Pastoral Council

‘Whenever we do something together, something good, something beautiful, everyone changes.

All of us change in some way and this does us good.’  Pope Francis

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PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETINGS

AGENDA OF THE PASTORAL COUNCIL
“A Christian who does not pray for those who govern is not a good Christian.” Pope Francis

Tuesday May 22, 2018, 7:00 p. m.
St. Francis of Assisi Hall, Yulee, Fl.

I. INTRODUCTION (5 Minutes)

1. Opening Prayer – Father, we thank you for the opportunity to gather tonight. May everything we do begin with your inspiration and continue with your help. We ask your guidance throughout this meeting, that all of our thoughts and actions would reflect your holy will, and that you would grant us the grace to love you and our neighbors more perfectly. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
2. Welcome new attendees
3. Opening Remarks – Fr. Rafal

II. OLD BUSINESS (15 minutes)
1. Review of Action Items from January 23, 2018 meeting – Bob Bell
2. Ministry Calendar – Ellen Harper
3. Baby Bottle Campaign Wrap-up – Beverly Crowley
III. NEW BUSINESS (90 minutes)
1. Lessons Learned from Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Celebrations – All Ministries
a. Liturgy Events
b. Stations of the Cross
c. Parish Penance Service
d. Jesus’ Tomb

2. Finance Report
3. Status of Prioritized Actions from Oct Parish Town Hall
4. E-Giving Program Status – Kathy Junker
5. Mass Schedule on Sunday
6. Ministry Scheduling
7. Development of a Parish Prayer
8. Security Concerns
9. Emergency Call List
10. Christmas Bazaar
11. Parish Directory
12. Ministry Highlights – All Ministry Chairs
IV. PRACTICAL DISCUSSION AND TASKING (5 minutes)
1. Tasks for next meeting. – Fr. Rafal
2. Next Meeting – Tuesday, September 25, 2018

IV. CONCLUSION (5 minutes)
1. Closing Comments – Fr. Rafal
2. Closing Prayer – Father, we give you thanks that you have allowed us to work together and serve you during this meeting. We ask your blessing upon our endeavors, and upon all present today. May your love and grace continue to guide us, in everything that we do, today and in the future. We pray in Jesus name, Amen

AGENDA OF THE PASTORAL COUNCIL
“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” Pope Francis

Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:00 p. m.
St. Francis of Assisi Hall, Yulee, Fl.

I. INTRODUCTION (5 Minutes)

1. Opening Prayer – Father, we thank you for the opportunity to gather tonight. May everything we do begin with your inspiration and continue with your help. We ask your guidance throughout this meeting, that all of our thoughts and actions would reflect your holy will, and that you would grant us the grace to love you and our neighbors more perfectly. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
2. Welcome new attendees
3. Opening Remarks – Fr. Rafal

II. OLD BUSINESS (15 minutes)
1. Review of Action Items from August 22, 2017 meeting – Bob Bell
a. Appointment of new ministry leads
b. Sponsor for 2018 Religious Calendars – Bob Bell
c. Status of Confessional, Gutters, Security Lights, Cameras, etc. – Steve Ashwell

2. Plans for 2nd Anniversary Event – Cathy McKnight
3. Ministry Calendar – Ellen Harper
III. NEW BUSINESS (90 minutes)
1. Preparations for Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter – All Ministries
a. Liturgy Events
b. Stations of the Cross
c. Parish Penance Service
d. Jesus’ Tomb?
e. Fish Fry/Soup and Bread

2. Finance Report
3. Campaign Report
4. Parish Picnic – Cathy McKnight
5. Training on Fire Alarm System – Joe Dzwilefsky
6. Support of YUM Food Pantry – Pat Janco
7. Facebook Coordinator Position
8. Update of the Constitution of the Pastoral Council – Bob Bell
9. Dinner Group Proposal
10. Ministry Highlights – All Ministry Chairs
IV. PRACTICAL DISCUSSION AND TASKING (5 minutes)
1. Tasks for next meeting. – Fr. Rafal
2. Next Meeting – Tuesday, May 22, 2018

IV. CONCLUSION (5 minutes)
1. Closing Comments – Fr. Rafal
2. Closing Prayer – Father, we give you thanks that you have allowed us to work together and serve you during this meeting. We ask your blessing upon our endeavors, and upon all present today. May your love and grace continue to guide us, in everything that we do, today and in the future. We pray in Jesus name, Amen

 INTRODUCTION (5 Minutes)


  1. Opening Prayer – Father, We thank you for the opportunity to gather tonight. May everything we do begin with your inspiration and continue with your help.  We ask your guidance throughout this meeting, that all of our thoughts and actions would reflect your holy will, and that you would grant us the grace to love you and our neighbors more perfectly.  We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
  2. Welcome new members
  3. Opening Remarks – Fr. Rafal

OLD BUSINESS (20 minutes)

  1. Review of Action Items from April 2017 meeting – Bob Bell
  2. Building Coordinator Position
  3. Ministry Calendar
  4. Co-chairs for ministries
  5. Status of Confessional
  6. Fellowship after Mass

 

III.     NEW BUSINESS (80 minutes)

  1. Preparations for Advent and the Christmas Season – All Ministries
  2. Update of the Pastoral Plan – Bob Bell
  3. Selection of replacement ministry leads – Bob Bell
  4. Website – request for updates and pictures
  5. Eucharistic Adoration – Pat Ruebush
  6. Dealing with the needy – Pat Janco
  7. Ministry Briefings before Mass
  8. New parishioner’s welcome event – Bob Bell
  9. Sponsor for 2018 Religious Calendars – Bob Bell
  10. Ministry Highlights – All Ministry Chairs

 

PRACTICAL DISCUSSION AND TASKING (5 minutes)

  1. Tasks for next meeting. – Fr. Rafal
  2. Next Meeting – Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 

CONCLUSION (5 minutes)

  1. Closing Comments – Fr. Rafal
  2. Closing Prayer – Father, we give you thanks that you have allowed us to work together and serve you during this meeting. We ask your blessing upon our endeavors, and upon all present today.  May your love and grace continue to guide us, in everything that we do, today and in the future.  We pray in Jesus name, Amen

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission
Minutes of Pastoral Council Meeting
May 22, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7:00p.m. The following were present: Fr. Rafal Mazurowski, Deacon Brian Campbell, Bob Bell, Steve Borusovic, Pat Janco, Mary Flanagan, Pat Ruebush, Bunny Smithson, Ellen Harper, Pat Deacon, Beth Jurovcik, Ken Norstrem, Kelli Norstrem, Dawn Welliver, John Flynn, Wayne Munson, Jean Stanley, Lori Gamble and Kathy Junker.

