St. John the Baptist Women’s Commission
One of the strong concerns we heard during our parish synod listening sessions in January and February of 2022 centered on the role of women in the Church. The Parish Leadership Team incorporated that concern in our new parish priorities, which states:
We recognize, respect, and are enriched by the experiences and perspectives of women and those who are marginalized or underrepresented.
To help us live out this priority, the parish staff recommended, and the Parish Leadership Team has endorsed, the formation of a St. John the Baptist Women’s Commission. The purpose of this Women’s Commission is to support, empower, and form Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. The areas of focus will be:
- Mentoring, formation, discussion, and sharing;
- Opportunities to recognize and to involve women in leadership and ministry to the Word, Altar, and Service; and
- Form liaisons with other regional, national, and universal groups of Catholic women so that our parish can advocate for the voice of women.
Are we listening correctly to the parish? The test will be in parishioners’ desire to be a part of this commission, either in roles of leadership or in the various activities that the commission will support. In January, we will begin recruiting for this new commission, which is open to both men and women.
Does this announcement spark something exciting in you? If so, please plan on attending an information session after the first of the year. Together, let us build something from the ground up.