Please click on the link below for an update on the progress of the Wayne County Pastoral Planning progress.
My dear brothers and sisters of the Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity, in February I informed you by way of a bulletin insert that in late 2017, Bishop Matano and other diocesan representatives had reached out to the pastors of Wayne County asking us all to enter into a process of collaborative pastoral planning. The purpose of this pastoral planning process is to ensure the ongoing vitality of the Catholic faith in Wayne County in light of a diminishing population base, particularly in eastern Wayne County, decreases in mass attendance, and, perhaps most impacting, an anticipated shortfall in the number of active priests that could be assigned to Wayne County Parishes. That initial bulletin insert was perpetuated for several additional weeks as an article in our bulletin. To carry out the requirements of this planning process, a Wayne County Planning Team was established to include all five pastors in Wayne County, along with representatives from each Parish’s Pastoral and Finance Councils. The individuals from the Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity who are on this Planning Team include Deacon Bob Lee, Mary DeLisio, Doug Jablonski and myself. The committee, commissioned on 31 January 2018, has met three times since then, working principally to collect and assess relevant information with an eye toward assessing the best possible alignment of existing Parishes vis a vis existing demographics, priest availability and our ability to satisfy known and anticipated ministry needs. This process includes an assessment of administrative needs and building requirements as well. Our team has been working very hard gathering data and doing preliminary evaluations on clustering scenarios. So far, after reviewing multiple scenarios and based on a review of all available data, the team has eliminated those clustering scenarios which will not be considered as we move forward. For the next step, five remaining clustering scenarios will be sent for further input to the Pastoral and Finance Councils of each parish, including the Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity. Summaries of the benefits and challenges of each scenario, as well as the team’s recommendation to the bishop, will be posted after that input process is complete. You are most welcome to go online if you wish to seek further information. All of the data we are using is available online on the Wayne Council Pastoral Planning page of the Diocesan Office of Pastoral Resources and Planning website: oprp.dor.org. Just click on the “Active Pastoral Planning Groups” tab. Go online to read more! Blessings to you all, Fr. Mike
My dear brothers and sisters of Blessed Trinity, starting this last fall, bishop Matano and other diocesan representatives reached out to the pastors of Wayne County and asked us all to enter into a process of collaborative pastoral planning. The purpose of this new phase of pastoral planning is to ensure the ongoing vitality of the Catholic faith in Wayne County in light of upcoming decreases in the number of active priests and decreases in mass attendance*. Through this process we will assess ministry needs as well as administrative needs to determine what our priorities for ministry are and what staff is needed for this. We will also be looking at current building condition and usage. To carry out this planning process, an ad hoc committee has been convened that includes all five pastors in Wayne County, both Finance Directors, as well as a representative from each Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council. There is also representation from parish staff as well as Fr. Jesus Flores and Luci Romero from our migrant ministry. The committee has just begun and is currently gathering preliminary information. Throughout this process we ask that you pray that we be led by the Holy Spirit to develop a plan that is in accord with God’s will. Please pray that our focus be not just on numbers but on the people we serve and the gifts and strengths each parish has to offer. As part of this process, we will provide updates through our bulletin, Internet, and pulpit announcements. Thank you so much. *You can find demographics and statistics online at http:// oprp.dor.org/.