LNCC Family of Parishes News

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November 6, 2022 Q&A on Centralising the Parish Office of LNCCFP Will St. Peter’s office address change on December 1, 2022? Yes, the formation of our London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes Office at 511 Cheapside Street, London, N5Y 3X5 will take place on December 1, 2022. The office staff located at St. Peter’s Parish Centre will relocate to our new London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes office on this date. St. Peter's mailing address will also change to 511 Cheapside Street, London on December 1, 2022.  Any mail or packages for St. Peter's will need to be sent to the new address. Why is St. Peter’s office moving? This change allows our family to strengthen synergies within our team and work together for our future. Our journey of faith requires a more sustainable way to share the resources of our clergy and our support staff. This is best accomplished by being together in one office utilizing owned space at 511 Cheapside versus rental space at 533 Clarence Street. Will all parishes under London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes still have a distinct parish community? In a family of parishes model each parish maintains its individual identity and integrity. St. Josephine Bakhita African & Caribbean Catholic Community, St. Michael’s Parish, and St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica will remain their own parish communities administered under one leadership structure that focuses on being mission oriented. The goal of the Family of Parishes model is not to lose parish identity, but to strengthen and refocus ministry efforts. How will parish finances be handled when St. Peter’s office moves to the Family of Parish office at 511 Cheapside? Each parish in the family will remain unique and solely independent for their own finances. This includes all collections and donations, establishing appropriate parish budgets, coordinating parish fundraising, and controlling parish costs. For those who use offertory envelopes, they will be forwarded to the parish that you choose to support. There will be one Finance Committee working for our family of parishes that consists of representatives from both St. Peter’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Parish. How will parishioners contact staff at the new London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes office after December 1, 2022? There are several ways to contact staff. Contact can be made in person at the office at 511 Cheapside Street, by phone, and through email. Updated contact information will be communicated prior to December 1, 2022. What is the process for parishioners to request a mass once the office is relocated to 511 Cheapside? Requesting a mass intention can be done by calling the office, placing the request in an envelope marked for mass intentions during collection, mailing in a request, submitting a request online, or in person at the LNCCFP office. How will St. Peter’s ministries and committees schedule access to the Parish Centre for meetings, events, and activities after December 1, 2022? All ministry and committee chairs and heads will be contacted to ensure appropriate access and space is available for scheduled meetings, activities, and events.

October 20, 2022 Dear Parishioners of St. Josephine Bakhita African & Caribbean Catholic Community, St. Michael’s Parish, and St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, As we transition into the next phase for our London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes (LNCCFP), I am writing to share important and exciting changes. While we have much to celebrate, these changes are required to help us reach our full potential as a vibrant and growing family of parishes. The first change is the formation of our Family of Parishes Office at 511 Cheapside Street, London, in St. Michael’s Parish. The office staff located at St. Peter’s Parish Centre will relocate to our new Family of Parishes office effective December 1, 2022. This change will strengthen synergies within our team and allow us to better work together for our future. Processes to support this change will be developed over the coming weeks. All committees, ministries, and groups will continue to meet in the Parish Centre. The second change is to form a joint Family Finance Committee. The current Finance Committees of St. Peter’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Parish will blend into one committee with equal membership to guide and support the financial viability of the family. In August 2022, the Family of Parishes Transition Team used a similar approach to form the Parish Pastoral Council. The joint Family Finance Committee will be established within the next several weeks. As a Family of Parishes, we must be mindful of our goal to seek the best for our family and work together to bring these changes to completion. Communications will continue to be shared as the details are finalized. In the Shepherd Lord, Father Daniel Bombardier

August 21, 2022 Greetings in the Lord! The summer months are filled with many different kinds of activities. This is a time for many of us to relax, play and engage in those helpful undertakings like gardening, painting and summer chores. I am fortunate enough to spend some time away this summer camping near Peterborough. For the most part I will simply embrace relaxation, enjoying community and taking in the beauty all around us. For many, the summer months offer a slower pace and an opportunity to plan for autumn and winter. Our Parish Team has already planned for the year ahead. We are enthusiastically ready to embrace a new school year and all that this will entail. It has now been a little over six weeks since the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes was activated. Much work was done by our Transition Team in the six months leading up to our activation, much work still needs to be done. A few highlights of the projects we are working on: Parish Pastoral Council: Several members of the Transition Team have now morphed in to our new Family's PPC- Theresa O'Leary (chair), Keith Rodrigues (vice-chair), Amedeo Awai, Julie Sans, and Brian Dunne. You can read more about the PPC on the back of this publication and the important role they play in parish life. Personnel: We are in the process of hiring a Business Manager. The interview process has begun with hopes of hiring by Fall. The position of Family and Youth Minister has also recently been posted. The hiring of these two roles will assist in completing our Pastoral and Administrative Team to better serve our Family of Parishes. Realizing the importance of having a staff presence at both sites, we continue to work on the best way to allocate the personnel so as to meet the needs of our parishioners. Further to that, the phone system is being upgraded so that we can have intercommunication between sites as well as easier transfer options for outside callers. The Family of Parishes website is “under construction” and updates will continue throughout August. Thank you for your patience. Ministry: The natural pause over the summer by many of our ministry groups, committees, and organizations will begin to ramp up again in September. There will be many opportunities to get involved in the Family and offer your gifts and talents to build up our active parishes and family. None of this could be done without the prayerful support of our parishioners of St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael's Parish, and St. Peter's Cathedral. Like any family, there are growing pains, adjustments, collaboration, and patience needed as we continue to evaluate the needs of our community and build on the foundation that has been created over many years. St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Peter... pray for us. Fr. Daniel Bombardier Pastor

