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1 Five Year PARISH PASTORAL PLAN ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH Savanna, Illinois Preliminary Notes: This paper is an integration of initial pastoral plans laid down by the Parish Planning Committee in 1999 for the Diocesan Consultation Process, and the plan which the current Pastor (Fr. Moises Apostol) and the Parish Pastoral Council have thought about in the past two years in a half. A number of concepts and processes have been initiated and directly reported here by the Pastor, however he has regularly updated the community through Sunday announcements or through the Parish Bulletins. The Parish Vision & Mission set the tone of the general plan, and the revised Parish Pastoral Organizational Structure carry out the continuous implementation of ministries and pastoral tasks for the whole parish. The regular meetings of the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils greatly assist the Pastor in the administration and reaching out the parish vision and mission. The implementation experience has offered us growth: a process of new experiences leading us to deeper and meaningful community faith experiences particularly in our liturgy and social services. We have a long way to go. Pastoral Plan 1999: Parish Priorities To create an active Youth Ministry for junior and senior high school students thus enabling the teens of our Parish to foster their relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. To enable young adults ages to become involved in the life of the parish through participation in leadership, social events, worship, and spiritual developments, thereby strengthening our faith community.

2 Sav- 2 - To create a program insuring that the sick and homebound are visited and the grieving are comforted. To improve upon current methods of outreach to the poor and disadvantage. PARISH VISION PASTORAL PLAN We, the members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Savanna, Illinois having been blessed through the years, aspire to grow in the faith, be sanctified by the sacraments, evangelize ourselves in and through small faith communities and celebrate God's gifts with the Diocese of Rockford to become a people of God. PARISH MISSION We the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, commit to live by the following values: welcome responsibly God's material blessings to the parish through the years grow in holiness with the sacraments evangelize ourselves, families and others in and through organized small faith communities celebrate God's gifts with the Diocese of Rockford. TERMINAL PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES Within the period of five years, overcoming limitations of human and material resources and the attitude of indifference and resistance to change, with the help of both local and diocesan support, the Pastor, the Pastoral and Finance Councils, the small faith communities, the whole parishioners, committed to build a dynamic parish will strive to achieve our Vision and Mission to become a people of God. This will be considered accomplished if the Parish Organizational Structure and all its leaders and volunteers dynamically exercise, coordinate

3 Sav and implement the various Commissions and Ministries as the small faith communities are organized throughout the parish. A maintained coordination with Diocesan Pastoral Services will balance and inspire expansion of possible other ministries as new needs arise in the continuous journey of parish life. Parish Organizational Structure Pastoral Council - Assists the pastor in the spiritual and general direction of the parish including reviewing programs, goals, and priorities through the support of parish ministries. Finance Council - Established by church law to give counsel to the Pastor and Pastoral Council concerning financial matters. Christian Formation Ministries Consist of the following evangelization programs instituted to pass on the Catholic and Christian faith. Formation Team for Small Faith Communities ~ A volunteer team for organizing neighborhood or cluster of parishioners into small faith groups for prayer meeting and other church related activities to support each other grow in community and faith life. Religious Education A support program to parents, providing catechetical instruction to children 4 to 15 through volunteer catechists. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RC1A) - A comprehensive process of conversion and welcoming for non-baptized adults or Christians baptized in other denominations, or deeper evangelization of Catholics through volunteer catechists. Bible Study Program - A study group covering the structure of the Bible and its individual books, facilitated by a volunteer discussion leader. Cursillo Movement - A renewal program for either groups of men or women in the basic experiences of conversion, faith, and love through a weekend retreat and followed up by small discussion groups meeting weekly. Inter-Church Committee - Responsible for developing a closer relationship with other churches through prayer, discussion, and activities and enhancing the overall ecumenical movement.

4 - 4 - Liturgical Ministries Consist of the following ministries that assist in our parish community worship and prayer. Eucharistic and Homebound Ministers - Distribute the Eucharist (Bread and Wine) at Masses on Sundays and Holy Days and visit the homebound sick and elderly after Mass on Sundays, bringing the Eucharist to them. Lectors/Commentators - Lectors proclaim the scripture at Sunday and Holy Day Masses, and the commentators guide the churchgoers through specific prepared commentaries for meaningful participation and understanding of the Mass. Altar Servers - Boys and girls from 4 th Masses and special liturgies. grade through high school who assist the priest during Music Ministry - Provides the liturgical songs for Masses by which the entire congregation is lead to participate and worship God. Current groups are: New Spirit Band, Parish Choir, Harmony, and the Resurrection Choir. Ushers - Provide various services, prior to, during, and after Sunday and Holy Day Masses, including assisting with seating, collecting offerings, and distributing church bulletins. Greeters - Welcome Mass attendees as they enter the church for Saturday or Sunday Masses. Sacristan Group - Prepares the church for liturgical celebrations. Ladies of the Altar - A group of volunteer ladies who regularly clean and beautify the church. Social Action Ministries Consist of supporting and coordinating socio-pastoral services to the parish family and to the bigger Christian community. Knights of Columbus - A Catholic men's organization devoted to charitable works, fraternal activities, and individual growth in the practice of Catholic faith. Regularly support of financial support for seminarians endorsed by the Diocesan Vocation Director. Catholic Women of St. John's - A parish organization devoted to charitable works through the conduct of income-generating activities held in the parish center, including various dinners and catering of events. Catholic Daughters of America - A national organization primarily concerned with spiritual growth of women. Special Prayer Ministry - A parish group who volunteers to pray for special intentions. Requests are made to the parish office and coordination with members is by telephone or . Food Pantry Program - Parishioners who volunteer to assist with other churches in staffing and coordinating this program to provide food for the needy.

5 Sav Nursing Home Visitation Team ~ A group of volunteers who have initial training to visit the elderly in nursing homes and provide some care and faith support for them. Temporalities' Ministries Church Maintenance Committee - A group that provides for the evaluation, improvement, or disposition of small physical plant needs and makes recommendations to the Pastor and Pastoral Council for major repairs or improvements. Money Counters - Volunteers who count the mass offerings, deposit the amount in the bank, and provide receipts to the parish secretary. Bingo Committee Volunteers who every Monday provide a recreation for the community particularly the elderly and avail to raise funds for the building fund. Parish Staff -- Parish Secretary -- Coordinator of Religious Education -- Cemetery / Ground Maintenance Person Specific Reports: Both Pastoral and Finance Councils have been established and have tried our best to regularly conduct our every other month meetings. Practically all Commissions and Ministries are functional and doing their services to the parish. Since February of 2004 we have organized two ( 2 ) Small Faith Communities, both in Thomson and Riverview Areas. Meaning, a cluster of neighboring parishioners in the Areas have been organized: initial big membership of interested parishioners. They are keeping their monthly prayer meetings and have strengthen their bond of friendship and as parishioners. A good number of them are still not open to participate. We project to have ten to twelve Small Faith Communities to be organized throughout the parish in the coming years. We have few youth and members of the parish. In addition we find difficulty of gathering our youth to be more involve in our Religious Education Program. We see two major causes of the

6 Sav problem: their many school demands and the obvious cultural influence on them. Established a joint weekly Parish Bulletin with Mt. Carroll with color front page and a parish website: A very welcoming and active Inter-Church activities are spread out with the Protestant Churches in the Savanna Community. Parishioners have maintained their sacrifices and efforts to raise funds to liquidate our parish debt in the construction of the beautiful Parish Center. Respectfully submitted by: and The Parish Pastoral Council

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