ALL THINGS NEW
- Final decisions have been announced by Archbishop Rozanski. CLICK HERE to read about St. Patrick Wentzville.
- There is also a letter concerning the future footprint of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and can be read HERE.
Questions - For any questions pertaining to All Things New, contact [email protected].
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
May 28, 2023 - Exerpt from Archbishop Rozanski states, "I reached the following decision regarding St. Patrick (Wentzville) parish. Your parish will remain unchanged regarding its present structure and the Reverend Brian Fischer, who is presently assigned to provide pastoral care for your parish, will continue to do so, as well as your senior associate pastor, the Reverend David Skillman. In order to best provide for the needs of our local Church, I have decided to appoint your associate pastor, the Reverend Gerson Parra Meza, as associate pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Florissant, effective August 1. I invite you to express your gratitude to your priests for their dedicated service in your parish.
I have established a new personal parish for the Spanish speaking community, St. Juan Diego, located at the former campus of St. Barnabas parish. The presence of Hispanic ministry in the rest of our parishes will not be discontinued entirely. Our Episcopal Vicars will be working with our Hispanic community to initiate discussions and foster collaboration to ensure effective ministry to our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters in the St. Charles area.
I have appointed the Reverend Joseph Detwiler, as associate pastor of your parish. Please warmly welcome him. While there is no change to the structure of your parish, we are all called to rededicate ourselves to new modes of evangelization and social outreach. I ask that you join me in praying for those among the faithful of the Archdiocese who will be hearing other challenging news this weekend regarding their parish."
Read the full letter HERE.
May 20, 2023 - As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, we recognize the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us. In this moment, as Archbishop Rozanski prepares to share the future structure of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are struck by the constant need for Pentecost to happen in our Church each and every day. It is the Spirit that allowed the early Church to move from fear to courage - from silence to a bold proclamation of the Gospel. As we have arrived at this moment in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, this indeed is a new Pentecost for us. After nearly two years of gathering data and feedback, Archbishop Rozanski will announce his decision regarding All Things New on Saturday, May 27, the day before Pentecost. Pastors will be sharing information regarding the announcement as it pertains to their parish at all Masses Pentecost weekend, as well as through their usual communication outlets. On Saturday evening, information regarding all parishes and priest assignments will be posted on allthingsnew.archstl.org.
As we prepare our hearts to be open to follow where the Holy Spirit will lead us, consider joining parishioners all over the archdiocese in praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit in the days leading up to Pentecost. The Novena prayers and audio can be found at allthingsnew.archstl.org/Resources/Novena-to-the-Holy-Spirit. Let’s continue to pray for each other as we discern the best path toward a renewed Catholic presence in every part of our archdiocese.
February 8, 2023 - Second Draft Models are now public - The second draft models reflect the input received across the Archdiocese from the priests, deacons, religious, key parish leaders, and the lay faithful. CLICK HERE to view the Second Draft Models. St. Patrick is located in Planning Area #10. For an explanation of a pastorate, CLICK HERE.
January 31, 2023 - The Parish Feedback Summaries are now public. Visit allthingsnew.archstl.org. You’ll find the Area 10 Feedback Summaries under the Planning Process→ Planning Areas→ Planning Area 10 tabs. For the St. Patrick Feedback Summary, CLICK HERE.
January 13, 2023 - Evangelization 101 workshop for Planning Area 10 is being held at St. Joseph’s (Cottleville) on Saturday, February 11 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can register here. Space is limited, so registration is required. If you can’t make the workshop for your planning area, or it’s sold out, more information on additional sites and registration can be found at www.archstl.org/evangelization.
Planning Area Map - St. Patrick is in Planning Area #10
LISTENING SESSION SURVEY - ENDED
To access the material that was shared at our parish listening session, including the presentation, videos, and model option maps, CLICK HERE.
Please read the helpful hints before taking the survey:
- The online survey is open until December 31, 2022.
- The online survey will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on your responses to the open-ended questions.
- The online survey is anonymous; however, you will have the option to provide your name and contact information in case further clarification is needed about your comments.
- Once you start the online survey, you cannot stop or go back in to finish the survey. You will need to finish the online survey at one time.
- For a list of all of the survey questions CLICK HERE so you can prepare your answers prior to starting the survey online.
- Only responses entered through the online survey will be accepted. Due to the anticipated volume of responses, we are unable to accept any feedback not entered into the online survey.
