A little over five years ago, our parish community laid out a ten year comprehensive Campus Plan to address the facility needs of our parish community. It seemed optimistic, if not overwhelming, to think what might happen and could be possible given enough time, effort and the amazing goodness and support of our parish. We would like to offer this Midterm Report to you, our members, to affirm the good we have done, and to share the best information we have as we complete the Parish Life Center and renovation of the Parish Rectory.
Vision 20/20: A Future Full of Hope
Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish is:
A Catholic community of faith centered on Jesus Christ, who is everything for them.
The Vision 20/20 Feasibility Study process started in late 2009. After extensive research, a series of focus groups was held to help determine the collective feelings of Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish parishioners in regard to the parish’s ministries, outreach methods, physical structures and campus layout.
Through this initial visioning, a survey was developed and strategically distributed to parishioners in three different mediums. A written, in-pew survey was designed to catch frequent attendees. An online survey was developed to appeal to an audience who may or may not frequently attend. Finally, a telephone survey, which filtered out parishioners who had already completed the survey through a different medium, was developed to target those parishioners who do not visit the Saint Ambrose campus frequently.
The surveys collectively showed that, like the Mission Statement proclaims, Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish is a vibrant community of faith where parishioners feel a sense of belonging and fellowship in Jesus Christ. Over 90% of respondents felt that Saint Ambrose was doing a “very good job” or a “good job” in this area.
The Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish community is truly vibrant. Its biggest issues are results of its biggest strengths. Parishioners largely feel engaged, with almost half involved with ministries or activities other than simply attending Mass.
The Master Plan Committee will not move forward in any way without additional consultation from the Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish community. Please do not hesitate, at any time, to ask a Master Plan Committee member or to contact the parish office about Vision 20/20 at 330-225-3116.
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