Community Day 2018 Breakout Sessions

Six topics were discussed at the Community Day. These topics were identified in a survey of the Community in the spring of 2018.

An online survey tool that allows you to give additional input on any of the six is available here .

  1. Increasing and Diversifying Community Membership.
  2. Facilitating activities that would deepen relationships in the Community
  3. Spiritual development/growth activities within the Community
  4. Social Justice Activities of the Community
  5. Our most appreciated Community asset, Liturgical Celebrations
  6. Discussing our Mission Statement: “We are a Catholic Community” “Preserving and Renewing a Living Tradition”

Topic One:

Increasing and Diversifying Community Membership.  Participants in this breakout discussed strategies for growing the Number of community members.  The following bullet points summarized this groups discussion:

  • Pastor – Social Justice – encourages to be visible
  • Social medial – Facebook – might up
  • Education/social justice programs
  • Newsletter
  • Why – sustainability
  • Word of mouth
  • Searching – look at those in need – smart where to look
  • Articles – PD Radio shows – Mike Mc Intyr
  • ‘Attract back’ structures
  • Know someone – 9 calls, 3 appointments, 1 sale
  • People view religion as problem not a solution
  • Dialogue with people
  • Open to all – education/social justice
  • Volunteer groups – youth like that – ask young for thoughts
  • Promotion for what we stand for: gay marriage, women preaching
  • So much ugly press – Good story – no longer afraid to be seen
  • National Catholic Reporter article
  • PD not a great way to communicate as use to be – social media
  • University Circle Residences Downtown- (common ground)
  • Freshwater Cleveland – cool story (we have)
  • Guest homilists
  • Publicize events and activities – handouts available on Sunday in gathering space
  • Maximize use of social media, both within and beyond the community (meet-up groups, Facebook, Reddit)
  • Consider accessibility of activities and volunteer opportunities for non-retired persons
  • Board (or other community members) to serve as a “point person” for growth and diversification
  • Consider the needs, interests, passions, and responsibilities of youth millennials, and Gen Z’s
  • Define diversity re: who we want to invite/draw in
  • Outreach to former members (historic St. Peter’s) homecoming opportunities
  • Become abundantly welcoming to families with babies and young children – 1. This is itself a social justice issue, 2. Youth, African Americans, LGBTQ, and 3. speaking their languages on their venues
  • Finding people who are looking for us.

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Topic Two:

Facilitating activities that would deepen relationships in the Community.  The following bullet points summarized this groups discussion:

  • The first comments in each of the sessions on this topic were expressions of appreciation for the name tags prepared for this Community Day, and although there was recognition that some people don’t like name tags, most participants seem to favor making use of them more often—if not every Sunday, perhaps once a month.
  • We should consider scheduling some of our activities and programs for Sundays after the liturgy. For those who travel long distances, it is difficult or impossible to make the trip to attend events at other times.
  • The community dinners make a major contribution to building relationships within the Community by allowing members to get to know about interests and activities beyond the community’s worship and programs. They also provide an opportunity to introduce friends and family members who might be initially reluctant to attend a liturgy.
  • Cultivate other ways of sharing information about events and accomplishments in members lives. Perhaps a periodic publication to convey this information apart from the weekly newsletter.
  • Make better use of the internet to share information about events and accomplishments, to permit an exchange of views on important issues, to share reflections and comments on the homilies.
  • Provide information about accessing the St. Peter Directory for those who joined the Community after the CDs were distributed.
  • Perhaps provide a portal on the internet where we could provide additional information about Community members beyond what is contained in the Directory—hobbies, interests, talents, skills, areas of professional expertise.
  • Find ways of contacting homebound members on a regular basis.
  • Provide a list of ministries with contacts.
  • Involve more people in activities on Sundays—taking up collections, greeting, handing out bulletins, etc.
  • Sponsor outreach activities in the larger community that require group participation; these build and reinforce relationships among Community members.
  • Find ways of reaching out to young people: provide activities apart from the liturgy that would attract younger people and provide them with preliminary contacts with the Community; consider developing a youth ministry; talk to young people in the Community to learn about what interests them.
  • The series on non-violent communication by Kathleen McDonnell was an effective way of building relationships among Community members.
  • We need to recognize that there is greater diversity of views and values in the Community than we sometimes assume and strive to build a safe place in which members feel free to express their thoughts and beliefs without generating conflict or hostility.
  • We can increase participation in Community events by announcing them well in advance and repeatedly so that members get them on their calendar. The publication of this Community Day provided an example of what works.

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Topic Three:

Spiritual development/growth activities within the Community.  Participants in this breakout discussed ideas and programs for the spiritual development of community members.  The following bullet points summarized this groups discussion:

  • Gathering in homes – different environment
  • More liturgical activities: week-day mass, evening prayer/hours
  • Reconciliation twice a year
  • Healing liturgy (physical, relationships, losses
  • Healing power of community
  • Blessing of animals/creation
  • Intentions – someone to start
  • Spiritual book swap/spiritual resources, library
  • Holy Day observance
  • Prayer chain – basket – ministry after liturgy
  • Reach out to former members
  • Prayer cards to share with others
  • Spiritual direction/counseling (qualified persons)
  • Spiritual – St. Ignatius
  • Reiki
  • Scripture study
  • Education topics to include spirituality
  • RCIA Community building 1 time a month
  • Road trip for retreat to Gethsemane, Monastic experience – Erie Benedictines
  • Invite retreat director here for a participatory retreat
  • Spiritual programs for younger people
  • Christ Renews His Parish – meet in homes, faith sharing, scripture study, prayer
  • Explore other spiritualties (Carmelite, Franciscan etc. and prayer
  • Programs that would take place off site
  • Use community members for resource
  • Value of small group sharing, co-reflection
  • Conversations after programs
  • Sound problem with space
  • Prayer liturgy / could be at home
  • Classical prayer opportunities
  • Liturgy of the hours online/Taize link on our website
  • Live stream the liturgy/podcast

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Topic Four:

Social Justice Activities of the Community.  Participants in this breakout discussed ideas related to social justice ministry by the community.

