Thank you to all who completed the “Spiritual Heartbeat Check-up” survey in September. The committee is analyzing responses and already implementing programs within the parameters of the current COVID environment. 

What we have addressed and implemented as a result of survey input:

*Communicated with parishioners via a letter from Fr. Schultz to provide an opportunity to pray together virtually using the burgundy book that highlights Matthew’s gospel. 

*Enabled connections between parishioners who expressed a need by matching several individual parishioners and families to form prayer or check-in partners. We also had volunteers call parishioners to “check-in” during this unprecedented COVID time. 

*Addressed specific struggles by having appropriate St. Patrick’s staff contact them to guide and assist with their need. 

*Added all general prayer requests received to our parish prayer list. If you would like to have a prayer intention added to the list, please go to the website “stpatrickmerna.org”, select the tab “Pray” and then select “Prayer Network”.

*Held a 6-week women’s-only Bible Study that was offered in person and virtually. Several women shared their talents by helping to help facilitate.

*Completed a book study with Fr. Schultz and Fr. Martin on the book “Searching for and Maintaining Peace, A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart” by Father Jacques Philippe. This was offered both in person and virtually. More studies will be offered in the future.

What is in the works:

*A lot of feedback regarding communication was received. Research and meetings have occurred to discuss options for updating communication plans and approaches to keep our large parish family “in the loop”.  Stay tuned…

*Ministry spotlights will occur throughout the year to inspire parishioners to share their time or talents.