Friday, July 21, 2017

Dear Members of St. Mary Parish,

We are fortunate to belong to a parish with such a rich history. Our history and the parishioners who helped shape it form the foundation we stand on today as we look to the future and live out our values and mission. On Page 6 you’ll find a listing of our values and vision. These are not just words on paper but rather they are principles that guide our actions in everything we do.

Here at St. Mary we value our history, respect the opinions and thoughts of all our members and are thankful for the talents present in all. Our parish leadership has been discerning a plan that ensures a strong future for St. Mary. That plan is shared in this brochure. It’s important to note that no decisions have yet been made about moving forward with this plan. Our next step in this process is to share our best thinking and ask for your input. It is a reflection of our values that drive us to now conduct a Feasibility Study to assess our plan. To assist us with this Feasibility Study process we have hired Tim McKearn of The James Company to provide guidance. A Feasibility Study Team has been appointed to work directly with The James Company. The names of The Feasibility Study Team members are listed on Page 5.

There are several things we ask you to do in the weeks ahead:

  • Pray for all who are involved in discerning our path forward.
  • Read through the information presented within this brochure and attend one of the information sessions we are conducting.
  • Share your thoughts at the information sessions and take a few minutes to complete the brief survey on page 7 or online at

As part of our Feasibility Study process we will be conducting one on one confidential conversations with a cross section of the parish. If you are invited to be take part in one of these conversions, please be open to that.

We are a faith-filled parish community with a history that dates back to 1838. That’s 178 years of Christ-centered service. We invite you to join us as we come together to plot a course forward.

Fr. Jim Volkert

Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2: 4-5