Presentation on CCD at all Masses on May 9 & 10, 2015

Presentation at all the Masses on the weekend of May 9 and 10, 2015:

I am Mike Myers, president of the Saint James Parish Pastoral Council. I have been asked to share with you some exciting news about our beloved Parish.

The Diocese, through the leadership of Bishop Zubik, is calling for all parishes to develop partnerships with neighboring churches to better position the Catholic Church to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century. Saint James’ neighbors have been identified as Saint Bede’s in Point Breeze and Saint Charles Lwanga in Homewood. These partnerships have been encouraged to find new ways of helping each other by sharing resources and, also, be able to provide new services that individually we would not be able to provide.

One of the ways we have identified where Saint James needs assistance is with our CCD program. Our CCD classes have been shrinking to the point where our enrollment for next Fall will be under 18 students. Yet, we are still required to maintain the financial responsibility of a full size CCD program.

As a result, beginning in September, our CCD students will be receiving their religious education in partnership with Saint Bede at Saint Bede’s facility. The classes will be on Sunday mornings with the time yet to be decided.

Saint Bede’s has a full time religious education director and we will be working with her to provide a smooth transition for our children. Even though our CCD students will be transitioned into Saint Bede’s program, please be assured that Saint James Parish will be involved in their religious education, including all the sacraments, like Holy Communion and Confirmation.

You will be hearing more about our new partnership in the future as we explore other ways of assisting each other in this new friendship.

This will give us an opportunity to explore other areas with our partners. For example, a youth group has been identified as being needed at Saint James. We do not really have the resources to implement one. Council would like to explore the possibility of providing a youth group with the help of our friends.

This new relationship should be viewed as a means for each of our churches to assist in strengthening us in our mission to serve Jesus Christ. This does not mean Father is retiring or Saint James is closing. If anything, it will strengthen us to meet the challenges of the future.

Council will be hosting a reception next weekend after all the Masses to give you the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. In the meantime if you have a question, please write I down and drop it in the collection basket or, will the council members present please stand up, (pause) you can address the questions to these individuals. If they do not have the answer, they will find out for you.

Also, if you don’t have any questions, please stop down in the Chapel next weekend for some refreshments. Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day.

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