Saints Mary & Joseph Parish in Salem, New Hampshire is launching their second year of intergenerational faith formation opportunities— called LIFT Mini Sessions, using GenOn’s LIFT (Living in Faith Together). They offer them Saturdays and Sundays after a Mass, and Wednesdays in conjunction with their monthly parish potluck. There are a variety of schedules and topics from which to choose. Most participants are families with children, though LIFT invites the whole parish to come together. Director of Faith Formation Susan Levesque says they hope it connects people together in fostering a oneness in their parish by nurturing relationships.
LIFT begins with a Mass and then continues with a shared meal, fun activities, and conversation to grow in faith and build up the Body of Christ. Parish groups like the Knights, Parish Council, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Youth Ministry, Liturgy Committee, and Men’s Prayer Group are invited to prepare and serve the meals, committing to one series of three sessions and participating in those sessions.
Since many families’ involvement in the parish drops off after their children celebrate the sacraments, their hope is that nurturing relationships with other parishioners along the way will encourage them to stay connected.
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