BEACONS of LIGHT
REVIEW AND COMMENT ON DRAFT “FAMILIES OF PARISHES”
Make sure your voice is heard! Beacons of Light, the archdiocese-wide pastoral planning process currently underway, will result in all parishes being grouped into “Families” under the leadership of one pastor. A draft of this plan, as well as the Family groupings, are available for public comment October 1-20 at www.BeaconsAOC.org. Do not miss this opportunity to provide your input to this important initiative which will shape the future of our Archdiocese. The current draft has Nativity in a Family with: Holy Trinity-Norwood; St. John the Evangelist-Deer Park; St. Saviour-Blue Ash/Deer Park; Our Lady of the Valley-Reading.
WHAT IS A FAMILY OF PARISHES
A Family of Parishes is a grouping of parishes led by a common pastor and characterized by collaboration and shared resources. A parochial vicar (or multiple parochial vicars) or retired priest may also serve a Family of Parishes. ► Proposed initial priest staffing for our Family: 3 (subject to change). Please consider:
⦁ No parishes or schools are being closed at this time.
⦁ Families of Parishes will be implemented July 1, 2022. HOW WAS THE DRAFT OF THE FAMILIES OF PARISHES CREATED The draft was created based on a comprehensive analysis of data and review by teams comprised of priests, Pastoral Center and Catholic Schools Office staff, and Archbishop Schnurr. Data was collected from the parishes and schools of the archdiocese, spanning the past 5 to 10 years on average but excluding the COVID-19 year of 2020. This data was augmented with demographic data provided by a consulting firm hired to assist with this initiative, and balanced against the pastoral considerations that affect life in our various communities. The data set includes:
⦁ Number of weekend Masses, including non-English Masses
⦁ Church seating capacity and Mass attendance records
⦁ Parish sacramental, faith formation and funeral records
⦁ Catholic households, both registered and unregistered
⦁ Catholic school enrollment, student counts by grade and demographics
⦁ Parish and school finances
⦁ Projected number of priests available for assignment over the next 10 years
⦁ Chaplaincies such as hospital, prison, etc.
⦁ U.S. Census data and demographic trends including percent Catholic, age and ethnicity
Additional information can be found at the above website: www.BeaconsAOC.org.