Strategic Plan 2010-13
Evangelization Goal 1: St. Camillus has an expanded range of opportunities for retreats and mission encounters that help the parish to continue to be evangelized and put into service the time, talent and treasure of its members so that they in turn are empowered to reach out and evangelize beyond the confines of the parish community.
Evangelization Goal 1, Proposal 1: St Camillus will hire a full time Lifelong Faith Formation Director (LFFD) Responsibilities would include: Implementing a variety of faith formation programs that respond to various needs of our diverse community, organizing retreats; coordinating and meeting with representatives of all committees; oversight of Adult Faith Formation, providing training and organizing courses for all ministries in the Parish, including Hearts Aflame, Dayton University and Internet Program.
Rationale/Explanation: Expansion of the existing catechetical program to a lifelong learning approach necessitates a significant amount of work and a high level of coordination, both of which call for creating a full-time Director of Life-Long Faith Formation. We are pleased that the effort to hire someone is already underway.
• Establish search committee, develop full job description, advertise the position, and conduct interviews. Cost to the parish is estimated to be $50,000/year.
• The Lifelong Faith Formation Director (LFFD) will work closely with the Coordinator of Religious Education and the Youth Minister.
Evangelization Goal 1, Proposal 2: Each year, beginning in 2011, St. Camillus will offer two evenings of refection, to more fully evangelize our parish community.
Rationale/Explanation: The Evangelization Committee followed the advice of the Parish Council to offer two evenings of reflection. While the Evangelization Committee cannot dictate to other committees, we felt that these events should be planned with the Liturgy Committee under the guidance of the new Lifelong Faith Formation Director (LFFD).
• Evangelization Committee , in cooperation with the LFFD and the Liturgy Committee, will plan two evenings of reflection : the first one, between September and November 2011, preparing our parishioners for Advent, the second one, between January and February 2012 in preparation for Lent.
• The success of these efforts will help determine the frequency of future Evenings of Reflection.
Evangelization Goal 1, Proposal 3: St. Camillus parish will continue to serve the poor through the food pantries at our main campus as well as in Langley Park. In addition we will broaden volunteer opportunities and work on improving communication and cooperation.
Rationale/Explanation: The Food Pantry has offered an important opportunity through which
our parishioners continue to offer time, talent and treasure so serve the needy. It has also
empowered them to reach out and evangelize beyond the confines of the parish community.
The food pantry ministry extends to non-parishioners as well as non-Catholics and allows
them to jointly serve the poor.
• Food Pantry volunteers, under the leadership of Joan Conway, will continue to serve the poor
through giving of food at St. Camillus and Langley Park’s Food Pantries.
• Broaden opportunities for people to volunteer
• Improve communication and cooperation with the Langley Park Partnership Coordinator and
with the other faith communities that are part of this effort.
Evangelization Goal 1, Proposal 4: Our Evangelization initiatives will continue to include non-Catholics and non-parishioners in mission trips and local St. Francis Builds opportunities (also Goal 3). Such an ecumenical collaboration will allow us to be evangelized by others and learn new perspectives on our own faith. We will also explore expanding our mission trips beyond Latin America.
Rationale: Mission trips and local St. Francis Builds will continue to be ecumenical
• A conscious effort will be made to recruit and include non-Catholics and non-parishioners in Mission trips and local St. Francis Builds opportunities. The goal is not to convert, but rather to learn from other faith perspectives.
• St Francis Builds will explore the possibility of extending its work to a new continent, to increase Parish awareness of more parts of the world and their needs.
Evangelization Goal 2: St. Camillus Church has developed effective and creative ways to welcome new people into our parish while communicating to them what a full membership in this faith community entails, and assisting those individuals in making a commitment to the life and ministry of our parish.
Evangelization Goal 2 Proposal 1: In the first year of the plan, organize a Welcoming Committee, headed jointly by English, Spanish and French-speaking members of our parish. (This will be different from the current Hospitality committee.) All greeters should have name tags or badges that say “Ask about St. Camillus.” Visitors will be offered a Welcoming Packet. The Committee will be established by the Stewardship, Evangelization, and Community Building groups, all of which emphasized the importance of creating such a committee.
Evangelization Goal 2 Proposal 2: Welcoming teams will be developed for each Mass. A list of those who are already greeters is needed so that those persons will be included in this initiative. Welcoming teams willbe present at all church entryways 15 minutes prior and 15 minutes following all Masses to welcome the people attending Mass—especially those visiting for the first time. Ideally, the teams would include parish council members, youth, school children, families —all should have name tags or badges that say “Ask about St. Camillus.”
Evangelization Goal 2 Proposal 3: Towards the end of the first year and periodically thereafter, include a written welcome to newcomers in the weekly bulletin. Make Welcome cards readily available as well.
.Evangelization Goal 2 Proposal 4: A Welcome Packet is currently being developed. It includes a registration card, a financial commitment card, and a list of ministries and activities identified by topic and age group.
Evanglelization Goal 2 Proposal 5. After a person returns a registration card showing an interest in becoming a member of St. Camillus, he/she should be contacted and invited to attend a “New Member Social” (to be held periodically) where he/she can meet members of St. Camillus.
Rationale/Explanation for Proposals 1-5: To better evangelize in our own community, the committee grouped these seven proposals together, as they all pertain to welcoming new people to the parish. The parish felt that all Masses and all cultural groups should have welcoming teams with name tags identifying themselves, and that materials for new members should be printed in the three major languages of the parish (English, Spanish, and French).
• Create a list of current greeters at all Masses (from Sandra Perez) as soon as possible.
• Organize a Welcoming Committee, including the Evangelization committee, the Stewardship committee, and other interested parishioners in its formation. Invite everyone on the list above.
• Formalize a message for the bulletin inviting volunteers (within the first year).
• Order nametags for welcoming committee that say “Ask me about St. Camillus” within the first year.
• Work together with the Stewardship Committee in organizing, writing and printing materials for the welcoming packets. Review packets annually to update materials.
• Work together with the Stewardship Committee in the planning and execution of a Welcoming Sunday (As described in Stewardship Goal 1 Proposal 2)