On Saturday, June 18, we held a parish meeting to choose two priorities for each of the four areas of ministry. The following priorities were chosen and will be implemented in the coming pastoral year 2016-2017: Celebrating Our Faith: At St. Kateri, we gather daily, weekly and seasonally to celebrate our common gift of faith. We offer liturgical celebrations that motivate, challenge, strengthen and sustain us to live our Christian lives each day. We promote joyful, conscious, full and active participation by integrating Aboriginal symbols and ceremonies in our liturgies. We strive to honor St. Paul’s invitation to the Thessalonians “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks…” (1 Thes. 5:18-20).
We prioritized: a) have teachings on why we perform various liturgical celebrations and continue to incorporate our traditional ceremonies; and b) focus on our Sunday liturgies and develop children’s and youth liturgies, and vibrant music ministry.
Learning about our Faith: As a community of faith, we encourage and support one another in growing together in the understanding of our faith in Christ and the values of our indigenous cultures.
We prioritized: a) offer faith formation and integrate Aboriginal symbols and ceremonies into the Rites of Initiation; and b) train catechists, home and hospital visitors, and leaders in understanding their ministry.
Being a Community of Faith: Jesus assures us that “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Mt. 18:20). We strive to create a welcoming environment in which people from different cultural backgrounds feel appreciated and valued.
a) develop a ministry to the elderly and youth; and
b) offer talking circles for grieving members, family issues, suicide survivors, and those involved in development of peace ministry.
Bringing our Faith into the world: Jesus reminds us “You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Mt.5:14-16). As a community of faith we are called to proclaim the Good News and to reach out to the poor and marginalized.
We prioritized: a) develop a website to have social media outreach and to inform and be informed about relevant local issues; and b) finding resources and creating partnership with social organizations, such as MMF students, UM, UW, CMU, RRCC, etc.
Fr. Nicanor Sarmiento, OMI