- If you do not have access to a computer, the internet, or the online survey, contact the parish office for assistance with entering your survey responses.
Compilation of the Online Survey Results
Based on previous experience and the response to other archdiocesan surveys, we anticipate approximately 20,000 to 30,000 responses to the online survey. All of the feedback will be individually reviewed as it is received by a team comprised of individuals from the All Things New team, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and Catholic Leadership Institute. This compilation will occur through early January 2023 and will be used to add to and modify existing model options. These revised model options will be shared with priests, deacons, parish life coordinator, and key parish leaders in the winter of 2023 for further feedback.
LISTENING SESSIONS - ENDED
August 19, 2022 - Archbishop Rozanski and Fr. Chris Martin, Vicar for Strategic Planning, shared the next phase of All Things New with archdiocesan priests, which included proposed parish models based on our Planning Areas. A Planning Area is a number of parishes and schools in a geographic region that will be considered together to develop proposed structural options for the future. There are 15 planning areas in the Archdiocese. They saw several options as to how parishes in their specific Planning Area could be structured and collaborate in the future. Each option is termed a “model.” The models are “unfinished” because they need your insight and feedback. Specific information regarding schools will be released later.
Archdiocesan priests evaluated the Planning Areas and Models. Their feedback was incorporated into the models and the updated Planning Areas and Models were shared at every parish in listening sessions. The purpose of the listening sessions was to gather your input on these proposed options that are specific to your parish so that over the next year a recommendation can be presented to Archbishop Rozanski for his discernment. Parishioner participation in these sessions was critical to helping shape the future of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
St. Patrick hosted two listening sessions: Mon, October 10, and Wed, October 12 at 6 PM for St. Patrick parishioners in the social hall.
Each listening session was facilitated by a volunteer parishioner from a different parish. The format included:
- All Things New overview
- Planning area – specific presentation that included data and feedback, including strengths and opportunities for evangelization and Catholic outreach
- Presentation of the proposed parish and school models for our planning area (St. Patrick is in Planning Area #10)
- Opportunity for attendees to provide feedback on session content and instructions for providing online feedback through year-end
The Archdiocese welcomes continued feedback at [email protected] to share your thoughts and suggestions. Please continue to attend Mass, participate in the Sacraments, and pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to pour out upon the Church of St. Louis, to grant us the gift of true discernment, so we may do His will in all things.
All parishioners across the Archdiocese will have an opportunity to provide feedback through an open-ended survey about their parish’s model options after the listening sessions. The survey will remain open until December 31, 2022. This feedback will be incorporated into revised models which will be refined with input from the pastors and key parish leaders throughout the winter 2022 and into 2023. Once a final recommended grouping of parishes and schools is determined, the model will also include the following:
- Recommendations concerning buildings to be used by the merged parish
- The number of priests initially assigned
- Suggested evangelization and ministry strategies
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has created Parish Workbooks as a supplementary resource to give parishioners relevant demographic, ministerial, and financial data about the Archdiocese of St. Louis, their local planning area, and their specific parish. Parishioners are encouraged to review the Parish Workbook so they can familiarize themselves with the important data that has led to the draft models that were presented.
ST. PATRICK PARISH WORKBOOK - St. Patrick is in Planning Area #10
YOUNG ADULT SURVEY - ENDED
July 25 - September 12, 2022 - Based on the survey results of the Discipleship Maker Index (DMI) that was offered in the spring of this year, seeing an increase in young adult involvement is the top priority of the archdiocese. In response, the "All Things New" Team, the Office of Young Adult Ministry, and the Young Adult Ministry Subcommittee have created a survey to gather feedback from young adults.
All young adults whether single, discerning, married, priest or religious, with or without children, ages 18-39 are encouraged to fill out the survey. Young adults may anonymously share their beliefs and interests, their needs, their experience in parishes, and their hopes for the future of the Church in St. Louis.
Update & Results - We anticipate that the results of this survey will be published in October.
PARISH TOP PRIORITIES SURVEY - ENDED
July 21 - August 28, 2022 - As requested by the Archdiocese, we will be gathering your feedback on the top priorities for evangelization and social outreach in our local community. We hope you will share your ideas to help our parish grow! This feedback will guide the initiative for evangelization, family, youth, and young adult ministries, as well as the subcommittee for Catholic presence and social outreach.
Update & Results - The results of this survey have been shared with the Archdiocese and the All Things New team and will be incorporated into the listening sessions that will occur this fall. Thank you for your participation.
