Warm greetings of peace in these beautiful autumn days! I’m writing to tell you about an important project that we are beginning here at St. Francis, and to ask for your participation.
I have now been here as pastor at St. Francis for three years. St. Francis, as you know, is a very large parish, and it has taken me a while to get to know it – its history, how it has evolved in the 30+ years of its existence, where the parish stands now, and, importantly, where God is calling us to be in the coming years. I am thankful for the help of our staff, our councils, and the people of this parish who have helped and advised me along the way.
I am still learning as I go. Over the past several months I have been meeting with a group of parishioners, and have asked the group to help me to begin a process of pastoral planning. With the help and advice of that group, I have decided that our parish is ready to begin a pastoral planning project. To that end, we will be working with a Catholic development and consulting firm called Lynch Development Associates (LDA) to help us discern where God may be calling us.
In our pastoral planning process, we want to take a deeper look at all aspects of our parish life. How are we doing with our Sunday liturgies? What’s your experience of our ministries here – our pastoral programs, our outreach, our schools, our facilities, our finances? These are important questions for us as we take a close look at our parish and together imagine our future. Your input is important to us!
This is an exciting time for me as I enter my fourth year as pastor at St. Francis. I invite you to please fill out the survey when you receive it – your insights are important to us as we move forward with a pastoral planning process!
As always, thank you for your ongoing support and generosity!