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WELCOME FIRST ANNUAL TOWN MEETING OUR LADY OF HOPE Parish Blackwood, NJ October 27, 2010.

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1 WELCOME FIRST ANNUAL TOWN MEETING OUR LADY OF HOPE Parish Blackwood, NJ October 27, 2010

2 SCHEDULE FOR THE NIGHT Prayer Pastor's Report Financial Report School Report Comments and Questions

3 PARISH ACTIVITIES October Trunk or Treat 28 th Celebrated 50 th Anniversary St. Jude November Knights 50/50 Social St. Vincent dePaul Thanksgiving distribution Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service Parish Choir Christmas Concert

4 December 8 th - Bless Saint Joseph Cemetery 19 th – Snow storm 22” 28 th – Parish Carol-Sing-A-Long JANUARY Assumed responsibility for St. Jude Church (3 Weekday/9 Sunday Masses) APRIL Chapel is repainted, carpeted and sanctuary tiled

5 February 2 nd - Got approval from Diocesan Review Committee for the Merger 6 th – 25” of snow 10 th – 15’ of snow

6 March Deacon Bill Drum died Volunteer St. Jude Parish Agnes

7 April 9 th -Parish merger decree announced May 10 th – creation of new parish of Our Lady of Hope 15 th – closing ceremonies for St. Agnes and St. Jude Parishes and the opening Mass of Our Lady of Hope 20 th -22 nd - Family festival

8 JUNE 27 th - Installation of the new pastor by the Bishop JULY 9 th – First celebration of our Patronal feast Vacation Bible School

9 August Summer Series of Talks MESSENGER hosts “Coffee House”

10 SEPTEMBER New addition of Our Lady of Hope School opens with the Bishop’s Blessing

11 ONGOING ACTIVITIES BAPTISMS FIRST COMMUNION – 171 CONFIRMATION MARRIAGES - 46 FUNERALS - 116

12 PARISH IMPROVEMENTS New look to the church bulletin Created a new website Upgraded all computers in the parish office

13 CHURCH Installed Icons from St. Jude Stain glass windows from Church Street Chapel Heat reducing tint to windows Created credence table to right of altar to match the left side

14 PROPERTY Repainted parking lot lines and improved the flow of traffic Added 5 handicap spaces New signs for Office, Church and Center Enhanced the landscaping Cleared corner lot on Peter’s Lane Fenced in storage/trash areas

15 Solved drainage problem near Chapel Cleaned, repaired, added drainage systems Added to sprinkler systems (well water) New gutters & downspouts on church Defibulator installed at church and center (TY to K of C)

16 Converted classrooms in Center to meeting rooms (TY to K of C) Replaced security system in Center

17 NEW STAFF New positions: Business Manager Youth Minister

18 New personnel: Administrative Asst./Office Manager Receptionist Sacristan Maintenance - two

19 The benefits of merging parishes: Review & renewal of ministries & activities Greater opportunities for involvement Consolidation of resources for more programing

20 THE FUTURE Form a new Pastoral Council Create Marriage Preparation Program (Pre-Cana) Enrichment sessions for married couples Enrichment sessions for Liturgical ministers Enhance “electronic giving” Outreach to inactive Catholics

21 Join the Township in creating a more sustainable community by becoming more “GREEN” Enhancing the concept of stewardship Time – volunteerism Talent – leadership Treasure – financial support

22 THE FUTURE “Going from GOOD to GREAT” Characteristics Welcoming Collaborative Ethical Pastoral Prophetic

23 “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.” Romans 8:28 OUR LADY OF HOPE PRAY FOR US!


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