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All Things New

ALL THINGS NEW

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?

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.

LISTENING SESSIONS

Fall 2022 - Archdiocesan priests will evaluate the Planning Areas and Models and offer feedback. Their feedback will be incorporated into the models. Then, the updated Planning Areas and Models will be shared at every parish in listening sessions. The purpose of the listening sessions is 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 is critical to helping shape the future of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

St. Patrick will be hosting two listening sessions: Mon, October 10, and Wed, October 12 at 6 PM. Parishioners are required to pre-register and are asked to attend one night only. REGISTER HERE. These particular listening sessions are for St. Patrick parishioners only. The location will be the Social Hall or School Gym, depending on the number registered per night. 

Each listening session, including ours, will be facilitated by volunteer parishioners from a different parish. The format will include:

  • All Things New overview
  • Planning area – specific presentation that includes 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

More information will be shared as soon as we are made aware of it. We welcome continued feedback. Please feel free to reach out to members of the parish committee to share your thoughts and suggestions. You are encouraged to attend the listening sessions with open hearts and minds. 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.

REGISTER FOR ST. PATRICK LISTENING SESSION

Parish Workbook

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has created Parish Workbooks as a supplementary resource to help parishioners prepare for the listening sessions. The Parish Workbooks were designed 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 prior to attending their listening sessions so they can familiarize themselves with the important data that has led to the draft models which will be presented.

ST. PATRICK PARISH WORKBOOK - St. Patrick is in Planning Area #10

LISTENING SESSIONS FAQ'S

What happens after the Listening Sessions? 

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

UPDATED TIMELINE

  • From October 8 to November 19, each parish will conduct 2 listening sessions to review the proposed models, and better understand how they will affect our parish and school.
  • Parishioners will provide feedback through an open-ended survey about their parish’s model options after the listening sessions.
  • Final decisions will be announced by Archbishop Rozanski on Pentecost Sunday, 2023 (May 28).
  • Implementation will not begin until fall 2023 and will extend through 2026. Implementation will occur in a phased approach over time to allow for orderly planning and transition at the local level, led by your pastor and supported by the Archdiocese.

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.

KEY POINTS

  • 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

STRENGTHS

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
Mass Attendance

Individual Prayer Time
Prayed with Someone

OPPORTUNITIES

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
Retreat

Invited to Religious Like
Invited to Priesthood

DMI SURVEY RESULTS FOR ST. PATRICK - July 10, 2022 bulletin; pg. 4/5

DMI SURVEY RESULTS FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS

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.

EDUCATION SURVEY RESULTS FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS

OUR REPRESENTATIVES

Father Brian Fischer, Pastor
Primary Point of Contact
Key Parish Leader
Key Parish Leader
Key Parish Leader
Key Parish Leader
Key Parish Leader

RESOURCES

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.