Parish Pastoral Plan
Through the sacramental life and mission of the Church we all share in the abundance of Jesus’ Promise. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Church continues the saving work of Jesus Christ. This work occurs in a large part in the parishes throughout the world every day. For more than 50 years, our Saint Angela Parish has served as a beacon of Light and Hope for White Oak and surrounding communities.
Our diverse parish is undoubtedly a very special place. However, in the Mission Statement, we sometimes fall short of our full potential in many respects. As reflected, we believe the unique and given gifts residing in each of us offer the opportunity for our Parish community to grow, share our faith in exciting ways, and are a Beacon of Hope and Light. We are confident as we embark together on the implementation of this Parish Pastoral Plan, we can lovingly create a future for our parish that is even brighter than its glorious past. Our first step in building our Pastoral Plan was to reflect on our origin and history as a parish and then to fulfill the Mission Statement that reflects the values and aspirations of our Parish.
Overview Process for developing our Parish Pastoral Plan
In 2013 Saint Angela Parish under the direction of Father Steve Chervenak embarked upon the process of creating a Parish Pastoral Council to replace the Parish Council. A lengthy process of discernment resulted in a Pastoral Council consisting of 8 parishioners. One of the Pastoral Council’s primary responsibilities is to pray and rely on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as they assist and work with the pastor to develop, plan, and fulfill the mission statement of the parish.
The first mandate of the Pastoral Council was to affirm the Mission Statement to be reflective of the values and aspirations of Saint Angela Parish and to learn their roles as members of the Pastoral Council.
The newly formed Pastoral Council also took the time to be trained using the Diocesan workbook “One Body, One Mission” under the guidance and inspiration of Lynn McFarland, who is a Diocesan facilitator. The pastoral council meets on a regular basis to learn, grow and create their identity and the mission statement.
The Mission Statement and the new Pastoral Council were just the beginning as the parish experienced the transition of the new leadership and pastor. The Pastoral Council was able to share the collected information from previous surveys and the dreams from the parish community to Father Kevin Dominik. Under his direction Father Kevin invited the parish community to attend two Town Hall meetings as well as several back yard meetings in the summer. These meetings created an opportunity to share information, ask questions, and offer suggestions to the needs of the parish.
The next stage of this process involved the development of broad goals for the parish, rooted in the Mission Statement. These goals are being presented to you for your awareness of our hope to grow as parish community.
Our goals for the Next Five Years
We enjoy a rich tradition, we are blessed with loving and generous parishioners, and we are witnessing a renewed sense of enthusiasm, mission and connectedness with dedicated and inspired staff. All of this must be celebrated however; we must look forward and seek opportunities to grow and make our Parish all that it can be. For the next five years the principal Goals of our parish Pastoral Plan as well as the spiritual foundation for such Goals, are as follows:
1. Holy Eucharist (Evangelization): to enhance our spiritual life with special attention to the Eucharist in prayer and worship.
(1 Peter 2-9: You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.)
- Plan ways to encourage more participation from all age groups for all ministries.
- Encourage the planning and completion of a Ministry Day. Identify a chairperson to enhance communication.
- Continue to meet the needs of the people in regard to the environment of the church. For example:
- Book styles in the pews;
- Information on the Book of Prayers;
- Informative and aesthetically pleasing signage throughout the church property.
2. Education (Catechesis): to promote vibrant and sustainable religious formation, education and evangelization for all.
(Proverbs 22-6: Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not swerve from it.)
- Promote and provide opportunities of education for the Parish. For example:
- Enhanced Bible study.
- Maintain an ongoing formation through periodic evaluations of our current events, traditions, and programs. For example:
- Children’s Liturgy and the Christmas Pageant.
- Encourage the Parish community to actively pursue, provide and advertise opportunities for the youth service hours within the community/Parish.
3. Our community (Formation): to nurture a more welcoming safe environment and to create a sense of belonging throughout our community.
(Romans 15-5: May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you for the glory of God.)
- Encourage the formation of an Evangelization Committee to minister to:
- Those members of the Parish who are not Catholic but attend;
- To inactive Catholics;
- To develop ways to deepen everyone’s faith.
- Encourage regularly scheduled periods for all volunteers and ministries to confirm or apply for all appropriate clearances.
- Encourage the establishment of an outreach program for all Christians of any denomination.
- The pastoral staff should review how the Parish office communicates with the people of the Parish (both members and non-members). For Example:
- A quarterly newsletter;
- Social media; Post cards or other mailings.
4. Gift sharing (Stewardship): to instill a sense of ownership among parishioners that encourages all to share their gifts of time, talent and treasure.
(1 Peter 4-10: As each one has received a gift; use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.)
- Encourage the formation of a Stewardship Committee to embrace and support the Parish in conjunction with the Finance Committee.
- Encourage the formation of a committee to evaluate (prioritize) on a regular basis the maintenance needs of the church property.
- Encourage the formation of a Fundraising Committee with a strong and focused leadership dedicated to supporting various fundraising activities both new and old. For example:
- Parish Festival
Vision of the Parish
St. Angela Merici is a parish community of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, established in June 1958 in White Oak, Pennsylvania. The purpose of our parish is to create a loving and caring family, based on Catholic tradition, by celebrating together, helping one another, and reaching out to all to spread the good news of the Gospel. We create an environment for worship which enables and nourishes each person's relationship to God and neighbor. We provide social and spiritual services to the parish and others so that all people are touched by our love. We maintain and enhance our educational programs for spiritual growth and Catholic faith formation according to the needs of the people. We foster a sense of family community identity by stressing awareness of family needs in the parish. We use all of the channels of communication with imagination to spread the Good News of Christ throughout White Oak and the world. We instill a sense of stewardship in each member to share their time, talents and treasure.
Pastoral Staff Parish Pastoral Council
Rev. Kevin J. Dominik ......Pastor Diane Dominick ~ Kathy Ingel ~ Lori Johnson ~ Ron Cooper
Deacon Dale DiSanto…....Permanent Deacon Janine Schmitz ~ Ben Siroky ~ Joseph Stone ~ James Wynn
Allan Link……...................Music Director
Ellen Wilson……..……….Religious Education Coordinator Parish Finance Council
Claire Hildenbrand………..Business Manager John Bartko ~ John Brown ~ Linda Gentili
Jonathan Bartko................Outreach Coordinator John Ryan ~ Michele Sorci ~ Lisa Coder ~ Rosemarie Luptak
Anna Marie McCandless …Office Assistant