Deep Listening Part 2
“Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
What is God asking St. Thomas More to do today and in the months to come?
Last weekend we had our first listening session. We had 29 participants (6 in church and 23 online). It was a spirit filled time. Here are a few of many comments made by parishioners about what each person heard as we listened to God and one another.
“A continuing online presence moving forward is important to many people.”
“I struck by the need for our parish to be open to the changing world. Maybe we need to be open to how technology can improve our faith and participation.”
“I heard and felt a deep longing for a means to stay connected to the Mass, to the sacraments, and to fellow parishioners.”
“The strong sense of community of STM and the desire to build on that.”
“what I heard was the openness to new ideas and the feeling that we are working together to do the best we can in this troubled time and the future. I am pleased to be a member of this caring parish.”
“The importance of expanding our capacity to gather, in some manifestation, in the virtual world.”
“I heard that virtual connections are important to help people feel connected – and I think that goes beyond the situation of the pandemic. People to be connected and to feel involved in their parish and in their faith.”
“I heard from all the questions and responses….. All of us want to keep Christ alive in ourselves and our world.”
“Relationships and connectedness are very important for our community and that needs to be a central focus on what we do moving forward.”
Thanks to everyone who participated in this first listening session. We will be holding another listening session next month on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 pm. Keep praying and listening!
Parish Pastoral Leader