Fr. Tim's Letter - July 15th, 2018

People of the Resurrection...

This 4th installment of the “New Pastor’s Impressions”, wraps up my sharing from the Annual Parish Meeting on June 5th. Frankly, it surprises me, being an Art major, that ‘data’ has caught my attention in these first months as your parish priest! But it has. 

In trying to figure out what I can bring, at this time, to the parish family, it stays in my mind and heart that with an inexperienced, unfamiliar perspective, I have the opportunity to raise concerns which may have advanced so gradually as not to have been noticed. 

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My hope is that in sharing this ‘status report’, together we can embrace the realities and look ahead as we tend the vineyard here at Resurrection in 2018 and beyond.  So some nuggets of data:

  • 25% of registered members are at Mass at Resurrection on weekends according to the most recent – November 2017 – annual count.
  • 20% of households have children between 1 and 18 years old.
  • In 2017-2018 - 41% of households eligible for Generations of Disciples participated; 59% did not. Hopefully the new “fee-free” policy will help turn this around.
  • First Communion (24) and Confirmation (32) candidates are significantly fewer in 2017-2018.
  • Estimates suggest that less than half of ‘Day School Families’ participate in weekend Mass throughout the GRACE system.
  • 50% of the neighborhood is over 40.
  • 60% of our membership is over 40.
  • Financial Support remains generous, stable.

As a pilot-parish in the Parish Mission Planning effort of the diocese these summer weeks, we have received lots of data; and our team has engaged in substantial discussions to both assess the present state of things and strategically plan our efforts to respond in creative and effective ways to ‘steward’ our Parish Family forward into the growth which God next wills for us!

Also, the diocese has announced a Capital Campaign – the pilot wave beginning in September, 2018.  Resurrection is slotted for the March, 2019 wave.  Our goal is 115% of 3-year rolling average of Sunday collections - $1.4 million. 50% of what is raised comes back here for our parish; the other 50% goes to the diocese, with the intention of focusing on Catholic Schools, among other things.

I realize this is “daunting data”; with you, as we deal with it, I trust…

“God will bless us...EVERY one”!

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