Avila Vocations

The Avilas join together under the patronage of St. Teresa of Avila to pray for an increase in vocations to vowed and ordained life and to offer prayer support for the perseverance of those already committed to religious vocations.

Members attend 11:00 Mass on the first Tuesday of each monthand following Mass have a short prayer service.  Homebound members commit to offer an hour of prayer once a month in their homes to the best of their ability. A vocation prayer book is provided.

Healing Prayer

Weekly meetings are held on Wednesday morning to pray for the intentions of the parish, and the sick, and those who have asked us to pray for them. Members of the healing prayer ministry are available to pray with and lay hands on parishioners after weekly prayer time or as requested.

Contemplative Prayer

This is a spiritual journey that meets once a week on Thursday evenings for an hour and a half. We encourage one another in the twice daily practice of being in Christ’s presence for twenty minutes in silence. It is a discipline of letting go of intrusions (thoughts, noises, etc.) by using a sacred word quieting the mind and gently leading one to a deep awareness of Jesus’ presence and action in our lives. After prayer, a viewing of a video or reading a book may prompt a short discussion on the subject.

Members of the Contemplative Outreach Group can assist others by suggesting ways such as reading Fr. Thomas Keating’s book, Open Mind – Open Heart.

Ministers of Praise

Parishioners age 60 or over or homebound parishioners or any age pray for the needs of the parish. If you are interested, contact Gayle Cilimburg: gcilimburg@stchrisparish.com, 440-331.4255 x106