SPIRITUAL LIFE MINISTRIES
The St. Benedict Spiritual Life Commission seeks to bring parishioners into a deeper, more personal relationship with God with an enriched understanding of our faith through prayer, liturgy, song, and study. The organizations and ministries that fall under the purview of the Spiritual Life Commission provide parishioners with opportunities and resources for prayer and reflection. These opportunities for prayer and reflection can include individual experiences, such as spiritual direction, or group experiences, such as the Senior Ministry, Small Faith Sharing Groups, retreat opportunities, the Parish Mission, and the Spiritual Dream Group. Some group experiences of prayer and reflection are rooted in cultural traditions, such as Simbang Gabi, the St. Joseph’s Table, and the Holy Thursday Potluck and Seder Meal. All organizations and ministries, and all opportunities for prayer, study, and reflection are rooted in our parish’s community prayer at Sunday Mass when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, which we believe is the source and summit of our lives as Roman Catholics.
Spiritual Direction is an ancient tradition. Its main purpose is to allow individuals to deepen with God by journeying alongside a soul friend. These one to one monthly meetings gives the directee a sacred time to explore their personal relationship to God by discussing how they experience or don’t experience the movements of Holy Spirit in their daily lives. The spiritual dimension can be mysterious and tough to navigate at times, so in this practice one’s discernment and reflections are closely listened to. The Spiritual Director is trained and experienced in sacred conversation and are able to hold the space in prayer for God’s grace. Spiritual Direction does not tell you how to act or pray in a particular way, nor is it psychological counseling or psychotherapy.
Spiritual Dream Group
In this group we learn to become like a container of sacred space as a group to provide a secure connection between the individual’s inner world and the outer world. Spiritual dream work affirms that our (nocturnal) dreams offer us support in our spiritual journey. This work helps us towards living a guided life from within with the support of others and helps us to recognize the symbolic language of the soul. All dreamers are welcome and there is no experience necessary. I encourage anyone who has been interested in their dreams, but has not had the opportunity to share and explore them further to attend. This ongoing group will meet on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 pm until 9 pm in the Rectory’s “Pine room”. Please contact Rachel Winborn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Liturgical ministers help to enhance our worship through their talent and service. Their ministry centers around the celebration of the Eucharist, and they are an invaluable part of the Sacred Liturgy and our community.
Organizes presenters/communication for Parish Mission.
Centering prayer is an online community that utilizes the international web platform found at www.Contemplativeoutreach.org
Christ Renews His Parish (CHRP)
Small Faith Groups
St. Joseph’s Table