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Title: Regional%20Leadership%20Update%20Meetings%20May/June%202010%20Planning%20Process%20for%20the%20Archdiocese%20of%20Saint%20Paul%20and%20Minneapolis


1
Regional Leadership Update Meetings May/June
2010 Planning Process for the Archdiocese of
Saint Paul and Minneapolis
2
PRAYER FOR THE PLANNING PROCESS
God our Creator, You have given us the Church as
a communion of life, love and truth. You gave
us your Son Jesus Christ who desires that all may
be one, as you are one with him. Your gift of
the Holy Spirit gathers people of every race,
language and way of life. Your apostle and our
patron Paul calls us to be one body in Christ.
Guide us as we discern your will for the future
of this local Church. Bless us as we attend to
the needs of this Archdiocese. May our
deliberations and decisions be marked with
respect, patience and honesty. We pray that we
might shine forth as a people made one in the
unity of you who are Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. Amen. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray
for us. Saint Paul, pray for us.
3
Objectives
  • Respond to your questions and invite your help
    for the next phase of the process
  • Clarify the timeline and key insights already
    shaping the recommendations
  • Describe basic mindsets and common terms for our
    shared mission
  • Gather your insights into the support you need
    for the next phase
  • Share take home messages

4
The main goal of the planning process is to
foster a revitalized and sustainable local
Church, one that is responsive to the pastoral
needs of all our brothers and sisters in
Christ.   As I envision the great Archdiocese
of St. Paul and Minneapolis, I want us to Promote
and Proclaim a Communion of Faith, Hope, and
Love   Archbishop John C. Nienstedt  
Archdiocesan Planning Process 
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
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The End Points
Determined
In View
In Mind
  • Mission
  • Frameworks
  • Key guiding beliefs and assumptions
  • Paradigms
  • Programmatic Level
  • Particular Tactics
  • Means to a pre-determined end
  • Key Priorities
  • Primary Focus
  • Areas for emphasis
  • Strategies

6
You Are Heard
Themes from leader, parishioner, Catholic school
family input
  • Outreach recognize need to reach out to young
    people, disaffected Catholics, new immigrants,
    and the poor
  • Transparency more openness about parish and
    Archdiocesan finances improved communication
  • Responsible stewardship we need to make better
    use of the gifts we are given so all are served
    well and within our means
  • Collaboration fostering cooperation,
    communication and a shared commitment between
    parishes is important
  • Healthy and unhealthy competition realization
    that we are competing with one another, and its
    not always a good thing

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a word from Archbishop Nienstedt
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Timeline Archdiocesan Planning Process 
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Task Force develops recommendations
Leadership, Ministry and Parishioner Meetings
Archbishop Nienstedt reviews the Task Force
recommendations
Task Force Named
Oct. 2010
Jan. 2011
Feb. 2009
May 2009
Sept. 2009
Jan. 2010
May 2010
July 2010
Priests begin meeting in Deaneries to draft
proposals for future organization. Proposals are
presented to the Task Force Jan May 2010
Implementation begins
Decisions announced October 16 and 17
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Key upcoming dates
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • October 15th Archbishop will meet with pastors
    about the decisions
  • October 15th and 16th Announcement materials
    couriered to parishes
  • October 16th and 17th Announcement at Masses,
    archdiocesan representative available at
    locations more significantly impacted

10
Scope of Planning
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • Hard and specific clusters, mergers of parishes
    and schools
  • Unspecified regional solutions
  • Collaboration on back office functions
  • Improvement of particular practices
  • Adoption of certain policies by Archdiocese
  • Study groups on particular issues
  • Governing boards for certain operations

11
Appeal Process
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • A structured appeal process is being designed
    based on best practices experienced in other
    dioceses going through similar planning
  • Part of quality discernment that follows existing
    processes outlined in Church/Canon Law

