There are a number of on-going opportunities for spiritual formation at St. Ignatius parish. See the bulletin for more specific information. If there something you are interested in and don't see listed or something you would be interested in presenting to the parish yourself, please contact the spiritual development commission.
- Creativity, Healing, and Spirituality
- Adults are invited to come together to experience the arts as a pathway for spiritual nurture. Through creative forms such as watercolor, clay, photography, journaling, and story, creative expressions take shape in community. Art as a form of pastoral care and healing connects with the richness of "co-creating," a theme emanating from Ignatian spirituality.
- Days of Recollection
- Come away for a day. These days of prayer are usually held on a Saturday and take place either in the Lannon Chapel in the basement of the Church or at the Campion Retreat Center in Weston, MA.
- How to Pray
- An introduction to various ways of praying, including instruction and opportunities for personal reflection.
- Faith Sharing and Prayer Groups
- Faith Sharing and Prayer Groups offer an opportunity for you to talk about your spiritual journey and pray with others from the parish who desire to do the same. They allow members to hear how others meet the challenge of being faithful Christians in our time. All of this occurs in a prayerful and reflective environment of approximately six adults.
- Henri Nouwen Study/Reflection Group
- Adults meet to reflect on inspiring Nouwen books such as Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World and The Return of the Prodigal Son. Leaders from the International Henri Nouwen Society offer lectures on themes related to the vision and ministry of Nouwen.
- Parish Retreat
- A silent guided retreat at Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, under the direction of the Parish Staff, is offered in autumn and Lent.
- Spiritual Direction
- For those who have some experience in making a directed retreat or in spiritual direction, members of the staff are available by appointment for spiritual direction.
- Spiritual Companioning Program
- Spiritual Companioning is about listening to God in one's life experience and finding God in the ordinary things of life. The Companion journeys with the one who comes and, through contemplative listening, listens with the ear of the heart to where that person is and what is happening in her/his life.
- Youth Ministry
- Now more than ever today's youth need a caring, supportive, faith-filled community to help them to navigate through this critical period of their lives. Compassionate adults, young and old, are needed to help provide them with that community, often while strengthening and reaffirming their own faith journeys. With the help of a Youth Ministry Team, the Youth Ministry Coordinator plans social and spiritual activities for young people in the parish.
Becoming Catholic—The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the normal way for adult to prepare for Baptism and entrance into the Catholic Church. The R.C.I.A. program is also used, with adaptation, for adults previously baptized into another Christian church who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church and also for those adults who were baptized Catholic, but never catechized or who never made their First Holy Communion or Confirmation.
If you know of someone who is thinking about becoming Catholic, or is already Catholic and has not received either Eucharist (first communion) or Confirmation, and would like to be a part of this process, please contact the rectory for more information.
Too busy to pray with all that e-mail to catch up on? The Irish Jesuits have developed a solution: a web site called "Sacred Space" to help people get in touch with God in their everyday lives. Take a look at www.jesuit.ie/prayer.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
Fridays, 12:45–5:00 p.m.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Eucharistic Adoration every Friday from 12:45 until 5:00 p.m. All are invited to come for any period of time for private prayer. If you would like to sign up, however, for a specific hour of personal prayer, please call the rectory.