Please complete this survey feedback to the 1st public draft plan by Tuesday March 24th. Be sure to check 'Submit' at the end to include your answers

INTRODUCTION

This 1st public draft short form plan (Mission, Values, Vision, Goals and Objectives) for Sacred Heart Parish is the result of work from many sources. These include:

  • • Input from a pre-Gathering I survey completed by Futuring Committee members
  • • Input from Gathering I sessions with more than 140 participants
  • • Feedback from Futuring Committee session after Gathering I
  • • Feedback from the “Circle Mass” conversations in early February
  • • Feedback from the Futuring Committee prior to Gathering II
  • • Input from Gathering II sessions with more than 80 participants
  • One additional Gathering open to all parishioners will be held May 15-16, 2015. In addition, Futuring Committee members will be hosting some focus group sessions and also conducting some best practice research during the month of March. A final recommended plan will be presented by the Futuring Committee to the Pastoral Council for review, amendment and approval on June 4, 2015.

    An action plan (Goals, Objectives, Action Steps, Measures, Budget Implications and Responsibilities) will also be developed to assist with ongoing implementation and evaluation.

    Implementation will be for the five-year period beginning July 2015 and extending through June 2020.

    MISSION STATEMENT

    Why does Sacred Heart Parish exist? What is its identity and purpose? What makes the parish unique or distinctive? This statement is usually 30 words or less without jargon and is able to be recited from memory.

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    * DRAFT SACRED HEART MISSION STATEMENTS – BASED ON CIRCLE MASS & GATHERING II INPUT.

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    Option A - Sacred Heart Parish is a welcoming Catholic community which inspires our faith in God through prayer, sacraments and service. Together, we participate in and demonstrate our commitment to God.
    Option B - Sacred Heart Parish is a welcoming Catholic community which inspires our faith in God through prayer, sacraments and service. Together, we support all who hunger for understanding and seek healing, compassion and love.
    Option C - We at Sacred Heart Parish are a welcoming Catholic community who inspire our faith in God through prayer, sacraments and service. We celebrate our commitments to live Gospel values as faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

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    * Are there any changes or additions you would suggest to one of the Mission Statements?

    VALUE STATEMENTS

    These statements reflect the core values or key beliefs of Sacred Heart Parish. Values are important for a planning process because they are guiding principles of conduct. They indicate what an organization is willing to stand up for and are often implicit within organizations. They are most helpful when made explicit. Will living out these values help our parish faith community live out its mission and live into its vision?

    There are two lists of value statements below. The first list was created by Gathering I participants and edited by the Futuring Committee. The second list links the parish values with the school values.

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    * VALUE STATEMENT DRAFTS – OPTION A FROM GATHERING

    Please review the list below and check the box that reflects your opinion on these value statements.

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    Jesus: Encountering Jesus in joy-filled liturgical celebrations
    Welcoming: Welcoming unconditionally all who seek God in community
    Faith: Nurturing lifelong faith and spiritual formation
    Compassion: Expressing compassion for all in need
    Reconciliation: Seeking healing with all who want to be in communion with each other and with the Church
    Education: Supporting our Catholic school and parish faith formation
    Service: Engaging in service and justice within and beyond our parish
    Stewardship: Sharing time, talent and treasure as a way of life

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    * VALUE STATEMENT DRAFTS – OPTION B FROM SACRED HEART SCHOOL

    Please review the list below and check the box that reflects your opinion on these value statements.

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    Faith: Believing all things are possible through God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    Hope: Embracing the future with confidence in God.
    Love: Offering support, acceptance, and compassion to all.
    Respect: Building relationships on trust, honesty, and integrity.
    Gratitude: Appreciating and stewarding the many talents and blessings we receive.
    Service: Engaging in active, generous, compassionate care to others

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    * After reviewing and rating the Value Statements, are there any additions or changes you feel would be important?

    GOAL CIRCLES/STATEMENTS

    These statements are specific points that Sacred Heart Parish seeks to attain. Goals are long term in nature and do not usually change during a planning/implementation period. These seven goal areas were developed from input received at Gathering I and further conversation by the Futuring Committee combined with input from Gathering II. The circles below represent a pictorial image of how the goals are interrelated.

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    * DRAFT GOAL STATEMENTS (IN NO PRIORITY ORDER)

    Please study these Goal Statements and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each goal.

