Pastoral Plan

St. John the Evangelist is a great parish, and we want to be even better! We analyzed what makes this parish unique and wonderful, what makes us proud of who we are as a parish, and where we can grow or improve. From there, we developed a Pastoral Plan for that growth and improvement.

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Our Vision

St. John intentionally brings diverse communities together. Through our prayers and Liturgy, active engagement, expanded service for the underserved and purposeful action against injustice, we imitate Jesus Christ by creating a welcoming environment for all.

Our Sacred Purpose (Mission)

To celebrate the joy in loving/following Christ by welcoming and loving all, so that all are inspired to put faith into action and respond to the call to serve others.

What We Will Achieve with our Pastoral Plan

  • Parishioners will become more engaged disciples
  • Disciples will engage their hearts through Eucharist & Community
  • Lives will be changed from the inside-out
  • Evangelization will occur through discipleship & service
  • Parishioners will become “mission ready” to make more disciples

Our Core Mission Priorities

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To fully and intentionally engage in prayer, worship, and sacramental life that flow from baptism and reverential participation in the Eucharist – the source and summit of our faith

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To practice radical hospitality and welcome as Jesus did, seeking out the disenfranchised and vulnerable and creating a sense of fellowship and belonging that is grounded in love for each other and humble gratitude to God

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To continually experience our own conversion and bring others to experience the same through evangelization, revealing the truth of the Gospel and witnessing to others how we ourselves have encountered Christ

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To grow as disciples of Christ and nurture growth in others as we study, share, and live out the teachings of Christ and his Church through education, faith formation, and discipleship endeavors

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To bring Christ to the world, practicing discipleship and encouraging each other through friendship and service as we support the work of the Church, provide for the material and pastoral care of the poor and suffering, and advocate for the discernment of vocations in life, especially priestly vocations for those who feel called in this way

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Mission Support
To enact wise stewardship of the gifts God has granted to us by those who have preceded us in the faith, and the hope that lies in future generations of the faithful, so that our resources may be channeled to support the mission of disciple-making first and foremost

Parish Renewal News

Updates on Sending
Central to all our Pastoral Planning efforts is: members of diverse cultures uniquely gather, recognizing themselves in prayer and experiencing conversion as their hearts grow closer to God.
Updates on Accompaniment
Accompaniment means to "go somewhere with someone as a companion," and includes growing in our individual faith lives and nurturing that same growth in others.
Updates on Encounter
Our primary intent is for people to encounter Jesus through engaging more purposefully with each other and with newcomers.
Updates on Welcome & Communication
We're excited to be improving Communication as part of our pastoral planning process… a new website, Director of Communications, and more!
Our Goals, Vision and Mission
What makes this parish unique and wonderful? What makes us proud of who we are as a parish, and where we can grow or improve?
We’re Officially Approved!
It's official! Archbishop Lori has accepted our pastoral plan, and praised our leadership for their perseverance.
Synodality and Pastoral Planning
Our parish has been planning locally, and so has the Pope! Synodality is about how the Church "journeys together."
Challenge 6: Mission Support / Apoyo a la Misión
Mission Support means wise stewardship of God's gifts. Thank you to everyone for your ministry and service!
Challenge 5: Sending / Envío
Sending means bringing Christ to the world. Where are you being called to share the Good News?
Challenge 4: Accompaniment / Acompañamiento
Accompaniment means growing as disciples and nurturing growth in others. Why not invite someone to join you at Mass soon?
Challenge 3: Encounter / Encuentro
Encounter is the life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. How might our church better foster personal encounters with the Lord?
Challenge 2: Welcome / Bienvenida
We are called to practice radical hospitality and welcome others as Jesus did. Tell someone how happy you are that they came to Mass this weekend!
Challenge 1: Liturgy / Liturgia
The Church calls us to strive for "a conscious, active, and full participation of the faithful" at Mass. What do you contribute to community prayer in the Mass?
Photos of Renewal / Revival
We had a wonderful Renewal / Revival — check out our photos!
Grace and Change
We pray to welcome and invite a change of heart, mind, and spirit.
The Time is Now!
It's finally here! St. John the Evangelist unfolds a new evangelization plan to embrace and welcome all God's people and celebrate our blessings as a multi-racial/cultural family.
Prayers for Revival
Lord, we pray that You would revive the hearts of all believers. Birth in each of our hearts a desire to be used by You to bring about a lasting revival and spiritual awakening in the tiny corner of the world where You have placed us.
We Need Joy
The power and possibility of a truly alive faith in God gives us strength, hope, commitment, and the joy of doing the work of building the Kingdom of God.
Change in Attitude
Christians should appear as people who wish to share their joy. When people who like church come to see that the church needs to be for people who don’t like church, that changes your church.
Our Prayer for Pastoral Planning
Merciful Father, pour out your Spirit of wisdom and love to guide us in this pastoral planning process to Be Missionary Disciples of your son, Jesus Christ.
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