At the request of Archbishop Cupich, St Paul of the Cross parish will be undertaking the Parish Transformation initiative. We are one of many parishes that will complete this process. As of today more than 180 parishes have gone through this program.
Through Parish Transformation, we will evaluate how we are living out Christ’s mission in our parish community. Participation is open to all members of the parish. Here is a brief preview of the questions and topics we will reflect on:
◊ Missionary Spirit
◊ Prayer & Worship
◊ Call to Holiness
◊ Spiritual Stewardship
After these reflections, we will articulate a “Parish Narrative.” This Parish Narrative is not a mission statement nor does it replace our mission statement. Rather, it is meant to articulate a vision of how we are called to carry out Christ’s mission based on what gifts we have as a parish, what we value, and what inspires us. This will set the foundation for developing an action plan that will include specific goals and actions for how we will live out Christ’s mission even more vibrantly in our parish community.
We will then break into smaller groups to develop unified specific plans for our parish with our ministries, finances, and St Paul of the Cross School.
The final product of our efforts will be a parish vision that expresses how we aspire to more fully live out Christ’s mission in our parish and how we plan to support this vision financially. Our team will present the final plan to Bishop Francis Kane, our Episcopal Vicar, as a celebration of our efforts and to kick off the implementation of the plan.
We will meet at 7 pm over next 8 Wednesdays. Our kickoff meeting is this Wednesday, September 21st, at 7 pm in the Holy Family Chapel and I would like to extend an invitation to each of you to attend. Even if you are unsure if you can commit to the meetings throughout the upcoming months, I encourage you to attend the kickoff meeting to learn more so that you can make an informed and prayerful decision about participating in the subsequent meetings. Attend the meetings that you can make because your contribution to our discussions is crucial.
I would like to remind you that Parish Transformation will be our opportunity to:
I hope to see many of you this Wednesday, September 21st, at our kickoff meeting as we begin this exciting journey of Parish Transformation. No doubt we are a great parish. Hopefully this process will help make us holier and more efficacious.
Let us make this journey together in prayer and reflection. Do keep the parish in your daily prayers. Let us place our Parish Transformation under the patronage of Mary, the Mother of the Church, and St Joseph, the Protector of the Holy Family.
God bless each and every one of our parishioners!
Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.
After he completed his priestly formation and his early education in India, he came to the US for his graduate degree in Journalism at...Read more...