Vibrant Parish Life
Vibrant Parish Life II is a major diocesan initiative that continues to serve as the framework for an evolving “pastoral plan” for the Diocese of Cleveland. It is grounded in the hope that “we will do all that is possible to sustain and enhance the vibrant parish life to which Jesus calls us. Three key realities: starkly changing demographics and migration patterns in Northeast Ohio, changing finances and a decrease in the number of priests have affected the operations of the Catholic Church. Clustering and collaboration of parishes will result in a stronger more vibrant Church. The Vibrant Parish Life II initiative builds on the principle that we can be spiritually alive as we “cluster” with area parishes to meet the needs and provide an enthusiastic and dynamic church in the Diocese of Cleveland.
Our Parish cluster is Ss. Cosmas & Damian, St. Rita and Church of the Resurrection
The Stewardship committee assists the pastor in developing Stewardship as a way of life in the parish. This committee is instrumental in assisting the pastor in the areas of education and formation, facilitation, communication, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the parish Stewardship process.
The two objectives in the process of Stewardship Education and Formation of the parish are to teach the four principles for growth as a steward as defined by the U. S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter (receive god’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord) and to challenge the parish to Stewardship in action. We accomplish this through the following:
- Ministry Catalog – updated yearly for accurate information
- Ministry Highlights – access to all ministries of the parish for information
- Commitment Weekend – Renewing our Stewardship Commitments
- Follow Up – committee and ministry leaders contact parishioners
- Education – ongoing education and communication around the parish
- Stewards in Action – an involved parish!
Participation of the committee consists of attending monthly meetings and serving as leader of a sub-committee. Volunteers for any sub-committee are always welcome.
Youth Ministry (F.I.A.T.)
Youth Ministry, Faith In Action Teens, engages teens in their faith by helping them grow in their understanding of God, of themselves and their world, using catechesis, social and community-building events, retreats, field trips, service opportunities, prayer experiences and more. By learning and practicing discipleship, our young people become leaders themselves, helping to nourish the life of the parish and community through their faith and actions. This is open to students in grade 6-12.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Contact: Darlene Bednarz
The process by which an individual becomes Catholic is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Open to those with a desire to become Catholic or catechized in the faith. Sponsors are also needed to stand and study with those inquiring about the faith. RCIA is an ongoing process. Children who are of the age of 7 and not baptized should be accompanied by a parent as they are welcomed into the faith.
EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer)
Program designed to help parishioners meet their obligation to return graciously to God what God has generously given to us. For more information, contact Deacon Ed Chernick.