Parish Survey Results
A parish survey was completed in January 2017 and the results shared with the parish at Masses on February 2017 as well as distribution of the following report:
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Long Range (Strategic) Planning Process
Parish Results on Strengths (S) and Improvements (W)
The enclosed information is a compilations of parish responses as follows:
Parishioners – 26
Parish Ministries/Groups – 6
All areas were mentioned by at least 5 respondents
The committee has saved all responses as they will be helpful in creating the long range plan, Thank you to all who participated in this information gathering
- Our Food Pantry serves a need in our community – opportunity to involve entire parish through volunteering or giving; nice to get updates on how many were served.
- There is a core of volunteers who work hard to make St. John’s the best it can be – hard working people; always there to lend a hand.
- Our pastor is a strength – Knows everyone by name; tries to be involved in all parish activit
Opportunities for Improvement
- Create and establish maintenance plans - No daily or long range maintenance plans; RE building not cleaned on a regular basis; fix the stained glass at Church door; repaint wrought iron poles at Hall; no person(s) oversee the maintenance; dog feces regularly removed sidewalk going to the RE building needs attention (uneven); windows and sheetrock in church need repair; parking lot repairs needed.
- Parish Growth and Welcoming – welcome those attending church activities particularly prior to Mass; use visitor cards for a purpose (welcome and invite); no plan for welcoming new parishioners; lack of parishioner registration procedures/welcoming packet; need to monitor when & why people leave parish
- .Confessional Area/Schedule - Talking by people entering church limits penitent’s concentration and ability to hear priest; no other published time for confession other than prior to Mass; having only a curtain allows people in church to hear penitent; establish overall silence as one enters church – visit outside.
- Communications – No formal structure for communication; bulletin should contain information materials for all parishioners (ie. Office hours after Christmas were not listed); unable to contact the priest/deacon directly without leaving a message on answering machine; send copy of the bulletin to the homebound/shut-in/nursing homes; post the minutes of the Parish Council in the bulletin.
- Finances/Transparency – Parishioners should get a financial report regularly; no financial transparency.
- Facilities Improvement/Parish Hall, Kitchen, and Bathrooms – Enlarge kitchen; new bathrooms; all buildings handicapped accessible.
- Relationship between pastor and parish – Same people are always invited to participate; Pastor not discussing proposed changes with committees/parishioners thus hindering buy-in from parish; Pastor not present at community events; parishioners not involve in decision making process; ”worker bees” are feeling overloaded.