Since this latter was issued it has been announced that the Cathedral restrengthening work will take about three years. The closure and sale of St Thomas More church was to occur when the Cathedral opened in July next year but since then the new grant from the Government has extended the work out to three years.
THE PARISH IS UNDERTAKING A REVIEW OF ITS BUILDINGS AND RESOURCES AT THE REQUEST OF THE ARCHBISHOP.
IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED (below the form) HERE FOR PARISHIONERS ABOUT OUR BUILDINGS AND RESOURCES AND THE FUTURE OF THE PARISH. AS THE PARISH RELIES ON ITS BUILDINGS AND PASTORAL RESOURCES IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PARISHIONERS GIVE THIS MATTER DUE ATTENTION. THANK YOU.
Thank you for all who participated in the recent Parish Survey. There were 139 responders from our roll of approximately 500 which is considered a good number for a survey of this kind. A sub -committee summarised the results of each of the 13 questions. The results have now been referred back to the Parish Council, who are to collate them further. The survey is really the ‘finger-print’ or DNA of our parish. It will be the key part of our submission to the Cardinal’s directive of February 2019, which is due at the end of this month. It will also be the driving force for the parish vision into the future.
On 18th February a letter from Cardinal John Dew was circulated to all parishes. In it, Cardinal John requested a review of each parish’s current buildings, and their present financial situation. This was with a view of looking to the future. He asked us to prioritize ‘Mission.’ Each parish is required to present these proposals by October 19th, 2019. The following is a suggested approach I have run past the Parish Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee and Archdiocesan Offices.
Phase 1: April, May, June: Information gathering. This is an important phrase as what follows will be based on this. This includes the current value of buildings and realistic annual maintenance and insurance costs. These are key drivers of rising cost in parishes, in the case of insurance largely out of our control, and limit what can be afforded for ministry and mission. The use of buildings, their occupancy, whether they are ‘fit for purpose’, who uses them and how often. Information about mass counts, funerals etc. The financial situation of the parish, the number of Givers, AP, Envelope, Cash. The latest Planned Giving Programme results, especially the number of Givers in relation to the population of the parish. The finished document must be clear, precise, easily read, and communicated to all, via eletter link and in the Parish website. It must not be too long that people will not read it, or short and vague.
Phase 2: July, August: A time of discernment. This is a mixture of prayer and communication. There will be prayer opportunities. Also, a variety (not one) way of communicating. This could be a mixture of meetings, but also emailing of thoughts and suggestions. This is also a time of communicating with parishes who touch our boundaries and the pastoral area we are in, other groups, both religious and non-religious that use our buildings, or may in the future. Discerning what mission-oriented activity the parish might develop (or build up for the things it is already involved in). This is the reason for the process, to ensure that the parish’s assets and income are not just used to maintain the status quo, but are re-configured in ways which support growth in the parish’s mission to its own poorer people and to those in the wider community. Phase 3: September. Decision making and proposal formulation. This brings together Phase 1 and Phrase 2 and makes decisions / recommendations based on them. Again, an exact process has yet to be developed.
The above document outlines all uses for Otari Parish Buildings
The above document is a list of all buildings in Otari Parish with property technical data.
Parish Finances. Below are financial statements for 2018. (Graphs and Text/numeral versions)
Parish Mass Count
The last parish mass count was as follows
We have about 540 families on our roll.
Mass counts average as follows:
The mass count may be increased to some extent by the parish church being the pro-cathedral.