You’ve Got Questions – We’ve Got Answers
- Q: Find a Simon. BE a Simon. What does this mean?
A: Inspired by Simon of Cyrene, the man who helped Jesus carry his cross during the Passion, The Simon Project aims to help parishioners find Simon not only in themselves, but in others. Has someone helped you to bear the weight of your cross? (Find a Simon). Do you feel called to help someone in need? (BE a Simon).
- Q: How is attending a parish event like the Fish Fry volunteering?
A: Stewardship is defined as giving of one's prayer, participation and generosity. The Simon Project is specifically focused on giving of prayer and participation. While attending a Fish Fry does not necessarily lend to volunteering, it does provide an opportunity for parishioners to come together as a community and support one another. Moreover, a portion of the money you pay to attend the Fish Fry will be used toward the charitable giving done by the Knights of Columbus.
- Q: I am a regular volunteer at Holy Spirit. Can I use these hours for the project?
A: Yes, we will gladly accept those hours and appreciate any additional hours you would like to earn through prayer or participation.
- Q: Is The Simon Project something my family can do together?
A: Yes. We pray that The Simon Project brings individuals together to strengthen their family bond.
- Q: I noticed that Holy Spirit partnered with a few community organizations. Do I have to volunteer at these places, or can I get my hours elsewhere?
A: Holy Spirit's partnerships with community organizations are a way to provide additional opportunities to receive hours. With that said, we will be happy to accept hours from any organization through which you choose to volunteer.
- Q: It is not easy for me to volunteer due to time commitments and/or ability. Is there something else I can do to earn my hours?
A: We understand that not everyone can participate in volunteer activities. As the project focuses on both prayer and participation, we encourage you to earn your hours in prayer as well. Whether it's making time to say one decade of the rosary a day or beginning and ending your day with the daily readings, you're invited to use this project as a way to strengthen your relationship with God.
- Q: Can I earn hours by going to Mass and Reconciliation?
A: The vision of The Simon Project is to go above and beyond what we are obligated to do. For example, if you do not currently attend daily Mass and choose to do so to earn hours, this would count. The same can be said about Stations of the Cross, Adoration and volunteering as a Liturgical Minister (i.e. Lector, Altar Server, Eucharistic Minister, Usher, Greeter etc.).
- Q: Can I share information about this project with others?
A: Absolutely. By sharing the story of Simon of Cyrene and The Simon Project with others, we are doing God's will. In a time when our differences seem to separate us from one another, our hope is that the story of Simon's compassion for Jesus will bridge the gap.
- Q: Tell me more about earning hours. Why do I need to log my hours? Where can I go to log them? How many hours do I need?
A: Holy Spirit has set a goal of reaching 40 thousand hours of prayer and participation during The Simon Project. In order to keep track of how many hours we have received, we do ask that you continue to log them throughout the project. You are able to log your hours on The Simon Project page of the Holy Spirit website or complete a tracking card which can be found in the church pews, the Narthex or the parish office. In order to meet our goal, we are asking that each parishioner earn 10 hours - one hour per week- of prayer and/or participation.
- Q: Can anyone log hours to go towards the overall goal?
A: The Simon Project is open to anyone who would like to participate.