Parishioners of the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative, Sts. Martha and Mary, Sacred Heart, and St. Rose of Lima, took time for prayer following a late summer barbecue. Sponsored by the collaborative's Why Catholic? group, the photo, with a get well wish sign in front, was sent to a parishioner who was seriously ill. Courtesy photo
Holly Clark, pastoral associate, director of ministries, and member of the executive team at the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative, loves being a pioneer. That's how she describes life these past 10 months. Parishioners and staff in the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative are pioneers in a new way of parish life. The CCC is a Phase I collaborative that covers three towns and three Catholic communities: Lakeville (Sts. Martha and Mary), Middleborough (Sacred Heart), and Rochester (St. Rose of Lima). Inaugurated June 4, 2013, the goal of the collaborative is to be a vibrant, strong, stable, center of evangelization. This is life-giving work, but it is also hard work. Being pioneers is enormously rewarding, even with unexpected ups and downs.
When speaking with Holly there is little doubt that the Holy Spirit is doing good work in cranberry country; the collaborative is, indeed, a busy center of evangelization. Holly's assessment of the new collaborative is emphatic, "the Holy Spirit permeates!" A major goal of the collaborative is to help the Church grow, and although they have no hard numbers, she is confident that they are growing and says that the staff and parishioners can "feel the energy of the Holy Spirit."