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Parish Action Plan Success Stories – Parish Partnering

Objective: Partner with at least one other parish by meeting regularly with parish leadership to identify opportunities to share resources.

Parish Action Plans

Holy Family, Galveston

Action Plan:
Hire a Youth Minister.

Success Story:
In order to save on costs, Holy Family united with five other churches from the Galveston area to share the position of Youth Minister. The Youth Minister will be responsible for developing programs and resources to engage the youth of the archdiocese.

Web site: holyfamilygb.org

St. Michael, Houston

Action Plan:
Partner with “sister” parish on youth/young adult activities.

Success Story:
St. Michael’s Director of Social Justice Ministry established a collaborative approach to invite St. Raphael’s youth to St. Michael’s Youth Faith Formation programs and events. The annual Christmas Party for children became a joint effort with great success for both parishes. Also, both parishes enthusiastically created an annual St. Raphael Festival beginning in October 2013.

Web site: www.stmichaelchurch.net

Sts. Simon & Jude, The Woodlands

Action Plan:
Partner with “sister” parish on multi-cultural activities.

Success Story:
In cooperation with St. Anthony of Padua, teams developed a Hispanic Ministry Council that delivers Spanish liturgy and access to Spanish Sacraments, as required, at both parishes every weekend. The parishes hired a bilingual retired priest and share the cost. The parish is also pleased to see former parishioners returning, who had migrated to other parishes offering a Spanish Mass.

Web site: www.ssjwoodlands.com