Faith in our Future: Parishioner Survey
Handing on the message of the Gospel is at the core of our mission as Catholics. To strengthen and continue this mission, parishes in the Diocese of Trenton will be undertaking an evaluation process entitled, “Faith in our Future,” in an effort find ways to meet some of the important challenges we face today, including the shortage of priests, limited resources, reduced number of facilities, et al.
We will be responding with recommendations and new opportunities to meet these challenges, such as incorporating venues for new evangelization, realigning our priestly leadership, uncovering new resources, to name a few, so that we can better share the Gospel in ways that will benefit Catholics for generations to come.
To this end, Father Dan has appointed a task force of eight parishioners who have the pulse of St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church and School. They are: Elaine Barbagiovanni, Debbi Borie-Holtz, Marta DeGisi, Stella Dunn, Jim Dwyer, Pat Kiernan, Millie Linnett and Nancy Sanson.
The task force has completed an evaluation of St. Mary of the Lakes in the following areas:
- Sacramental Life of the Parish
- Evangelization, Catechesis, and Catholic Schools
- Communal Life
- Leadership and Stewardship
Parishioners now have the opportunity to complete the survey, either online here on our website (see above) or in hard copy, available at each entrance of the church. Completed hard copies can be placed in the ballot box at the church entrances or given to the parish office. Online surveys au
tomatically will be sent to an independent survey company. We hope you will take the five minutes it requires to fill it out and return it.
Once results of the survey are in, we will enter into conversations with other area parishes, and form “clusters,” with the hope of making recommendations to the Bishop and a Diocesan Planning Commission, on which Father Dan has been asked to serve.
Mardi Gras Night to Benefit our Eighth Grade Class
Make it a night with friends as St. Mary of the Lakes School families celebrate before the beginning of the Lenten season with Mardi Gras Night, Saturday, February 6th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Gibson House, in Marlton. There will be unlimited food/drink with entertainment and a silent auction will offer a chance to win gift baskets to help celebrate Super Bowl Sunday or for gifts at Easter. Proceeds benefit St. Mary of the Lakes 8th grade class. For tickets ($50.00), contact Debbie Holtz (856) email@example.com.
DYC 2016 April 17th
Y.E.S. is accepting registration for teens grades 8-12 to attend the annual Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC) Sunday, April 17 at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville. Cost is $20.00 if registered before February 7th. The Conference includes a fun-filled day for teens throughout the Diocese and features some awesome, inspirational speakers, Christian worship bands, and small group activities and games. The day ends with Mass celebrated by Bishop O’Connell and/or Diocesdan clergy. Y.E.S. ministry teens attend each year and will affirm that this is a day not to be missed! Parent chaperones (must be VIRTUS-trained) are needed to drive and supervise parish teens for the day. To register, click on Diocesan Youth Conference Registration Form under the PREP tab; fill out, return form/fee to Linda Xerri at the Y.E.S. office or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org/(609) 654-8208, Ext. 111.
Young Adult Ministry to Begin at St. Mary of the Lakes
Father Dan is interested in starting a Young Adult/Millennials Ministry at St. Mary of the Lakes for all parishioners between the age of 25 and 35. The kick off information meeting will be Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Emmaus Center. If you have interest, please plan to attend.