12
Key Terms
  • Communio
  • Missio
  • Local church
  • Parish
  • Collaboration
  • Cluster
  • Merger

13
Mission of the Church
  • Communio
  • Missio

14
Local Church Diocese
  • A diocese is a portion of the people of God,
    which is entrusted to a Bishop to be nurtured by
    him, with the cooperation of the priestsin such
    a way that, remaining close to its pastor and
    gathered by him through the Gospel and the
    Eucharist in the Holy Spirit, constitutes a
    particular Church. In this Church, the one, holy,
    catholic, and apostolic Church of Christ truly
    exists and functions.
  • (Canon 369)
  • Parish a certain community of Christs
    faithful entrusted to the pastoral care of pastor
    designated by the local bishop (Canon 515)
  • A parish is a smaller portion of the people of
    God within the Local Church that
  • may or may not have a church building
  • may have more than one worship site
  • may be territorial, rite, language, national
  • may or may not have a resident pastor that priest
    is delegated the care of multiple parishes (as in
    a cluster)

15
Possible Changes
16
Basic Mindsets
  • End Points in Organizational Planning
  • Local Decision-making through Consultation
  • Decision-making through Discernment

17
End Points in Organizational Planning
Determined
In View
In Mind
October 2010 and beyond
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Local Decision-making through Consultation
  • Civil Model
  • Democratic Process
  • Representation
  • Recommendations
  • Political Win/Lose
  • Defined and controlled outcomes
  • Discussion, Concussion, Percussion
  • An event
  • Church Model
  • Discernment Process
  • The Mission of the Church
  • Options
  • The will of God
  • Steps in the journey
  • Dialogue, Reflection, Contemplation
  • A way of life

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Decision-making through Discernment
  1. Gather the right information (Highly
    participatory)
  2. Develop and weigh options (Small Group)
  3. Decision maker chooses from options
  4. Implementation (Highly participatory)
  5. Refining the option (Small Group)

20
Timeline Archdiocesan Planning Process 
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Task Force develops recommendations
Leadership, Ministry and Parishioner Meetings
Archbishop Nienstedt reviews the Task Force
recommendations
Task Force Named
Oct. 2010
Jan. 2011
Feb. 2009
May 2009
Sept. 2009
Jan. 2010
May 2010
July 2010
Priests begin meeting in Deaneries to draft
proposals for future organization. Proposals are
presented to the Task Force Jan May 2010
Implementation begins
Decisions announced October 16 and 17
21
Brief Pause and Check-in
  • With one other person at your table
  • Intro Name, parish/school, role
  • One thing that stood out for you in the
    presentation
  • Question the presentation raised for you (write
    on card)

22
Reality
No changes are predetermined, but it is
clear there will be significant changes to our
parishes and schools
23
Factors influencing planning recommendations
  • Mission
  • individual parish or school within the context of
    the good of the whole Archdiocese
  • Future orientation
  • Demographics
  • Economics

24
Why change is needed
Financial, Economic and Demographic Pressures
  • Many parishes have been living beyond their means
  • More than 25 of parishes are being monitored by
    the Archdiocese due to serious debt and budget
    issues
  • 20 of parish elementary Catholic schools receive
    subsidies from the Archdiocese

25
Why change is needed
Financial, Economic and Demographic Pressures
  • We are operating with excess capacity
  • 217 parishes offer over 620 weekend Masses.
  • In parishes across the Archdiocese at weekend
    Masses, 32 of churches are less than 1/3 full.
  • Currently, Catholic schools have approximately
    20 more seats than they have students

26
Why change is needed
Future orientation changing make-up of our
population
  • The Archdiocesan population is aging
  • From 2005 to 2015 the fastest growing age group
    within the Twin Cities is 55 to 69 years of age
  • Ethnic diversity is growing in the Archdiocese
  • The growth in the number of Catholics in the
    Archdiocese is fueled almost exclusively by
    immigration.
  • There are now a significant number of Latino
    people living within a five minute drive of every
    parish

27
Why change is needed
Disparity between the number of parishes and
pastors
  • The number of parishes continues to change
  • The Archdiocese currently has 217 parishes, that
    is 10 fewer than a decade ago
  • The number of pastors will decline
  • There are currently 182 priests eligible to be
    pastor, in 10 years that number is projected to
    be 163
  • 25 percent of parishes already in cluster
    relationship
  • It often takes 8-12 years for a man entering
    seminary to be educated, trained, ordained and
    have enough pastoral experience to be eligible to
    be assigned as a pastor.

