Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28

In November, 2022, we are back to church “as usual”, but it is clear that not all have returned to St. Christopher. The Bishop noticed, too, and expressed concern over our ability to sustain a vibrant faith, considering the trend in participation and finances. He asked us to discern our future. A Parish Leadership Team (PLT) was created to formulate a plan. (link to docs?)

As we reflected on the trend of the past few years, so much had happened: sudden changes in priest assignments, other staff changes/losses, the diocesan sex abuse lawsuit and the pandemic, to name just a few. In small group discussions, people expressed their resulting anger, hurt or lack of trust in the church in general. Perhaps, it was not a lack of faith, but a broken, discouraged heart affecting full participation.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds ~ Psalm 147:3

For us to move forward with Christ into the future it is important to heal the hurts of the past that may be holding us back. A Spiritual Healing Pillar was created. It’s our mission to provide opportunities for ALL of us to heal and to experience the freedom that comes from lifting up our hurts to God.

Testimony given by the faithful is a powerful thing! To that end, we began our communal healing with several parishioners sharing a personal testimony of their healing journey, recordings included here/See their story here. We hope that something in their stories resonates with you and will be useful to you in your own healing journey with God.

Spiritual and emotional healing is a process, and no one process will work for everyone. Over time, additional opportunities for healing will be offered both in-person and here, with resources being added to this page. Remember to be present to one another so that your presence may be a strength to them on their journey of healing with God. For as one in our flock heals, together we heal, renew and revive our Saint Christopher community.

LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. ~ Psalms 30:2


Doyle Testimonial

Thomas Testimonial

Maslanka Testimonial

Hogan Testimonial

O'Brien Testimonial