St. Wenceslaus Embraces Its Future : Three year goals

SAINT WENCESLAUS CHURCH

PARISH PLANNING GOALS, 2010 – 2013

Listening to the voice of God as it comes through the events of our lives and the experiences of one another enables us to set our sights on what needs to be done and move together toward our common goals. The current planning process at St. Wenceslaus Church began with the pastoral visit of Bishop Denis Madden and his report to us in late 2008. In early 2009 the Pastoral Council adopted a planning process and enlisted Sister Rosalie Murphy, SND to facilitate the process and lead the Council in a planning retreat. This was followed by a parish-wide meeting in November and two Sunday consultations with the entire parish community. Out of this process have come four priority goals, numerous action steps and a corps of volunteers willing to support these steps. The action steps are listed in the order dictated by the availability of volunteers. We continue to invite the entire church family to assist in carrying out these goals. Planning is an ongoing process, so we will adapt our plans to changing circumstances as we move forward. The Pastoral Council will have overall responsibility for the realization of our goals and will report to the parish on our progress each January. May the Lord who has been guiding our church family through good times and hard times for the past 138 years continue to give us his blessing. –Fr. Peter

GOAL #1

Our parish chooses as its first priority our ministry to pre-school and school aged children and high school youth, that they may grow into knowledgeable and faithful adults, safe from the dangers of the streets and ready to pass on the faith to the next generation.

ACTION STEPS

(All action steps are listed in priority order as chosen by parishioners who volunteered for these projects.)

Group 1 (higher priority)

Group 2 (secondary priority)

GOAL #2

We wish to begin a ministry to young adults (post high school to age 35), to serve the needs of this population and help them stay connected to the church.

ACTION STEPS

Group 1

Group 2

GOAL #3

We wish to evangelize our neighborhood and reach out to our inactive members

ACTION STEPS

Group 1

Welcome letters and phone calls to first time visitors

Group 2

GOAL #4

We wish to provide our members with a variety of options for adult faith development.

ACTION STEPS

Offer a new adult formation program as a follow-up to Why Catholic?