December 13, 2009
The Near West Side Pastoral Plan Team met at St. Patrick’s for its first meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2009. This is the team that has the responsibility for guiding the implementation of the “Pastor Plan: Vision and Strategies” document that was created by the Cluster team as part of the cluster process. The purpose of this document is to guide the cooperative efforts of both parishes as they minister to the people in their parishes and to the people of the Near West Side. The Vision Statement reiterates this purpose: “As a Catholic community of Faith on the near west side of Cleveland, we are called to worship god, to nurture our faith, and express our discipleship by the way we love and serve others.”
At the first meeting the group initially spent time getting to know the members of the team. Each parish has seven members; three of the members from each parish were also members of the original cluster team. Secondly, the group discussed the purpose and responsibilities of the group. The group did this by reviewing Bishop Lennon’s March letter that states his recommendations for the parishes in this cluster. In addition, the group did a preliminary review of the plan and explored how it was written and shared. Finally, the group talked about the need to have some leadership structure for the team. This will be determined at the next meeting. As with the cluster team process, an update will be shared with members of the parishes following each team meeting.
The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 7, 2010. The purpose of that meeting will be to better understand the services provided by both St. Malachi and St. Patrick parishes. The group will also begin to discuss the needs that will have to be addressed once St. Wendelin’s parish closes in May, 2010. The group will also begin to discuss in more details the key topics and goals found in the Pastoral Plan. The group will also need to arrive at a direction for guiding the implementation of the plan.
The members of the Near West Side Pastoral Plan Team are
Fr. Tony Schuerger
Deacon Bill Merriman
Fr. Mark DiNardo