SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL COMMUNITY SURVEY

Thank you for taking the time to complete this parish survey.
The goal for collecting this information is to better inform St. Vincent’s parish leadership and administration of the needs and desires of our parish community. This survey should take you approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. We appreciate you completing this survey as thoroughly as possible, and we thank you for your time. We look forward to sharing our findings with the St. Vincent’s community, and using your feedback to help us all spread the Good New of Jesus Christ as members of this parish.

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* 1. Name (Optional) 

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 3. What is your age?

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* 4. In what ZIP code is your home located? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)

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* 5. What is your preferred language?

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* 6. Do you identify as:

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* 7. Where do faith and worship fit into your life?

Please use the next few questions to indicate the parish ministries you currently participate in, and those you would be interested in participating in.  Please indicate all that apply. 

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* 8. Liturgy (Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Greeter, Music, Acolyte, Coffee Hour, collector, etc.)

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* 9. Children and Youth Faith Formation

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* 10. Liturgy of the Word for Children

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* 11. Adult Faith Formation

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* 12. Advocacy (Letter writing, lobbying, etc.)

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* 13. Food Pantry

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* 14. Social Concerns Activities (Giving Tree, collections for poor, Family Promise, etc.)

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* 15. Parish Finance and Administration

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* 16. Visiting the Sick/Homebound

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* 17. Committee work (Adult Faith Formation, Peace & Justice, Finance, Creation Care Team)

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* 18. Prison ministry (REC)

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* 19. Other (Please Specify)

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* 20. If you have not participated in any ministries listed above, please share why. 

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* 21. Please check all activities in which you would be interested in being involved.

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* 22. What other activities could Saint Vincent's offer that would interest you?

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* 23. Outside of Sunday Mass, what brings you closer to God? Check all that apply.

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* 24. What brought you to St. Vincent de Paul Parish? 

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* 25. What keeps you coming back to St. Vincent de Paul Parish?

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* 26. What do you like about the St. Vincent de Paul Parish? 

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* 27. In what ways could St. Vincent's encourage greater participation in our Parish?

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* 28. Do you know of someone who is reluctant to attend Mass? If so, please tell us more. 

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* 29. St. Vincent's Mission statement is: "We are a community committed to Jesus Christ, nourished at Eucharist (dedicated to justice."  In your estimation, how well are we doing in fulfilling our mission? 

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* 30. What words would you use to describe the St. Vincent community?  Check all that apply. 

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* 31. Do you feel that St. Vincent's provides equal opportunity for all CHILDREN and YOUTH to grow in faith through its current faith formation classes? 

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* 32. If no, what sort of activities would you like to see offered?  Check all that apply, and add your own ideas. 

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* 33. Do you feel that St. Vincent's provides equal opportunity for all ADULTS to grow in faith through its current faith formation activities?

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* 34. St. Vincent's has a reputation for being an inclusive community.  This is visible in the following ways:

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Multiple Generations Present Within The Parsih
Gender-Sensitive Language
Visual Contact In Worship
Cultural Diversity
Accommodations For Those With Special Needs
Acknowledgement Of Our Place In Creation
Physical Environment (Stained Glass, Icons, Seating, etc.)
Ethnic Minorities
Opportunity To Get To Know Fellow Parishioners
Connection With Parish Leadership And Clergy

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* 35. Please answer the following to indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the statement:

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St. Vincent's makes an effort to encourage those who have left the Church to return
St. Vincent's makes an effort to encourage those not connected to faith communities to join
Sufficient opportunities are provided for parishioners to serve those in need
St. Vincent's makes regular efforts to discover parishioners' talents and invite their use in parish service
St. Vincent's encourages parishioners to participate in leadership roles 
The parish can do more to assist people with limitations to get to Mass and other activities (For example, offer a ride to church, sit with them at Mass, etc.)
Newcomers are warmly welcomed into the parish
I am invested in being a part of the parish community
I would like to be involved in the parish beyond my attendance at Mass
I have found ways to be involved in the parish, other than attendance at Mass
I am not interested in being involved in other activities in the parish, other than attendance at Mass
I have formed relationships/friendships with others whom I have met at St. Vincent's
I am proud to be a member of the St. Vincent's community
My membership at St. Vincent's has helped me to change and grow
I would reach out to the church in a time of crisis 
I would know who to reach out to at the church in a time of crisis 
Do our current masses reflect an inclusive church community?  Fill out the next section to help us find out! 

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* 36. Is St. Vincent de Paul a parish that is open and welcomes people who may be otherwise excluded, such as:

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Developmentally Disabled 
Mentally Ill
Immigrants
Refugees
Single Parents
LGBTQ
Divorced Parishoners
Ethnic Minorities

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* 37. Our parish provides adequate opportunities for connection between faith and daily living for the following groups of people:

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Senior Citizens
Persons With Disabilities
Young Children (Birth- 5 Years Old)
Elementary-Age Children (5-10 Years Old)
Pre-Teens (11-13 Years Old)
Teenagers (14-18 Years Old)
Young Adults
Single Adults
Married Adults
Families
Parents
Retirees 

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* 38. Is there anything you would like to tell us? 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey! 

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