Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church

Parish Plan - Goal #1

Parish Plan - Goal #1

 

Goal 1: Spiritually nourish the faith of parishioners to be the “Heart and Hands of Christ.”

Theological Perspective:
“One of the great challenges facing the Church in this generation is to foster in all the faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the Church’s mission, and to enable them to fulfill that responsibility as missionary disciples, as a leaven of the Gospel in the world.” – Pope Francis, Homily at Holy Mass September 2015


Objective #1: Promote spiritual growth of parishioners of all ages to encourage continued growth in their love of God, to build community, and to deepen their knowledge of Catholic doctrine. 

Action plans include:

  • Encourage parishioners to gather as a faith community in prayer and devotion before the Blessed Sacrament in the perpetual adoration chapel.
  • Conduct annual parish surveys to seek the views of parishioners on their spiritual needs and how we can enhance parish life.
  • Continue to strengthen our Faith Formation program offerings to include opportunities designed for adults, young adults, special individuals, families, and youth ministry.
  • Build upon the existing strength of our religious education classes to develop a program to attract inactive Catholics to return to the faith.
  • Expand music ministry offerings to nurture spiritually a connection with God through sacred music and encouraging community involvement through inter-faith and inter-diocesan concerts, events, and education. 

Objective #2: Promote opportunities that foster “small faith community” experiences among parishioners through social and recreational events.

 Action plans include:

  • Sponsor social events, inviting parishioners to participate in community building (i.e. special celebration dinners, bingo parties, dances, etc.)
  • Initiate RENEW and Neighborhood Apostolate program for faith sharing. 

Objective #3: Increase mission outreach by 5% each year (including Charity Care, Tuition Assistance and Catholic Faith Appeal) to 25% of revenue. 

Action plans include:

  • Broadened Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministry support to homebound Catholics and those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Support the diocesan prison ministry, serving those incarcerated.
  • Create a Wellness Program to support health and social needs of parishioners.
  • Expand community programs including participation in local inter-faith activities, food pantries/kitchens, and services for the homeless.
  • Publish reports on outreach successes to encourage broadened support.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”     Jeremiah 29:11-12


How is God calling me to take action?

Examples:                                                    

  • I will join one of the liturgy ministries (Reader, Server, Sacristan, Usher, Greeter, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion)
  • I will join a ministry for personal spiritual growth
  • I will dedicate time in prayer in the perpetual adoration chapel (make a holy hour)
  • My family will join a neighborhood outreach program
  • I will share my professional skills in one of the advisory councils or committees
  • I will share my talent in a music ministry

My List:                                                                                                            

  • _____________________________
  • _____________________________

To get involved, email: inquiries@epiphanycathedral.org or (941)484-3505.


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Table of Contents
Letter from Father Jack
Introduction
5-Year Outlook
Goal #1 – Spiritually Nourish the Faith of Parishioners
Goal #2 – Sharing Our Time, Talent and Treasure
Goal #3 – Promoting Financial Resources
Goal #4 – Improving Communications
Goal #5 – Advancing the Vision of Epiphany Cathedral School
Stewardship as a Way of Life
How is God Calling You?