Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jun 6, 2018

Dear Friends, 

Today, I continue to share with you the status of ongoing activities related to our parish 3-5 Year Plan.  I shared this information at all Masses because this project is very important as we walk into the future and I want to ensure this Plan receives the broadest communication as possible.  Once again, thanks to all who have provided input to your 3-5 year-plan.  This is Your Plan!  Because of the breath of activities involved I will be doing this over 3 weeks because this level of detail cannot be shared in just a few minutes.  So this is Part 2 of a 3 Part Information Sharing. 

First, a little review - Why do a 3-5 Year Plan, two primary reasons.

  1. For the health of the parish, a plan will keep us vital and inspire the next generation to be more involved and take increasing ownership of the parish.
  2. To prepare for the change of leadership expected in the next 1-3 years. 

Again, to assist in this process we engaged the support of LPI as our consultant in this planning effort.

Last week I reviewed the Parish-On-Line Assessment.  Our second step was to build on the feedback from the Assessment with a series of Input Sessions.  Over 200 attended the Input Sessions, held in January of this year.  We were able to touch a more diverse population with these Sessions, including input from our teens and middle school groups.

Four questions were posed during the Input Sessions to get the conversation started: 

  1. What is our parish’s greatest strength?
  2. What would you like to see changed in this parish?
  3. What is the one thing we could do to attract more people to our parish?
  4. What is the most important factor to consider in looking at the future of this parish?

We had over a thousand individual comments recorded from those four questions.  I thank all who participated for their candid, constructive and comprehensive responses. 

In early April a group of nearly 40, representing a cross section of parishioners, met to review the responses from both the on-line assessment and the input sessions.  A representative from LPI attended and assisted us in the analysis.  We noted there were consistent themes throughout:

  • A desire to maintain our culture – welcoming, progressive, service-oriented.
  • A need to better engage our entire parish community – to improve Mass attendance and provide activities appropriate for every age and life period.
  • A desire to more effectively communicate – communicate using many technologies, communicate the results of our activities, communicate the opportunities to learn and serve
  • A strong desire to maintain a financially sound church, so we can continue to have extensive programs and a beautiful campus.
  • A desire to provide input on our culture and unique character to facilitate future leadership changes. 

Five sub teams were formed to address these themes:

  1. Culture
  2. Pastoral Care
  3. Communications
  4. Finance
  5. Building And Grounds 

The sub teams were charged with developing action plans to address the desires and concerns expressed by parishioners.  These plans have to be concrete, measurable, and achievable within the resources (people, time, funding) we can realistically expect to have.

Next week I will address what the sub teams accomplished, in preparation for our ‘town meeting’ which will be held after the 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday, June 24th .

Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!

In peace and courage, 

To access the June 9-10 presentation slides, please click HERE.

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