The following Stewardship Prayer, (believed to be from the Archdiocese of Detroit) offers us inspiration and the key to making the best decision for us all:
“My church is composed of people like me. I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a church with a noble spirit, if I, who make it, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my church to be.”
Merger Update March 4, 2018
On Sunday, February 18, the Tri-Parish Community gathered at Mary Queen of Heaven Hall for the first of our information
sessions regarding the merger process. The meeting began with the introduction of the Transition Team Leadership and the
members of the sub-committees who were present. The conversation continued with an overview of the process to date.
Several points came up during the question and answer period. We address two of them here and the rest will be addressed in a
Question and Answer sheet later in the month.
-What church buildings will close when we merge?
At this point in the process, we are gathering the necessary information to make recommendations concerning all our parish
buildings. When that information is complete, we will share it along with the recommendations from the Pastoral Council and
Transition Team. This will also include a current, detailed financial report for the parishes. We hope to have this phase
done by the end of spring. It is important to remember that NO decisions have been made at this point regarding the site of the
-This has already been a lengthy process; how much longer do we have to wait?
We are aware of the time and energy that have gone into the process so far. The desire to ‘get it done quickly’ is a temptation.
However, diligence and encouraging each of you to have a voice in the process takes considerable time. We hope to stay on track
and have the first phase ready for implementation before the end of summer. With a project of this magnitude, there will be
several stages necessary to accomplish all that we are going to do. Several other important topics were mentioned, and again, we
will have a Q & A sheet ready in a few weeks.
July 2017 Planning Process News
In his Exhortation on the “Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis reminds us that the beginning of Evangelization, indeed all pastoral planning involves “Taking the first step, being involved and supportive.”
One of the most important tasks in taking our first steps together is to listen, and particularly, to listen to the right sources of information. We hoped to accomplish this through our “Mass, Meet and Eat Gatherings,” but of course, a significant number of parish members were not able to be present at those meetings. As with any human communication, it is easy to listen from a very subjective point of view, or honestly, to hear what we want, especially if we are not hearing the information from the source.
The purpose of our gatherings was to listen to how those in attendance respond to the Council’s recommendation that the three parishes merge. To date, the response has been very positive. HOW the merger takes place, and WHAT it will ultimately look like is part of the merger process that we hope to begin in the next month. The answer to WHAT the merger will look like involves a very detailed and complex process involving many different individuals, parish members and professionals in many different fields.
At present, the latest idea making the rounds is that we are going to build a new church at a new location. That decision is far from being made. Statistics and experience tell us that this approach is often successful. However, that may not be possible in our situation for many reasons. It’s good to dream of different possibilities, and to share ideas freely. Care, however, must be taken to be sure the information we receive and share is accurate.
The concept of a new building at a new site is simply a part of the discussion at this point. When important decisions are made, you will hear it from the sources of that information and you will be asked to give us your feedback. Your involvement, support and understanding are the building blocks of any successful outcome.
Fr. Thomas, Fr. Jeff and the Tri-Parish Pastoral Staff and Council.
Moving the Parish Office - letter mailed to all parishioners on October 26, 2017
Results of the "Mass, Meet & Eat"