"Catholics live in an enchanted world, a world of statues and holy water, saints and religious medals, rosary beads and holy pictures," Catholic columnist Andrew Greeley has written.
This tradition encourages a wide range of devotional and contemplative practices. It has supported an extensive system of monastic communities for men and women and also actively promoted everyday spirituality for laypeople. Many Catholics have been leaders in the peace and social justice movements of our time. They tell us that the sacred can be discovered in our homes, at our workplaces, in nature and in urban settings -- anywhere we seek God and serve others.
Although all Catholics are expected to pray together at Mass, there are many different forms of spirituality and private prayer which have developed over the centuries.
Our beloved Immaculate Conception Church is the place where this journey begins. We have assembled a variety of ways for you and your family to study, be inspired, pray and grow in your faith.
The ICC Worship and Spirituality Ministry strives to enrich the living experience of our parish as we come together, not just in our daily and weekly liturgies, but in all of our church’s spiritual gatherings. The committee will asssit the pastor in the development of spiritual programs to deepen our personal relationship with God.
The ministry also helps with designing and implementing liturgical themes in the church for the liturgical “seasons” of the year: Advent, Ordinary Time, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Pentecost. The Ministry creates seasonal decorations that help to set the mood for the liturgical seasons. The atmosphere of reverence and beauty all reflect the glory of God whether in the beauty of a flower arrangement, the care of a plant, or images and signs of the paschal mystery.