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Pastoral Plan Update – September 2021

The Parish Pastoral Council approved our current Pastoral Plan in January 2020.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic affected our ability to implement all of our strategies and fully achieve our goals.  However, we have made some progress in the three priority areas as you will see below.

Building a Stronger Faith Family

Goals:

1.  Establishing a Welcoming and Hospitality ministry.

2.  Develop community social activities and events.

3.  Continue to develop small faith sharing groups.

Here's how we've worked toward the above goals:

  • We had 7 participants in the Fall 2020 RCIA program with 4 baptisms at Easter Vigil.
  • Held a "Summer Celebration" in place of the festival in 2020 & 2021.
  • We began monthly "Coffee and Conversation" gatherings after the 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Masses.
  • In June 2021, Our Lady of Lourdes was a host site for the Archdiocesan Marian Pilgrimage.  The Parish held an ice cream social after the evening rosary for over 150 participants.
  • Six small groups met during the Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021.  Groups will continue this Fall.
  • Consecration to St. Joseph group was formed to celebrate the Year of St. Joseph.

A women's weekend retreat has been planned for November 2021.

Improving the Community Worship Experience

Goals:

1.  Increase active and conscious participation in the Mass.

2.  Make all feel welcome before, during, and after Mass.

Here's how we've worked toward the above goals:

  • Ministry Scheduler Pro software was purchased and is now being used to facilitate communication and scheduling of liturgical ministries.
  • Training was provided for all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors.
  • We established a Mass Coordinator ministry.
  • We re-established the Worship Commission.
  • We participated in the "Together" initiative, inviting all to return to in-person celebration of the Eucharist.
  • We are currently working on reviving the music ministry.
  • One of the Spring small groups studied the meaning of the Mass.

Answering the Call to Active Service

Goals:

1.  Establish a Social Action committee to organize direct service activities.  

2.  Increase the number of parishioners involved in direct service.

Here's how we've worked toward the above goals:

  • The parish 2021 Lenten project "Bags of Compassion" initiative was established whereby parishioners gathered to assemble and distribute bags of necessities to the homeless.

 

What’s next?

The success of our Pastoral Plan depends on the participation of all of our parishioners.  In the coming months we will offer a number of opportunities for you to use your gifts to contribute to accomplishing our goals.