the pursuit of unity within the Christian community and the pursuit
of better relations with other faiths. Ecumenical activity is the
mission of all the faithful.
The main focus
has been as a participant with the Rosemont Area Churches Ecumenical
Association. This group comprises representatives from St. Cecilia
Roman Catholic Church, Christ Lutheran Church, St. James Anglican,
and the Community of Christ. They meet once a month.
general duties are accomplished through the work of the Rosemont
Area Churches committee:
- work with
the group to initiate joint prayer and worship services with other
Christians (to the extent they are permitted in different church
disciplines and other faiths). Hosting of a prayer service/potluck
meal to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is shared by
the churches. The Good Friday Cross Walk event is also organized
by this group.
- work with
the group to initiate joint activities and projects. A two-year
refugee sponsorship of some Karen families (an ethnic group from
Burma/ Myanmar) was undertaken. The group offers support and friendship,
and takes turns to help the families get to medical appointments
and shopping. The goal is to help families and individuals become
independent and self sufficient while forming friendships and promoting
- educate the
people of the St. Cecilia Parish community about the beliefs and
traditions of other faith communities so there is more understanding,
and interfaith cooperation.
- share information
about the beliefs and traditions of the Roman Catholic faith with
the group as well as parish activities and programs.
representatives of St. Cecilia Parish may provide leadership and
example by initiating, promoting and participating in ecumenical
activities within the community.
will also attend the meetings of the Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission
(once or twice a year) and act on suggestions and recommendations.
and appreciation of the issues around ecumenism can be acquired
through information, discussion and workshops provided by the Archdiocese.
Ideally, this knowledge is then shared with members of the parish.
Representative(s) for parish council is to be elected during
the odd years.
- attend Rosemont Area Churches Ecumenical Association meetings.
- attend monthly Parish Pastoral council meetings (third Tuesday,
7:30 pm, Sept. to June). Provide monthly information reports (written)
on ecumenism activities. Participate in other Parish Pastoral Council
events or activities as needed.
Updated Feb. 22, 2014