  • To be more intentional and strategic in gathering together in our diversity
  • Recruit Mike McIntyre (NPR/WCPN)
  • Prayers during liturgy for “current events” human needs not political – also within weekly newsletter
  • Virtual Social Justice Fair – updates about what community members and social justice committee are involved in, what’s needed, who to contact
  • What about after church opportunities to get involved in – activities?
  • Project like
    • Open Table, where 8 community members engage/commit to a teen/young adult for at least one year. (TBD)
    • Building Hope in the City
    • Concern for elderly – What about programs for this group
  • Local, neighborhood, city….Is there an interest in us getting involved?
    • ecumenical projects (La Sagrada Familia)
    • well established programs in these spaces that would provide more choices for CSP members to become involved to improve community
  • Dialogue about issues of inequity, social justice, other core issues
  • Create a pamphlet that describes opportunities to get involved, based on what CSP members are currently doing. (Contact info., details to get involved)

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Topic Five:

Our most appreciated Community asset, Liturgical Celebrations.   Participants in this breakout discussed topics related to Our Sunday liturgy and the liturgical life of the Community with an eye to making them the best.

  • Would like more background on readings of the scriptures along with more tying the readings together during the sermon
  • Music: Would like a song at Communion about the body of Christ.
  • Some songs are not in sync with our theology … they are coming out of positively old theology
  • Like the clipboard person organizing before the liturgy … shows a shared theology
  • Mention the person that the mass is offered for at the Prayers of Faithful
  • Liturgy is a grounding event … gives us a basis to stand on.
  • Multiple homilists was discussed before Bob Kloos was the new pastor … Would like more people doing the homily. Suggest an education program for homilists.
  • Would like more education programs on the liturgy
  • Would like different wording for the Our Father “help us to avoid temptation”
  • Like to see more women’s roles in the liturgy.
  • Would like Bob to announce, as we gather around the altar, that all are welcome to participate with reception of the Eucharist.
  • Would like more healing services at various times.
  • Would like to see the song “Hear our Prayer … through this bread and wine we share … peace everywhere.” Except during penitential seasons.
  • More inclusive language
  • Bothers some when applause comes after the homily during the liturgy
  • Would like people to stay on and be quiet after the liturgy during the piano playing.
  • Need more inclusion — like a guitar Mass
  • Sound system is a problem to hear readers. Would like the readers’ names added to the bulletin
  • Would like more in depth connection of the bulletin meditation to the readings.
  • Wants newer theology I songs in balance.
  • Likes “Creator, redeemer, sanctifier” rather than Father, Son, Spirit”
  • Pleased with transition … very pleased with new pastor … inspired by the Gospel … for his stories … B. Kloos relates to us because of his life experiences.
  • Good and fortunate to have Bob Kloos as pastor. Very grateful for what we have as pastor
  • Would prefer not to have guest homilists
  • Fortunate to have the choir, director, and pianist.
  • Nice that Bob Marrone would agree to come and have Mass when pastor is absent.
  • We all sing heartily
  • Take another look at an earlier Mass in the summer.

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Topic Six:

Discussing our Mission Statement: “We are a Catholic Community” “Preserving and Renewing a Living Tradition”  Participants in this breakout discussed our Mission Statement and our relationship to the larger Catholic tradition.

  • Having a Mission statement is helpful.
  • Catholic – distinguish between conscience a law giving … priority to conscience. We are living in conscience … not law.
  • Change comes from the bottom up, by people stepping our ahead.
  • We’re out of the cage … but still chickens … out of the cage but still chickens! Freed but preserving the Eucharist.
  • “The Church” is the people of God possessed by the Spirit.
  • How do we define Catholic Today?
  • Many will challenge our statement that we are “Catholic” … I am content not to be a part of the Diocese.
  • We are a “conscience” community the “law is the Bishop and Pope … we are in a hiatus of our unity to express who we are now.
  • There needs to be a coming together …eventually … something to pray for … but we don’t want to give up “who we are.”
  • Do we have a relationship with the Catholic Diocese?
  • We are limited in our growth by not being connected to the Catholic Diocese?
  • This is a problem for us attracting families.
  • I don’t think that young families today won’t care about whether their children are officially recognized as baptized by the Diocese. If we hang on they may come. And we don’t have to be a big community.
  • We are living with the Gospel … the Gospel pre-dated the structures.
  • Structures are important to be grounds.
  • Tradition is the basis of renewal … You have to “know where your feet are.”
  • Blessing marriages of same gender and divorced couples as an act of justice and love … it’s like our practice of open table Eucharist.
  • Younger people are not going to care about official diocesan recognition.
  • We are a prophetic people saying what we believe.
  • I believe the spirit is leading us. If we follow the Spirit we will attract young people.
  • Maybe we won’t attract young people … it is more important to live fully our calling.
  • ‘All traditional churches are asking the same question about attracting young people.
  • We need to have more programs that focus on young people.
  • Different kinds of programs that focus on young people … different kinds of programs that focus on different age groups … project people can work on together … grief counseling etc. AND Bob Kloos does not have to be the one that does it all.

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