Listening Sessions Recap
Listening sessions were held after all Masses on the weekend of February 24 – 25. Attendance was light. Those who did attend were supportive of the work of the task force. One recommendation was to increase representation of the Hispanic Community. Discussion on March 8th acknowledged the recommendation and agreed that outreach to the Hispanic Community would be most effective by meeting with Wednesday and Sunday prayer groups to share information and seek input.
The task force also discussed the reasons for the light turnout at the listening sessions. Two main reasons were suggested:
• Parishioners, in general, support this work and feel it is long overdue.
• Parishioners have confidence in the leaders who comprise the task force. St. Mary Short & Long Term Plans
Due to lack of time at the last meeting, Fr. Bahl provided a recap of information presented at the last meeting and discussed short and long-term plans for St. Mary. In the short term, the financial challenges at St. Mary need to be addressed. It is estimated $120,000 will be required for short-term repairs including tuck-pointing and repair of the outside steps to St. Mary Church. The parish is in the midst of a three year, $150,000 fundraiser to cover these repairs. In addition, a structural engineer needs to be engaged to provide analysis and recommendations on the bell tower, foundation and crack in the wall near the southeast entrance to the church.
Another short-term need to be addressed is balancing staffing between parish needs and resources.
Long-term plans include restructuring immigration work. While some income is generated from immigration services and an Archdiocesan subsidy, these resources are not sufficient to satisfy the growing need.
The task force then turned its attention to St. Henry. Fr. Czapla provided an overview of St. Henry including:
• Current staffing and plans for the future
• Updates to parish and school facilities
• Current status of Haverhill Oratory
• Financial trends and Mass attendance trends
2 Fr. Czapla summarized by stating that St. Henry’s finances are strong and there is strong support for St. Francis Catholic School.
Tour of St. Henry Campus The task force tour included walking through St. Henry Church, parish offices and the rectory. All facilities are in good condition and functional. In addition to the pastor’s residence, the rectory property includes two detached garages that provide equipment and material storage. The task force did not tour St. Francis School but Fr. Czapla reported the school building is also in good condition. Upon completion of the campus tour, the task force discussed, in general, their impressions based on the information they gathered over the last two meetings.
Processing of that information will begin in earnest at the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at St. Mary
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