Transition Team Speaking Notes April 6 - 7, 2019

In the last few years, it has been clear that although every parish has dedicated, faithful parishioners:Congregations overall are decliningThere are fewer priests and they are agingAs a church in total, we are more focused on survival than becoming missionary disciplesOur current status is not sustainable.We need to move from maintenance to mission – it is time for transformational changePart of Archdiocesan wide reorganizationMoving from 65 parishes and 25 missions to 20 parishes Timeline:New parishes announced January 1, 2019Our new Pastor – Fr Irek Bem will start August 1, 2019Transition (putting the new parishes together) must be complete by December 31, 2019 How are we going to do it? Transition Team whose job is to prepare Saint Agnes Parish and Saint Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish for canonical merger by December 31, 20193 parishioners from each parishFr Paul MorrisDeacon Dan DaleyStarted meeting in January and meeting every two to three weeksWe have guid…

We are in Transition!

We are in Transition! 
We are moving to a new Parish configuration bringing together Saint Agnes Parish and Saint Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish, ‘bringing our people of faith together and identifying their gifts and talents so that in our new parishes we will have the people necessary to draw upon for transparent models of leadership, shared ministry, in improved structures, focused on becoming missionary disciples.’ Archbishop Anthony Mancini letter to the Archdiocese, January 1, 2019.
There is a Transition Team tasked with developing the roadmap to lead to a single Parish by January 1, 2020. According to NEW PARISHES: STRONGER TOGETHER, the document outlining the process, each new parish will benefit from a greater number of people to draw on, improved and transparent leadership structures, and shared ministry and missions. Each new parish will:
·Be one parish – one pastoral council, one finance council, one leadership team, one staff ·Contain multiple churches ·Provide pastoral…