The archdiocese is growing

| October 16, 2010

  • The number of households of registered parishioners is approximately 215,000. The number of households is expected to grow by about 7.5 percent in five  years, so that by 2014, the number of households will be approximately 248,000.
  • The growing diversity of the Catholic population is creating an increasing number of parishioners who do not register at a parish, but who attend Mass in their parish of choice.
  • Growth is being fueled almost exclusively by immigration. Immigrant Catholics are now spread throughout all parishes. They are not just concentrated in the core cities.
  • Growth is unevenly distributed across the archdiocese, with concentrations of growth in the exurban areas (between suburban and rural areas).
  • Current weekend Mass attendance is reported to be 34 percent of registered Catholics. This archdiocese is aligned with the national estimate.

Socio-economic, ethnic diversity growing, changing

  • The socio-economic distribution of parishes at each end of the scale is growing, while the middle is declining.
  • From 2005 to 2015 the fastest growing age group within the Twin Cities is 55 to 69 years of age.
  • Mass is regularly celebrated in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, French and Hmong.
  • 23 parishes are currently identified as centers of Latino ministry in the archdiocese.

Parishes, schools living beyond means

  • In fiscal year 2006 cash to debt ration was 0.7, meaning that for every dollar of debt, there was 70 cents of cash.
  • In fiscal year 2009, the archdiocese was monitoring 55 parishes because of debt and operational budget issues. In 2003, there were 33 parishes being monitored.

Catholic education a challenge to grow

  • The number of children reported in parish faith formation programs has declined from 52,452 in 2004-2005 to 47,523 in 2008-2009.
  • The number of children in no Catholic faith formation is increasing.
  • Catholic elementary school enrollment in the past five years has declined 11.4 percent from 28,704 to 25,418.
  • Catholic high school enrollment has increased 5.4 percent in the past five years from 7,420 to 7,820.
  • Tuition has increased 36 percent since 2003-2004.


Category: Archdiocese Planning Process

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