In the first of our conversations with the Parish community, we explore the concept of mutual expectations – what is expected of each parishioner, and what parishioners can expect from the Parish community.
To get this conversation started we have reproduced a pamphlet called “Expectations” from St Monica’s Church in Los Angeles.
What are your thoughts? How should we frame our own set of expectations?
The expectations of each member of St Monica’s Catholic Community.
The central focus of our worship is the Eucharist and celebration of the Sacraments. Our community is expected to attend Mass regularly, spend time in daily prayer, and to be people of sacred Scripture.
The work of our parish depends on all of us and goes far beyond our priests and parish staff alone. We convert spiritual energy into action through outreach and service, especially to those who have far less. We serve one another and our wider community in ministry following Catholic social teaching to care for and be present with others.
We seek opportunities to learn and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and build our spiritual life by participating in retreats, workshops, faith-sharing communities and pastoral care to the sick and needy. We support the faith formation of our youth.
We appreciate each other and take time to compassionately connect with our fellow parishioners and community. We invite others to enjoy our welcoming and diverse environment and offer hospitality and friendship. We pray for, comfort and support members of the parish in times of need.
To support and grow our community, we give our time, talent and treasure to the extent that we are able. God is generous with us and we are called to be generous in return.