Wherever you are on your faith journey, the communities of Clyman, Elba, and Reeseville welcome you to our 3 parishes. We are 3 small parishes who rely mostly on volunteer work to accomplish ministry and maintenance work. Our parishes missions are to have a movement of growing disciples of Jesus Christ committed to loving God, loving others, and making disciples. Orthodox in our Roman Catholic faith, we seek to creatively serve the New Evangelizaation, by bringing the unchurched in our community to Christ.
Planning Process for the Tri Parishes
Above my office door, to see as I go out, is the quotation “Lead with Vision, where there is no vision, the people perish” from Proverbs 29:18.
Now that I have been at the Tri-parishes for over three years, it is time for us to do some parish planning together for the rest of my time at the Tri-parishes. If our conclusions are great enough, these goals will also guide my successors.
Many things we do as parishes will continue such as liturgy, faith formation, care for the poor and the like. Some of these things will be adjusted to be more effective.
We may choose to drop some things started years ago which can be changed and then add new ones. A week ago the St. John people started in this direction by discerning to not run the “Rib and Kraut” event and are discerning what God wants them to do next.
I have found success over the years with the format below which brings input from everyone to the pastoral council who will discern a couple of exciting options and then ask for the votes of the people to make the main decisions. If we make major decisions, it simply works better to have many people involved. So here is the process from our last pastoral council meeting. Our next council meeting will be on October 30, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. at Holy Family Church.
Fr. Michael Erwin
Planning Process for the Tri-parishes
Study Demographics of the broader community around us for trends. Also consult with the Archdiocese as to the trends that they need us to see.
Look at data trends inside of our parishes.
Utilize assessment tools for dynamic parishes.
Survey the people of the tri-parishes.
Consolidate this information and go on retreat as a council.
Pastoral Council proposes two or perhaps more action plans based on all of this information and prayer.
We discuss the plans in the parishes and explain probable benefits of each plan and probable realignment of resources.
We pray about our proposals.
We have all adult members prayerfully vote.
We align our resources – teams, budget, buildings and grounds and personnel to act on the preferred plan.
Set benchmark dates for plan implementation with reports to pastoral council.
We maintain constant open communication to church members as to the progress of their plan.
If surprises in the process of the plan and/or the results of the plan arise, council help makes course corrections.
Celebrate successes that result from the plan.
Monday 10/15 8:20 am at St. Katharine Drexel
Tuesday 10/16 **11:00 am at St. John the Baptist
(No 8 am or Bible Study)
6:30 pm SKD
Wednesday 10/17 5:30 pm at Holy Family
**Praying the Rosary/No Mass
Thursday 10/18 7:00 pm Mass at St. Columbkille
**Praying the Rosary/No Mass
Friday 10/19 8:20 am at St. Katharine Drexel
**24 Hour Adoration begins 9 am at St. Katharine Drexel -
Saturday 10/20 6:00 pm at St. John the Baptist
4:30 pm at St. Katharine Drexel
Sunday 10/21 8:00 am at St. Columbkille
10:00 am at Holy Family
12:00 pm at SKD (Spanish)
St. Katherine Drexel Parish
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