Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,
It was good to get a little time away this past week for some vacation time with family. It is good to be back, though. For this month that Fr. Tomy is gone for vacation, I will be covering the weekend Masses. I look forward to being able to see everyone every weekend!
As pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake, my primary responsibility is to help you grow as disciples of Jesus and to equip you to go and make disciples of others. I am excited to share with you that our parish is going to participate in a parish survey conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute. The Disciple Maker Index (DMI) Survey allows parishioners to reflect on their own spiritual growth and discipleship and identify the ways in which the parish effectively supports that growth.
The web-based survey will be accessible online and in paper form from February 8th-March 1st. If you have an opportunity, please stress the importance of responding to this survey to your ministry members.
At the completion of the survey, our parish will receive an aggregate report of the results. We will NOT have access to individual survey responses. This survey offers us a unique and important opportunity to learn about issues of importance to families in a confidential and professional way. We will use these results to: 1) look at opportunities to support parishioner growth in discipleship, and 2) create goals and action plans to achieve that growth.
Soon, you will receive a communication from us inviting you to participate in the survey. If parishioners ask you about the survey, please:
- Remind them about the dates the survey will be live: February 8th-March 1st.
- Encourage them to respond as soon as they can. We want to hear from as many people as possible.
- Assure them that the parish leadership will receive a summary report of the aggregate data and that no one at our parish will have access to individual survey responses.
Thank you in advance for the encouragement that you will provide to the community when we solicit feedback. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or ideas about good ways to boost the response rate, please let me know.
Thank you for your help with this!