Parish Assembly Results

Just to let you know, 189 people attended the parish assemblies on Sept. 13-14. This  was approximately 19% of those who came to Sunday Mass that weekend. Of the 189 people who attended an assembly, 165 people submitted written answers to the six questions the pastoral council asked. Here are the top three answers for each question. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of people who answered thus. The pastoral council continues to draft our parish’s pastoral plan. Don’t forget Goal Sign-up Sunday, Oct. 25-26.

Br. Ian

What makes our parish unique and special?

  • Traditional, reverent liturgies (76)
  • The Dominican Friars (43)
  • Latin Mass (41)

What do I as a member expect of my parish?

  • Opportunities to connect with the priests, staff, and parish community (34)
  • Opportunities to grow in faith (28)
  • Opportunities to receive the sacraments (28)

If Jesus were here today, what words would he give us to direct our future?

  • Love God above all, and love your neighbor as yourself. (31)
  • Preach the Gospel without compromise. (14)
  • Spread the word. (14)
  • Connect with and serve the community around you. (14)

What do our demographics and data suggest we do for the future?

  • Grow the parish. (17)
  • Enhance and encourage our religious education program and build
    a new religious education center. (17)
  • Reach out to young families moving into downtown. (16)

How should we reach out to the broader community from our parish?

  • Advertise (word of mouth, diocesan newspaper, website, etc.). (29)
  • Partner with other parishes to build community, increase evangelism, service,
    and achieve the Church’s broader goals. (18)
  • Offer service projects. (14)

Which of the seven elements do we need to focus on and why?


  • Because…(no response) (11)
  • Because we need fellowship and to get involved in community work. (9)
  • Because we need to have more community socials after Mass. (5)

WORD (34)

  • Because we need to continue educational and spiritual opportunities for adults. (10)
  • Because…(no response) (9)
  • Because we need the clear meaning of Christ’s teaching through education. (6)


  • Because…(no response) (11)
  • Because the parish needs to inform parishioners of service opportunities and
    get them involved. (5)
  • Because we need to serve as a community as Christ asks us. (5)


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Fr. Juan at the Memphis Gala

It was quite a great opportunity to be at the Memphis Gala on Thursday, September 25, in Tennessee. The Dominican Order is about to celebrate 175 years of continued ministry at Saint Peter’s Church in downtown Memphis. We are thankful for our presence in that great southern city. It was a gift to see the support of many parishioners, friends, and benefactors who joined the friars at Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant for the fund raising evening. Fr. Tom Condon, our provincial, the four friars presently assigned to Memphis, two of our student brothers from St. Louis, our vocation director, and myself were delighted to welcome the efforts of many generous benefactors. We had the best attendance and received the largest contributions to date. Praise the Lord!

On a personal level, at the Gala I was glad to meet Mrs. Laura Robinson -a life time friend of our beloved fr. Joe Konkel. We shared several memories about him, especially the many times they went “as a family with Joe” to Destin, FL. I said to Laura that I always heard him speak about The Robinsons with the fondest regards. It touched me to see Laura’s daughter, Beth, as a volunteer for the event; when I was introduced to her and she found out that I lived with him at Holy Rosary for the last 7 years of his life, she said to me: “You were so lucky.” Indeed I was; fr. Joe was more than a mentor, he was a joyful friar and a gentle role model of Dominican life that I will always treasure.

As I visited the columbarium at St. Peter’s where fr. Joe’s ashes were placed to rest, I asked the Lord to inspire me to be a bit more like fr. Joe -always ready to serve others, always with a smile on his face.

In the Risen Christ,

fr. Juan, O.P.

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