We began to learn about each other, praying and socializing together. One Sunday both communities worshipped at St. Pius and another Sunday we all celebrated at St. Vincent. St Vincent parishioners volunteered and were customers at the St. Pius ‘Fabulous Fish Fry’ during Lent, and volunteers from St. Pius served at St. Vincent’s Meals program and Lunch Window.
All Things New has created an impetus for us to reenergize core ministries at St. Vincent. Lay members are leading Commissions to listen deeply to our community in the areas of Liturgy, Faith Formation, Justice and Service and Community Life. The efforts have excited the imagination our parishioners who are convinced that revitalized ministries, lay leadership, collaboration in service with St. Pius, and a leadership team with a partnership between our new lay Parish Life Coordinator and new Pastor at the helm will attract more people to our community—Catholics who drifted away during COVID, inquirers and others who will become interested in our faith and our hope.
Recently representatives of both parishes met together as a united leadership team to consider how best to navigate the many dimensions of the transitions that will take place after Pentecost. For us, All Things New has not been about buildings, or fretting over being open or closed. It is about how we live into our call as disciples leading our share of the mission of the church. It is about being attentive to the voice of the Spirit, speaking in our times and in our midst. It is about cooperating with God’s vision for Christ’s invitation to become the Beloved Community.”
All Things New in an initiative that will evaluate the effectiveness of the Church in St. Louis in proclaiming the Gospel and will identify opportunities for improvement and renewal within all parishes, schools and curia offices and agencies.