St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Read this article about the demolition of St. Patrick's, and note the comments afterward. How did this parish go from being alive and active and financially viable four short years ago to its current course--deep divisions, financial instability, and diminishing numbers? There is a common factor.
In June our parish leadership rolled out a Strategic Way plan to some in our parish--mainly staff, parish councils and ministry groups. In September Deacon Dean will roll out his facilities plan to the whole parish in a series of small group meetings.
Recently he wrote an article titled For Generations to Come in which he said, "If we maintain our current financial course, we will eventually cease to exist." That is strategic fear-mongering.
Watch for a new article at SavingOurParish.com in the next few days. In the meantime, look at the dismantling of our parish, both physically and spiritually, and make the determination that you are going to do something about it. Enough is enough. This parish has 2,500 enrolled Catholic households. Those numbers would thrill any pastor of any local Christian sect. All Saints Parish is not in danger of death unless the parishioners consent to it by allowing the leadership to implement negative actions that tear down instead of build up.
There is much that we can do. There are solutions that do not involve selling off, tearing down, or closing up. They will be shared in upcoming weeks, and we hope you will share your ideas with us. Speaking to the church in Sardis, the Angel of the Lord said to St. John the Apostle, "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God," (Rev. 3:2).
Let us be determined to be watchful and to strengthen our parish instead of letting it be destroyed from within. We are many, and the force of our prayers and actions have the power to determine the future of All Saints Parish. Catholics are used to fighting the good fight. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
God bless you all and "Pray without ceasing" for our parish. It is worth every word and soulful sigh that goes up to Heaven.