a very Blessed Easter!
"To live and advance the Gospel values of Jesus Christ to all through worship, education, and service, by giving of our time, talents and tithes” – St Jerome Parish Mission Statement
On Saturday, March 8th, for the first time in its long history, St Jerome parish summoned its parishioners to a Parish Convocation. Approximately 40 parishioners participated in a lively, upbeat and very productive process designed to assist the parish in the development of a strategic plan to guide the parish in the coming years.
Representatives from all the ministries and organizations of the parish joined with members of the parish at large, under the leadership of the parish Pastoral Council members. The participants brainstormed 6 goals for us as a parish family to implement in order to make real the mission of the parish, and implement our vision of the church that we intend to make a reality here at St Jerome’s. The goals were distilled from numerous discussions within the pastoral council and from the results of questionnaires that were submitted to active and non-active parishioners over the past two years.
The goals are:
- Establish a warm vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for all people, all ages, in all parish activities.
- Increase full conscious and active participation in Sunday Mass
- Increase Mass attendance to a high percentage of the parish on a weekly basis
- Increase St Jerome School enrollment by beginning of next school year
- Revitalize all existing parish programs and organizations within the next year
- Become more visible in local communities through involvement during 2014 in community service programs.
In the months ahead, pastoral council will distill the ideas and recommendations that surfaced during the convocation, and present the parish with clear, distinct and measurable objectives that everyone in the parish can help to implement.
The parish council is convinced, and common sense dictates, that we as individual can and do, accomplish great things for God within the parish structure, but when we put our heads, our hearts and our resources together, we can go a long ways to realize the parish vision, to become-
“a vibrant Catholic community welcoming people of all ages to live their faith through celebration of the Sacraments, prayer, education, outreach and service to those in need.”
Our thanks to Bill Nurthen, Pastoral Council President,
Christina Monteleone, Moderator, and council members; Deacon Lou Jakub, Deacon Anthony DiCesare, Lay Ecclesial Minister Christine Scholtz, Virgilio Lozano, Ben D’Silva, Barbara LePosa, Don and Marie Curtis, Amelia Lopano.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, you are the Mother and Queen of every Christian family....Watch over our families.
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