Dear fellow St. Malachi Parishioners and Friends,
After a year of prayerful work and considering many possibilities, we, your Parish Council and pastor, have come to consensus. We are excited and hopeful about this new proposal of “Rediscovering Sunday Morning at St. Malachi.”
In keeping with our parish mission, St. Malachi has a rich tradition of serving God’s people, especially the poor. We also need to nourish our own parishioners. “Rediscovering Sunday Mornings at St. Malachi” is an attempt to do just that. The vision which took shape in our Parish Council deliberations went far beyond a simple change of Mass schedule to find a way to serve our people better, offering opportunities to enhance our Sunday faith experience by providing enough time between Masses for PSR, spiritual formation and faith sharing, community-building and other possible activities. We believe that this new approach to Sunday mornings can be of real value to our parish community, especially since many of us travel considerable distances to get to St. Malachi, and weekday evening events at the parish can present difficulties for families.
The initial proposal presented at the Annual Parish Meeting and by a letter sent to all parishioners indicated that 82% of respondents favored continuing to develop this plan further. We propose:
A one-year trial change to the Sunday morning Mass schedule at St. Malachi Parish with enough time between Masses for faith sharing and enrichment programs, PSR, and other parish events, to begin January 5, 2014.
The new Sunday schedule:
- 2 Sunday Masses: 8:45am, Mass with Cantor and 11:30am, Mass with Choir
- 1 Coffee Hour, running continuously after the 8:45am Mass to 11:15am
- Parish programs and PSR from10:15am – 11:15am
- Saturday 4:30pm Mass will not change.
Enclosed is a sample plan for Sunday morning programs and activities, a Question and Answer page on the why of the details of the changes, and a response sheet. This proposed trial year represents a work in progress. We will depend on your input and suggestions at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and again at the end of the trial year.
Please complete the response form. We will not go forward without broad parishioner support. We see this plan as an opportunity to try a new and exciting possibility for our parish. We await your feedback.
May God bless us all!
On behalf of your Parish Pastoral Council,
Rev. Anthony J. Schuerger Jeannie Cleary-Burns
Pastor Council Chairperson