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Dear Parish Family, 

Grace to you and Peace!  Over these nearly five years as Pastor, I have been blessed to journey with you in our mutual call as disciples of the Lord.  My passion as Pastor is the universal call to holiness declared by Vatican Council II.  The Council stated that, “It is evident, that all of the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity” (LG, 40).  I am always striving to serve this mission.  As part of this missionary Spirit, I have called together a team to discern a plan to better serve all of the faithful at Blessed Sacrament towards uninhibited growth in the spiritual life.  As part of this process, I am asking every member of the parish to complete a survey administered by the Catholic Leadership Institute.   

Through participating in this study I hope to:

  • Allow parishioners to reflect on their spiritual growth and discipleship.
  • Identify the ways in which the parish effectively supports that growth.
  • Look at opportunities to better support that growth in the future.
  • Create goals and action plans to achieve that growth.

Every parishioner is invited to take the survey beginning February 17th.   I want to stress the importance of everyone’s participation to ensure that we hear all parishioners’ voices.  The data collection, analysis, and reporting will be handled by an independent third party called Measuring Success. Measuring Success will conduct the survey itself and handle all of your survey responses confidentially.  Our parish will receive an aggregate report of the results and will not have access to individual survey responses. 

There are several ways to take the survey.  The survey will be emailed by Measuring Success on February 17th to those that have an email on file with the parish.   If you do not receive an email or do not have email, please stop by or call the parish office to receive a hard copy or to take the survey in the office.  Thank you in advance.  Your input will be invaluable to help our parish to set priorities and allocate resources to our mission of realizing the “fullness of the Christian life and the perfection of Charity.” 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God),

Fr. John F. Jirak, Pastor

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