PASTORAL PLAN II St. Patrick's Church, Rockford October 6, 2003

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1 PASTORAL PLAN II St. Patrick's Church, Rockford October 6, 2003 St. Patrick's Mission Statement: As Roman Catholics in union with our Diocesan Bishop and the Holy Father, St. Patrick Church seeks to obey Our Savior and Founder, Jesus Christ, in His mandate to make disciples of all the nations by celebrating the Sacraments, teaching all that He commanded, and by service to the least among us. Introduction: This pastoral plan was developed by the parish consultations committee in collaboration with the pastoral council. It is the result of the following steps. 1. On September 6-7 and 13-14, 1997, the With a Heart Renewed survey was administered at all parish Masses to people age 16 and over. A total of 335 surveys were completed by St. Patrick Parish and processed by the Rockford Diocese. The parish consultations committee studied the results. Particular attention was paid to those areas where the parish was not strong but parishioners had high expectations. 2. During November, 1997, the parish staff, the consultations committee and the pastoral council completed a parish evaluation, using materials provided in the With a Heart Renewed manual. The parish was compared to the ideal parish, as defined by the Diocese in their report "Indicators of Parish Vitality". 3. Two open meetings were held in January, 1998, where parishioners could look at the survey results in more detail and provide additional feedback to the parish consultations committee.

2 Page 2 4. The consultations committee met in February, 1998, to write the first draft of the pastoral plan. The committee compared the survey with its own evaluation of the parish, and also took into account the comments provided by parishioners after reviewing the parish survey data. 5. On March 22, 1998, two open meetings were held in the Church Hall, where Draft I was presented by the consultations committee and a facilitator. The parishioners were able to share their thoughts and ideas. This feedback will assist the committee in developing Draft Draft 2 was finalized on March 26, 1998, and sent to the Diocese. St. Patrick will be included in Cluster No. 6, along with the following parishes: St. Bernadette, St. Stanislaus, St. James, St. Peter Cathedral, SS. Peter & Paul, St. Anthony and St. Edward. 7. Cluster meetings began on April 28, 1998, with all eight parishes invited. We met 12 times between April, 1998, to March 4, Each parish presented their own draft and we found ourselves realizing we shared many of the same concerns. We listed the issues we wanted to discuss and voted on the top four topics. 1. Youth/Young Adult Ministry 2. Evangelization 3. Schools 4. Parish Staff After much discussion, we talked about each of our strengths and areas we may be able to share resources. We began to work together on how we could pull together to serve the area of our cluster and re-vision the work of the Church within our cluster.

3 Page 3 On March 4, 1999, we completed Cluster #6 Recommendations that were sent to His Excellency Bishop Doran and Planning/Consultation Bodies of the Diocese of Rockford. 8. The consultations committee met on April 6, 1999, to write Draft 3 of the pastoral plan. It will be sent to the Diocese by April 30, At the direction of the Parish Consultation Process on July 7, 1999, we added Priority #5 to address our debt. 10. The Pastoral Council received a letter from the Diocese asking for an updated Pastoral Plan by October 15, Our new pastor, Fr. Brian Geary and the Pastoral Council decided to start the process over starting with the same survey distributed at all Masses on September 20-21, A total of 345 surveys were completed. This included 204 in English and 141 in Spanish. Because of our deadline, Carl Waldsmith and Anne Hayes counted the results of the survey. (The survey will be sent to Mike Cieslak to be computer generated in January, 2004.) The Pastoral Council met on September 29, They reviewed the results and came up with the following parish priorities. Parish Priorities Priority #1: That St. Patrick Parish become financially selfsufficient. Fr. Geary and the Pastoral Council decided that St. Patrick Parish must become financially self-sufficient. Objective 1-1: We must increase our weekly sacrificial offering from 2% to 5%. We are looking at a 1/2% increase per year for the next 5 years overall.

4 Page 4 Objective 1-2: Continue to hold Will Seminars and/or Bequests for our mission at St. Patrick Church. Objective 1-3: Continue to reach our goal of 100% in the Diocesan Stewardship yearly campaign. Priority #2: That we increase the experience of community through Evangelization as members of St. Patrick's Parish, so that we might better live out our faith in support of and supported by, one another. We, the people of St. Patrick's, are very proud of our ongoing involvement not only in the parish, but also the community. It is our hope to continue to build upon this strength. Objective 2-1: Reach out to non-practicing registered parishioners to return to St. Patrick Parish. Objective 2-2: Reach out to non-registered Catholic's within our boundaries. This is to include Winnebago, IL. Objective 2-3: Our parish works with groups in the local community on a weekly basis. (ex. Food Pantry, Clothes Closet) Objective 2-4: Our parish exhibits a spirit of warmth and hospitality at various services and activities. (Especially our weekly Liturgy, our annual Corn Beef and Cabbage, On the Waterfront, and Soup Luncheon.) Priority #3: That there be an active youth ministry program. Because of the recent growth in our religious education program, we need to enrich the spiritual and social lives of our youth.

5 Page 5 Objective 3-1: Find a volunteer of be Youth Director for our Youth Ministry Program. Run ads in the bulletins of all Rockford parishes and The Observer. Objective 3-2: We currently have over 200 students enrolled in our Religious Education Program. Continue to offer a successful program, both in English and Spanish (K through 12 grades). Objective 3-3: To establish a high-quality youth ministry group for our parish young people, so that their faith might be strengthened and an experience of Christian community be developed among them. Priority #4: Continue to maintain a spiritual and reverent atmosphere at St. Patrick Church. Keeping a spiritual and reverent atmosphere at St. Patrick Church was one of the top priorities of the people who participated in the survey. Objective 4-1: Continue to maintain spiritual and reverent Masses at St. Patrick Church. We will promote involvement through Holy Hours, devotions, processions, etc. Objective 4-2: Our beautiful Church is our treasure. Continue to maintain it's structure and grounds. Objective 4-3: Continue to support our diversity at St. Patrick's Church. We currently offer Mass in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. In December, 2003, we will be adding Mass in Latin. Objective 4-4: To provide uplifting Music at all Masses. Continue the Adult Choir, Hispanic Choir, and Chime Choir.

6 Page 6 Priority #5: To utilize retreat experiences that will enhance our spirituality in the parish. Provide different activities for adult and youth retreats. Objective 5-1: Provide different activities within the Parish Center to enhance our income. A. Provide Faith Enrichment Retreats for married couples. B. Provide Confirmation Retreats for high school religious education students. C. Provide Grief Weekend Retreats for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Objective 5-2: Offer and participate in Cursillo Retreat in Oregon, IL. It is offered in both English and Spanish. Objective 5-3: Offer and participate in the Silent Retreat in Edgerton, WI. It is offered in both English and Spanish.

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