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    I. SACRED HEART WILL CELEBRATE A WARM AND VIBRANT CATHOLIC LITURGY
    II. SACRED HEART WILL BUILD A WELCOMING COMMUNITY THAT SHARES THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL WITH ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY
    III. SACRED HEART WILL PROMOTE LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL
    IV. SACRED HEART WILL CREATE A VIBRANT YOUTH FAITH COMMUNITY
    V. SACRED HEART WILL STRENGTHEN THE PARISH – SCHOOL RELATIONSHIP
    VI. SACRED HEART WILL DEEPEN OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL CONCERNS OUTREACH
    VII. SACRED HEART WILL BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR HUMAN, FINANCIAL & FACILITY RESOURCES

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    * Are there other goal areas that you feel need to be addressed?

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    * Are there changes or additions that you would like to make to these goal statements?

    GOAL & OBJECTIVE STATEMENTS

    These statements answer the question, “What will Sacred Heart Parish need to do in the long term (goals) and short term (objectives) in order to live into its vision?” To be useful, objectives and action steps need to be SMART: Specific; Measurable; Achievable; Responsibilities Identified; Time-bound.

    The process of identifying specific action steps, measurables, and the people responsible for implementation is helpful as part of an internal management plan. These will be ready in draft form in April for review.

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    * SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR GOAL I
    Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him. (Luke 24: 30-31)

    Please study these Goal Objectives and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each Objective.

    I. SACRED HEART WILL CELEBRATE A WARM AND VIBRANT CATHOLIC LITURGY

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    A. Encourage full and active participation of the congregation in all liturgies while respecting the differences of how people want to worship.
    B. Provide formation opportunities for liturgical ministers.
    C. Continue developing a strong music ministry, including multiple choirs.
    D. Prepare and distribute a handout for first-timers or non-Catholics.

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    * SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR GOAL II
    For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:20)

    Please study these Goal Objectives and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each Objective.

    II. SACRED HEART WILL BUILD A WELCOMING COMMUNITY THAT SHARES THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL WITH ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    A. Deepen the commitment to being welcoming and hospitable.
    B. Improve communication between and among all parishioners on matters impacting parish life.
    C. Implement regular activities that integrate all ages.
    D. Host community-wide events social and community building events.
    E. Build a more diverse community that engages our ecumenical brothers and sisters.

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    * SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR GOAL III
    Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

    Please study these Goal Objectives and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each Objective.

    III. SACRED HEART WILL PROMOTE LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    A. Encourage all to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus.
    B. Continue implementing meaningful children’s faith formation programs.
    C. Provide nurturing intergenerational activities that will engage all ages.
    D. Promote regional ministry to and with young adults.
    E. Ensure strong adult education/formation opportunities.

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    * SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR GOAL IV
    Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Matthew 19:14)

    Please study these Goal Objectives and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each Objective.

    IV. SACRED HEART WILL CREATE A VIBRANT YOUTH FAITH COMMUNITY

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    A. Celebrate a youth-led Mass.
    B. Offer social, educational and service opportunities for the youth.
    C. Establish a youth advisory board and increase parent involvement in the youth programs.
    D. Explore the feasibility of Confirmation timing.

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    * SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR GOAL V
    Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)

    Please study these Goal Objectives and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each Objective.

    V. SACRED HEART WILL STRENGTHEN THE PARISH – SCHOOL RELATIONSHIP

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    A. Foster community building opportunities between the parish and school.
    B. Improve faith formation in the school.
    C. Provide increased prayer opportunities for school parents.
    D. Support a children’s choir.

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    * SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR GOAL VI
    Come you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 25:34-37)

    Please study these Goal Objectives and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each Objective.

    VI.SACRED HEART WILL DEEPEN OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL CONCERNS OUTREACH

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    A. Establish a Social Concerns committee.
    B. Explore the wants and needs of our parish and the surrounding community.
    C. Increase our food services to shelters.
    D. Explore the feasibility of establishing a Sister Parish relationship

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    * SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR GOAL VII
    Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others. (1 Peter 4: 10)

    Please study these Goal Objectives and rate them according to your support
    Check the appropriate box for each Objective.

    VII.SACRED HEART WILL BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR HUMAN, FINANCIAL & FACILITY RESOURCES

      Strongly Support Support Do Not Support
    A. Support the staff.
    B. Establish a Stewardship Commission to further develop the sharing of time, talent and treasure of the parish.
    C. Develop new ways to communicate our financial needs and opportunities while increasing financial support for the parish.
    D. Improve overall parish facilities to meet the needs of the community.
    E. Explore the feasibility of building a parish hall.

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