28 August 2008

My Vision for St. Cronan's Church

The St. Cronan website is back up and running. It has a less ambitious graphic scheme, but is still a worthy aesthetic effort. One of the items on the upcoming events section of the page is the Parish Assembly set for September 13. At this event, there will be "planning/envisioning" for the parish's future.

To that end, there is a form seeking people's visions for the parish, with an invitation to submit them in advance of the assembly. I am glad to accept the invitation, and offer sincerely my vision for St. Cronan:

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At the Parish Assembly on September 13 2008, we will be developing a VISION STATEMENT for St. Cronan’s. We are interested in knowing YOUR VISION of St. Cronan’s future. What do you think St. Cronan’s should be like in the year 2020? If you were able to create a picture of a perfect world of the future in which St. Cronan’s would be thriving, what would it look like? Vision Statements are powerful depictions of dreams and aspirations. Martin Luther King told us, “I have a Dream..” and what followed was a vision that changed a nation.

Please share below YOUR DREAM, YOUR VISION FOR CRONAN’S. Be creative, aim very high, and use imagery that not only soars, but also describes your feelings and passion. Typically, a Vision Statement can be contained in one or two sentences, but it can be as long as you want. Print, fill-in and return this form either in the back of church, or at the church office no later than September 9th. Or copy this form, paste it into an e-mail message and send to mailto:kathy@stcronan.org. You may sign your Vision Statement, or submit it anonymously. Thanks!!

The Parish Council
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My Vision for St. Cronan’s Church
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First and foremost, St. Cronan should be a Catholic parish dedicated absolutely to the salvation of the souls of its parishioners. This primary mission of the parish is intrinsically tied to a loving and faithful adherence to the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church and obedience to the lawful, Christ-given authority of the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Saint Louis.

The right of the faithful of St. Cronan Parish to receive the Catholic sacraments cannot be denied or impeded by any member of the parish or by any parish pastor. The Mass and the other sacraments must be celebrated according to the official rubrics of the Church without innovation or heterodoxy. Regular sacramental confession must be available in order to ensure that parishioners grow in holiness and worthily receive Holy Communion.

The praxis of the parish must reflect the belief of the parish, and both must be Catholic. The sacred liturgy is not the property of anyone's private agenda-- it is the public prayer of the Church. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass must be celebrated with reverence. The sermons and other teaching vehicles of the parish must present sound Catholic doctrine that leads souls to Heaven. There should be at least weekly adoration and benediction, holy hours, parish rosary, and other laudable devotions.

The parish should provide programs and ministries that support the above, that enable the parishioners to live the truth in charity. There should be catechism for children and adults, a strong pro-life committee, parish social events to build solidarity, and community outreach efforts designed to alleviate the material burdens of poverty while proclaiming the Catholic faith.

There should be a strong sense of community based upon truth.

In short, my vision for St. Cronan is that by the year 2020 any Catholic in the world would be able to walk into the Church and immediately know that it is Catholic. And not just Catholic, but a shining example of a vibrant Catholic parish. Because if the above steps are taken, it will be.

With the assurance of my prayers,

Saint Louis Catholic

9 comments:

KC said...

Well done.

Mick said...
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Anonymous said...

Amen!

StGuyFawkes said...

Vision is a man made reality. It is something that comes from the individual and projects onto the world.

Catholicism is an acknowledgement of a God made reality which is already present and revealed. It is the opposite of a vision. It is a humble acceptance in Faith of creation, salvation and the Church.

The trouble with St. Cronan's is this "vision thing".

The fact that they see their Parish as something the comes from a shared "vision" is a sure indicator that they still wish to hatch some "vision", or personal version, of Christianity which is eccentric, personal and entirely their own.

Their vision, if one could call it vision, should be to try and see their way to Catholic Church. THen they might have a vision of something so much more wonderful than what comes from their imaginations.

thetimman said...

Nice to hear from Mick. Keep up that Gospel of Love!

