Dear Friends and Followers in Christ,
Guided by the Parish Mission Planning Process from the Diocese, a small but diverse group of eleven dedicated parish members met for three months and created our draft of the Parish Mission Plan. This plan highlighted Evangelization, Missionary Discipleship, and Community Impact. As promised in the last PMP up-date, here are the initial top goals that emerged:
St. Jude Parish Goals:
- To establish a marriage accompaniment service whereby every newly married couple is assigned an “accompaniment couple” for one year.
- To develop 2 programs for young adults (18-23) within 1 year
- To develop a collaborative environment between parish, school and community by enhancing communication and implementing 2 to 4 new joint community outreach opportunities within the 2019/2020 school year.
- To increase the number of parishioners cared for that are homebound, nursing home residents and hospitalized.
- To increase our membership and Mass attendance through hospitality and community outreach.
Oshkosh/Omro/Winneconne Collaborative Goals:
- Young families with children: collaborative formation and support utilizing Christian Family Movement (small mentorship and discipleship groups for couples and families).
- Young adults (20s–30s): form a committed core group of young adults representing all parishes to lead efforts for a young adult ministry in Oshkosh/Omro/Winneconne.
These goals will be added to the many other projects and programs that are presently occurring in our parish.
The next step is for “goal captains” to firm up plans with their project teams and, with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, move toward completion of the goals and projects to make a positive impact in our parish and our community.
A special “thank you” to the St. Jude PMP Team of Chuck Axelsen, George Benz, Bruce Dumann, Kathie Geffers, Mary Geffers, Jay Schaefer, Michele Spanbauer, Tom Suszek, Heather Thorson, Mandy Wolf and Fr. Louis Golamari for their time, talent, dedication and diligence throughout this planning process.
Our Diocesan Mission states “As friends and followers of Jesus, we are dedicated to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church.” Our Parish Mission Planning process is another step toward continuing that mission.
In Christ’s Love,
Fr. Louis Golamari