Parish Transformation Update:
We wanted to update the parish as to what has been happening as a result of the Parish Transformation process. As a reminder, in the fall of 2015, about 50 parishioners undertook a 12 week process to discern how to improve our parish. We focused on what we do well already, and identified a few opportunities for further growth. The group decided on three building blocks, sharing in the community of our common faith (Communio), learning about our faith (Catechesis) and growing in our holiness (Call to Holiness). For 2016 and 2017, volunteers chose to lead different teams to bring these building blocks to life at SJA. The team leaders are Julie Lynk, Nancy Paridy, Pam Fitzell, Steve Fitzell, Jim Ford, Joe Paquin, Betsy Paquin, Kevin Smith, Kathy Smith, George Schultz, Jane Holt, Jill Murphy, Dan Schermerhorn, Char Mitchell, Catherine Flanagan and Colleen Enghauser.
What has this meant for our parish in 2016 and what will it mean going forward? There have been new ways to deepen faith and learn about our faith. Here are a few examples:
- Parish Mission in May 2016
- The recent Advent reflection service held at the beginning of December.
- New electronic prayer guides are on the parish website (under the Focus on Faith portion of the parish website www.saintjoanofarc.net).
- A Lenten reflection service is scheduled for March 12
- The upcoming Light of the World Retreat will offer the opportunity to really delve into faith life, but still go home at night.
This is just a sample, and there are other faith formation events and opportunities on the horizon!
There is a renewed focus on expanding participation in parish life. A group is helping to expand volunteerism, and a new parish participation packet is now available and will be discussed in mass. Steps are being taken to help foster new generations of leadership in the various parish auxiliary groups.
Our sense of community has been identified as a true blessing to our community. We want to ensure we are nurturing this gift and welcoming new people into that warmth. This is the reason for the recent hospitality events after Mass to connect with longtime friends, and say hello to newcomers. The plan is to have similar events every few months.
More has been done behind the scenes, and more will be coming throughout the year.
We want to thank the many people who have contributed to all parts of Parish Transformation. If you would like to be involved in some way or want to learn more, feel free to reach out to the either Chris Cummins ([email protected]) or Dan Byrnes ([email protected]). Even if you don’t know how to get involved, which can be the most difficult part, we can help you find a way.
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