Please find a statement from Fr. Gurnick regarding the ongoing strategic planning process at St. Malachi Parish and it’s future implications for St. Patrick Parish. Please click on this link to read the statement. St-Malachi-Letter-to-Parishioners-7-14-2023-5-21-33.pdf This will be followed by a listening session at St. Malachi Parish after all masses this weekend (July 15-16). After reading the letter, comments and concerns may be sent to email@example.com . No replies will be issued at this time, but all messages will be included for review by Father Gurnick and those assisting him.
Parishioners, members of staff, and representatives from Malachi Center and Stella Maris met to discuss ideas for optimizing use of our property as we move forward with right-sizing our campus. An excellent discussion included dreams, concerns, and practical elements to this partnership planning.
Two concrete steps have been determined as worth pursuing. First, Malachi Center will work with the Diocese to determine, once and for all, ownership of the Center’s building and the parcel it is on. This will help the Center in determining their next steps for strategic planning. The second concrete step is for Saint Malachi Parish and Stella Maris to pursue terms of agreement for the rectory building. In the meanwhile, the committee will be evaluating potential (if even temporary) placement for the parish office during this time of transition, as needed.
103 parishioners attended the Options for Our Future sessions on Dec 3rd & 4th; thank you!!! The Options for Our Future were developed in the strategic planning process over the past several months based on input from parishioners. The slides are here: slides; The recording of the session is here: YouTube Options for Our Future; A one-page summary of the process is here: Summary & Next Steps. We ask that parishioners prayerfully reflect on these Options and complete this survey by 1/1/2023: Parishioner Survey.Please continue to share your thoughts, questions, and prayers for our future. Judy Slivka Council Chair@stmalachi.org
Please join Parish Council on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7 PM in the church as we kick off personal prayer to discern how St. Malachi’s will go forward, based on the options provided by the Strategic Planning groups. We will learn about discernment in prayer based on the Ignatian Exercises, as suggested by our strategic planning consultant. Through February, prayer topics will arrive weekly in the parish email announcements and bulletin, with optional Zoom sessions. We invite you to participate a lot or a little, in whatever way the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. This prayer service will also be live streamed on the St Malachi YouTube page. If you have questions, please contact Judy Slivka at CouncilChair@StMalachi.org or Jackie Krejcik at JackieRose@aol.com
Your presence is strongly encouraged for the Strategic Planning Presentations that will occur this weekend after the Sat. 4PM and Sun.10AM Mass in the Hall. Our Four Option Teams will be sharing their proposals about our possible future direction. These Sessions will be approximately one hour. These presentations are a KEY STEP in our Strategic Planning process. PLEASE make EVERY EFFORT to attend! See you there!!!! The Strategic Planning Steering Committee
For the next two months we will be focusing on the Four Options that were developed from Parish Discussions, Surveys, and Interviews with various stakeholders and organizations in the area.
The Four Options:
1. Remain open and address areas of concern (aging parishioners, aging property, outreach to youth, etc.)
2. Merge with another parish (Suburban or Urban) that has a similar mission
3. Become a “Mission” or “Oratory” Church (focus on ministries, fewer liturgies).
4. Affiliate our parish with a Religious Order for staffing (still be responsible for ourselves financially) Each of these options has variations that the Option Teams will discuss over the next seven weeks. Please save the weekend of 12/3 and 12/4 to attend presentations after each Liturgy by the Option Teams to learn all of the details. After these presentations, Parish Council will move into a period of discernment as to what direction we will take. Their recommendation will be submitted to the Bishop for his approval. Once approved, implementation will begin.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Strategic Planning Listening Sessions last week end. Input is critical to the process! NOW the work of “diving into” options to begin. WE NEED 5-8 more people to serve on the Option Teams that will do this work. PLEASE step forward to become a member of an Option Team. Training is Oct.15 from 9AM-3:30PM. Please contact Pat Masterson at 216-849-3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
The next phase of our work will involve the Steering Committee (SC) and the Strategic Planning Work Group (SPWG) doing interviews with various people and organizations that have or have had connections with St. Malachi’s over the years. Along with the surveys and information parishioners are giving us in various ways, we want to understand our broader relationships in the Cleveland community and learn from them. The SC and SPWG will spend most of September compiling and digesting all of this material. We will then present the Main Options to be explored to Parish Council in early October. These are very “key” steps in this process and we want to give these steps the time needed to produce a quality outcome. The Options will be shared with the Parish in Mid October – Stay Tuned!
While the SC and SPWG are doing the above work, we are also asking that PARISHIONERS STEP FORWARD to join an Option Team. Each Option Team will take a “deep dive “ into a particular option to discern its pros and cons beginning in mid-October. The Training Session to be on an Option Team is Saturday, October 15, 9AM-3:30PM. PLEASE contact a member of the Steering Committee below to volunteer for an Option Team. We need everyone’s help to create our BEST FUTURE! Thank you all! The Steering Committee (Jim Connell, Cathy Graham, Joe Nagel, Therese Mullen and Pat Masterson, Tim Needles).
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee strongly encourages you to take part in a gathering after our weekend Masses on Aug.27 (in church) and Aug.28 (in the Hall). The 4PM Mass and Listening Session will be live-streamed on 8/27. (The 10AM Mass on 8/28 will NOT be live-streamed). We will be sharing current information about our Parish – “The Good, the Bad, etc.” and the process that will be happening this Fall as we discern and create our future. We will also be Dreaming and Brainstorming together about everyone’s ideas for creating our future The sessions will each be approximately one hour with time for Q and A. Please plan on attending. If you are unable to attend on Saturday or Sunday, tune in after 4PM Mass for the Listening Session. You can email questions during the Listening Session to Pat Masterson, email@example.com and she will forward them to the presenters. Each member of our Parish plays an important part in building our future! The Strategic Planning Steering Committee( Jim Connell, Cathy Graham, Joe Nagel, Therese Mullen, Tim Needles and Pat Masterson)