Fenian said...

Why do so many claim to be Catholic, yet not follow the direction of the Church.

Wasn't St. Cronan's the church that was baptising children in "the name of the creator, the son and the holy spirit"? That is complete malarkey.

Oh, and to Mick, stay classy. Keep the invectives out of here.

Anonymous said...

You know, I continue to be amazed that with all of the shenanigans that go on at St. Cronan's, we never read anything about the pastor there. Isn't there a Catholic priest in charge at that place? Why in the world would it have fallen to our (former and beloved) Most Reverend Archbishop to censure Sr. Louise Lears, for instance? Wasn't there a priest in place to forbid Sister from some of her mistakes (e.g. participating in the outdoor Advent service with the Rabbi) before it needed to go as far as the Chancery? Where is this guy? Is he legit or is he nuts?

Anonymous said...

Funnily enough each and everytime I walk into St Cronan's I know it's Roman Catholic and the most shining example of a Roman Catholic church in this diocese.

Let's see: people working for the poor, people loving children who might not otherwise feel love, and people who know and care about me. I've been to your churches. They don't have that- which means they don't have Jesus.

And for those of you who think that we need certain things to be Catholic we have them too. Adoration, CCD, Confession, a love of the Catholic mass, daily mass and more.

You're more than welcome to join us. When you realize that Bible says "Go to those and talk with them" (the first reading from the week of 9/8) you might be less inclined to talk about us than to us. I'll be in the choir- say hi.

Andrew said...

"Funnily enough each and everytime I walk into St Cronan's I know it's Roman Catholic and the most shining example of a Roman Catholic church in this diocese.

Let's see: people working for the poor, people loving children who might not otherwise feel love, and people who know and care about me. I've been to your churches. They don't have that- which means they don't have Jesus.

And for those of you who think that we need certain things to be Catholic we have them too. Adoration, CCD, Confession, a love of the Catholic mass, daily mass and more.

You're more than welcome to join us. When you realize that Bible says "Go to those and talk with them" (the first reading from the week of 9/8) you might be less inclined to talk about us than to us. I'll be in the choir- say hi."


Funnily enough, perhaps you should take some time to visit other churches in the diocese to refresh your memory about what it means to be truly Roman Catholic. Let’s see… people serving the poor, providing deprived children with love, and sharing loving and caring words are all laudable actions and should be practiced by all people, and I assure you every other church has caring and devoted parishioners who constantly perform acts of love and charity. To claim other churches don’t performs acts of charity and do not “have” Jesus is rude and demeaning. I guarantee other Catholic churches do these things as well.

As for those things many of us “think” we need to be Roman Catholic, we don’t think, we KNOW. Loyalty to tradition and to the Holy Father is essential for any parish claiming to be a “shining example of a Roman Catholic church .” Adoration, confession, and Holy Mass, and offering a public Rosary are all essential for a successful Catholic parish; they are the foundation. Perhaps you should reprioritize: the good works of love and charity you listed above can only flourish if they are based on these essentials.

Thank you for the kind invitation to join you at your parish church. Since St. Cronan’s is such a shining beacon of Catholicism, I look forward to attending the frequent Tridentine Masses you are sure to offer, since the Holy Father has expressed his desire to have it offered along with the Novus Ordo in all parishes. Perhaps I will even consider attending a Mass in the new rite, considering how Gregorian Chant has been given pride of place in all of your Masses, how your altar displays the Roman arrangement with six tall candles and a central cross (following the example of tradition and the Holy Father), and how vestments and actions during the Mass clearly show continuity and the tradition of Holy Mother Church.

Perhaps I will stop by and say hello to you in the choir-- that is if you promise me that I will not be surrounded by the sound of a strumming guitar and the music of Marty Haugen. Also, thank you for your lesson in Holy Scripture… here is a verse for you to contemplate: “…and if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican” (Matthew 18:17). Please remember that being Catholic means staying true to the Church with all her traditions.