improved the retention of the homily, it is allowing the parish to reach across the cultures and ages and bring people closer to Christ.

Action Plan #2:
Assist in the development of personal prayer by offering spiritual development opportunities.

Success Story #2:
In a Parish Action Plan writing session, seven parishioners acknowledged the churchgoers' hunger for developing better prayer lives. The group launched a series of workshops on prayer, using methods of prayer that the average person could begin to practice immediately.

These workshops were held on consecutive Tuesday evenings that focused on the following four methods of prayer:
• The Jesus Prayer
• Praying with Icons
• Ignatian Sprirituality (Praying with Imagination)
• Eucharistic Adoration

Action Plan #3:
Educate & form the faithful on Spirituality of Communion.

Success Plan #3:
A series of homilies on Spirituality of Communion were developed and delivered at all the English Masses.

Each homily included a PowerPoint presentation, with the initial homily presented on the Fifth Sunday in Easter 2014 ("I am the way and the truth and the life"). Additional bulletin inserts were included to expand upon the concept. Parishioners appreciated the working definition and now better understand the concept.

Videos of the homilies by Fr. Alfonso Tran and Deacon Ed Kleinguetl are available on the Archdiocesan web site.

Web site: stmartha.com

St. Phillip the Apostle, Huffman

Action Plan:
Assist parishioners in reaffirming their Catholic Faith as well as explain and defend their faith.

Success Plan:
The parish offers several programs and ministries that are assisting parishioners with knowledge and love of their Faith:
• Adult Education and Youth Evangelization programs
• Programs to create a culture of service

Web site: stphiliphuffmantx.org

St. Raphael the Archangel, Houston (Woodlake/Briar Meadow)

Action Plan #1:
Create programs around faith formation.

Success Story #1:
The new programs are:
• Conduct pre-baptism classes at the parish rather than sending parishioners to St. Dominic Center.
• Formed a new prayer group for families with Virtus trained facilitators
• Started a Charismatic group
• Hold a night adoration group
• Incorporate Legion of Mary activities.

These undertakings are attracting many new volunteers.

Action Plan #2:
Form multi-lingual bible study classes.

Story #2:
Started evening Bible study in Spanish reading scriptures from the Holy Bible. Participation in the classes continues to grow prompting the addition of more classes.

St. Clare of Assisi, Houston

Action Plan:
Provide parishioners with avenues to deepen their faith and understanding of Catholic traditions through small study and prayer groups.

Success Story:
The parish offers several programs and ministries that are assisting parishioners, including:

Parishioners can also participate in bible study classes as well as a weekly rosary in the church.

Web site: church.stclarehouston.org