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Story of Our Parish

 . . you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 
(1 Peter 2:5)

Our parish is not a building of brick and concrete.  Rather, it is a community of believing and loving  Christians.  We are  the living stones being built into  the spiritual house of Jesus Christ described in 1 Peter 2:5.   We stand at the beginning of a new millennium, striving to be a visible and courageous example of Christian faith, hope and love for one another and for the world around us.    We look to the Eucharist and the Word of God for our life and enlightenment, and  we  strive to use our personal  gifts and abilities to build the future with others in our parish family.  This is reflected in our Mission Statement

 Inspired by the Spirit of God
We the people of Our Lady of Refuge Parish
declare our primary responsibility
to promote a dynamic Christian Community
reflecting the mission of Jesus by:

Proclaiming God's Word,
in our communal worship and in the
actions of our daily lives
as instruments of peace, reconciliation and service;

Celebrating Christ's presence among us
and in one another
through our joyful participation
in the Sacraments and the Liturgy

Expressing our love for God
by dedicating to Him our time and talents
through our participation in and appreciation for
our parish ministries;

Advancing the millennium goal of evangelization
by reaching out to our community
and opening wide the doors of our Church
and our hearts to Christ within each person.

We invite you to visit us frequently on this web site, or personally if you come to Long Beach. The links on the upper right  tell  more of our parish story, and the links below present ideas for  building and vitalizing parish life in today's world.



If ;you would like to learn more about parish life, click on the links below.

Parish Pastoral Council - Definition and Purpose
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles discusses the meaning of "Parish Pastoral Council" and its purpose
Guidelines - Parish Pastoral Councils in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Archdiocesan guidelines for the formation of Pastoral Councils that  provide assistance and advice to the pastor in planning for the spiritual and material well-being of the parish community.  (Code of Canon Law:  Canon 536)
The Parish that Works - Business Practices for the Church
US Catholic magazine look at the importance of having parish finances, administration and human resource issues handled by individuals trained and experienced in business, working in cooperation with pastors.
Parish Councils
US Catholic magazine provides suggestions for making Parish Councils strong and effective.
Changing Face of the Catholic Church
Discussion of leadership models in parishes.
Parish Financial Advisory Committees
Ways Parish Financial Advisory Committees can protect church finances and prevent abuse.
Today's Parish Minister
Newsletter for pastors, associate pastors  and lay ministers - ideas for making parish life vibrant and alive in today's world.
Leadership Models for Catholic Parishes
Report on changes in leadership models in the Catholic Church.
San Bernardino and Los Angeles:  New Models of Parish Leadership
With a growing population and fewer priests, some parishes are being led by Pastoral Coordinators.


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