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              Final Report on Implementation of 2011-2014 Pastoral Plan


Vision:  To strengthen Holy Cross Parish as a true Eucharistic community


Pastoral Priority #1:  Effect the renewal, conversion, and spiritual growth of the parish.

  1. 1.   Expand, if desired by parishioners, the frequency of the monthly Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Expanded to weekly    

  • 2.   Offer brief catechetical presentations after communion at weekend masses on the meaning and significance of the mass and the new mass translations.  Accomplished 

  1. 3.      Develop a schedule of homilies focused on the meaning and significance of Sunday Eucharist.  Accomplished 

  1. 4.      Develop a series of pastor’s columns on the meaning and significance of the mass and the new mass translations.  Accomplished 

  1. 5.      Rehearse one new hymn or responsorial psalm at any mass where new music is being introduced.  Ongoing    

  2. 6.      Implement the new Faith Formation program.  Accomplished 

  1. 7.      Offer a catechetical workshop for the fall introductory family meetings of the Faith Formation program on the meaning and significance of the mass.  Accomplished 

  1. 8.      Charge the Church Family Life Commission to develop a preliminary three-year calendar of several possible social events to be offered or supported each year.  Accomplished   

  1. 9.      Encourage people to lift their hands in praise during the Lord’s Prayer.  Accomplished

  1. 10.  Offer an evening of reflection on the pastoral plan’s vision of being a Eucharistic community.  Accomplished 

  2. 11.  Investigate the feasibility and desirability of a monthly Eucharistic devotion geared for the parish youth.  Not deemed feasible

  3. 12.  Study the desirability of a parish retreat/renewal program, and implement if found feasible.  Fall spirituality speaker series implemented in place of a parish retreat or renewal program

  4. 13.  Investigate reinstating the Moms and Tots program.  No interest expressed by parishioners

  5. 14.   Develop a parish-wide prayer ministry through email and bulletin prayer requests.  Pastor’s column and bulletin announcement developed to invite parishioners to use current parish programs of intercessory prayer

Pastoral Priority #2:  Evangelize as a means of outreach to both active and inactive parishioners.

  1. 1.  Send a special invitation to new families for the annual feast day reception and stewardship fair.  Accomplished 
  2. 2.  Develop a welcome packet for new and returning parishioners.  Accomplished
  3. 3.  Form a Hospitality/Outreach committee to coordinate parish outreach to new and inactive parishioners.  Accomplished 
  4. 4.  Investigate, and implement if feasible, mailing a welcome postcard to all new families in Easton; approach Immaculate Conception about a joint mailing.  A joint welcome brochure with Immaculate Conception is mailed out quarterly to new residents of Easton
  5. 5.  Expand the bi-annual mailing to inactive parishioners to an annual mailing that will include the stewardship brochure and other pertinent information.  Accomplished
  6. 6.  Further develop the ushers into a ministry of hospitality.  Ongoing 
  7. 7.  Investigate creation of a parish Facebook page and/or further development of the parish website and parish email bulletin.  Accomplished
  8. 8.  Create a team of households to form the parish welcoming ministry.  Pastoral Council suggested reinstatement of the annual welcome dinner for new parishioners, but not yet implemented
  9. 9.  Charge the Hospitality/Outreach Committee to study various outreach programs for inactive Catholics and implement, if feasible, a suitable program for one year.  Landings program implemented and offered each fall and spring 


Other initiatives implemented in the past three years:

  • Initiation of weekly email bulletin.  Fall 2011

  • Spiritual Book Club.  September 2011

  • Father-Daughter Dance.  Spring 2012

  • Development of new brochure on Legacy Giving, and encouragement of memorial gifts (names listed once a year in bulletin).  Summer 2012

  • “Journeying through Grief” four-part booklet series sent to loved ones of parish deceased.  Fall 2012

  • Sunday coverage by priests of Morton Hospital for anointing of the sick.  Fall 2012

  • Respect Life Statue and Garden.  May 2013

  • Parish Respect Life Committee Baby Bottle Fundraiser.  May 2013

  • Youth Ministry Appalachia Service Trip.  July 2013

  • Sponsorship of Cub Scout Pack 193.  September 2013

  • Lenten Fish Bakes.  March 2014

  • Welcome card to new parishioners and Get Well card to sick parishioners.  March 2014

  • St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive.  May 2014

  • Social Action Commission Housewarming Collection.  June 2014

  • Youth Ministry participation in the Pro-Life Boot Camp and Steubenville East Youth Conference.  Summer 2014




Revised: 02/07/15