The Parish Survey results are in!

A big thank you to the 240 people who completed the survey and made a collective 1270 comments!  Wow!  For context, we have 700-800 Active Households in the parish.  ("Active" meaning: have donated or registered in the past year, school families and/or religious education families.  This is the best approximation we can make with the data we have.)  

The demographics of those who answered the survey seems consistent with the overall parish demographics, so we hope to have a fair representation of the "voice of the people."  The Parish Transformation Project team will be analyzing and interpreting the data and will communicate findings to the parish over the next several weeks.

As a teaser, here are some quick facts:
  • Over 90% believe St. Josaphat effectively supports families in forming their children in faith.
  • Over 80% believe that St. Josaphat devotes an appropriate amount of energy to serving the poor, inspires them to seek a deeper relationship with God, and believe a new parishioner would say St. Josaphat is welcoming.
  • Words most used to describe St. Josaphat were:  Community, Welcoming, Family-Friendly.
  • 92% like liturgy to be Informal or "Somewhere in between Formal and Informal".  92% also Feel Comfortable or Mostly Feel Comfortable with our style of prayer.
  • Words most used to describe the liturgy and homilies were:  Relevant, Relate-able, Accepting, Contemporary. 
  • 75% feel that our music helps their prayer during mass. 
  • People are most interested in getting involved in Service Opportunities in Chicago, Social Gatherings and Activities to Support Raising Children in the Faith. 
  • 81% of respondents report Always or Sometimes setting aside time for daily prayer.
  • 84% report a Fair to Strong relationship with Christ.
  • 84% believe their Catholic faith influences their daily decisions and relationships, however, and 33% would like to learn practical ways to evangelize in my daily life.
  • 81% believe our finances are transparent, or at least the information is available.
  • The Bulletin and email are preferred methods of communication for parish information, 70% think so.
  • 86% of respondents read the bulletin most weeks.
  • 91% of respondents read Josa..F..A..S..T --- that's you!!

Input for the Archbishop
In preparation for his participation in Pope Francis's November synod on vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world, Archbishop Cupich wants to hear from the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Please share your reflections on these questions, and Fr. Rich and the parish staff will consolidate St Josaphat's responses and forward to Archibishop Cupich.  The deadline for your response is  Thursday, March 5 at 10 pm.
The link is here:
Performance this weekend!
Nuestros Peque�os Hermanos (Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters") transforms the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Peque�os will perform after all masses this weekend. A special collection will help fund their efforts. NPH USA's National Director, Chris Hoyt, explains more here:
Parish Transformation Raffle Winner
Congratulations to
winner Tara Vesprini ($75 Mon Ami Gabi Gift Certificate) and Mary Hermanek ($50 Pizza Capri Gift Certificate)!

Lent 2015
Lent Calendar
St. Josaphat Parish Lent Calendar is here!
Download and print for your reference!

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, Mar. 5
Mass, 6:30 pm

Parish Transformation Project,  7 - 9 pm
Rectory Office

Friday, Mar. 6
Mass, 8:15 am

Saturday, Mar 7
Reconciliation 4:15 pm
Mass 5 pm, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) presents a special program

Sunday, Mar 8
Mass, 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 
Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) presents a special program

Monday, Mar 9
Mass, 8:15 am

Tuesday, Mar 10
Mass, 8:15 am

Wednesday, Mar 11
Mass, 6:30 pm

Thursday, Mar 12
Mass, 6:30 pm

Parish Transformation Project,  7 - 9 pm
Rectory Office