Vision 20/20 Report
In the days after Easter, one of our 20-something members came by for a visit. He had not been on our parish campus for about five years. He was simply amazed at how the place has changed. “This is incredible….it looks amazing….even the Lehner Center looks GREAT.”
Much has happened over the past five years – thanks to YOU – our good members. Working together, we have addressed so many of our parish facility needs. This Vision 20/20 Newsletter highlights the projects and improvements we made to have the facilities to house our active and dynamic parish. The parking and facilities were greatly needed and are used every day – many times over. Praise be God.
These capital projects, along with all the programs and ministries of our parish community, happen because of your support both to the Offertory, Summer Festival, and Capital Campaign. Thank you so much. Working together we have done, and are doing, great work to bring the message of Christ to life for our community.
We are moving on to the next ‘phase’ of our Vision 20/20 program, namely, the renovation of our Church. As you can see (and know), it’s been well used for the past 35 years. The pews are worn, the carpet is tired, and the sound and lighting systems are struggling. We have a committee that is leading a process. They will develop a plan to help us address these needs and prepare our worship space for the next generations of our members who will gather in prayer and praise to God. This newsletter outlines a timeline for the planning process and some ways you will be invited to share your thoughts and ideas.
The reaction of one of our 20-something members is both a great compliment and soul-stirring reminder of the good we have done together for the glory of God at Saint Ambrose. May God bless you for all your goodness.
Vision 20/20 Committee
- Mike Barth
- Jake Bihari
- Linda Chesnik
- Lisa Cinadr
- Bob Downs
- Robert Erickson
- Joe Gendron
- Joelle LoFaso
- Janet Majka
- Ed Plaspohl
- Phil & Tom Serafin
- Fr. Bob Stec
- Kevin Yaugher
- Todd Zima
“I am honored and excited to be on this committee. Being on this committee is helping to open me up to Spirit in preparing our church for the future.”
– Linda Chesnik
“We feel honored to be part of the Vision 2020 committee working to make our church a more welcoming and comfortable place to gather and worship.”
– Tom and Phil Serafin
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.