Total Parish Faith Formation
Our first session of Total Parish Faith Formation will be held next Sunday, September 24, 2017, beginning with the 11:00AM Mass followed by a gathering in Msgr. Farri Hall. Please note that kindergarten thru 8th grade Faith Formation will meet at 12Noon on September 24, 2017, instead of the normal 9:30AM time.
On Mission for the Church Alive! - Summer 2017 Update
The July monthly newsletter to all priests and deacons from our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Esposito, included an update from a recent conference call about On Mission. Here are some of the bullet points:
It is evident that there are some people who believe on a given day, let’s say September 01, 2018, that everything is going to change; as if Cinderella’s fairy godmother is going to wave her magic wand! Because the implementation of the new parishes is a process that will take time, up to five years we suspect in some areas, on Day One the new priest who is named Administrator of all the parishes in a grouping takes his place with his clergy team. They will then begin to get to know the people, if some or all of the parishes in the grouping are unfamiliar to them.
Before that September date though, the clergy coming and the clergy going will have to meet so there can be an exchange of information and discussion about some basic things in each of the parishes that form the grouping. One of the most important tasks will be to develop a new Mass Schedule. A new Mass Schedule will have to be developed by July 1, 2018, to provide ample time for the parishioners to be informed of the changes that will begin in September 2018.
Day One does not see anything else besides assigned clergy and a new Mass Schedule because the Administrator will have to select staff. All church buildings will be used, at least that seems to be the thinking at the onset. It will be the role of the Administrator and his advisors (Pastoral Councils, Finance Councils) to come to decisions, based on such things as building studies, financial viabilities, locations, and pastoral needs, as to which campuses best fit the design for worship, ministry, and service.
Within the framework of giving the priests involved time to help them form relationships, to get to know the landscape, to evaluate staff, to call the Faithful to unity, and to form a new identity and mission as a new parish, the goal is to build faith communities where the gospel is proclaimed boldly and the people are invited to know and love Jesus and sent out in service to their brothers and sisters.
Parish Focus Session
As a result of the district-level meeting, St. John the Baptist On Mission Team is planning a Parish Focus Session for additional feedback from parishioners of St. John the Baptist on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00PM in Msgr. Farri Hall.
April 25, 2017 Meeting Highlights
The On Mission representatives from St. John the Baptist Parish attended the second district-level consultation on April 25, 2017. The document containing highlights of what was discussed at the meeting can be read by clicking here.
On Mission — Parish Feedback Sessions
All parishioners are invited to a Parish Feedback Session on Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Msgr. Farri Hall after the 8:00AM and 10:00AM Masses. Members of our parish On Mission Team will be on hand to gather additional feedback and comments on the proposed models for our parish. Please remember if you attended one of the Parish Sessions in October, but did not turn in your feedback packet, it is due in the parish office by December 1, 2016.
Our Parish On Mission Consultation Meeting Schedule
On Mission for the Church Alive! is entering an important phase in the Parish of St. John the Baptist. Everyone's participation will be critical.
Under the On Mission planning initiative, parishes will offer consultation sessions to share draft proposals of new models of ministry. These proposed models are designed to help our faith community become an even more vital center of worship and service, and bring people closer to Jesus.
The On Mission Consultation Session(s) for the parishioners of St. John the Baptist, Monaca will be held on October 19 & 26, 2016 at 7:00PM in the church. Please save the dates; plan to attend at least one of these parish consultation sessions.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL.
Save the Date: On Mission for The Church Alive! Meeting
What is happening in the Diocese of Pittsburgh? Come and find out. On Mission for the Church Alive! is a diocesan-wide planning initiative in which Bishop David Zubik invites all Catholics to envision how our parishes can best respond to the changing landscape of our communities so that they remain vital centers of worship and service. This process involves every parish. Beginning in September, we will be asked to comment on different options regarding how parishes in our area may be re-organized. EVERYONE'S PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL.
In order to prepare for consultation, Bishop Zubik and priests from the diocese will host informational sessions over the summer to answer questions and address concerns. On Monday, August 8, 2016, Bishop Zubik will hold a meeting at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 115 Trinity Drive, Aliquippa from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR and PLAN TO ATTEND. For further information, download the On Mission for the Church Alive! Meeting Announcement flyer by clicking here.