Alongside the extraordinary pastoral care in youth groups, schools, boarding-houses, through Spiritual Exercises and so on, the SJM is also active in the usual parish work. As Christians, we live our faith not alone, but in community. Precisely here the parish plays a most important role. Here, the priests have the possibility to accompany the faithful during their entire lives - beginning from Baptism - the birth of the Divine Life in the soul - right up until the last passage into our eternal Home.
"Our Christian communities must become genuine "schools" of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly "falls in love"."
Blessed Pope John Paul II (2001).
The first priority of Parish Work for the SJM is the beautiful and worthy celebration of the Holy Mass. As the Second Vatican Council reminds us, "the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows" (SC 10). Only emanating from this wellspring of strength - which is Christ Himself - can a renewal of the Church begin and prosper. Inseparable from a fruitful celebration of the Holy Eucharist is the bringing back of people to the Sacrament of Mercy, Holy Confession. A further focus in SJM-parish-pastoral care is youth work. Through altar-server groups, scouting groups, first communion and confirmation groups, the young people are presented with the opportunity to experience, practice and deepen their faith in community. In many cases, the SJM-priests also offer religion lessons in schools.
An overview of the different parishes that are currently cared for by the SJM can be found here.