Absent: Cathy McKnight, John Sullivan, Joe Dzwilefsky

Invited Guest: Lori Gamble

The Introduction consisted of the following items:

1. Opening Prayer was presented by Bob Bell
2. Introduction of new attendees was made: Jean Stanley, Business Manager and Kathy Junker, Finance Council

Old Business:

1. Review of the Action Items from the January 23, 2018 Pastoral Council by Bob Bell:
a. Installation of security cameras and lighting – This has been approved; however, no work is being done due to the lack of a Building Manager. The church is looking for someone to fill this role.
b. Milling for the road to the North and East – This has been approved; however, nothing is being done due to the lack of a Building Manager.
c. Thermostats – These are being set by ushers and others should not be changing the setting.

ACTION ITEM: Kathy Junker – Print signs and place above all thermostats informing parishioners not to change the setting.

d. New parishioner recognition – Use of bulletin pictures and/or recognition of new members before mass as part of the announcements. This is still an open action.

ACTION ITEM: Kathy Junker – Discuss both options with Fr. Rafal and Office Staff and implement recognition of new members.

2. Update on the Ministry Calendar by Ellen Harper: There is a new Chrome Book, set up on a laptop in the Cry Room, to be initialed as present when serving at mass. This is replacing the printed calendar. Ellen assisted at each of the masses, including the Spanish masses, during the past two weeks; there were no issues. Marie Sullivan currently manually updates and copies the Ministry Calendar.

ACTION ITEM: Ellen Harper and Marie Sullivan – Determine a way to automatically sync Google Sheets.

3. Respect Life Updates by Bunny Smithson:
a. Baby Bottle Campaign – $4,416.39 was collected and distributed to the Women’s Help Center, St. Gerard’s Campus and The Nest. The Nest is no longer being used, as they require a statement of faith be signed by our volunteers. The statement differs somewhat from our Catholic faith and our volunteers did not want to sign it. The Nest will not allow anyone to volunteer who does not sign. The decision was then made to stop collecting funds for The Nest.
b. Needlework – 20 hand-knit baby blankets were presented to St. Bernard’s.
c. Certificate Awards were presented to winners of the CCD Respect Life contest at the 9:30a.m. mass on April 22nd.
d. Bunny Smithson and Beverly Crowley are completing their two-year term and will be looking for replacements. They would like to see a couple replace them, rather than two individuals. A notice will be posted in the Bulletin if replacements are not found.

New Business:

1. Lessons learned from Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Celebrations – discussion by all ministries:
a. Creation of Altar Guild – Bob Bell relayed an email he received from Kathleen Lunman. She would like to see an altar guild created to oversee the decorating of the church. Kathleen cited a lack of advance planning for Holy Week and Easter as an example. Ellen Harper responded that she agreed with this concern.
b. Use of Brick pavers – Ellen Harper stated that they will no longer be used in decorating, as they scratch the floors.
c. Jesus’ Tomb – Ellen Harper stated that this term should not be used, as it is a Protestant term. We should use the term Altar of Repose instead.
d. Availability of palms for Palm Sunday – Bob Bell stated that complaints had been made about a shortage of palms for some of the masses on Palm Sunday. No palms were available for the 9:30 Mass.
e. Altar Guild chair – Bob Bell brought this topic up again and asked if an Altar Guild should be established, and if so, will someone be willing to head up this function?
f. Additional comments for Lessons learned:
i. Pat Ruebush, Spirituality Ministry, added that our parish penance service be expanded to include more than just confession. Other suggestions were made to change the name to “confession” or “evening penance hour”, as well as to add recorded music in the background.
ii. Beth Jurovcik, Music Ministry, brought up suggestions to add an additional mass on Easter Sunday, make the Good Friday service shorter and hold it earlier in the day, purchase more palms next year, add a procession on Palm Sunday; include the Spanish congregation in Holy Week functions. There was also no washing of feet.
iii. Pat Ruebush, Spirituality Ministry, stated that Stations of the Cross, followed by soup and bread, was a good experience. She suggested alternating leaders next year and having someone other than the leader for stations set up for the dinner.

2. Discussion moved on to the Finance Report. John Flynn reported that as of April 30, 2018 there was a total of $290,000 in cash; of this, $53,000 was in the Building Fund account. He also stated that the Finance Council celebrated the December 31, 2107 payoff of the $446,000 loan at the February meeting. Further, the bishop notified St. Francis that the church would not have to repay the $200,000 Emergency Loan from the Diocese. While this loan did not have a specific repayment obligation, it was still a liability to the church. Mr. Flynn also commented that the some of the building requests still had to be completed; these items were under active review by the Finance Council. Individual ministry budget requests for fiscal year July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 are due by June 30, 2018.

3. Bob Bell brought up the status of prioritized actions from the October Parish Town Hall meeting. Several items had already been approved (confessional, cameras, lighting, gutters); only the gutters have been completed. Parishioners voted on three projects in October (pavilion, paved parking and drainage improvements, and millings); one bid of $166,000 for the paved parking project has been received to date. No action has been taken due to the lack of a Building Manager.
4. Kathy Junker reported on the status of the e-giving program. The church signed an agreement with VANCO Payment Solutions on April 6, 2018. There is no contract or requirement to remain with VANCO for any specific time. There is no cost to parishioners for participating in online giving; the church will pay a monthly fee to VANCO. St. Francis must now decide when they would like to roll this program out to parishioners.
ACTION ITEM: Kathy Junker – Determine a date to roll out online giving.

