Saint Patrick Catholic Church has begun the process of Long Range Planning. To prepare for the future, a Long Range Planning Committee was assembled in June 2016. This team— facilitated by Barbara Eckert, who works for the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI), and comprised of representatives from our parish staff, various councils and commissions, and at large members have begun the process of developing a long range strategic plan for the parish.
The parish community has been kept well informed of the process and provided opportunities to participate in shaping the future of the parish through surveys and listening sessions. We can’t plan our future without your input. Your parish staff is committed to being open and transparent throughout the entire planning process.
Stages in the Long Range Planning Process
I. TEAM FORMATION PHASE: COMPLETED
The membership team for the Long Range Planning Committee facilitated by Barbara Eckert, (who is also facilitating the Long Range Strategic Planning for the Pierce Deanery) includes:
- Kevin Lovejoy, Pastoral Coordinator
- Father Jerry Graham, S.J., Parish Priest
- Deacon Bill Eckert
- Chris Gavin, School Principal
- Kim Ward, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
- Sandra Kuharic, Pastoral Assistant for Evangelization & Engagement
- Joan Christnacht, Parishioner & Senior Ministries Leader
- Chuck Woods, Parishioner & past Pastoral Council Member
- Jim Rooks, Parishioner, past Stewardship Commission Leader
- Bryce Comfort, Parishioner
A Clarifying Purpose
The committee as a whole and individually has committed to prayer and hearing God’s Word through scripture and discernment.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, out of love for Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith and with a passion for our parish and the Mission that has us, we will discern – in a collaborative spirit – a pastoral plan for Saint Patrick Catholic Church, and communicate it in a way that inspires and engages all parishioners to a deeper relationship with God and with each other.Purpose Statement for the Long Range Planning Committee
The committee has also committed to uphold certain important key values while pursuing the necessary tasks to creating a pastoral plan:
Working together with a spirit of consideration for each other. Being open-hearted as we take risks.
Bearing trust, integrity, respect, honesty. Employing creative consideration with ideas, risk taking and challenges. Being open to God’s will.
- Wonder & Awe
Using prayer, hope and discernment.
- Servant Leadership
Regarding the community with trust, hope, curiosity and being helpful
Supposing the best in what others are saying, listening with openness, listening humbly, seeing the positive in the unintended consequences.
II. GATHERING INPUT PHASE: Complete
Inspired by Pope Francis’ vision for dialouging in the Church, the Long Range Planning Committe is creating and implementing a process for reaching all parishioners for insights, needs and hopes.
“The Pope has said that the Church should not be run like a top-down organization, with all authority and power radiating from the center; he said it should be an ‘inverted pyramid’ in which the Bishops and Pope exercise their authority and deepen their identification with Jesus ‘in serving the people of God.'”— Read more about the Pope’s thinking in the article Listening Church in America Magazine— The National Catholic Review.
Parish media— from the conventional communication vehicles like the pulpit and the bulletin, to electronic newsletters like The Cornerstone, for the parish and The Blarney Stone, for the school; to social media like Facebook and myParish app. The team is employing all communications methods available at Saint Patrick Catholic Church— seeking to reach all parishioners and hear thoughts, ideas and needs from a wide range of demographics.
The Long Range Planning Committee invited Saint Patrick Catholic Church to take the Pierce Deanery and Parish Long Range Planning Survey online.
Small group listening sessions will be engaged at various times, ranging from staff and teachers, to councils and commissions, from ministry leaders to ministry groups with a focus on reaching all demographics; young and older, single and married, young families and empty nesters, those who attend Mass and those who might have fallen away.
Parish History and Current Trends
The Long Range Planning Committee with the input and feedback of the parish is considering the needs of neighboring parishes and opportunities to collaborate now and in the future, both short term and long term opportunities.
The Parish Long Range Planning Committee is discerning the “mission that has us” and is simultaneously addressing the Pierce Deanery and Seattle Archdiocese challenge— looking beyond our traditional parish boundary models, to see what it means to be a “church community”— to see if there are ways current parish communities can collaborate and partner with one another to better serve the collective needs of Catholics in Pierce County.
III. DETERMINING KEY PRIORITIES & GOALS PHASE: Summer/Fall 2016
After months of information gathering, surveying, listening and discernment, the Long Range Planning team discovered the mission that Jesus has for our parish—a mission we did not create but one that was given to us by Jesus. To fulfill Christ’s mission for our parish, the following three priorities emerged:
Like Christ, we share with all, an open-minded, non-judgmental spirit of welcome.
Deepen Our Faith
Jesus, the Father’s great love shared with us, calls us to a deeper personal relationship with Him and to foster authentic relationships with one another.
As disciple of Christ, moved by the Holy Spirit, we venture out in faith to actively share the Good News.
Questions the Long Range Planning Committee discerned to determine the key priorities and goals for Saint Patrick Catholic Church:
- Where should our focus be as a parish?
- How do we see ourselves in 5 years?
- Where will we spent energy, time and resources to serve in Jesus’ name?
- What strengths do we possess and are we using them effectively?
- What obstacles do we face and how can we overcome them as a community?
- What will we accomplish in the next 1 – 5 years?
Draft Mission Statement
Along with the three parish priorities, the following draft mission statement was developed with the help of ministry leaders and the members of our Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Commission, Faith Formation Commission, Pastoral Care Commission, and Development Commission.
Rooted in the Eucharist and Prayer, Saint Patrick Catholic Church welcomes all to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, who strengthens us to love, serve and joyfully proclaim His Good News.
IV. COMMUNICATION & PLANNING PHASE: early 2017
During this phase the committee will be working on the following:
- Action Planning
- Volunteer Leadership
- Resource Allocation
V. IMPLEMENTATION PHASE: 2017 – 2022
This part of the long range planning process has yet to be determined.