We all have those qualities we love and those aspects that are challenges at our parishes. We have reason to rejoice and grumble, often simultaneously. We at OSV want to hear about what is happening at your parish. Are there any changes scheduled for the New Year? What’s being done well; what could be done better? Discuss it in the comments below, and then think about taking it a step further.
Perhaps your parish has big plans for 2014, whether structural, spiritual or otherwise. Or perhaps your parish is in need of that direction. Whatever the case may be, you can be a part of that effort. If you want a more vibrant parish community, start those discussions. Focus on building a parish that calls the faithful deeper in love with Christ and his Church by evangelizing both inside and out and recognizing its place in the larger community of the universal Church.
Please remember though: Whether in the comments or at your parish, always communicate honestly, openly and lovingly; open dialogue, not arguments.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.