July 10, 2022 GREETINGS IN THE LORD Dear Friends, I am honoured and delighted to accept the call to become the Pastor of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes. I take this responsibility very seriously and recognize that together we will embark on this new reality for the greater glory of God. I am deeply indebted to our Transition Team who, over the last six months, have prayerfully and diligently taken time to meet, consult, brainstorm and make decisions for this momentous occasion in our history. I appreciate and thank Brian Dunn, Julie Sans, Theresa O’Leary, Keith Rodrigues, Amedeo Awai, Cindy Livingston, Cathryn Hall, Debbie Walsh, Deacon Rudolph Pflanzner, Father Christopher Pietraszko, and Father Sekar Raj. They have been professional, considerate, helpful and full of spiritual wisdom. I will be forever grateful for their hard work and prayerful devotion. The Family of Parishes model is meant to bring faith communities together to share resources and a variety of gifts, so that we can effectively proclaim the message of Jesus and invite people to a relationship with the Lord. Our 3 communities can better face challenges and hurdles in much the same way as does a strong family; together as one. It might seem overwhelming and difficult to adjust, but much like the early Christian communities, we need to pray and be open to how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in faith and do things differently. Prayer is absolutely essential to this ongoing process. I humbly ask each parishioner to pray for our Family and its continued growth. Pray for our children and youth that they might heed the Lord’s invitation to draw closer to him. Pray for those who have let faith slip amidst the distractions of the world, that Christ may gently lead them back. Pray for those sitting beside you in the pew on Sunday that we might all grow in holiness and deepen our commitment to follow Christ. We all have to embrace change. Change can be frightening and unsettling, but without change there can be no conversion. We must be open to new things, new methods of evangelization and ways of operating our parishes in the strength of one united family. Change will require patience, time, understanding, hope and flexibility. “Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory”. - Warren Wiersbe As a Family of Parishes, we will embrace this new reality with eager hope. As your pastor, I’m overjoyed that God brought us together. I believe the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes is brimming with potential to make disciples of our neighbours and beyond. Thank you for your prayers and support for me and our dedicated staff. Please know that I have been praying for you and all the families of the church. I humbly ask for your prayers that God would grant me wisdom, patience and a complete dependence on Him to accomplish His purpose for this community. We will evaluate our progress and make adjustments as necessary. There are many pastoral demands and limited resources to meet themall. The parish staff will be required to adjust their job descriptions and in some cases office location changes. The work of being a mission-oriented Church forming disciples of Jesus is an ongoing labour of love. I am delighted to be on this exciting mission with you. We will do our best to ensure a smooth transition to this new model of joyfully working together. In the Shepherd Lord, Fr. Daniel Bombardier Pastor

June 26, 2022 We are happy to announce that our London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes has a new website! Both the websites of St. Michael’s and St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica will no longer be active. As a Family this new website celebrates our unity. We would like to thank Vianca Kmet for her hard work in creating this website from scratch! The website is mostly complete, however there will be some ongoing updates. Please check out the new website at: www.lncc.dol.ca The new Mass times for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes was announced earlier this month. Effective July 5, 2022 the mass times are as follows: Weekends: St. Michael’s: Sat.: 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. St. Peter’s: Sat.: 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. St. Josephine Bakhita: 4th Sunday of the month, 2:30 p.m. (St. Michael's) Weekdays: St. Michael’s: Tues.-Fri: 8:00 a.m.; St. Peter’s: Tues.-Fri.: Noon Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as we discern the future direction of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes. St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael, St. Peter… Pray for us.

June 5, 2022 Members of the Transition Team has created a prayer for our Family of Parishes. As we move closer to our date of activation, we invite you to pray this prayer as individuals, families, and parish groups. Prayer for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes Holy God, as we the community of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes gather in your name, help us to be people of vision. Holy Spirit, increase your gifts in us, to help us move boldly into our Family of Parishes with confidence. Three communities strengthening one another through shared prayer and gifts. Though we may at times have differing views, grant us the grace to hear one another with respect, a spirit of charity and fullness of hope. Give us the gifts of wisdom and understanding, so that all of our efforts arise out of the desire to do your will and to serve your people. Led by compassion and truth may we ultimately be guided by one goal, together with one voice. Give us the grace to draw our hearts to one another and respond to the gift of your spirit. Uniting as a mission-oriented church that forms disciples of Jesus, we ask you to grant that our Family of Parishes, praying with Mary the mother of Jesus and guided by St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael and St. Peter may increase the reign of the Divine Saviour We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May 22, 2022 The new mass times for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes was announced in last week's bulletin. Effective July 5, 2022 the mass times are as follows: Weekends St. Michael’s Sat.: 5 pm; Sun: 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm St. Peter’s: Sat.: 5 pm; Sun: 9 am, 11 am St. Josephine Bakhita: 4th Sunday of the month 2:30 pm (St. Michael's) Weekdays St. Michael’s: Tues.-Fri: 8 a.m. St. Peter’s: Tues.-Fri.: 12 Noon A new logo has been created to represent our Family of Parishes. Click here to see the full insert from last weekend to update you on the logo, Mass times and work of the Transition team. ​ Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as we discern the future direction of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes. ​St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael, St. Peter… Pray for us.

May 8, 2022 The Transition Team for the Family of Parishes of St. Josephine Bakhita African Caribbean Catholic Community, St. Michaels’ Parish, and St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica has been meeting regularly over the last couple of months. Three ad hoc committees have been formed to look at Communications, setting new Mass times for the family, and personnel. ​One of the first tasks of the Transition Team was to come up with a name for the family based on the Diocesan protocols for naming the Family. The name is to designate the family as a whole-not to include the names of each parish or community but representing the geographical region where the family is located. Each parish and community retains its canonical name. The recommended name was submitted to the Bishop and has now been approved. ​The Transition Team is happy to announce our name: London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes ​Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as we discern the future of London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes.