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Parishioners express desire for solidarity in meetings

Parishioners express desire for solidarity in meetings

| Maria Wiering and Julie Carroll | September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Solidarity between English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholics. Parishes capable of fostering community. Programs aimed at keeping young people in the church. These were just a few of the hopes expressed during a gathering at St. Richard in Richfield Sept. 12. About 400 English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholics from parishes around the archdiocese attended the gathering to provide […]

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As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

| September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

The fear of losing one’s parish community, the low rate of young people attending Mass, and retaining St. Peter Claver’s unique identity were among the concerns voiced at the last regional parishioner meeting Nov. 5. Held in the basement of St. Peter Claver in St. Paul, the meeting attracted about 45 Catholics from several parishes. […]

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Archdiocesan planning sessions begin Sept. 12

Archdiocesan planning sessions begin Sept. 12

| September 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

The first of eight meetings for parishioners to share their ideas and concerns regarding the future of the archdiocese will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Richard in Richfield. The archdiocese is seeking input on how best to manage pastoral, financial, personnel and structural resources. At the end of […]

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Planning meetings designed for parishioners

Planning meetings designed for parishioners

| August 31, 2009

Members of the Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning urge parishioners to share their ideas and concerns regarding the archdiocesan planning process at eight upcoming regional parishioner meetings. These meetings will be held in locations throughout the archdiocese in September and October. “We want to get as much input as we can from […]

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Rural parishes south of metro share strengths, challenges

Rural parishes south of metro share strengths, challenges

| July 15, 2009

Planning process’ regional leadership meetings begin in Northfield Six miles of field-bordered road separate St. John the Baptist in Vermillion from St. Mathias in Hampton, and it’s the same distance to St. Mary in New Trier. The triangular route between the parishes will be one Father Stan Mader learns well as he pastors the three […]

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Strategic planning task force will hear from parish leaders

Strategic planning task force will hear from parish leaders

| June 17, 2009

The Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Process for Parishes and Schools will be entering another phase in early July as task force members begin holding eight regional meetings for parish leadership. These meetings will give parish leaders an opportunity to receive information and give input into the  planning process, said Jim Lundholm-Eades, a member of the Strategic […]

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Planning task force hearing from priests, parish leaders, ministry staff

Planning task force hearing from priests, parish leaders, ministry staff

| May 20, 2009

The parish and school planning process is underway in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and members of an archdiocesan task force have  begun to meet with priests and parish leaders to gather information. The task force plans to use the information gathered at these sessions to craft recommendations on archdiocesan-wide planning for Archbishop […]

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Planning task force aims for 'highly consultative' process

Planning task force aims for 'highly consultative' process

| April 2, 2009

Task force members have already begun collecting data for the archdiocesan-wide planning for parishes and schools that Archbishop John Nienstedt announced last week. They are expected to present the archbishop with recommendations in 12 to 18 months. Members of the Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and […]

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Our input is essential as planning process proceeds

Our input is essential as planning process proceeds

| March 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s announcement last week of the formation of a Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning is an important step in helping the archdiocese take stock of its resources and respond to the new pastoral realities we face in light of changing demographics and ongoing financial challenges. The task force is expected […]

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Task force will focus on parish and school planning

Task force will focus on parish and school planning

| March 25, 2009

We live in an age of constant change.  From the cell phones we use, to the style of clothing we wear or the model of television we watch, changes are all around us. It has been said that “to live is to change, and change often.”  As I grow older, I find even my body […]

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Members of Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning

Members of Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning

| March 25, 2009

• Father John Bauer, co-chair Rector of the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis; ordained 1979; pastor of St. Gregory, St. Leo and St. Therese, 1979. Merged these parishes into Lumen Christi Catholic Community in St. Paul. • Father Peter Laird, co-chair Ordained in 1997; associate pastor of St. Olaf Parish, Minneapolis; currently vice rector of […]

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