The Prayer and Worship Committee nourishes and gives direction to the liturgical aspect of parish life. This mandated standing committee ensures that the parishioners are provided with opportunities to deepen their faith through a variety of prayer experiences and liturgical celebrations.
Fosters the on-going spiritual development of parish members.
- Provides opportunities for parishioners to deepen their faith through prayer experiences and liturgical celebrations.
- Identifies the spiritual growth needs of parishioners.
- Plans and promotes parish-wide programs of a spiritual nature: eucharistic weeks, missions, days of reflection, etc.
- Develops support systems for spiritual formation of parishioners through encouraging small study/prayer/reflection groups within the larger parish (i.e. scripture study groups, prayer groups, charismatic prayer groups, ecumenical prayer groups, etc.).
- Promotes development of church ministries, both clerical and lay.
- Provides opportunities for the spiritual growth of leadership groups, especially the parish council and standing committee chairpersons, through retreats, prayer services and days of renewal and reflection.
- Develops opportunities for ecumenical cooperation, understanding and prayer; and/or invites charismatic and ecumenical prayer groups to use parish facilities and/or hold prayer services in conjunction with those planned by other groups, for greater appreciation and understanding.
- Assesses the appropriateness and effectiveness of all programs, celebrations and support systems with regard to deepening the parish’s spirituality and sense of mission.
- Determines budget priorities in the areas of the committee’s responsibilities and makes recommendations to the parish council through the Administration Committee.
- Studies the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and collaborates with staff in implementing RCIA in the parish.
- Implements the recommendations of the archdiocesan Office for Prayer and Worship.