||Our Faith Community - The parish
of Our Lady of the Snows is an extraordinarily vibrant community. Our parish is blessed
with a growing community of nearly 3,000 families and households. In addition to fostering
Catholic education through our elementary school and religious education program, our
parish continues to grow as a faith community as a sign of God's kingdon here on earth.
enjoy a substantial number of important ministies and programs including Acting Group,
Altar Servers, Arts and Crafts Group, Bible Study, Catholic Youth Organization (CYO),
Cornerstone Retreats, Eucharistic Ministers, Evangelization, Finance Committe, Golden Age
Club, Holy Name Society,
Home School Association, Human Concerns Center, Lectors, Liturgy Committee,
Liturgy in Malayalam Language, Ministries of Hospitality, Music Ministry, Parker Geriatric
Institute Group, Prayer Groups, Religious Education Program, Respect Life Committee,
Rosary Society, Boy Scouts, Sewing Group, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Solos Group, Youth
Group and an ever-expanding website; www.olsnows.org.
Our Need for a
New Worship Space - For many months, a planning committee has surveyed the
parish community, reviewed demographics, worked with church organizations, and consulted
the Diocese to develop a facilities plan that will effectively meet the immediate and
foreseeable needs of Our Lady of the Snows Parish.
|We are challenged to provide a worship space that will
not only serve our growing parish needs and programs, but also will attract new
parishioners and activities and nourish them in faith. We need to build a new Church large
enough to accommodate present and future parishioners and to provide a larger setting for
Mass, baptism, weddings, funerals and for all the liturgical activities.
it comes down to is this: The original church, built in 1948 as a temporary structure, has
deteriorated. The Human Concerns Center, one of our premier ministries, housed in this
building, can benefit from a larger area to maintain and enhance all its programs. Our
growth is straining our current church building, originally built fifty years ago in 1953
as an auditorium. As we celebrate the new millenium we are challenged to provide a church
to accommodate our parishioners. The need is even more profound due to the declining
number of priests in our diocese providing ministry in our parishes. -continued on OLSnows page 2