Priests Consulted on Partners Draft
The priests of the archdiocese met May 3rd to review a draft of the proposed families of parishes. This was already the third draft. In June, the priests will meet again to review a 4th draft. Parish and Catholic school staffs will be consulted in August. All parishioners will be given the opportunity to offer feedback in late September and early October.
In preparation for this consultation, the statistics behind this reorganization will be available the weekend of May 27th and 28th. These numbers will show WHY we need to restructure parish life. This restructuring will include grouping two or more parishes together in what will be called a “Family” of parishes under the leadership of one pastor and possibly assisted by one or more other priests. Over the next three years, each family of parishes will then look at how they best can become one parish. This involves WHAT we should be as a Christian Community.
Here at St. John the Baptist we are having a parish-wide retreat on June 10th (from 9 am to 3 pm—ed.) to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, to look at our unique identity and history, and to review our own parish priorities arising from the synod session we had last year. This will help us discern how we can enter our family of parishes and seek to be the community the Lord desires us to be. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend our parish retreat.