As we continue the Road to Renewal, the remaining Families will be designated to be formed within two Phases. Each Phase will consist of the following stages:
Parishes begin developing a Family Council and Family Action Plan. This phase lasts six months.
- Phase 1 Family of Parishes will commence this stage October 1, 2022.
- Phase 2 Family of Parishes will commence this stage May 1, 2023.
The date on which a Family of Parishes begins functioning as a Family.
- Phase 1 Family of Parishes are estimated to be inaugurated May 1, 2023.
- Phase 2 Family of Parishes are estimated to be inaugurated November 1, 2023.
More Details about Road to Renewal
Activation Stage: The purpose of the Activation Stage is to allow the parishes of the Family to work on the six Pillars that make up being Church. These Pillars are:
- Spiritual Life
- Forming Disciples
- Out Reach/In Reach
Pillar Groups are formed to identify how the Family will organize and perform the work within these Pillars. Your thoughts and skills are important to the successful launch of our Family — please consider joining one of these Pillar Groups.
Family Action Plan: The goal of the six month Activation Stage for each Family is to collaborate on the creation of a FAMILY ACTION PLAN, which will define goals, strategies, expected outcomes, and creative solutions for reaching a vibrant future characterized by spiritual vitality and fiscal responsibility to attract new members of the Family. This Family Action Plan will guide each Family over the course of the next 3-5 years.
Administration Pillar: The Administration Pillar encompasses the practical challenges of functioning together as a Family. Jesus’ words above also prompt the question: “Do we just view administration as a spiritually barren necessity for the Church, or, a never-ending series of opportunities to encounter God?” Here are some of the functions that the Administration Pillar entails:
- Human Resources Compensation
- Benefits & Policies
- Safe Environment
- Central Office
- Processes/Onsite Hours
Your thoughts and skills are important to the successful launch of our Family — if your background or expertise lends to any of these areas, please consider joining one of the Pillar Groups by contacting the parish office.
Note: St. Mary’s is part of the “Phase 1” Family of Parishes referenced above.
As we continue down the Road to Renewal, please don’t forget to visit our website at RoadToRenewal.org and pray the Prayer for Renewal regularly.
This information based on the bulletins of October 2, 9 and 16 (2022).