5. Bob Bell said that a proposal to change the current Sunday mass schedule from 8:00a.m. and 9:30a.m. to 8:00a.m. and 10:00a.m. to improve the parking situation. Discussion on this subject determined that this was not a constant problem. Kelli Nortstrem, from the Family program and Dawn Welliver, from the Religious Education program stated that they preferred to keep the current mass schedule in place. This item was shelved with no further action to be taken for the time being.

6. Discussion then moved to ministry Stewardship. Bob Bell stated that he received responses to his request for suggestions and comments from the various ministries. He suggested sign-up session(s), with tables for each ministry, to encourage new members. Mary Flanagan, from Women’s Activities, suggested to all of them at once outside, under our tents and serve finger foods. The suggested that it be scheduled for October; no one opposed. Pat Deacon, from the Eucharistic Ministry, suggested the possibility of offering a door prize.

ACTION ITEM: Set up and plan this event in October 2018 (no one assigned to this action item)

7. Bob Bell suggested having the parishioners develop a new parish prayer, and get their input on the development of an altar guild. The use of a survey to gather input was discussed.

ACTION ITEM: Bob Bell – Execute a plan for a survey and the creation of a new parish prayer by October.

8. Bob Bell shared comments he received regarding security concerns during mass, as well as possible solutions. There was additional discussion regarding problems locking one of the front doors to the building. Deacon Brian Campbell reminded everyone that concerns about security during mass and when the building is empty are two different topics. Steve Borusovic commented that the ushers monitor the use of the side doors during mass. Mary Flanagan invited Lori Gamble to present the possibility of obtaining a risk assessment that covers various areas of security for St. Francis.

ACTION ITEM: Lori Gamble – Obtain an estimate of the fee charged for the assessment and e-mail her findings to Bob Bell.

9. Bob Bell brought up the use of an emergency call list. As of now, Bob and Joe Dzwilefsky are the only two on the list to be called by ACS.
ACTION ITEM: Kathy Junker – Post Bob Rowell’s (Maintenance) telephone number in the kitchen.
10. Mary Flanagan, Women’s Activities, outlined the upcoming Christmas Bazaar. Sandy Pineault will oversee the bazaar. It will be held the first weekend of November, on both Saturday and Sunday, on the church’s lawn. The bazaar will be open to the public and larger than in the past. Crafts to be sold will be donated by our parishioners. Additional activities will be included. Hiring a Santa Clause or finding a volunteer was discussed. Additional detail will be emailed to Bob Bell, after the next Women’s Activities meeting on May 24th.

11. The suggestion has been made to create a parish directory. The pros and cons of a directory were discussed. Mary Flanagan, Women’s Activities, brought up a digital option as a possibility; it would allow for pictures to be added to the directory over time.

ACTION ITEM: Mary Flanagan to obtain information for a possible parish directory.

12. Discussion moved to ministry highlights. Each ministry chair had an opportunity to comment:
a. Liturgy, Ellen Harper – Some people are scheduling themselves too often or for more than one item during a mass. Procedures were originally established to allow more people to participate. Ministers should only be asked to participate one time per month for weekend masses and should only participate in one area (e.g. lector, eucharistic minister) per weekend mass.
ACTION ITEM: Ellen Harper – Provide new/updated procedures for lectors.
b. Spirituality, Pat Ruebush – The ministry recently showed a movie, and had about ten people attend the first of two showings. She thought that she could improved the coordination and explanation of events in the future. Faith Study is on break for the summer and a women’s bible study will begin in the fall. Sunday rosary will continue.

c. Charities, Pat Janco – Pat reported that Gracie’s Kitchen is doing well and need for YUM has almost doubled. There was an increase in seniors’ need for food and socks for men; the pet corner is doing well. St. Francis served over 4000 meals this month. Heart 2 Heart is requesting that Charities be notified if anyone could use a card. The blood drive is also going well.

ACTION ITEM: Pat Janco – Rename “Charities” to “Outreach”?

d. Women’s Activities, Mary Flanagan – The Father’s Day brunch will be discussed at the May 24, 2018 meeting for Women’s Activities. Details: Brunch will be held outside of the church after each of the Sunday masses and include breakfast casseroles, fruit, juice and coffee; sign-up sheets for attendance will be placed in the Narthex. A women’s retreat has been suggested and is being considered for a half or full day, at St. Francis. Mary is trying to get this established and would like to get Pat Ruebush, Spirituality, involved.

e. Music, Beth Jurovcik – The children’s music program was a success this year! The choir party was also a big success. The adult choir is growing; however, more participants are still needed for the Sunday 8:00a.m. masses. Beth is trying to limit the choir to 15 people at the 4:00p.m. masses. She requested that the chapel door be kept shut, due to allergies of some choir members. Beth also reported that she is working on a grant for materials for the children to use; they are currently using Beth’s own materials. She is also buying some “instruments” for them. Beth is also working on developing choir visits to nursing homes.

f. Family/Youth, Ken and Kelli Norstrem – Kelli reported that things are going well. In May, they did a trip to the beach; it was well attended. They are looking for ideas for a day trip in July. They are also getting some new members but are looking for more. Finally, the Easter egg hunt received a good response from attendees!

g. Ushers, Steve Borusovic – Steve reported that there are currently 34 ushers; however, more are still needed.

h. Religious Education, Dawn Welliver – Dawn reported that there were 40 children involved this year. An electronic registration form is being created on the church’s website. She also reported that she has a parent’s meeting coming up for next fall’s program. The bread distribution was a little smaller than hoped; however, a she received a positive response. Dawn also reported that she has security concerns during class, as children are visible through the side door windows. Finally, Dawn will be contacting Bunny Smithson regarding the Respect Life program.

