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Becoming Spiritually Fulfilled

Dear Parishioners,
 
The Pastoral Council invites you to reflect on the questions below and to use the ideas in this pamphlet to foster a greater spirit of engagement and fuller participation in our parish.  Do you come to church and feel that you are with family?  Or do you feel you are sitting among strangers?  Whether you are a new member of the parish or have attended St. Paul for many years, we want coming to church to feel like coming home and being with family.  Are you seeking spiritual growth and a closer relationship with the Lord?  Would you like to increase your understanding of God’s Word and the Liturgy of the Mass?  Do you have a talent you would like to share with a ministry of the church?  Do you wish to reach out and connect more with those around you who are in need?  Do you feel you know what is expected of you as a member of our parish?  As you consider these things, consider too how to reach a richer level of spiritual fulfillment in your parish experience.
 
 
NINE ITEMS OF SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT
Spiritual commitment reflects a personal depth of faith and is seen in both attitudes and behaviors. Gallup research says you can measure your spiritual commitment with the nine items below. Reflect on how strongly you agree with each statement and consider how increasing your engagement in the parish may increase your spiritual commitment.
  • My faith is involved in every aspect of my life.
  • Because of my faith, I have meaning and purpose in my life.
  • My faith gives me inner peace.
  • I am a person who is spiritually committed.
  • I spend time in worship or prayer every day.
  • Because of my faith, I have forgiven people who have hurt me deeply.
  • My faith has called me to develop my given strengths.
  • I will take unpopular stands to defend my faith.
  • I speak words of kindness to those in need of encouragement.
THE PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH
These Precepts of the Church, set forth in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2041), are five positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities to identify the minimum spi r i tua l commitment required of the faithful in order to nourish the moral and liturgical life of the Body of Christ.
  • You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
  • You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
  • You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
  • You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
  • You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.
BECOMING SPIRITUALLY FULFILLED
A Spiritually Fulfilled parishioner is one that goes beyond the basic Precepts of the Catholic Church and exhibits a more involved, engaged, and committed level of participation. Hallmark behaviors are listed below. These are not “requirements” for parish membership but rather attributes you should consider as a means towards a more fulfilled and meaningful parish experience for yourself and others.
  • Attend Mass regularly on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Receive the Sacraments as often as possible. Reconciliation at least yearly and Holy Eucharist at least weekly.
  • Invite others to come to our church and school.
  • Spend time in prayer daily. Pray for each other and especially pray for the sick of our parish.
  • Participate in parish liturgical opportunities such as Missions, Holy Hour, Retreats, and Eucharistic Adoration.
  • Give financially to the parish regularly and sacrificially.
  • Give of your time to a parish ministry either weekly, monthly, or at least with an annual project such as the parish picnic. Participate either individually or as a family.
  • Reach out to fellow parishioners who are sick, grieving, or in need.
  • Evangelize by the way you live your life. Influence positively the people you interact with outside of our Church and parish.
  • Engage in study of Scripture and participate in faith formation to learn more about the Catholic faith.
  • Participate in fellowship opportunities in the parish such as the monthly Coffee and Donuts and Fellowship Suppers.
  • Give your support to our parish school.

Spiritually fulfi!ed, engaged parishioners participate regularly in the Sacraments
and are fully involved in and committed to their parish.
 
Please contact the Parish Office, a Ministry Chairperson, or a Pastoral Council Member to learn
how you can become more involved in your St. Paul Parish Family. See this website page for contact info.
 
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