iWISSH: Ignatian Women in Spirit, Service, and Hospitality
I wish I had a way to connect with the women I see across the pews on Sunday. I wish our parish had more of a social life. I wish I had more contact with SI moms I used to see regularly. I wish I could grow spiritually with other women.
What do you wish?
Ignatian Women in Spirit, Service, and Hospitality (iWISSH) is a new ministry of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sacramento. Our mission is to foster community and commitment by helping our parish women get to know one another and participate in fun and meaningful experiences consistent with the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Each month, iWISSH members host at least one spiritual activity, one service activity, and one social activity. Each iWISSH member is asked to host one event per year. To host an event, simply pledge to attend with your iWISSH nametag, and introduce yourself to any other iWISSH members who show up. That’s it. Your event can be something already on the church calendar (such as, a daily Mass) or you can organize your own event at church, in your home, around town--anywhere!
JOIN iWISSH THROUGH MEETUP.COM
If you do not have a Meetup.com login, you’ll need to create a free account. Event calendar, event RSVPs, and communications will all go through the Meetup.
What does it mean to “host” an event?
Simple: you agree to show up, wear your nametag, and introduce yourself to any other members who show up with their nametags too. That’s it. Anything beyond this is up to you. You can “host” an existing event in the parish, or you can plan something yourself.
Spirituality: host a day of the Lenten novena of grace, a Java Jazz and Jesus night (yes, we will cross promote with existing parish ministries), a prayer practicum session, one of Fr. Art’s lectures, or simply a particular 8 AM Mass on a weekday. Or arrange a spiritual event. How about a discussion of the week’s scripture readings over coffee at Panera?
Service: Host an existing parish service activity (declare yourself an iWISSH host for a Sharing God’s Bounty, or Loaves & Fishes Saturday; volunteer for a fundraising event). Or get creative--schedule a service event and let iWISSH invite Ignatian women to come. Maybe a group volunteer morning at Sacramento Food Bank?
Hospitality: Our just-for-fun category, hospitality events can be anything consistent with Ignatian values. As with the other categories, you can host an existing parish social event (Amazing Grapes! Viva SI!), or you can do your own thing. Game night in the Garden Room? Potluck brunch at your house? Happy hour at a restaurant? Book club? Morning walk meetup along the American River trail?
Other than “host” one event per year, what do members have to do?
Keep an eye on the calendar and RSVP for any events that interest you. Wear your nametag at all events, and why not wear it to Mass, too? Say hello to the iWISSH members around you.
IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY BOOK CLUB
Meets every other Friday in the Ministries Room at 10 a.m.
Due to COVID-19, all meetings are suspended until further notice.
BIBLE STUDY FOR WOMEN
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path - Psalm 119:105
Meets the first Tuesday of the month in the Banchero Room in Parish Office from 9-10:30 a.m.
Join us as we look at women in the Bible. We will read and reflect on the text, and find how each of the women can provide spiritual insights and lessons for us. Bring a Bible if you have one. RSVP at the Meetup or contact Alexandra at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ignatian Women in Spirit, Service, and Hospitality
A new women’s organization for our parish.
Join now at Meetup.com or download the informational flyer for more details.