Concern: the near maximized seating and parking capacity of a three-mass schedule. This seems to be the most pressing concern, and needs immediate attention and resolution.
Options:Begin a plan to move to four Masses per weekend in the next several years
Adjust Mass times to try to get more attendance at the Mass with the lowest attendance (i.e. change Saturday from 5:30 to 4:30)
Make better use of the seating we already have in the church.
Enlist an associate priest to perform a fourth Mass
Options:Offer classes on a nights other than Monday and Wednesday
Build additional classrooms on the west side of the existing classrooms
Go from three 60-minute sessions on Monday nights to four 45-minute sessions
Offer a family Sunday program as an option to the Monday-night classes
Offer online learning which would meet in person twice a month
Concern: preparing for the eventual replacement of our current priest, it is important to maintain the current message that resonates so well with our parishioners. A priest that doesn't continue the sentiment of the parish could have negative growth and tithing effects. It seems critical to maintain the culture that Father and the parish has fostered.
Options:Share our thoughts and concerns on the transition/replacement with the Bishop
St. Boniface, with Father’s direction and leadership, needs to build a strong team and staff that will continue important programs and ministries when he moves.
Bring in a Deacon or associate priest to work with Fr. Vince to learn from him how to maintain the culture at St Boniface.
Have staff in place to assume some roles Father now performs.
Concern: how to maintain/increase tithing to cover our financial obligations and put money aside for future repairs.
Options:Present occasional and short “State of the Parish” updates after masses to communicate our finances
Promote and encourage more people to sign up for automatic withdrawal
Encourage long-term giving with estate planning
Seek help from professional church fundraisers on how to increase tithing
Push the auto debit more and don’t send the envelopes to those who are doing auto debit.
Initiate a monetary challenge in addition to the yearly Building Fund Campaign.
Discuss tithing expectations with all new parish members
Concern: the increased use of the gathering space and back of church for seating during mass, including lack of adequate sound system, quieter chairs, usher instructions for setting up/taking down chairs, and the potential need for extra communion ministers
Options:Seating in the main church is underutilized. Encourage use of wasted seating space by ushers.
Increase the number of ushers and position them throughout the church before mass to direct people to open seating
Review and revise the current usher/greeter system. What we are doing is not working..
Options:Form a welcoming committee with specific tasks that would create a more inviting experience for new members. Make sure someone follows up with each new parishioner or family.
Focus on one or two ministries/month at the coffee and rolls Sunday, with a booth in the welcoming area, announce from the altar the ministry featured, and encourage parishioners to stop by and learn more.
Assign a welcoming family to each new family so they have someone to go to that can answer questions and the welcoming family can invite to events
Friends volunteer when a friend asks them. Start with a core group of individuals who are hand-picked to lead the charge.
Start each Mass with a moment to introduce yourself to parishioner next to you
Concern: Create a stronger relationship, presence, and visibility of the youth at St. Boniface to the church as a whole.
Options:Form a committee to review what other churches in our area are doing and how we can implement some of their successful programs, activities, and ideas
Involve more youth as ushers, greeters, and other high visibility volunteer activities
Have more reporting between the St. Boniface Youth Group and the church staff
Create more videos, bulletin mentions, and other highly visible media options to showcase the efforts of our youth.