Since the Pastoral Plan was finalized in June 2015, we have made considerable efforts to implement strategies outlined in the plan. Since July 2016, we have revamped our efforts and in consultation with the leadership bodies of the parish (Pastoral Council, Finance Council and Pastoral Staff) we will continue the prioritization and implementation process. The final plan can be read by clicking on the link, [FINAL VERSION] Shaping the Future: A Pastoral Plan for St. Matthias.
This Plan was the result of seven months of Study Groups with the Best Practices for Parishes materials. The study groups were followed by three months of work by a writing committee comprised of Fr. Craig Forner, Sabrina Harper, Judith Greenalch, Deacon Rich Foley, Liz Vugrinecz, and David Rolandelli.
At the April 2015 Convocation, small groups reviewed each of the seven themes. Revisions to the plan will be made and prioritization of the goals and strategies of the plan are the next steps.
If you did not receive a copy of the Plan, you can download it above, or email Sabrina Harper to request a copy.
In 1992, the United States bishops provided a framework for Catholic evangelization in this country in their document Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States. Since the election of Pope Francis and his message to Catholics to “bring our faith out of churches and into the streets”, there has been an increased excitement about this effort. Out parish community, like all parish communities, is called by the Lord himself to strive for excellence in the way we witness to our faith and serve others. Many things we do very well here at St. Matthias. However, in honesty, we have to admit that we are weak in other areas and some needed ministries are not present at all. For the next 7 months, beginning in June 2014, we will engage in a process by which we will identify our parish’s strengths and weaknesses and then formulate a parish pastoral plan which will guide us into the years ahead.
We will begin this process with a Parish Convocation on May 18, 2014. About 60 members of the parish community were in attendance for the Convocation. Follow the link to read Fr. Craig’s keynote address from the 2014 May, Convocation Talk.
Going forward, we will have monthly meetings, called study groups during which we will examine seven areas of parish life. The study groups will be held during the second week of each month on Sunday afternoon from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Monday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and Tuesday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 noon. We would like to encourage all to attend at least one of these study groups to lend your support and input to the process. You can sign up for the groups on the BPP bulletin board in the Hall, however, signing up is not necessary to participate. We would like to encourage people to attend the study groups where there will be time for dialogue, community building, and question and answer periods. However, if you are unable to attend the study groups, you will be able to access the evaluation questions and complete them online. (If there are statements which you can’t evaluate, we’d ask that you skip them and move on to the next one). Click on the topic links below to see more information and to access the online version of the evaluations. The topics to be discussed are as follows:
After the last study groups in December, from January-March 2015, our Core Team will work to put together some recommendations and suggested action items for the parish community. We will host another Parish Convocation in April 2015 to share the results with the parish community. You can track the progress of this work in the bulletin, on the BPP bulletin board in the Hall and on this page. For questions about this process, contact Sabrina or Fr. Craig.