I am excited by the tremendous amount of participation and support of our efforts to develop a Long-Term Plan for our parish. The planning process began last spring and since then many of you have stepped up and responded to invitations to share your opinions and comments. I am deeply appreciative of your participation thus far, here is an update of where things stand.
Progress is being made on our Parish Long-Term plan. To recap – in October a parish-wide on-line assessment was initiated, and close to 380 parishioners provided feedback. The second phase was a series of input sessions, held in January and February, which were attended by around 150 parishioners. These activities covered a wide demographic swath of our Parish and provided a great wealth of insight.
On Saturday, April 7, 30 parishioners met with our consultant from LPi, our consulting firm assisting us in this process, to work on our Parish Long Term Plan. Participating in this step of the process were representatives from the Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Communications Committee, Parish Staff and parishioners from teens through our founding members.
The results of the October on-line assessment and the JanuaryFebruary input sessions were reviewed. Five teams were formed to look at distinct aspects of that feedback, do some benchmarking and discernment of the input. The next step is for the sub-team to begin to formulate and consolidate plans for each area, with the goal of presenting a Long-Term Plan to the Parish sometime before the end of June. The first preliminary plans are scheduled to be presented at Pastoral Council and Finance Council on Monday, April 30.
The five sub-teams are:
- Pastoral Ministry - led by Kim Fluet
- Parish Culture - led by Ron and Martha Jodoin
- Finance - led by Diane Carroll/Yacoby
- Buildings and Grounds - led by Rich Gangemi
- Communications - led by John Hennessy
Additional members are welcome to join these teams, parishioners from of all ages are welcome from teens to seniors. If you would like to participate, please call the Parish Office (248-2427) or contact a team lead directly.
Again, I find this process of planning for the future exciting because every effort is being made to make it a plan that reflects the hopes, dreams, attitudes and opinions of the people of the parish. Again, THANK YOU for sharing in this process. I hope you are enjoying the gladness of the Easter season and the new life that comes with the Risen Jesus.
Again, Happy Easter!
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,
PS-This week I will be away for the Annual Diocesan Convocation of Priests and Parish Administrators, but not far away, we are meeting at Woodcliff this year. Our speakers include:
Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will address The Priest at Prayer: The Tradition of Lectio Divina
Dr. Francesco Cesareo, President, Assumption College will address Building a Culture of Safety: The Work of the National Review Board and The Domestic Church: Helping Families Cultivate the Gift of Faith
Bishop Salvatore Matano will give his annual State of Diocese address. Please keep all of in your prayers, thank you!