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Change and resistance
  • Both/and nature external and internal factors
    impact ability to live out the mission of the
    Church
  • Resistance is largely a reaction to potential
    changes in relationship with
  • other people
  • other parishes or schools
  • the Church
  • In the midst of pain or anger, acknowledge where
    the current relationships are then build toward
    hope for greater vitality in new
    relationships/changes

29
TRUST
  • Personal
  • I trust you
  • Leadership
  • I trust those in charge
  • Mission
  • I believe this organization
    has a clear and compelling mission
  • Eschatological
  • I trust that Jesus will come again

30
Take Home Messages
Please share with your parish and school
communities
  • Local Church Archdiocese
  • Ultimate goal of changes promoting and
    proclaiming a communion of faith, hope, and love
  • Catechesis education in the faith of the Church
  • Changes are needed significant changes will
    happen announcements about changes will happen
    in October
  • You may not like or agree with changes on a
    personal level, but please try to understand the
    need for change
  • Changes will help ensure that the Church is
    healthy for us now and for our children and
    grandchildren
  • The Archdiocese will do everything it can to
    support those impacted by change
  • We all play a role in this time of rebirth of
    our local Church, our response to change will
    make a big difference in the outcome
  • What we learned from dioceses that went through
    change identify community strengths to share in
    new relationships

31
What you can do now
  • Catechize Parishioners and Catholic School
    families
  • Key Terms, especially the Local Church
    (Archdiocese) as a communion of faith, hope, love
  • Basic Frameworks
  • Prayer
  • Identify strengths of parish and/or Catholic
    school
  • What gifts bring into any relationship
  • How specific traditions have added to the
    vitality of the current parish or school and how
    those traditions might contribute to the future

32
Dialogue at your table
  1. What do you currently use to educate people in
    the faith and engage them regarding important
    developments in your faith community?
  2. How might you engage the whole parish or Catholic
    school community in preparing for new
    relationships with other parishes?
  3. What kinds of tools and/or support would help
    with this?

33
Questions
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Find Out More
  1. Talk with your pastor
  2. Visit www.archspm.org and click on the
    Archdiocesan Planning Process button

35
www.archspm.org and click on the Archdiocesan
Planning Process button Below is a screen shot of
the Resources page on the planning pages
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Contact Information
  • Call the Parish Services Team (PST) at
    651-290-1616
  • Email the PST at pst_at_archspm.org
  • Send a letter
  • Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • Attn PST/Planning Process
  • 328 West Kellogg Blvd.
  • St. Paul, MN 55102

37
THANK YOU
Your support as a parish or school leader is very
valuable. Please share what you learned! Help
people understand why significant changes must be
made to ensure a vital and vibrant local Church
for us and future generations.
38
PRAYER FOR THE PLANNING PROCESS
God our Creator, You have given us the Church as
a communion of life, love and truth. You gave
us your Son Jesus Christ who desires that all may
be one, as you are one with him. Your gift of
the Holy Spirit gathers people of every race,
language and way of life. Your apostle and our
patron Paul calls us to be one body in Christ.
Guide us as we discern your will for the future
of this local Church. Bless us as we attend to
the needs of this Archdiocese. May our
deliberations and decisions be marked with
respect, patience and honesty. We pray that we
might shine forth as a people made one in the
unity of you who are Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. Amen. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray
for us. Saint Paul, pray for us.
39
THANK YOU
Your support as a parish or school leader is very
valuable. Please share what you learned! Help
people understand why significant changes must be
made to ensure a vital and vibrant local Church
for us and future generations.
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