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Naming Our New Parish - Final Stages

Hello everyone, Parish 13, Final Naming, Survey
We are in the final stages of the process for naming our new parish. Thank you to all of you who submitted a name for consideration.  Starting next weekend, you will all have an opportunity to vote on your top picks from the names that have been submitted. We will provide the full list of names submitted divided into two parts – those that are valid options for the name of the new parish and those that cannot be considered along with the reasons they are not valid. 
There are three ways that you can vote for your preference: An email link to a ‘survey monkey’ survey will be sent out to everyone who is on the email listThe survey monkey link will be in the bulletin and on the Transition Team websiteAt the back of both churches there will be ballots with the list of valid names to choose from and a box to submit your responses
Voting will be open on Saturday July 13th and continue for 3 weeks. This will be an honour system and we ask that y…

Community Meeting (Tuesday May 7th, 2019) UPDATE

The Community Meeting was a great success and the Transition Team would like to thank each and every one who attended. The Transition Team will be acting on the suggestions and ideas that came as a result of the meeting.

To view the Community Meeting Powerpoint Click Here

Community Meeting (Tuesday May 7th, 2019)

The very first St. Agnes St. Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish Community Meeting is right around the corner on May 7, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the St. Agnes Church Auditorium on Mumford Rd.  Here is a brief Agenda for the evening.  If you have questions about the Transition, please submit your question here.



This night plans to be full of prayer, information and a chance to say hello to old friends and perhaps make a new friend or two.  If you are wondering about the 'St. Agnes St. Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish' being a mouthful, at the moment, the only other option is 'Parish 13'.  Come to the meeting and find out how you can help name our new Parish!

The Transition Team have all of the bases covered. There will be snacks for all and a fun zone for the kids.


AGENDA
May 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Coffee and gathering                                                6:30 – 7:00 pm Introductions                                                           7:00 p…

Transition Team Speaking Notes April 6 - 7, 2019

Introduction:
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…