Update on Eastside PCA

eastside pcaIn the previous weeks, this column has addressed some of the changes that can be expected in our parish communities in the immediate future.  Essentially, redefining our parish culture to be one of discipleship by all is critical.  To do so, we must move our members from being “cultural Catholics” to being “intentional Catholics.”  We can no longer beconsumers, but rather be contributors. Participation will take the place of observation.  Everyone will be encouraged to become actively engaged on some level.
While each parish has its own set of opportunities for which to share time and talent, a partial list of the ministries common to each parish includes:
  • Liturgical Ministry (Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan, Lector, Usher, Decorations/Flowers, etc.)
  • Music Ministry (Cantor, Choir, etc.)
  • Faith Formation (K-6, 7-12, RCIA, Adult Programs, etc.)
  • Funeral Ministry, Pastoral Care, Hospitality (Coffee Hours, Social Hours, Special Events, etc.)
  • Additional opportunities may also include: Building & Grounds, Special Events, Office Volunteers
Just as each parish will be working to build its own core of ministers from all parishioners, the Eastside PCA will be working to create relationships that may include a Joint Liturgy Committee to provide continuity among the parishes and a renewed sense of what it means to gather as One.  As Pope Francis reminds us, “God is not afraid of new things!  That is why he is constantly surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways.”  (Closing Mass of Synod on Families, 10/19/14)
If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to: stjamesc@stjamescaz.com

St. James Silent Auction

St. James Silent Auction
Saturday, October 17, 2015
6:00pm  ~  St. James Church Hall
$15 Donation at the Door
This adult parish event will include:
Hot & Cold Hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages
Lots of amazing items to bid on!
Bring your spouse and your friends … all are welcome to attend!
Interesting items donated thus far…
Ipad Mini, Original art from local artists, Xbox package, Cocktail party for 16,  Event tickets, Local Services, Gift Baskets, Massages/Spa, and much more!
To Donate Call Pia Murray 315-420-1922
(donation form located inside the bulletin!)
Won’t You Please Join Us For An Evening of Good Food, Good Fun,
 and Great Treasures!

Eastside PCA – Pt. 2

eastside pcaAs mentioned the week of September 13, the Eastside PCA (Pastoral Care Area) is comprised of Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville, St. Ann’s in Manlius, St. James in Cazenovia and St. Patrick’s in Chittenango.  These four parishes have been working together since 2003 to plan for the future.  The PCA meets regularly to plan shared events and resources, and to coordinate our sacraments.
It is the goal of the PCA for each parish to maintain its identity, to work together, and to strengthen our ministries by reaching out and using the talents of the surrounding parishes.  In the near future, Immaculate Conception will be teamed with St. Ann’s, and St. James and St. Patrick’s will be teamed.
What does the teaming mean to you?  Mass schedules will need to be changed to accommodate travel for priests so that they can celebrate Masses at each parish in their team.  We will share events and possibly leverage buying power for supplies for each parish.  We may also share paid or volunteer staff members.
As we prepare for these changes, we will do best to heed the words of Pope Francis, “Abandon the complacent attitude that says ‘we have always done it this way.’ “(Evangelii Gaudium #33)