The parish staff gathered for a working retreat August 15-17. Those present were: Leif Kehrwald, Fr. Elwin Schwab, Mayra Torres, Kathryn Bernert, Julie Hommes, Fernando Madrid, and Gabe Triplett.
Fr. Jack Mosbrucker facilitated our discussions for Day 1 and Day 2. (Day 3 was spent coordinating the parish calendar for the 2016-17 program year.)
Here is a brief summary of our discussions for Day 1 and Day 2.
We identified issues that need to be addressed this year. Our list included (not prioritized):
As we discussed these issues, we took the attitude that we wanted to question any and all assumptions about how to do effective parish ministry in the 21st century.
We then brainstormed factors, characteristics, and hopes for St. Charles and the Cully Neighborhood five years hence. After brainstorming, we prioritized issues. Two issues emerged quite strongly:
We then spent in-depth time talking about faith formation at St. Charles. We listed the program items that reflect the current situation:
With these items in mind, we developed some “target” statements; goals that we should strive for:
Leif has worked with many parishes and churches on developing a whole community approach to faith formation that is lifelong, intergenerational and digitally enabled. He will bring a detailed plan and timeline to the parish staff by Aug 31. The staff will then bring ideas and recommendations to the Pastoral Council and other key leadership groups.
The staff will also engage in a similar discussion process to address the second key priority around liturgy.
Stay tuned! We’ll keep you up in the loop on our thinking and planning.