Open Parish Meeting
A few weeks ago, when I announced to the parish that I was stepping down as pastor in June, I mentioned that as part of the process for appointing the new pastor there would be an open parish meeting for the purpose of gaining input from parishioners. According to the diocesan guidelines which govern the structure of such meetings, the Episcopal Vicar presides over the meeting, the Vicar for Priest Personnel runs the meeting, and the local Dean takes notes on what is said by parishioners. The notes are written up and forwarded to the members of the assignment board for consideration in the deliberations to recommend a new pastor for the approval of the bishop.
The meeting is structured around 3 questions:
· What are the Strengths of the Parish?
· What do you see as the Needs of the Parish?
· What Qualities/skills should the New Pastor possess?
While the questions are asked in succession, the responses to the questions often overlap. The whole meeting should take no more than an hour.
Our parish meeting will take place on Sunday, April 22nd, at 2:00 PM, in the Church. Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski, our Episcopal Vicar will preside, Msgr. Peter J. Pflomm, Vicar for Clergy Personnel, will conduct the meeting, and Fr. Bob Romeo, the Dean of Deanery 2, will take the notes which will be forwarded to the Personnel Board.
All members of the parish are invited to participate in the meeting. I hope many of you will come and share your thoughts and ideas. ~~ Fr. Bill