ACTION ITEM: Jean Stanley to obtain blinds that can be installed on the side door windows.

i. Fundraising, Wayne Munson – Wayne reported on two items:

i. Building Fund – This fund still exists. Approximately $11,000 is still being collected. People continue to contribute to the fund; these funds will go to existing projects. Any new projects would be completed with new funds collected.

ii. Plumbing issue – The grading has failed under the sewage lines, causing them to sag; two areas have been affected. Roto Rooter provided a “healthy” estimate to correct the situation. Any warranty availability is also being researched. This is an issue that must be corrected. It is not a building fund issue or an operating/maintenance issue.

j. Finance Council, John Flynn – John stated that he had no comments.

k. Eucharistic Ministers, Pat Deacon – Pat reported that the eucharistic ministers now have added four stations at the 9:30 Mass. She also noted that there is not always a sacristan or altar server for Saturday masses; Deacon’s open “D” spots are also not being filled. Pat will be holding a training “recommitment” for new and existing eucharistic ministers on June 9, 2018. She will also hold a back-up session and put a notice in the bulletin. There are some certificates that need renewing. Those who would like to become eucharistic ministers must be at least 16 years of age, confirmed and in good standing with the church. Pat noted that no new interest has been expressed for altar servers and eucharistic ministers.

l. Women’s Activities, Mary Flanagan – Mary reported that any proceeds from the Christmas Bazaar will be donated towards a pavilion.

m. Men’s Activities, Bob Bell – Bob reported that they will be off for the summer; their final meeting this season is June 7th. John Sullivan is the president elect. An event is planned for a Jumbo Shrimp baseball game and buffet, on July 15, 2018. A sign-up sheet will be posted the first week of June; at least 24 participants are needed.

Conclusion:
1. Father Rafal reported that Deacon Brian would like to have a discussion on a specific book. Father asked Pat Ruebush, Spirituality, if the Women’s Book Club would be willing to host.

2. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Discussion will address plans for Advent, Christmas and an Altar Guild.

3. Closing prayer was led by Fr. Rafal and the meeting adjourned at 9:12p.m

PASTORAL PLAN OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC MISSION 2015-2020


The Pastoral Council of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission approved in January 2015 the organization of the pastoral life under 7 areas:

  • Development
  • Spirituality
  • Liturgy
  • Family
  • Charity
  • Men and Women’s Activities
  • Events

There is a project to add an 8th area in 2016 and this will be the Hispanic Ministry.

In this way, all the parishioners are represented in the pastoral council because they are affiliated to at least one of these areas through their activity within the Community. This also enables us to organize and develop the different ministries in a coordinate way.

In the introduction we will present some general information of the Mission Church. Then we present the pastoral plan of the different areas as it has been viewed by the leadership of the Community, guided by its pastor.

Contents

  1. INTRODUCTION 2
  2. DEVELOPMENT 4
  3. SPIRITUALITY 6
  4. LITURGY 12
  5. FAMILY 15
  6. CHARITIES 18
  7. MEN AND WOMEN ACTIVITIES 19
  8. EVENTS 23
  9. HISPANIC MINISTRY 24
  10. CALENDAR 24

INTRODUCTION


ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI AT A GLANCE Mission Statement of St. Francis of Assisi

“We are brothers and sisters in Christ who gather to worship God and witness our Catholic faith by serving the Community.”


Vision Statement for St. Francis of Assisi 2015-2020


St. Francis will become:

  • a welcoming modern Parish where people will be able to renew their experience of God, deepen their relationship with Him, and learn more about their Catholic faith;
  • an inviting Community for young families and all adults where we care about and respect others and spend time in fellowship;
  • an opportunity for all to serve the Community through liturgical ministries, family activities, special events, and especially serve the needy with lodging, food, and spiritual and medical assistance.

PRESENTATION


St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission in Yulee was established as a quasi-parish by Bishop Felipe Estevez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and attached to St. Michael Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach. Rev. Daniel Guindon is the current administrator, since March 1st, 2015. While construction of a multipurpose facility is going on the property located at 86000 St. Francis Way, the Catholic Community gathers at the Yulee United Methodist Church, just on the other side of A1A, with weekend Masses at 4 pm on Saturdays and 8 am on Sundays, weekday Masses and office hours during the week.

The Mission Church has its own pastoral council and finance council and is currently establishing all the ministries proper to a parish.

The groundbreaking of the first worship facility happened on May 16th, 2015, and was well attended by parishioners, members of the Catholic clergy and Christian clergy, as well as by many authorities of the County. The groundbreaking was presided by Bishop Felipe Estevez, accompanied by Father Dan, Tim Young the General Contractor, Jose Miranda the Architect and the Rodriguez family, representing the future of the church.

The building is expected to be completed by Easter 2016.

Story of the Mission


In 2007, there was an evident need to develop the Catholic community in Yulee. St. Michael Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach grew from 300 to 1700 registered families in the last 30 years. Due largely to that growth, arrangements were made to hold a weekly Saturday Vigil Mass in the Yulee United Methodist Church. Initial attendance averaged 70 people per mass.

In 2010, the Diocese of St. Augustine purchased 15 acres of land for a future church site. Average attendance at that time had risen to approximately 145 people per mass. By 2014, the debt on that land had been retired, and Bishop Estevez approved the name for the new Yulee church to be St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission.

In March of 2015, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission received yet another blessing. Bishop Estevez appointed Fr. Daniel Guindon as Administrator for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission, effective March 1, 2015. Average attendance to the Saturday Vigil Mass has grown to around 220. An additional Mass has been added on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Yulee United Methodist Church with already 100 attendees.

The Diocese of St. Augustine has decreed that St. Francis of Assisi will serve the faithful in the general area of Nassau County west of the Intracoastal Waterway and east of interstate 95.

With a lot of work and determination, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission is finally ready to take the next step in their journey.

On Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony, as they began the process of building the first place of worship of the Catholic Community in Yulee.

The long awaited St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission will be a one-story, 7,700- square-foot multi-purpose facility located along US Highway A1A. It will seat 300 parishioners and be expandable to seat 400. The new facility will include a space to celebrate Mass and the sacraments, in addition to several areas for meetings, offices, a kitchen, and an adoration chapel.

