On Tuesday, January 22nd the Parish Pastoral Council met and we had a very productive meeting. Paul Schweigert and Greg Clark gave an update on the Somerset/Swansea Strategic Planning Group. That group is at present working on what the area would look like when/if local parishes began merging i.e. which parishes would merge and with which ones.
I shared with the Parish Council my hopes that St. Louis de France Parish could begin some parish groups/activities. Currently, the only group activity revolves around the Catholic Mutual Group when they sponsor a raffle, supper, etc. I proposed to the Parish Council four groups that might interest parishioners :
- ACTIVITES/SOCIAL GROUP – this group would plan a calendar of activities throughout the year. I know that in the past there has been a Mass and a cook out in the grounds of the church. Also, we have the parish hall building with a basket ball court that could be used throughout the week…it could also be used for volley ball, etc. At St. Bernadette’s, groups began BOARD GAME gatherings on Sunday afternoons, etc. All suggestions are good.
- ADULT FAITH FORMATION – Our parish should have ongoing enrichment for adults. Bible Study will begin during Lent, but we could also have a speakers series, etc.
- BOOK CLUB – A book club on some afternoon during the week might attract folks who are looking to sit with a cup of coffee and share conversation about a current novel…spiritual or otherwise.
- YOUTH ACTIVITIES – Everyone agrees that our young people need something beyond Confirmation Class. Here at St. Louis de France we have the facilities. While all our kids seem to know each other from Somerset/Swansea school activities, perhaps it’s time to give our young people some “catholic” identity sponsored by our parishes.
All these “suggestions” presume that people are interested enough to want to step up and volunteer and coordinate them. As your priest I am happy to sponsor them, support them and encourage them…but I’m not going to run them! Think about how you might want to be part of the active life of our parish. We will begin working on one group/activity at a time…stay tuned for details!!!