Tag: Planning

Good planning makes for pleasant pilgrimage experience

Good planning makes for pleasant pilgrimage experience

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center offers pilgrims to the Holy Land a variety of services. The following are the center’s suggestions for preparing for a pilgrimage to the area.

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Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

| November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the past six years, Pope John Paul II Catholic School in northeast Minneapolis has made a tremendous turn-around.

It faced near-closure in 2004, but today it runs its budget in the black (thanks, in part, to a pastor with a business degree), serves as a model for multi-age classrooms and has made a commitment to strong Catholic identity initiatives, for which it earned a national award in April.

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Planning process prompts 100 letters appealing 12 of 14 mergers

Planning process prompts 100 letters appealing 12 of 14 mergers

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Twelve of the 14 mergers outlined in the archdiocesan strategic plan have been appealed by parishioners or parish representatives, said Jennifer Haselberger, chancellor for canonical affairs.

The two mergers that are not being appealed are St. Vincent de Paul merging with the Cathedral of St. Paul and St. Augustine merging with Holy Trinity, all in St. Paul.

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Parishioners at some churches designated for mergers file appeals

Parishioners at some churches designated for mergers file appeals

| October 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Parishioners at churches involved in 10 of the 14 mergers announced earlier this month are appealing the decision affecting them through a formal process provided by Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Holy Cross parishioners upset by media announcement of plan

Holy Cross parishioners upset by media announcement of plan

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Parishioners at the 4:30 p.m. Mass Oct. 16 at Holy Cross in northeast Minneapolis were upset after reading in the daily newspapers earlier that morning that their parish was slated to close.

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New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Six parishes in the southwestern part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are slated to merge under the strategic plan announced Oct. 16, and most parishioners are not surprised.

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School visit offers glimpse of the future

School visit offers glimpse of the future

| October 7, 2010

I have been thinking lately how nice it would be to have a crystal ball in order to see clearly the future success of our Strategic Plan for Parishes and Schools. Well, I had an experience a week ago Sunday that came very close to that experience.

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Lansing, Buffalo dioceses models in strategic planning process

Lansing, Buffalo dioceses models in strategic planning process

| October 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

A slumping economy and population declines have impacted every facet of life around Buffalo, N.Y., over the last several decades as industry began to wane along Lake Erie’s shore. Many businesses, schools and banks closed or merged. Mass attendance, Catholic school en­rollment and baptisms declined.

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Parishes gear up for Oct. 16-17 planning announcement

Parishes gear up for Oct. 16-17 planning announcement

| October 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Priests and parish leaders from around the archdiocese are preparing for the Oct. 16-17 announcement of the Strategic Plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, “Promote and Proclaim a Communion of Faith, Hope and Love.”

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Planning with the ‘big picture’ in mind

Planning with the ‘big picture’ in mind

On Pentecost Sunday this year, I asked all of the pastors of our parishes to read a letter addressing our understanding of the church as a communion of faith, hope and love.

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