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Most Precious Blood, Angola In the Beginning…. An Adventure in Change Management & Communication. Where we began…. Loss of parish school in 2007 Search for new parish identity Basic, no-frills Sunday morning K-11 program Seeds of a youth ministry program No intergenerational catechesis

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most precious blood angola in the beginning

Most Precious Blood, AngolaIn the Beginning…

An Adventure in

Change Management

& Communication

where we began
Where we began…
  • Loss of parish school in 2007
  • Search for new parish identity
  • Basic, no-frills Sunday morning K-11 program
  • Seeds of a youth ministry program
  • No intergenerational catechesis
  • Few basic faith-sharing opportunities
how we began
How we began…
  • We did a parish survey
  • We facilitated short retreat for Eucharistic Ministers (excitement & great feedback)
  • We facilitated a short retreat for Lectors (more interest and more great feedback)
  • We planned an intergenerational summer program
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You Are the Church and We Need Your Help!!

  • Our Pastor and Parish Council appreciateyour input on the following questions to improve
  • parish life and to build a more responsive and caringcommunity of faith.
  • Please circle your responses; your comments are welcome.
  • Where do you see your spiritual life in relation to this parish? (Circle the letter next to your response)
    • I attend weekly Mass and Holy Days of obligation
    • I attend weekly Mass and I am involved in parish ministries and activities
    • I attend weekly Mass (or more) and want to be more involved or learn more
    • Mass, Religious Ed. for the children, and monthly Parish events are fine for me
    • Less frequent Mass and occasional parish events work for me at the moment
    • Other (please comment)_____________________________________________
  • Are you interested in learning more about your Catholic faith? Y N
  • Circle your preferences: Small discussion group Speaker/Seminar Series of classes Online Take-home Resources (books, DVDs, MP3s, etc)
  • Circle Preferred days:  M T W Th F S Sun Preferred times: Morning Afternoon Evening
  • I would like to learn more about (circle all that apply) The Bible Prayer Mass Catholic Teaching Annulments Parish Organizations Liturgical Ministries Christian Environmental Concerns Youth Ministry Other____________________
  • I would invite a friend or relative to come with me: Y N
  • What other services could this parish provide for:    You/your family?__________________
  • Our community?______________________________________________________
  • Optional: Name _________________________ Phone#___________ Email__________________
at the
at the …

We danced…we sang…

Vacation Bible School

and we played for five days and nights
And we played for five days and nights!
  • We had dreidel games – the gambling was fierce!
  • We played games that Jesus may have played
  • Every day, someone made a scene at the well
  • We made new friends and ended as one big family
and in the fall
And in the Fall…
  • We recruited and commissioned catechists
  • We expanded parish breakfasts
  • The Upper Elementary group presented a parish Saints Chapel quiz as the November breakfast activity. “Who are the saints in the chapel?”
we offered opportunities for sharing our faith
Weoffered opportunities for sharing our faith…
  • A retreat for catechists and Formation Team members
  • A retreat for Rosary-Altar Society
  • A Lenten retreat for the whole parish
  • A Sunday morning reflection group

(The first three were well-received, the fourth didn’t really get off the ground…)

we communicated
We communicated…
  • We explored ways to develop our website
  • We improved our Sunday bulletin – more pages, more pictures, informative articles
  • We explained in words and actions
  • We began our weekly Pennysaver ads
  • We realized we need some better signage

(that’s coming soon!!)

we changed our approach to faith formation for youth
We changed our approach to faith formation for youth
  • We combined the high school students into one group
  • We weren’t afraid to get messy
  • We partied while collecting for charities
  • We feed body, mind and spirit
we began youth young adult outreach
We began youth/young adult outreach
  • Youth dances
  • Thursday night open gym (weekly)
  • Monthly “Sunday Youth Mass”
  • 30 Hour famine (Ecumenical)
  • Youth Convention (a first for us!)
  • “Secret Service” opportunities
  • Doubled our numbers
we sustained what we already had
We sustained what we already had
  • LRSS participation
    • numbers stable (average 50-60 each season)
    • fed other ministries (RCIA, catechists, et al.)
    • Expanded into soup and study
    • Spun off new groups
      • Sisters in Christ
      • Respect Life ministry
related developments
Related developments
  • Improved recordkeeping (and new volunteers to help us)
  • Catechist training – more fully-certified
  • Enhanced liturgy
    • More family involvement through Youth Mass
    • Cantor/Psalmist at regular Sunday liturgy
  • New parish registrations every week
  • Feedback from Pennysaver ads
    • (“we never knew MPB was so busy..”)
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And…
  • Faith Formation numbers fairly steady
  • Parents invited into Sunday AM sessions
  • Retention at 4th grade improved
  • Children and youth bring friends
  • High school attendance increased
  • Parish breakfast participation
  • May crowning participation intergenerational
new traditions forming
New traditions forming
  • Memorial Day Mass at the cemetery
  • Palm Sunday intergenerational procession
  • Increased ecumenical activities
    • Greater participation Women’s Day of Prayer
    • “Chili Bowl”, youth games, 30-Hour Famine
    • OGN Food Pantry 40-80 families served weekly

with half of volunteer team now from MPB

  • Increased emphasis on community service
not everything goes as planned
Not everything goes as planned…
  • Adult session planning fell through (illness)
  • Alternate adult “catechist” didn’t work out
  • Just because they say they want it doesn’t mean they will come…
  • Sometimes you need to step back to get a clearer vision
  • Lack of full-time/adequate staffing
  • Very limited parish resources
    • It’s hard to do more with less
    • Volunteers cannot do everything
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