Parish Leadership Night Highlights - September 12, 2017

Worship:

Maggie Warner (Coordinator of Parish Worship) is looking for a “right-hand” volunteer to help with Liturgical Committee and Liturgical Planning & Environment Committee (LPEC) tasks.  Maggie gave reading materials to Commission in preparation for the Altar of Remembrance in November; some members shared personal stories, experiences, and reflections on the passing of loved ones and what they practice during the month of remembrance.  Shirley Cervantes gave an update on the planning of Simbang Gabi in collaboration with USF students.  Mark your calendar for the Dec 6th inauguration of Simbang Gabi at St. Ignatius.  The Commission is working on new plans for volunteer recruitment that includes stewarding parishioner talents to encourage full participation in the liturgy and a potential commitment to the parish.

Faith Formation:

The Shop at St. Ignatius Church will open on Oct 1 in time for the Jesuits West celebration.  Currently, about 170 students are enrolled in Children’s Faith Formation classes.

Administration:

Discussed ways to implement the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory to engage parishioners in ministries that align with their gifts.  Brainstormed strategies for the Volunteer Engagement Committee, including recruiting a student intern to help.  Reviewed and updated the Administration Commission charter statement in the Parish Leadership Handbook.

Outreach:

Welcomed Mike Neary, Bill Pisaruck, and Gail Priestly in parish leadership and Christine Kennedy after her term on the Community Commission.  The group looks forward to engaging SI parishioners around our many established ministries (Helping Hands, Shelter Meals, Las Vecinas), as well as newer, developing ministries (Solidarity Network & Advocacy Committee).  Advent season is fast approaching with opportunities to give to and serve the community.  Outreach invites you to stay connected and to let us know which ministries you wish to engage in!

Community:

Discussed how to make use of the parish database, ParishSoft, to evaluate our demographics and parishioner interests.  The software can run queries and track events, but need to determine how to capture information and identify relevant categories.  Will solicit parishioner input on January “Dead of Winter” event.  Options are: Hoedown, pasta/bingo night, casino night, or some other event.  New Ministry for Seniors had their first monthly meeting on 9/14 where 50 people gathered, demonstrating the need and interest level.  Fr. John Coleman, S.J. presented a well-received “Spirituality of Aging” talk.