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1 The Parish Renewal Process St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish

2 The Parish Renewal Process ► Are you excited about your faith? Why/why not? ► Are we as a parish excited about our faith? Why/why not? ► Is Christ recognized in us and in our parish? Why/why not? (please reflect on this questions. When completed click on the picture of the church to proceed with the rest of the presentation.)

3 Purpose of Our Meeting ► To Gain an understanding of Pastoral Council and its ministry for the parish ► To Examine the Renewal Planning Process  As Systematic Analysis and Process  Discernment in the Holy Spirit  Planning for the future ► To Grasp the Outcomes of the renewal process at Saint Elizabeth

4 Pastoral Council and Its Ministry Similarities between a Parish Council and Pastoral Council: ► Both are consultative bodies ► Neither required by canon law as is a Finance Council ► Either is required in each parish by Diocesan policy and the Diocesan Bishop

5 Pastoral Council and Its Ministry Differences between a Parish Council and Pastoral Council: Parish CouncilPastoral Council Older ModelContemporary Model Daily operation of parishLong range planning of parish Membership: ElectedMembership: Discerned Comprised of CommitteesFocuses on Identity of Whole Parish Meetings open to publicMeetings are prayerful and closed Communication:Communication: Committee Reports Facilitated with entire parish Operation: Roberts RulesOperation: Discussion, collaboration, prayer Decisions: Voting/MajorityDecisions: Discernment and Consensus Focus: Events drivenFocus: Spiritual and Pastoral needs DoersEmpower-ers

6 Brief History of Pastoral Council at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish ► Formed Fall, 2006 with 13 members ► July/2008 Retreat – a growing sense of general parish input for renewal, identity, and long-range planning for the parish was experienced ► The question was “How to embark on the renewal process and gather information for parish renewal?” The answer came:  The need for Parish mission-spiritual boost  Needs Assessments-several instruments

7 Renewal Planning ► Analysis included five instruments:  2007 Parish Survey  Talents Composition (Blue Cards)  Parish Timeline in Advent  Liturgical Calendar  Ministries Discernment in Lent

8 Renewal Planning ► Analysis  2007 Parish Survey ► 800 responses received regarding the ministries, operations, and physical plant ► Shared with parish in bulletin ► Shared with parish staff, Finance Council, and Pastoral Council to help decide direction and planning

9 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis  (Blue Cards)  Talents Composition (Blue Cards)  1,000 cards received. 5,000 entries made to parish system because most indicated more than one talent they would like to share for the good of parish  Provided an excellent reference of the make-up of the parish  Reports were designed and are run for parish events and activities and volunteers called based on what was indicated resulting in more parishioner involvement

10 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis   Parish Timeline in Advent ► ► Through memories shared ► ► Several hundred placed ► ► Defining charisms of the community are emerging ► ► What’s important to our community is becoming evident ► ► Great assist in defining Parish identity, its purpose, and its mission

11 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis ► Liturgical Calendar…These are few of my favorite things…  Parishioners indicate what feeds them spiritually  Provides pulse for pastoral staff on where we are as a community spiritually  Gives direction on how to better build each parishioner’s Catholic identity  Helps with programming  Helps define mission

12 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis   Ministries Discernment in Lent ► ► Under direction of Bishop Zubik in “The Church Alive” ► ► Pastoral Council has been studying the letter ► ► Growing sense of rebirth in parish and the diocese simultaneously ► ► Want to be leaders in this process ► ► The entire parish will now study and reflect on the Bishop’s letter and what it means to be “Church”

13 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis   Ministries Discernment Process in Lent ► ► Parish Education about “The Church Alive” ► ► Bulletin articles ► ► Homilies ► ► Explanation and Highlights of Five Areas of Parish Life and Ministry Display in Church ► ► 3/1/09 – 3/13/09 Eucharist/Liturgy/Worship Organizations/Ministries and Evangelization Organizations/Ministries ► ► 3/14/09 – 3/29/09 Catechetical Ministries, Formation Ministries, and Stewardship Ministries/Organizations

14 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis ► ► Explanation and Highlights of Five Areas of Parish Life and Ministry Display in Church 3/1-3/13/09 ► ► Eucharist/Liturgy: Article in Bulletin: 3/1/09   Eucharistic Adoration   Congregation/Assembly at the liturgy   Ordained ministers   Liturgical Ministries including Music Ministry (including Adult Choirs, Children’s Choirs, Contemporary Choir, Cantors), Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Ushers, Greeters, and Altar Servers   Worship Committee   Art and Environment Committee

15 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis ► ► Explanation and Highlights of Five Areas of Parish Life and Ministry Display in Church 3/1-3/13/09 ► ► Evangelization: Article in Bulletin: 3/8/09   Food Bank   Parish Social Ministry   RCIA   Preaching   Prayer Shawl Ministry   Visitation to the Sick and Shut-ins   Bereavement Group   Respect Life Committee

16 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis ► ► Explanation and Highlights of Five Areas of Parish Life and Ministry Display in Church 3/14-3/29/09 ► ► Catechesis: Article in Bulletin: 3/15/09   Sacramental Preparation   Marriage Preparation   Faith Formation for Adults   Faith Formation of Children   Elementary School

17 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis ► ► Explanation and Highlights of Five Areas of Parish Life and Ministry Display in Church 3/14-3/29/09 ► ► Formation: Article in Bulletin: 3/22/09   Youth Ministry   Martha and Mary Ministry   Adult Education   Catholic Men’s Fellowship   Mission/Days of Reflection   Individual Spiritual Direction

18 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis ► ► Explanation and Highlights of Five Areas of Parish Life and Ministry Display in Church 3/14-3/29/09 ► ► Stewardship: Article in Bulletin: 3/29/08   Finance Council/Money Counters   School volunteers   Devotional Prayer including rosary   Pastoral Council   Fundraising   Spring-a-Rama   Bingo

19 Renewal Planning ► ► Analysis   Ministries Discernment in Lent   Answer the following questions for each display: ► ► How have you received from the ministry? ► ► Tell me about your experience with this ministry. ► ► What do you look for/want from this ministry?   Used in determining for the future: ► ► What’s needed ministerially? ► ► What’s wanted ministerially? ► ► What’s required ministerially?

20 Outcomes ► Parish Mission Statement-first outcome  What is a mission statement? Defines your purpose in being…why you’re here.  How will it be written? From the Timeline and the Liturgical Calendar.  Who will write it for the parish? By parishioners who are interested and willing to share their talents in writing.

21 Outcomes ►C►C►C►Compile a 3-5 Year Parish Plan based on 5 Areas of Parish Life from “The Church Alive” LLLLook at all the information gathered and consider prayerfully: ►W►W►W►What are we doing well? ►W►W►W►What talents are present? ►W►W►W►What is needed? ►W►W►W►What is wanted? FFFFormulation of Plan by Pastoral Council

22 Outcomes ► Parish Assembly  Pentecost Sunday, May 31st- lead by members of Pastoral Council ► Unveiling of the Parish Mission Statement ► Publishing of Pastoral Plan

23 Outcomes ► Parish Involvement and Empowerment  Identification of talents/interest  Trickle down through all ministries to link individual missions to greater parish mission  Committees and individuals collected to work on carrying out Pastoral Plan  Greater ownership of, responsibility for, and enthusiasm with parish and spiritual life

24 Questions and Discussion ► What is your sense of parish renewal at Saint Elizabeth? Why? ► How do you see yourself as part of the renewal of our parish? ► What do you think of the process being used at Saint Elizabeth? ► Do you see anything that may be needed in the process being used? You may your responses to:


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