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Parish Action Plan Success Stories – Spirituality of Communion

Objective: Educate and form the faithful in a Spirituality of Communion, recognizing that it embodies our vision for the future of the Archdiocese.

Parish Action Plans

Holy Rosary, Houston (Downtown)

Action Plan #1:
Communicate messages about Spirituality of Communion through a series of bulletin articles to help parishioners understand and appreciate Spirituality of Communion.

Success Story #1:
Since June 8, 2014, Brother Ian, the pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, has been writing occasional bulletin articles on Spirituality of Communion, based on Called to be community: a guide to living a spirituality of communion, which is a publication of Living City of the Focolare Movement. He picked up the booklet when he attended Bishop Michael Mulvey's talk on the Spirituality of Communion at the University of St. Thomas on April 8, 2014. These articles have motivated Holy Rosary parishioners to get involved and create parish activities that foster a Spirituality of Communion such as parish potlucks, Adopt-a-Family Program, and a St. Joseph Altar Celebration.

Action Plan #2:
Foster a Spirituality of Communion in the sacrament of marriage and plan parish events that enrich couples' marriages.

Success Story #2:
Holy Rosary's St. Valentine's Marriage Guild created opportunities to include Spirituality of Communion messages for engaged and married couples. Activities included:
• An Italian dinner with Deacon Tom Vicknair, the leader of Marriage Matters!, as the guest speaker.
• A Lenten meal and reflection after the Sunday Vigil Mass
• A family picnic and barbecue.
These events have been instrumental in helping the parish's married couples appreciate the goodness of their Sacrament as well as make new friends. Future events are planned.

Web site: holyrosaryparish.org

Prince of Peace, Houston (Northwest)

Action Plan:
Include Spirituality of Communion messages in weekly communications.

Success Story:
A weekly message on Spirituality of Communion is identified and a reflection question is broadcast on large screens before and after Masses. The question is also published in the bulletin, web site, social media vehicles and electronic sign outside the church. The prayer of the faithful is also customized to include the reflection question. Web surveys are conducted to determine feedback on the spiritual reflection.

Web site: pophouston.org

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Houston (Cy-Fair)

Action Plan #1:
Promote a Spirituality of Communion focus in the liturgy and other means.

Success Story #1:
Father educated the task force using the Archdiocese's Fostering a Spirituality of Communion materials. The task force then developed a primary objective and elements of a campaign, including both a liturgical focus (environment, homilies, Prayers of the Faithful, speakers at Mass) communication channels available to publicize the campaign. The campaign materials and events to included signage, web site information, guest speakers, and weekly bulletin inserts.

Also, multicultural statues of our Blessed Lady adorn the chapel where the parish holds Adoration 24/7. This has sparked dialogue as parishioners seek to understand the story and culture behind the different statues.

Action Plan #2:
Create a "Spirituality of Communion" catechesis module for elementary, middle school and high school faith formation programs.

Success Story: #2
Developed session module for Confirmation that was first used during 2013-2014. Also implemented an annual Day of Reflection and created session modules for English, Spanish and Vietnamese youth faith formation programs.

Action Plan #3:
Create a Spirituality of Communion committee to address the challenge of integrating intercultural and ethnic perspectives in our English, Spanish, and Vietnamese communities.

Success Story #3:
Developed a public awareness campaign, ministry of the month, and program to unify the parish's rich diversity. Materials included a Spirituality of Communion banner, flyers for the bulletin, and web site updates to emphasize the campaign and the many ministries offered at the parish. Messages were delivered throughout religious education classes, schools, and Mass.

A Hospitality Ministry was also formed where parishioners would greet parishioners and visitors at the church entrance before every weekend Mass.

Web site: seascatholic.org

St. Martha, Kingwood

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

Success Plan:
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.

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

Web site: stmartha.com

St. Clare, Houston

Action Plan:
Foster a Spirituality of Communion by inviting parishioners to join small communities to form relationships and become more involved in parish life.

Success Plan:
The parish offers both social and service oriented groups as well as study groups that focus on faith formation. The church sponsors ACTS Retreats and That Man Is You (TMIY) and also a Christians in Action ministry.

Web site: church.stclarehouston.org