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Parish builds leaders, addresses issues, through house meetings

Our parish, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish, in Arlington, TX, engages parishioners and builds leaders through weekly “house” meetings. Because our parish has over five thousand parishioners who speak five different languages, we help them to connect with one another on a more personal level. At these house meetings, parishioners connect as members of the body of Christ by voicing personal concerns and identifying the problems that are affecting their lives, such as lack of employment, financial pressures, isolation, and lack attention to the needs of children and the elderly. Talking about these concerns leads to action as parishioners rise up as leaders and together address the issues that they care about. Parishioners also receive training to gain the skills needed to become effective leaders. Because of this process, parishioners have been able to establish a new day care center in the church, and organize a ministry for seniors.