Dear Parishioners of St James,
This year we will be embarking on a Parish Stewardship Renewal Program. It is the second such program we have conducted since 2016.
We are inviting you and existing parishioners to help create a vision for the future and reignite our connection with the church through the launch of our Stewardship Renewal Program.
Stewardship refers to embracing the common vision and putting together a plan on how to take care of the church in the future resulting in a spiritually vibrant, highly engaged and financially secure Parish. St James, like many community groups and organisations across the world, has been significantly affected by the pandemic, as we have been unable to gather for our usual Masses and events until more recently.
St James has always been a vibrant, friendly and welcoming community, but we understand that after a couple of challenging years, some people have become disengaged.
Now as we begin to recover from Covid, we have an opportunity to create a fresh start and plan for our future by looking for ways to increase engagement and improve the stewardship of our Parish resources and faith development. But we can’t do it alone.
We are calling on all our previous and existing members, as well as any new or interested members, to help us to reinvigorate the spirit of our community and have a say in how we can best serve the community moving forward.
This process consists of three steps:
Step 1—Launch of Program starting with new Census in August
Step 2—Engagement Weekend in early November
Step 3—Commitment Weekend in mid November
As part of this process St James is inviting people to complete a new Parish Census which will be conducted over the next two weekends (06/07 and 13/14 Aug).
This is a particularly important initiative after the last two years dominated by Covid-19. Your assistance is very much appreciated.