Last week four parishes from our diocese, Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Michael’s in Hermosa, Blessed Sacrament in Rapid City, and St. Joseph’s in Spearfish sent teams of five to “the amazing parish” conference in Denver, Colorado. I was able to participate as an observer. I think there were some hundred plus parishes from around the country.

The two day conference was based on seven traits of an Amazing Parish.

  1. Reliance on Prayer
  2. A Real Leadership Team
  3. Clear Vision and Plan
  4. The Sunday Experience
  5. Compelling Formation
  6. Small Group Discipleship
  7. Missionary Zeal

For more information please check out the amazing parish webpage

Pope Francis describes the parish in this way: “the parish is the presence of the church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration.”

Amazing Parish Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have gathered us together as a parish to be Your visible life in our world. Here we unite in worship, proclaim your word, celebrate the Eucharist, and are sent forth to share Your love and make disciples. Lord, we take your Great Commission seriously and long for our parish to be so on- fire that we draw people to You. Help us in that endeavor, as we strive to work together — ordained, religious and laity. Please make our parish amazing, through Your power and your grace. Amen.

Fr. Mark’s Musings

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