You may be wondering about the Archdiocesan pastoral planning process and how it involves St. John’s. The Archdiocese, in an effort to maximize the effectiveness of a limited number of priests, has developed a pastoral planning effort titled “Disciples in Mission” which it began to implement in 2012. This plan is not about closing parishes, it is about clergy staffing issues and evangelization. Most parishes will team with one or two other parishes to form an administrative group called a collaborative. Each parish in the collaborative will remain a parish and so retain its own canonical status and financial assets. Each parish will remain its own independent financial unit. One pastor will be assigned to each collaborative. The planning efforts will be spread out over seven phases, with each phase taking about a year to implement. This year has seen the implementation of the third phase of “Disciples in Mission.” To date of about 300 parishes or so in the Archdiocese, the planning effort has involved 33 collaboratives and 72 parishes. St. John’s will eventually become a collaborative with St. Cecilia’s in Ashland. At this time St. John’s and St. Cecilia’s have not been assigned to a particular phase, but the implementation of our collaborative should be sometime within the next five years. Neither St. John’s nor St. Cecilia’s will be closing. “Disciples in Mission” has its own website: disciplesinmission.com for those who would like further information. We will keep you posted on any updates from the Archdiocese in regards to their planning efforts.