January 7, 2018
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Happy & Blessed 2018! This January, we are beginning a multi-year initiative to help us grow both spiritually and as a parish. This initiative, known as Next Generation Parish, will enable us to leave a vibrant parish as our legacy to those that follow.
For the first time in our church’s history, we have five distinct generations represented in our faith-based community. Each of these generations (i.e., Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials & Generation Yers) are different. During our formative years, we were influenced by different people, events, as well as technology. Generally speaking we have different views of the world, approach our work differently, communicate differently, place emphasis on a different set of core values, and have different expectations or needs.
As a church, we need to understand these differences and adapt accordingly. As a parish, we have done some truly amazing things. One could easily say that we are adapting. However, we owe it to ourselves and to future generations to assess our effectiveness and take steps to address important needs and opportunities. I’m sure each of us have at least one story we could share about a relative or friend no longer active in our parish. My hope is that we can work together to bring individuals back to the fold.
Our journey will begin with informational data gathering, including a parish wide survey that will be distributed in later this month. The survey will capture attitudes and beliefs and provide a reference point for measuring discipleship and engagement.
Following the information gathering phase, a team will be formed to analyze findings, determine our parish strengths as well as areas of opportunity, and develop a plan to help us grow spiritually and as a parish. Also know that you will receive updates and be asked to provide feedback throughout the entire process.
More information about the Next Generation Parish initiative and the survey will be provided. As we celebrate our parish feast of the Epiphany, I felt it was most appropriate to inform you of this major activity and let you know that preparation is underway.
Fr. John Bosco Maison