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321 East Joliet Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219-663-0044
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Mass Schedule

Saturday Evening - 5:30pm
Sunday - 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am & NOON
Holyday Vigil - 5:30pm
Holyday - 6:20 & 7:45am & 7pm
Daily - M - F: 6:20am
Saturday - 7:45am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4pm

Upcoming Events
  Tue - Aug 08
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

The Parish Pastoral Council gathers with the Pastor this evening in the Parish Office.

  Tue - Sep 12
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

The Parish Pastoral Council gathers with the Pastor this evening in the Parish Office.

  Tue - Oct 10
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

The Parish Pastoral Council gathers with the Pastor this evening in the Parish Office.


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Where is God calling Saint Mary’s?

WHO IS YOUR PARISH?

A very common notion of “parish” today considers parish as primarily a place where certain things happen…or as a vendor of religious goods and services designed to meet the individual’s self-defined needs.

The future of our parish depends on a more robust, focused, and shared understanding of parish as a body of people, called by God, and sent on God’s Mission.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. The Parish:   “place?” or “people?” Which do you say? WHY?
  2. Do you feel that you and your family, the parishioners of St. Mary’s, embody the notion “I go to church" or “we are the church?” Share examples why.
  3. What are the implications you see of your conversation for the future of St. Mary’s Church?

TELL ME A STORY

St. Mary's has the benefit of 150 years of rich history that has shaped who we are.
There have been many moments that capture the meaning and sense of the parish's identity.
We can both benefit from and be limited by our collective past.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. Tell us a story that captures some of the real richness or heart of our lives at St. Mary’s.
  2. Name and claim the values that we should carry forward into the future.

RATTLE, RATTLE, THUNDER CLATTER

We come to Mass and Church activities oftentimes feeling weary, rattled and empty from hectic, out-of-balance lives. Our busy lives constantly challenge us to set priorities for our time.
In truth, this is not a question of time, but the priorities in our life.

Scarcity of time is just one symptom of powerful forces at work in our lives today that competes with our life as Church. When a mindset of time scarcity sets in, Catholic life is often marginalized and limited to the hour a week when we “go to church”.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. What are the patterns or forces we must contend with as we work to listen and discern how God would have us fill our time?
  2. To what extent does this hypothesis describe your experience? Share an example.

THE CHURCH AND McWORLD

Whether we want to admit it or not - and whether we like it or not - consumerism does affect the way we lead our lives and the decisions we make. We are bombarded with messages such as “I should do that” or “I should make time for that” or “I should buy that”, and they shape our lives.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. What kind of people does our consumer culture want us to be?
    Share a way you are being taught by consumer culture.
    What is right with the consumer education you are getting? What is wrong with it?

  2. What is the impact of consumerism on St. Mary’s parish?
    What kind of people does Christ call us to be in terms of consumption?

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE?!

We have enjoyed a rich history at St. Mary’s of faithful and fruitful ministry.  As we look to the future we are hopeful, but also anxious.

In the survey, some of us named a fear of what happens when Father Pat eventually leaves.   Some of us also talked about the hope of a church where everyone sees themselves as part of the ministry and the future.

In acknowledging that we are more than pastor and staff, our focus shifts to God and our trust in Him that collectively, we as a people represent the future of our Church.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. Are we more than pastor and staff? What does that mean? What does that look like?
  2. How do you see yourself as part of the future of the Church? Share an example.

MEMO FROM OUR YOUTH: SHOW ME!
 
The survey data shows the parish sees on-going faith formation as a high priority for all groups in our church…especially our youth and young adults.

We also say that we rate high the current formation programs.

Yet, based on survey data, our young adults are under-represented at Masses. Where are they?

Passing our faith to our youth is a difficult challenge at all levels, across many parishes throughout the country, yet it is our future.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. What was most helpful for you in coming to know Jesus and what are you finding helpful with your children?
  2. What are the challenges and opportunities you see as they relate to passing on our most prized possession - Our Catholic Faith?

SCARCITY OR ABUNDANCE?
 
God has blessed us with abundant gifts. Many parishioners have shared their time, talent and treasure at St. Mary’s to make us who we are today. Yet when asked to name the greatest challenge facing the parish in the next three to five years, many responded simply “finances”, “money”, and the “economy”. These responses reflect the fear of scarcity.

The future holds great promise for St. Mary’s…but we will need energy, passion, and a commitment to accept our roles as stewards to do the work God calls us to do.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. What helps you to have a mindset of abundance?
    What contributes to a mindset of scarcity and fear?
    What are the implications of these perspectives for the life of St. Mary’s?

  2. How do you view your role as a steward of St. Mary’s?
    How impactful do you believe your stewardship to be?

ARE YOU AN INNIE OR AN OUTIE?

Living the gospel. What does that mean?

Ninety percent of survey respondents evaluated parish efforts to nurture their relationship with Jesus as good or excellent. However, responses indicated that we as a parish are not as effective in reaching out to the un-churched.

God calls us to not only fulfill our own spiritual needs but to contribute to the spiritual nourishment of others.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. Are you an innie or an outie?
    How do you feel God is calling you to reach outside of your own needs to help others in a spiritual way?

  2. What are the challenges and opportunities you see for St. Mary’s to cultivate an outwardly focused community?

CHURCH...WOULD YOU LIKE THAT SUPER-SIZED?
 
While some neighboring churches are struggling to maintain their parish, St. Mary’s has been blessed with continued growth.

As the church continues to grow, most parishioners want to hold on to a sense of community. In fact, 90% of survey respondents indicated that community should be a high priority in the church. Yet when asked about the greatest challenge facing our parish, many said that maintaining a sense of community will be difficult given the size of the church.

No matter the size, we rely on one another to learn the habits and practices of a Catholic way of life and do God’s work.
 
Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. Does our parish size prohibit us or help us feel connected and known by others at St. Mary’s?

    Does this prohibit us from effectively reaching out into the Crown Point community, and the world to do God’s work?

    How do you feel you connect?

  2. What challenges and opportunities exist for St. Mary’s in maintaining a welcoming and intimate environment, given our expanding faith community?

IS THIS A TEAM SPORT?
 
Every successful team is made up of individuals…each with unique talents coming together as one for a common goal.

Doing God’s work as a parish community requires us at St. Mary’s to work as a successful team. Yet often many people sit on the bench feeling disengaged and their talent unknown.   In the survey, an overwhelming majority of respondents indicated that a priority should be placed on helping one another discern and use their gifts and talents.

Being a Christian is a team sport and St. Mary’s Church is one big team. As with any team…it requires the unique talents of each parishioner to fulfill God’s plan for us.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

The only guideline for participation is that you talk to at least one other person about these statements.

  1. Who or what helped you recognize, develop and use your gifts at St. Mary’s or for others?
    How do you use your gifts?

  2. What are the challenges and opportunities you see for St. Mary’s in bringing people off the bench to use their gifts and talents?

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