Our “Question of the Week” for May 22 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 22 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”: 

What should leadership in the Catholic Church look like?

Click here to submit your answers online.

(If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!

IMPORTANT! May 17 In-Person Listening Session CANCELLED – Share Your Answers Online!

IMPORTANT! May 17 In-Person Listening Session CANCELLED – Share Your Answers Online!

We are so grateful for every voice who participated in our in-person and virtual synodal listening sessions! Given the rising Covid numbers in our communities, we have made the decision to cancel our final in-person Listening Session scheduled for Tuesday, May 17.

If you have not yet had a chance to share your thoughts in an in-person or virtual session, we strongly urge you to use our online portal to submit your answers to the questions posed at our Listening Sessions – just click the image or link below…

Our “Question of the Week” for May 15 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 15 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”: 

How can the Catholic Church more effectively celebrate diversity?

The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online.

(If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!

Our “Question of the Week” for May 8 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 8 Fourth Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”: 

How could the Catholic Church be more relevant?

The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online.

(If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!

An Important Invitation from Fr. Jim

An Important Invitation from Fr. Jim

“The Pope is listening, and wants to hear from you… and I am also listening, and want to hear from you…”

Please come to a Listening Session!

The sessions are 90 minutes long, and provide an opportunity for every voice to be heard regarding the ways the Church can more effectively listen to all of God’s people and reach out to the marginalized among us. The Pope has created an important space for all of our voices to be genuinely heard – please don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

As Fr. Jim says, these sessions will not only serve the Synod on Synodality, but will also inform our collaborative pastoral planning…

Thursday, May 5th Listening Session at St. Paul POSTPONED!

Thursday, May 5th Listening Session at St. Paul POSTPONED!

We are so disappointed, but out of an abundance of caution we are cancelling tonight’s Intentional Listening Session at St. Paul.

We have had multiple reports of Covid positives among Collaborative staff and parishioners in the past 24 hours, so we believe it is prudent to postpone the session. 

Please Stay Tuned!  We will let you know as soon as we have a new date and time for the evening session at St. Paul!

Our “Question of the Week” for May 1 Third Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 1 Third Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s ‘Question of the Week’: 

If I could change the Catholic Church in one way it would be…

And this is why…

The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online. (If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

Kelly Meraw featured on “Catholic Women Preach” for the Third Sunday of Easter

Kelly Meraw featured on “Catholic Women Preach” for the Third Sunday of Easter

Kelly Meraw, Director of Pastoral Care and Liturgy for the Collaborative and Director of Music for St. John the Evangelist Parish, is featured this week on the Catholic Women Preach website. 

Preaching for the Third Sunday of Easter, Kelly reflects on Jesus’ final post-resurrection appearance and what it means for our Church today:

“In his threefold affirmation of love for Jesus, Peter is guided to the most integral mark of an intimate lover of Christ: limitless love and mercy. Peter must be reminded of his need for Christ’s mercy in order to ultimately be the conduit of it. Teaching Peter that ‘to love is to forgive’ is our Lord’s last blueprint entrusted to a Church who is asked to spill divine mercy over a world in desperate need of it. A Church who is asked to confront their own finite love and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit into a radical, unbounded love…

Synod Update: “Question of the Week” and Listening Sessions

Synod Update: “Question of the Week” and Listening Sessions

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by taking a copy of this week’s ‘Question of the Week’ card located in the lobby of the church:

If you were having coffee with Pope Francis what would you say?

The question can be answered on the card provided and dropped in the box in the lobby, or submitted online.  (If you missed last week’s question – When have you felt most welcome in the Catholic Church? When have you felt most excluded in the Catholic Church? – you can answer that one too!)

Our schedule of in-person and virtual listening sessions here at the Collaborative begin next week…

“Let Us Dream Part Three – A Time to Act” with Fr. Bryan Hehir – Thursday, April 7 at 7:00pm at St. Paul Hall

“Let Us Dream Part Three – A Time to Act” with Fr. Bryan Hehir – Thursday, April 7 at 7:00pm at St. Paul Hall

Please join us this Thursday evening  for the final night of our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.” Fr. Bryan Hehir will conclude the series by discussing Part Three – A Time to Act.   

Those wishing to understand Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality will find many revelations here – we encourage everyone to read this wonderful book and come to the lectures! (But it is not necessary to have read the book to benefit from the lecture – all are strongly encouraged to attend!)