Establishing a Catholic Mission in Yulee creates a tremendous opportunity for outreach and evangelization to young families who now live in and around the area – and to serve those who will come later. As Yulee continues to grow, St. Francis will also grow to become a center of spirituality for all people of good will.

DEVELOPMENT


Definition

The development area is the ministry that reflects on St. Francis of Assisi’s role in the society and makes it happen.

Organization

This ministry has been divided into six committees.

    1. COMMUNITY IMAGE

In this area, we work on the identification and development of the IMAGE of St. Francis of Assisi: our identity, our mission, our goals (vision).

We work on the presentation of this image ad extra: “marketing”, advertising, public relations.

We will need 3-5 people.

    1. INTERNAL COMMUNICATION

In this area, we focus on the internal tools: website for St. Francis of Assisi, bulletin, virtual calendar, printed material, social media.

We will need 5-10 people.

    1. ADMINISTRATION

Organize the data of the parish in the accounting and secretary levels. We will need 3-4 people to support our secretary-bookkeeper.

    1. FUNDRAISING

The fundraising team will develop with the help of IMAGE and COMMUNICATION the foundation of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission. They will organize the fundraising effort and follow-up with the campaigns.

We will need 6-12 people.

    1. VOLUNTEER NETWORK

This team will organize the network of volunteers in the Mission and make sure that everyone can blossom with the talents God has given them.

We will need 2-3 people.

    1. BUILDING

The building committee works on preparing plans and on facilitating the construction.

We will need 6-15 people.

Projection

FIRST PROJECT: MULTI-PURPOSE FACILITY (340 people)

Mean: Organize a Capital Campaign from 2015 – 2017 to raise $2 Million

To be inaugurated at Easter 2016: it will serve for worship purposes, meetings, gatherings, and for perpetual adoration.

The Mass schedule will be the following: to begin at Easter 2016

  • Saturday 4 p.m., 7 p.m. (Spanish)
  • Sunday 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Family Mass)

Religious Education 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. to begin in September 2016

SECOND PROJECT: CHURCH (600 people)

Mean: Organize a Capital Campaign from 2018 – 2022 to raise $4 – $5 Million To be inaugurated at Easter 2021

THIRD PROJECT: RECTORY

Estimated cost: $300,000

To be completed for Easter 2023

FOURTH PROJECT: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

To be inaugurated in August 2024 Funding: to be determined

FIFTH PROJECT: MIDDLE SCHOOL

To be inaugurated: August 2026 Funding: to be determined

OTHER PROJECTS: GYMNASIUM, HIGH SCHOOL

SPIRITUALITY

1. Presentation

The spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission is based on the four pillars of the Franciscan spirituality: conversion, dedication to prayer, study and charity.

When we talk about spirituality, we mean the particular path that a person, an order or an ecclesial community undertakes to reach communion with God and the sanctification of his soul.

It is St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission’s first interest to help its parishioners to save their soul and fulfill the purpose of their lives, and so doing, find present happiness and peace.

The first aspect of this path is radical conversion. We need to understand that we were created to love and serve God, and obtain eternal life. This requires a constant asceticism to fight the temptation of being self-centered and of looking for one’s happiness beyond the love of God and of the neighbor. The word conversion comes from Latin and it means orientation to God. All our life needs to be orientated toward God. In that way we become capable of avoiding sin and we receive God’s endless peace and happiness. We strive to become more like Christ, in whose image we were created.

Prayer is the relationship with God. You cannot love God above all things if you don’t spend time to be exclusively with God. This is a challenge because it apparently doesn’t give us any tangible, measurable commodity. Time dedicated to prayer is not wasted. If we realize that prayer is the best preparation for heaven’s life! St. Francis of Assisi offers community prayer such as the Liturgy of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Prayer of the Rosary, Eucharistic adoration and also offers workshops on lectio divina and personal prayer.

The study of God is what enriches our conversation with God. What can we say to God when we pray? What does he tell us? It is necessary to deepen in our faith through the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures, the documents of the Magisterium (texts from the Holy Fathers), the Catechism and other books of spirituality. St. Francis of Assisi will continuously offer workshops on these matters and encourages its parishioners to spend more time in spiritual readings.

According to Brother Leo, Francis received the stigmata on September 14th, 1224 by a six winged seraph, signifying his union with the Passion of Christ and the love that guided his life. Love comes from experience. Another particular moment of his life was Christmas 1223 in Greccio, where he recreated a live Nativity in the Church, and he made people experience the real meaning of Christ’s incarnation. His love for Christ was expressed in his natural love for the neighbor and for all living creatures.

Following his example, St. Francis of Assisi community aims to live and experience Love; to attain his mystical experience of God and to become caring of people within the Community (not only the Catholic). Humility and service characterize St. Francis of Assisi parishioners. The Community is setting many ways for its members to be able to be involved in the loving care of those in need.

Goals

General Goal: St. Francis Catholic Mission aims to feed our spiritual dimension and accompany us in our spiritual journey with God and toward God (eternity).

We have chosen as the spirituality of our Mission Church the principle elements of the Franciscan spirituality, implementing particular goals as follows:

  1. Conversion: The changing of hearts will lead us to: Undertake the evangelical life

Fight against concupiscence (inclination to sin)

Detach from the goods of the world

Renounce the world and its proposed lifestyles Practice humility

Understand and accept our neighbors Be transformed by God’s presence Be a temple of God

Be an alter Christus (another Christ)

  1. Dedication to Prayer, that is: being closer to God, valuing the sacraments, especially the sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance, and learning the ways of prayer as follows:

Blessing and Adoration: acknowledge who He is and elevate our soul to Him

Supplication, Petition: we pray first for the Kingdom, then for what is necessary to welcome it and cooperate with its coming; express our needs to God with confidence

Intercession: pray on behalf of all men, especially sinners

Thanksgiving: give back to God through the prayer of thanksgiving, primarily through the celebration of the Eucharist

Praise: give laud to God through the prayer of the psalms and of music and worship as an expression of the heart

Study of Spirituality:

The different paths that lead us to God will make us understand better who God is and what is His will for our life

  1. Charity: We experience the love of God and we share His love with others

We pay attention to the spiritual and material needs of our neighbors. In this way, we love one another as God has loved us.

