Lay Ministers’ Enrichment
The Origins and Aims of LME
“The fundamentals of Catholic teaching challenge us to find meaning and truth in the Living Word as it relates to our faith. For many parishioners at St. Ignatius Loyola parish, this includes an invitation to service through ministry. And we are blessed to have dozens of ministries from which to choose, be it in an outreach program, liturgical ministry, music, or faith formation. But those who serve also need to be fed — to make sense of their calling to discipleship and service, to share their experiences with one other, and to break bread together through fellowship and through the Eucharist.
Since its inception in 2008, the core mission of Lay Ministers Enrichment has been the same: utilizing the foundations of Ignatian Spirituality to build up the Body of Christ and strengthen the parish community by nourishing the spiritual lives of lay ministers, expanding lay ministers’ understanding of the theological foundations of their faith and ministries, and assisting lay ministers in integrating the Gospel’s call to discipleship into their daily lives.”
- From Lay Ministers’ Enrichment, May 11th, 2014 Bulletin
Who We Are and What We Do
LME is a team of parishioners who serve by ministering to all those who minister to others; we are a ministry giving back to those who are active in the many ministries at St. Ignatius ranging from Eucharist ministry to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. LME organizes days of reflection and prayer designed to enrich and deepen the experience of lay ministry. We invite speakers from all walks of life to be presenters, offering a reflection to frame the day’s discussion and prayer.
Who Participates in LME Programs
Parishioners active in formal ministries as well as anyone who feels called to minister in their daily lives – all are welcome. Our events are held in Wallace Hall adjacent to the church and are capped at 70. Attendance ranges from 40-70. Our audience is engaged and values interacting with each other in small faith sharing breakout groups as much as they do interacting with the day’s presenter. Lay ministers enjoy the opportunity to ask questions, often relating the presenter’s topic with their own life experience. Our days begin with breakfast and include a catered lunch, which offers more fellowship time. We conclude the day with Mass or a prayer service.
Upcoming Lay Ministers’ Enrichment programs are announced on the St. Ignatius website, in the Sunday bulletin, and via email to all lay ministers. Registration is required for each program, but participation in previous programs is not a prerequisite to registration for the current program. Details on how and when to register are included in each program announcement.
Topics of the 2010-2011 day-long programs were: • Jesus’ Ministry and Yours • Baptism, Confirmation … Then What? • The Power of Liturgy: In Your Life, In Your Church, In Your Ministry
Topics of the 2011-2012 day-long programs were: • Your Call: To God, To Church, To Ministry • Living Our Vocations: God’s Will, Our Desires • Presence is Abundance: Engaging Life’s Conversations
Topics of the 2012-2013 day-long programs were:
• Compassion: Facing Challenges in Life, Church, and Ministry
• The Power of Invitation: Friendship with Christ in Ministry
• Our Sacred Story Nestled in the Ordinary
Topics of the 2013-2014 day-long programs were:
• The Year of the Family: A Journey From the Vatican to the Street and Back Again
• Bring Contemplation Into Action. Bringing Action Into Contemplation: Seeking Awareness of Christ’s Presence in Everyday Life and in Your Ministry
Topics of the 2014-2015 day-long programs were:
• The God Whom Lay Ministers Serve and Represent
• Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness: Music and Worship at St. Ignatius Loyola
• See What Love the Father Has Bestowed On Us: A Mini Retreat Experience of the First Exercises
Topics of the 2015-2016 day-long programs were:
• Being Mercy Where You Are
• A Lot of Things: Wisdom from the Book of Expectations
Topics of the 2016-2017 day-long programs are:
• Discernment and Decisions in an Age of Distraction