|Parishes that Are Doing It|
|Written by Sherry|
|Monday, 22 January 2007 08:43|
I got to check in on the blog from the St. Patrick's library and was happy to see a lot of good discussion going on. But I did notice a theme: discouragement about the state of things in local parishes and the gratitude for the support provided by lay movements. I've been there. I know how frustrating it can be when you can't find a parish in your vicinity that provides or a pastor that understands the kind of support that serious lay Catholics long for. While I certainly want to support and encourage the good work of the movement, I also need to affirm that the situation really isn't that lop-sided.
It is happening in parishes around the country. Parishes that are committed to evangelization are to be found in Idaho, Texas, and Iowa. Parishes that are committed to becoming houses of formation for the laity are in Washington, California, and South Carolina. Parishes are forming their own gifts discernment teams in Seattle, San Francisco, Boise, Spokane, Dubuque, Nashville, Houston, Greenville, Atlanta, Colorado Springs. There are whole dioceses in which everyone from the Bishop down to the local volunteer catechists have been through the Called & Gifted process.
On our Institute website, we have a group of links called Parishes of Interest. At the moment, we have 79 parishes listed by state (or country) that we have either worked directly with or that have been recommended to us as exceptional.
We would love to expand our list but we need your help. Are you aware of a parish in the US or elsewhere, that is evangelizing and/or forming and supporting lay apostles effectively and has a website? If so, please post the parish name, location, and website here. Tell the rest of us about this pearl of great price and we'll add it to the list.