Means to these goals:

Conversion

    • Reading and meditating on the Gospel
    • Spiritual asceticism (discipline)
    • Silence and recollection at home and before and after Mass
    • Daily examination of conscience and prayer of Act of Contrition
    • Frequenting the Sacrament of Penance
    • Evangelical poverty

o Decreasing needless spending

    • Sharing material goods with those most in need
    • Stance against consumerism; ideologies, and practices that prefer riches over human and religious values
    • One to one spiritual counseling
    • Encountering Christ in others and seeking ways of unity and harmony
    • Participating at Mass including receiving the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist

Prayer

Seminar on forms of prayer

  1. Vocal
  2. Meditative
  3. Contemplative Workshop
  4. Rosary
  5. Divine Mercy Chaplet
  6. Lectio Divina
  7. Centering Prayer Prayers
  8. Rosary
  9. Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
  10. Lectio Divina
  11. Centering Prayer
  12. Litany
  13. Novena Prayer Chain Prayer Service
  14. Liturgy of the Hours
  15. Taize

Participating at Mass including receiving the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist Prayer Garden/Labyrinth

Spirituality

Documents of the Church Magisterium

  1. Holy Fathers
  2. Doctors
  3. Mystics Faith formation
  4. Introduction to the Catholic Faith
  5. Religious Education program Group studies
  6. Bible
  7. The Word Among Us
  8. Women’s Book Club
  9. Men’s Spirituality Program
  10. Catechism of the Catholic Church Parish Mission

Pilgrimages

Charity

Spending time praying and building faith with those in need Being compassionate, forgiving, and merciful

Giving significance to what is important to our neighbor, i.e. food, clothing

Liturgical/Spiritual Calendar 2015

Daily

    1. Prayer Chain

Weekly

      1. Holy Mass and Communion
      2. Confession
      3. Eucharistic Adoration
      4. Prayers: Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet

Semi-monthly

1. Bible Study

Monthly

1. Women’s Book Club

Yearly

  1. Holy Days of Obligation
  2. Special Feast Days, i.e. Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
  3. Advent and Christmas
  4. Lent and Easter
  5. Eucharistic Congress
  6. Parish Mission
  7. Jubilee Year of Mercy
  8. Pilgrimages

2016 – In addition to 2015 Daily

    1. Adoration in the Chapel

Weekly

1. The Word Among Us (study group), Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina

Semi-monthly

  1. Catechism of the Catholic Church
  2. Study Program, i.e. Discovering Christ, Following Christ, & Sharing

Christ

Monthly

  1. Men’s Spiritual Program
  2. First Friday Mass
  3. First Saturday Mass
  4. Liturgy of the Hours

Semi-annually

  1. Taize Prayer Service
  2. Day of Recollection/Reflection

Yearly

  1. May Crowning
  2. Living Rosary
  3. RCIA
  4. Religious Education program

2017-2019

  • Review and assess the above – make additions, deletions, revisions
  • Add Weekend Retreat, Library, Outdoor Stations of the Cross, Prayer Garden, Labyrinth

LITURGY

GOALS

The Liturgy is the moment to renew the experience of God, so that people may connect with God.

The Liturgy becomes an educational moment of the sacredness of the communication with God.

We will develop a communal dimension of the celebration: union of mind and spirit. Liturgy is about the corporate body at prayer.

Music is integral to the Liturgy and helps us communicate and connect with God. By encouraging participation of the congregation, it elevates the soul.

Every ministry will model and teach reverence to God. Our Liturgy will respect the sacredness of the altar.

Lay ministers will create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere as people enter and leave the Church.

The Liturgy will nurture the full and active participation of all the faithful. It will differentiate between the different ministerial roles.

MEANS

Formation training will teach about Liturgy and train the different ministers in their roles in a way that promotes reverence and joy. Prayer before fulfilling ministry will be taught.

Teaching masses will educate and deepen the Congregation’s understanding of Liturgy including the need for silence.

Committee meetings will be a time to reflect and plan for special liturgical periods in the Church calendar.

An art and environment committee will oversee decorations and artistic designs that enhance the Liturgy.

Music will offer different styles during mass that appeals to different groups of people. Music will enhance and emphasize different parts of the mass. Adult and children’s choir will be a regular part of the Liturgy.

Participation in retreats will be encouraged for lay ministers to deepen spirituality in connection with the ministry of spirituality.

Different aspects of conversion will be promoted for the congregation such as the sacrament of reconciliation, preaching and retreats.

Formation programs will be established for the congregation (such as, Discovering Christ and those that nourish body and soul).

Welcoming activities during and after mass for new parishioners will be scheduled monthly. Registration process will also encourage people to become active in a ministry.

CALENDAR

Annual calendar will be developed that will include Religious Education and RCIA. Meetings of the different lay ministries to revise roles in the Liturgy.

Reunion of the executive committee (leaders of each ministry) Training formation will take place twice a year.

Quarterly meetings with the spirituality team to plan for special events such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter (Holy Week).

2015

  • Plan for materials needed for liturgy in new church
  • Continue masses at Yulee United Methodist Church
  • RCIA begins
  • Commissioning of new lay ministers

2016

  • Liturgical celebrations in new building (Spring)!
  • Third mass added
  • Formation training for lay ministers twice a year
  • Religious education (Fall)
  • Additional sacramental rituals in new building (weddings, funerals, baptisms)
  • Teaching Mass in July
  • Art / Environment committee formed
  • Quarterly meetings to plan special liturgies

2017

  • Formation training for lay ministers twice a year
  • Religious education & RCIA
  • Teaching Mass in July
  • Quarterly meetings to plan special liturgies

2018

  • Retreat of the Liturgy ministry
  • Teaching Mass in July
  • Formation training for lay ministers twice a year
  • Religious education & RCIA
  • Quarterly meetings to plan special liturgies

2019 – 2020

  • Formation training for lay ministers twice a year
  • Religious education & RCIA
  • Teaching Mass in July
  • Quarterly meetings to plan special liturgies

FAMILY

General goals

The ministry supports the members of the church family in their Christian vocations to be better sons and daughters of God as well as fulfilling to perfection their state of life (relationships).