DISCIPLE MAKER INDEX SURVEY - ENDED
March 2 - April 4, 2022 - St. Patrick Parish is seeking your honest feedback through a brief 10-15 minute survey regarding our strategic initiatives and the future of the Parish. All responses are anonymous. Please complete by April 4th. We encourage all household members 15 and older to complete the survey.
Update & Results - This past Lenten season, our parish took part in a 75-question survey administered by the Catholic Leadership Institute, as part of the All Things New strategic plan for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Disciple Maker Index (DMI) survey is designed to capture information regarding attitudes, beliefs, relationships, satisfaction, participation, and demographics, using a quantitative tool that can be used for benchmarking and trending information.
At St. Patrick, 868 people, representing 45% of the parish, participated in the survey. Thank you for letting your voices be heard! A summary of key strengths and opportunities is provided below and on page 4 and 5 of the July 10, 2022 bulletin. Based on the average October Sunday Mass count from 2015-2021, about 60% of Mass-going Catholics participated in the DMI survey in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This is above the national average for other dioceses who have taken the DMI.
The scope of this survey was your spiritual growth and parish support of your spiritual growth.
- Strength in our Belief
- Strength in Mass attendance and prayer
- Opportunity to teach evangelization
- Increase opportunities to be involved in decisions
- Leverage our events and invite people to attend
These valuable insights will help guide ways we can help make you, our parishioners, better Christian disciples. Thank you to all who took the time to participate in the survey.
We look forward to sharing more about what we’ve learned and how we’re using this information to help inform our decisions as we move forward.
PARISH RESULT HIGHLIGHTS
Total Number of Surveys Completed: 868
Female/Male: 72% / 28%
45% of average Sunday Mass-going parishioners responded
Top 3 by Highest Percentage Strongly Agree
Scripture is the word of God
Eucharist is the body/blood of Christ
Recommend pastor to a friend
Top 3 by Highest Percentage Monthly or Most Often
Individual Prayer Time
Prayed with Someone
Top 3 by Lowest Percentage Strongly Agree
Sharing Personal Story
Sharing Story of Jesus
Confidence in Teachings
Top 3 by Lowest Percentage Monthly or Most Often
Invited to Religious Life
Invited to Priesthood
DMI SURVEY RESULTS FOR ST. PATRICK - July 10, 2022 bulletin; pg. 4/5
EDUCATION SURVEY - ENDED
April 5 - May 2, 2022 - As part of the All Things New strategic pastoral planning initiative, you are encouraged to share your input about Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The survey was open to all current/former/prospective parents, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, donors, volunteers, and community members of both Catholic Schools and Parish-based Religious Education programs. For any questions, email [email protected].
Update & Results - The Education Survey included questions for a variety of audiences including school parents, alumni/volunteers/donors, school faculty and staff, PSR parents, and PSR catechists.
It was completed anonymously and did not require specification of any individual school or parish; therefore results are not specific to any school or religious education program. The results are overarching themes across the Archdiocese identified by survey respondents.
In total, the Education Survey received 18,653 responses throughout fifteen regions of the St. Louis Archdiocese.
Father Brian Fischer, Pastor
Cyndi Barclay, Primary Point of Contact
Jenny Jacobson, Key Parish Leader
Melissa Dierenfeldt, Key Parish Leader
Scott Swindler, Key Parish Leader
Mike Thieme, Key Parish Leader
Chris Lissner, Key Parish Leader
WHAT IS ALL THINGS NEW?
We all know that the Church of today is not the same that it was 50, 100 or 150+ years ago, and yet we are still functioning in many ways out of the same mode of evangelization. We have inherited a great treasure of Catholic institutions from previous generations, but as the Catholic population and society have shifted over the past several decades, they are no longer as effective or sustainable as they once were.
We are closer now to 2050 than to 1950. We need to ask ourselves what our parishes, ministries and institutions need to look like in order to effectively share the faith in a way that is suitable and sustainable for our children and generations to come.
All Things New is evaluating the effectiveness of the Church in St. Louis in proclaiming the Gospel and identifying opportunities for improvement and renewal within all parishes, schools and curia offices and agencies.
Why is the Archdiocese of St. Louis making these changes now?
- Our Catholic population continues to decline and age.
- Our priests are aging and as a result, their number is declining.
- Mass attendance and sacramental participation continue to decline.
- Fewer children attend Catholic Schools and Religious Education (PSR)
- Our resources are finite and need to be realigned.