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Old Apr 28, '12, 4:54 am
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Default Vibrancy of Catholic churches

Not sure if this belongs here but here goes.

What should Catholic churches offer as well as the mass?

I don't know what US churches are like but I grew up in an England where Catholic churches were only open for a few hours a day on a Sunday and, maybe, if you were lucky, half an hour a day Monday to Saturday for daily mass.
Churches became completely removed from the midst of the community.

Most churches here still seem to be like this.

However, there are many churches that seem to be constantly adding new things. This is great. I always check out the weekly newsletters of as many of the local Catholic churches around here as possible and there is often a new group, adoration or activity being offered (often as a trial run to see how successful they will be). Such as;

Adoration of blessed sacrament
Rosary group
Divine mercy group
Mothers' prayer group
Charismatic group (none round here now that closed down due to no musicians)
Young persons' prayer group
weekly (or more) confessions
Marriage prep
Liturgy group
Music group
Alter servers meeting
Eucharistic ministers' meeting
Stations of the Cross (Lent)
Random talks (very random)

Now, this is great and is a start.
We have Buddhist, Muslim and Evangelical groups in my city and their buildings are always buzzing with activity. So much teaching and activity seems to happen there. As one class ends more people arrive for another class about to begin. They are really centres of their community and centres of evangelisation and teaching.

Notice there was no Bible study, catechesis group, or evangelisation group on my list.

I really think Catholic churches need to be centres of the community more (at least over here).
There needs to be more teaching. There's no point only offering the mass when you're not teaching why the mass is so important.

What other things do you think our churches should or could be offering?
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Old Apr 28, '12, 7:21 am
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Default Re: Vibrancy of Catholic churches

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What other things do you think our churches should or could be offering?
It all depends on the skillset of the members of the church. We are the Body of Christ, we have to work together. If you are in a parish where there are no 'knitters' a knitting group would be kind of silly. Each Parish has different pools of skills being volunteered, so a blanket statement of they should 'offer' this and that is not going to work.

They offer the Sacraments.. the people of the Parish should be stepping up to help offer the rest.
We should reverence every word of the Scriptures, the same way we reverence every particle of the consecrated host. -Origen

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Old Apr 28, '12, 7:43 am
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Default Re: Vibrancy of Catholic churches

Our parish offers many ways to be involved, to learn about and grow in our Faith and to become active in the Church and school community through participation in various devotions, activities and groups. Iíll list some of them in no particular order.

1 Vigil and 4 Sunday Masses weekly
1 Vigil and 4 Masses for Holy Days of Obligation
Weekday Mass twice daily (exception Saturday and some Tuesdays, then only one daily Mass offered)
Weekly Reconciliation
Twice yearly Reconciliation Service
Twice weekly devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Daily recitation of the Rosary
Weekly Eucharistic Adoration
Yearly Divine Mercy Sunday Service
Quarterly healing Mass with Communal Anointing of the Sick
Individual Anointing as needed upon request and in case of emergency
Stations of the Cross
Passion Play
Various Choirs for Sunday Masses
Funeral Choir
Funeral Luncheon Volunteer Group
Funeral Food Donation Group
Catholic Women of Faith
ACTS Group
ACTS Retreats for Men and for Women
Youth Group
Jr. High Youth Group
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Kids Celebrate Church
Liturgy Committee
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
St. Ann Sodality
Art and Environment Committee
Widow/Widowers Group
Prayer Group
Prayer Chain (E-mail)
Focus on Faith
Respect Life Committee
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Good Samaritan Program
St. Marthaís Team (Church cleaning)
Gardening Group (Grounds beatification)
Jonah Team (Prayer group approved by Pastor and trained by Archdiocese)
Various Bible Studies with the Pastor and Associate
Various Faith Sharing Groups
Knights of Columbus
Parish Library
School Board
Girl Scouts (Questions being asked, but still active)
Boy Scouts
Parish Administration
Finance Committee
Stewardship Committee
Safe Environment Program
Scrip program
Technology Committee
Motherís Club
Menís Club
Baptism Class
Reconciliation Prep
First Eucharist Prep
Confirmation Prep
Marriage Prep
Athletics Association
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Old Apr 28, '12, 8:54 am
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Default Re: Vibrancy of Catholic churches

It all depends on the particular parish, and whether it is staffed by a diocesan priest or by a religious order of priests.

The latter will usually offer activities based on the charism of their order. For example, the parish I attend during the week (which is near my place of employment) is a Jesuit parish. They offer spiritual direction, and annually offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Since most of the parish is comprised of single or widowed adults living and working downtown (there is a large medical campus and an engineering company nearby, as well as downtown offices and businesses, and the area is becoming gentrified,) you don't find peripheral activities like scouting, and they don't have many family-related activities or ministries. They do, however, offer daily Adoration (for about six hours,) at least three daily Masses, daily confessional times, various catechetical workshops, and encourage and support people who want to get involved with ministries to the homeless and disenfranchised.

My home parish is in a nearby small town in a predominately semi-rural area. Families tend to be larger than the average American 2.6 kids. That's where you find more family-related ministries, a parish picnic, a parish golf outing annually, more introductory faith-formation, Knights of Columbus, parish dinners through the year (most of them sponsored by the Holy Name Association,) and that sort of thing. One daily Mass, an hour confessional time weekly (although Father will hear confessions by appointment if you can't get to that time,) daily Rosary before the daily Mass, and two hours weekly Adoration. There is a very enthusiastic deacon who does periodically offer presentations on various catechetical subjects. Father's duties are split between that parish and an even more rural one twenty miles away.

I like both parishes, and support both. I attend Sunday Mass at my home parish, and adoration and weekday Mass a few times a week downtown. I feel very blessed to have such a wide range readily available.

"Lord, spare us from sour-faced saints!"---St. Teresa of Avila
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Old Apr 28, '12, 12:49 pm
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Should there be a core of activities and devotions that all churches offer?

Such as Eucharistic adoration, rosary and catechesis?
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