State-of-life goals

Married couples: encourage growth in mutual love for one another with understanding and acceptance. The ministry will also support the couple in their spiritual journey, especially as it pertains to the family.

Young adults (unmarried 19 to 39 years old): support their growth in faith and promote the development of healthy relationships with one another. Provide preparation training for the sacrament of marriage.

Teenagers: foster their growth in human maturity, responsibility, social awareness, sacramental and faith development and purity in their relationships.

Children: nurture their closeness with God and provide religious education and sacramental preparation with continuous parental involvement.

Family life: strengthen their relationship with Jesus and create an atmosphere of friendship among young families that give support to one another.

Widows and widowers: offer spiritual and emotional support to overcome new life challenges.

Single adults +40: develop a personal relationship with God and support in their state of life.

MEANS

Married couples: Identification of a program coordinator. Coordinate retreats, talks, encounters and casual couple’s nights out for fellowship and support.

Teenagers: Identification of a youth-group coordinator. Develop a youth group, starting with a highly-engaged core group to be expanded to meet the needs of a growing Parish. Foster volunteerism with activities such as Vacation Bible School.

Children: Identification of a children’s coordinator. Encourage growth in the participation of the Children’s Mass. Develop the Religious Education program and the organization of Vacation Bible School.

Family Life: Continue with the Family Follow Me events as this is an integral part of Family Life and is interwoven within the couples, teenagers, and children subgroups.

Young adults: Identification of a coordinator who will organize activities in conjunction with other parishes across the diocese. As St. Francis grows, activities will have a more local focus. The coordinator will also arrange for Pre- Cana classes for couples committed to the sacrament of marriage.

Widow and Widowers: Identification of a coordinator who will develop an active bereavement support group and look for opportunities for men and women activities.

Single adults +40: Identification of a coordinator who will organize activities in conjunction with other parishes across the diocese. As St. Francis grows, activities will have a more local focus.

CALENDAR 2015 Activities:

For the remainder of 2015, the ministry will maintain momentum with what is already in place as well as lay the foundation for new activities.

    • Begin identifying coordinators for each of the subgroups
  • Continuation of the semi-monthly youth mass as well as the bi-monthly

Family Follow Me fellowships

  • Recruitment of volunteers to institute informal group activities for young

children. This instruction will be small scale based upon the current number of children of this age. The group will meet at the Yulee United Methodist Church before the Saturday Children’s Mass

  • Institution of family retreats or encounters during the fall months
  • Begin the planning stages for the Bishop’s Family Life Ministry within St.

Francis

  • Begin training CCD teachers
  • Begin semi-monthly teen focus group meetings

2016 Activities:

  • Continuation of the semi-monthly youth mass as well as the bimonthly

Family Follow Me fellowships

  • Continue training CCD teachers
  • CCD classes – differentiate into two or more age groups, possibly focusing

on specific sacramental preparation if student population allows

  • Additional family activities are organized, i.e. day trips to zoo or parks and

family retreats

  • Vacation Bible School
  • Begin couples night out with inaugural dinner in new facility (April)
    • Execution of Bishop’s Family Life Ministry
    • Recruitment of a Family Life coordinator (volunteer) to serve as a link between this ministry, St. Francis, and the Archdiocese
    • Support the coordinator and the program so all aspects of the ministry align with the goals of the Archdiocese which include:
      • Program promotion within the parish
      • Pastoral responsibilities and education/information

dissemination.

      • Communication of family life-related public policy to the parish.

2017 – 2019 Activities:

With the momentum created up to this point as well as having a functional multi- purpose building for use as a backdrop for the ministry, a new St. Francis Family Ministry volunteer team will need to be recruited for the next two-year term. In addition to the aforementioned programs, new initiatives during this time will be:

  • An expanded CCD program with a full range of age groups and sacramental

preparation education

  • Creation of a youth group for middle school and high school
  • Organization of retreats for youth group members
  • Summer-time activities such as Vacation Summer Camp
  • Support the full implementation of the Bishop’s Family Life Ministry as well

as working hand-in-hand with Family Life coordinator

    • Identify linkages between the two ministries
    • Leverage the linkages going forward to mutually support the programs to maximize parish interest and further recruitment of young families

GOALS

CHARITIES

  • Give an opportunity to all to serve the Community
  • Allow people to witness God’s compassion
  • Share with other Christian communities the charitable activities
  • Love people as if they were Jesus
  • Have many people involved in the charity ministry
  • Develop a plan for visiting the homebound and distributing the communion to assisted living and homes
  • Distribute meals to those who are homebound (meals on wheels)
  • Improve the presentation of the Bishop Annual Stewardship Appeal
  • Jail: distribute communion to the catholic in jail
  • Support: Special Olympics for physically challenged
  • Offer elderly volunteers drives to doctors and shopping
  • Help the indigent:
    • Helping low income people file their tax returns
    • Help people with addictions to improve their lives

MEANS

Recruit people to be members of the charity ministry Have quarterly meetings to assist people in their needs Raise funds with different means

CALENDAR

2015 Gracie’s Kitchen – Establish two teams to cook and serve dinners for the YIDN on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of each month

World Changers – Provide lunches for youths working on homes in Nassau County during one week of July

2016 Conduct semi-annual blood drives and a blood bank for St. Francis Have mammography free screening for all females

2017 Create a community garden on parish property to grow produce for distribution to the needy

2018 Conduct a Special Olympics program for physically challenged people of all ages

2019 Support shelters for abused people

MEN AND WOMEN ACTIVITIES

MEN

Goals

Provide an outlet for men to become involved in the social, civic, and religious dimensions of the Community through establishment of dedicated Men’s organizations.

Establish a St. Francis of Assisi Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council separate and independent from St. Michael’s when the time is considered appropriate and resources available to support them.

