1. Read and discuss together *:
2. Invite the matching ministries within the Collaborative (i.e. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion,
Lectors, Adult Altar Servers, St. Vincent DePaul, etc.) to meet together for dessert and conversation
about their commitment to their specific ministry.
3. Each parish of the Collaborative take a turn hosting a monthly “Anointing of the Sick” at one of the
weekend Masses. Be sure to announce where the Sacrament is being offered in every parish bulletin.
4. Look ahead to the upcoming liturgical season for simple ways to collaborate on spiritual programs,
Advent Vespers or weekly Stations of the Cross for the parishes of the Collaborative in Lent.
5. Engage the Parish Councils of the Collaborative in conversation about the celebration of Holy Week
services and how you might work collaboratively on those services.
6. Start something new!
- Begin a men’s and/or women’s prayer group for the Collaborative that can
meet weekly or monthly
- Plan a local Walk for Life in January within the territory of your particular
Collaborative in solidarity with those walking for life in Washington
* Several parishes have had great success sponsoring The Whole Parish Reads programs. If budgets allow, providing the designated books for parishioners as a Christmas gift is a good way to encourage participation. Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly is available for free to individuals (shipping costs only), and has tremendous discounts for bulk orders. (http://dynamiccatholic.com/ ) The other books, somewhat more costly, could be good to give to staff and council members as a helpful starting point for conversation. Whether offering a book free or facilitating the purchase for interested parishioners, fix a date for parishioners to have the book and begin reading. Set up a schedule for discussion sessions open to all who have read the designated book. These could be from one to four sessions, best if offered on different days at different times to include as many people as possible.
- Tie in to World Youth Day: “ WYD in name of town Catholic” bring youth from collaborative parishes together for prayer, service opportunities, formation, and socials.