Dear Holy Family Parishioners,
It is with great excitement that we announce the official launching of the Holy Family Master Plan. Throughout the last four years, a group of parishioners and community leaders have met to discern the future needs and desires of Holy Family with the objective of sustaining our growth and vitality as a parish for future generations. After many meetings and discussions, the Master Plan Committee and Church leadership are ready to move forward with a Master Plan that will identify critical needs for the parish to address.
Holy Family has always been at the forefront of change. We embrace change boldly, with the energy and support of parishioners like you, and friends within the greater community. Likewise, Holy Family has consistently recognized the needs for the future, in order to provide its parishioners, staff, students, parents, and school faculty and staff with a fully operative and serviceable parish and school, where its goals and objectives are well-planned and facilities are kept up-to-date with today’s technology and demands.
Our aspirations are high. We aim to empower our community with the tools and confidence to go out into the world and make it better. We have worked hard to make our campus an attractive, safe, and spiritual space. Our campus must reflect our longstanding heritage of being a beacon of hope and light to those who come here to worship, work, volunteer, study, celebrate and receive the sacraments. Additionally, we are committed to growing our community and reaching out to those in need while sustaining the faith of our existing members, especially during this challenging time in the life of the Roman Catholic Church locally, nationally and universally. Our school is an important resource to the community and it is imperative to us that it stays academically, athletically, spiritually and mentally healthy and competitive. In order to maintain our standards, we need to ensure that our educational strategies and technology are current, and most importantly, that we continue to provide a loving, respectful and faith-filled context for learning and growth. Thus, we invite you to join us as we finalize our Master Plan and we encourage you to engage with us on this journey of reflection and growth.
After an extensive search process, we have secured the architectural services of the Cuningham Group, led by Project Architect Dan Young, to assist us with the “Pre-Design Phase” of the Master Plan Process. Throughout the last two months, Dan and his team conducted over 15 “Listening Sessions” with parish staff, ministry leaders, school faculty and staff, and other leadership groups within the parish, to assess the goals, needs and desires of our many constituencies. Now that their initial research is complete, Cuningham will put together an assessment of their findings, which they will share with the parish in September. Additionally, they will share some options of what our Master Plan could look like, including building renovations, new buildings, and proposed site elements such as parking and outdoor gathering spaces. The Cuningham Group would like to hear your feedback before refining the options further. All are welcome to attend either of these “Community Feedback Sessions” to learn more and share your thoughts:
Community Feedback Sessions
Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Connolly Hall
Saturday, September 7th at 9:00 a.m. in Connolly Hall
We are excited by the overwhelming interest in this project thus far! Once the information and sharing is complete, we will present our Master Plan to the Archdiocese in November for their approval. If approved, we will conduct a “feasibility study” of parishioner interviews and surveys to assess the support of the Master Plan within the parish. If the feasibility study proves positive, we will launch a capital campaign for support of the proposed project.
With your participation we hope to create an improved campus that will be an example to the community of ongoing stewardship to our parishioners, neighbors and those whom we provide important services to, as well as representing our welcoming community of faith. For more information about the Master Plan, the Cuningham Group and pertinent dates, please visit the Holy Family website at www.holyfamily.org/masterplan and click on CuninghamGroup_Holy Family_Church
Parish Life Director
HOLY FAMILY MASTER PLAN COMMITTEE
Michael Udell, Chair
Cambria Tortorelli, Parish Life Director
Darcie Girmus, Principal, Holy Family School
Mary Hatton, Director of Parish Stewardship
Jane Lee, Business Manager
Patricia Plescia, Director of Operations
Shannon Porter, Director of School Advancement