Respond to definite needs of the wide community (county) and the faith community (parish) through sponsorship and coordination of efforts in support of such activities as the Special Olympics, the Shrimp Festival, the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, etc.

Means

Encourage and recruit men of St. Francis of Assisi parish who are not current members to join the St. Michael Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council to establish the cadre of Men who will initiate establishment of the St. Francis organizations.

Identify those men of St. Francis of Assisi who are current members of the St. Michael Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council and meet with them to discuss the way forward for St. Francis of Assisi.

Identify potential leaders to serve as Board members for the St. Francis of Assisi Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council when we are established as a Church independent of St. Michael and have facilities to hold our own meetings and activities.

Identify those activities undertaken by the St. Michael Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus where the men of St. Francis can take the lead role.

Once established the St. Francis of Assisi Men’s Club will become actively involved in the Church community and Yulee community. The Men’s Club president will work with the Events coordinator and Women’s Activities to arrange and coordinate social activities for the Church community including dinner dances, Christmas socials, family outings, and sporting activities.

Calendar

2015 –

Monthly – Men’s Club meetings on the first Monday of each Month.

Knights of Columbus Council meetings on the second Tuesday of each Month.

Solicit volunteers from the men of St. Francis to participate or lead activities of the St. Michael Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus. Activities for this year include:

Special Olympics Swimming Competition (Aug)

Knights of Columbus Citizens with Disabilities Campaign (Oct) Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament (Dec)

Salvation Army Bell Ringers program in Yulee area (Nov–Dec).

As new parishioners join St. Francis of Assisi make contact and invite the men to attend a meeting with the goal of joining the Men’s Club and/or Knights of Columbus Council.

2016 – Identify those men who will be leaders in the planning, organizing, and setting up of the St. Francis of Assisi Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council.

Conduct monthly Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council meetings Continue to work in cooperation with the St. Michael Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus for participation in or leadership of various activities, for example:

Men’s Retreat (Jan)

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner (Mar) Shrimp Festival (May) Special Olympics (Jun)

Salvation Army Bell Ringers (Nov-Dec) Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament (Dec)

2017 – Set up the St. Francis of Assisi Men’s Club separate from that of St. Michael’s.

Conduct monthly Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council meetings

Explore possibilities for scheduling and conducting Men’s activities at St. Francis. These activities could include:

Men’s Retreat (Jan)

Valentine’s Day Dinner dance (Feb)

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner (Mar)

Shrimp Festival in conjunction with St. Michaels (May) Special Olympics (Jun)

Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament (Dec) Salvation Army Bell Ringers (Nov-Dec)

2018 – 2019 – Continue to grow the St. Francis Men’s Club and expand the scope of activities to include additional activities such as:

Christmas Dinner Dance Pilgrimage to Assisi

Conduct Monthly Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council meetings

There is a likelihood that the Knights of Columbus Council could be a combined council of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Michael as we see similar arrangements in other parishes in the Jacksonville area. The St. Francis of Assisi arm of the Knights of Columbus Council will assist various Yulee community organizations through volunteer opportunities and fund raising events. Examples of these organizations include Cold Night Shelters, ARK, Special Olympics, Inter-faith Dinner Network, etc.

WOMEN

Goals

First, we must identify the needs of the women of the parish and provide activities which would enable them to be active participants in all aspects of the parish life, spiritual, social and volunteer. In five years, we hope to see the women of the parish actively involved in spiritual and social activities, which would benefit them and the parish as a whole.

Means

To accomplish this, we must determine the demographics of the parish as it concerns the needs of the women members. This will allow us to decide what types of activities would be of interest to them. To achieve these goals, we could send out a survey listing proposed activities and then determine which ones have the most interest shown in them. After compiling the information, we could then start to put in place programs based on the interest and need.

Calendar

The following is a proposed calendar for the establishment of women’s activities:

  1. June 2015 — The establishment of a Bereavement Ministry which allows for the women to participate in volunteering to help families in their time of need by providing food and comfort during a stressful period. At the present time, we have approximately fifteen volunteers who can be called upon to assist in providing food for repast luncheons after a funeral.
  2. November 2015 – and every year thereafter — Start an “Angel Tree” within the parish, which would provide Christmas gifts for those less fortunate, who might otherwise not have a Merry Christmas. We would contact local social agencies and have them provide us with the information for individuals and families who are in need of this type of service. This would be a yearly activity.
  3. Late 2015 — Establish a group for widows of the parish, which would provide the opportunity for them to meet others in the same situation and provide social activities such as lunches, movies, day trips, etc. Once established, the women could determine what type of activities they would like to do.
  4. 2016 — After the church hall is constructed and there is room for more activities, we could anticipate starting:
  • A Book Club
  • A Crafts Group

EVENTS

  1. Goals:
    • Build our faith
    • Serve the community
    • Build relationships within the parish by getting people involved
    • Raise money
    • Build upon our core group of volunteers that we can call upon when

needed for different functions

  1. Means:
    • Recruit volunteers
    • Hold regular meetings to plan and organize
    • Work with other ministries to achieve goals
  2. Calendar of events 2015
    • Bingo – ongoing
    • Groundbreaking
    • Fundraiser
    • Assist with St. Francis/St. Michael unity events
    • Blessing of the Pets – October 4th
  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

2016

  • Bingo – ongoing
  • Ribbon cutting / building dedication
  • “Thank You” reception for the YUMC and their members
  • Fundraiser
  • Organize retreats
  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
  • Special projects

2017

  • Bingo – ongoing
  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
  • Holiday events (not limited to):
    • Easter celebration / egg hunts
    • Halloween / Fall Festival
    • Christmas programs and festivities/bazar
  • Continue fundraisers for Church
  • Retreats
  • Special Projects

2018

  • Bingo
  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
  • Holiday events
  • Continue fundraising
  • Retreats
  • Special Projects
  • Assist in helping prepare for the building of Phase II

2019

  • Bingo
  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
  • Holiday events
  • Continue fundraising
  • Retreats
  • Special Projects
  • Assist in helping prepare for the building of Phase II

To be implemented

HISPANIC MINISTRY

CALENDAR

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