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Town Hall Letter

St. John parishioners, 

I have been very blessed to be with you over the past year.  It has been my intention to take in the "clonmelian way of life," your expressions of our faith, and to grow in understanding what your needs for our parish are.  As we approach the end of a year together I find myself reflecting on the numerous blessings of the past year and looking forward to sharing more blessings in the years ahead (yes, I am remaining here as your pastor).  Thank you for your generosity, your commitment to being examples of the faith, and your dedication to parish life as a support of the domestic church of your homes.

Our parish has been blessed with dedicated people eager to provide and good pastors who have steeredus toward strong education and programming to meet the needs of our people.  I appreciate that eagerness and direction from those who preceded me.

I now experience the Holy Spirit nudging me in the direction of caring for our beloved parish church building.  All buildings need continual upkeep and care.  You have faithfully provided that care and have made upgrades over the years.  I welcome hearing from you on what we should do to care for our church building, explore possibilities of how to improve on what we have for the benefit of future generations, and ways to better provide for members of our parish community. 

I am proposing that we consider three options for our church building:

A. A comprehensive renovation of the current building.

B. A comprehensive renovation of the current building with an addition to the building that would provide for additional space that could be used for a cry room, expanded confessional space, additional bathrooms, expanded library, additional pew space, improved accommodations for the disabled.

C. Building a new church that would accommodate identified needs.

The scope of one of the above projects will be determined as we come together to discuss, explore options, and evaluate our needs and desires for our future.  To begin this process, I am inviting you to join me for town hall meetings on May 19 @ 6:30 PM and May 21 @ 6:30 PM in the parish center. I will present a PowerPoint presentation on identified needs and the process for moving forward.  Everyone is welcome to either or both town hall meetings.  Notes will be taken live on the projected screen so that all will know their input has been received for consideration.  Paper for written input will also be provided for those who may not wish to speak publicly. 

I ask you to prayerfully consider attending one of these town hall meetings so that your voice is heard. I look forward to hearing the wisdom you have to offer.


In His service,

Fr. Joe Tatro

Town Hall Presentation